Put yourself in patients’ shoes

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Fam Pract Manag. 2004 Nov-Dec;11(10):22.

To the Editor:

After reading the article “Sticking the Landing: How to Create a Clean End to a Medical Visit” [July/August 2004, page 51], I feel the seven points offered are an excellent way to end a visit satisfactorily with a patient. Another way to look at the situation is to consider how you would like to be treated by your doctor. Would you like him or her to rush you, to ask few questions or to leave the room without saying what comes next?

Most of us know what we want from a medical service; no one is ever free from the need to see a doctor. If we put ourselves in our patients’ shoes, knowing what to do comes naturally.


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