P a g e | 48 APPENDIX 1 – FILM SCRIPT ACT 6: PERSONAL COSTS OF TREATING PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC PAIN DINUSHA I’m a scientist at least I like to have objective things, numbers, data, pictures, lab results. . . . Unpleasant emotions . . . can cause as much suffering as physical pain. What, then, is pain? And can it be quantified or even identified as a pure sensation? The problem is that there is no objective test to diagnose these patients. How did we fail them? It’s awful, and I think it’s demoralizing when you leave people in pain. That’s just so disrespectful. I mean you’re supposed to be a doctor, you’re supposed to relieve pain and suffering, and you ignore the pain. RACHEL You become a doctor not to tell people I can’t do anything, I can’t find anything, you have this perception of yourself as well that you’re going to sort it out and if you can’t sort it out, it’s frustrating. What’s the point of you being there? No matter what I do, I can use prescription pad and pen and do sleight-of-hand feats and stand on my knees and perform conjuring tricks! Nothing helps! ROSS We forget how much chronic pain affects the patient. They lose their jobs, they have emotional stress and depression. They need understanding and compassion and you can’t give them that in a pill. JOHN I try to listen to the person . . . sort of empathise . . . . . . . trying to see where that person was coming from but not letting it become too personal . . . I've used the phrase detached empathy.
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