This cross-sectional survey study analyses the degree of concordance between Saudi patients and their nurses and physicians in four areas: (1) perceived causation of diseases and drivers of cure, (2) symptom ranking and perception, (3) views on social habits and traditional medicine, and (4) assessment of health care providers' empathy. The doctors and nurses were asked to predict their patients' responses to the survey. Significant divergence was found between the patients' responses and the health care providers' predictions. Cultural and background differences between the two groups, as well as a large educational gap, might account for this disparity. Such discordance could conceivably lead to wrong diagnoses being made, due to the different levels of importance that patients and doctors accord to symptoms.
Divergent Perceptions of Illnesses and Their Symptoms
Mohamed Harakati, Faissal Shaheen, Hani Tamim, Saadi Taher, Adel Al. Qublan, and Abdulla Al Sayyari
Learning to be a claimant in the United Kingdom
lack of support at schools, and her children's psychosomatic symptoms, and she recounted the examples of the murder and the hospital incident, all of which she reiterated were causing the family stress. After Widad's elaboration on her children