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Vulnerable patients: look beyond the obvious

Patients may want to hide frailties or fears, so adopt a curious attitude towards those in your care
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Patients may want to hide frailties or fears, so adopt a curious attitude towards those in your care

An older member of my family recently fell victim to a costly online scam.

This is someone I have always considered to be strong, intelligent and wise, so I was shocked that he had been deceived in such a way.

In addition to the obvious financial worries the situation created, it saddened me to realise that, beneath the tough outer layers he presents to the world, this relative is in fact very vulnerable.

Was his age a factor, or is it more realistic to think that none of us are immune to vulnerability?

What does ‘vulnerable’ look like?

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