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The author describes how spending a few minutes of "small talk" with a patient can strengthen the patient-physician relationship and improve quality of care.
This family physician created a model of practice that allows him to spend quality time with patients.
Family dynamics can impact the doctor-patient relationship even when the doctor cares for only one member of a family. The author provides a list of key questions doctors should ask to help them better understand the wider context within which they care for the patient.
Communicating with patients who have limited English proficiency requires more than simply “finding someone who speaks their language.”
The author discusses the value of kindness in medical care and explains why he teaches his FP residents to practice medicine with kindness and objectivity.
Learning to say "no" to unreasonable patient requests is an important part of being a good physician. The author teaches readers several methods for saying "no" gracefully and with conviction.
In the second part of this two-part series, the author discusses the criteria he recommends using to assess the state of a physician's marriage as well as "tools" to use to strengthen a marriage.
In the first of a two-part series, the author provides some basic principles of marriage (e.g., maintain boundaries, acknowledge that relationships go through phases, etc.) in order to help physicians focus on and improve their own marriages, if necessary.
Patients who keep coming back often require physicians to walk the line between diagnosis and judgment.
According to the author, "trust is the glue that binds patient to physician." To strengthen that trust, he offers 10 guidelines physicians begin using immediately to achieve a more positive relationship with their patients.