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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.
The author, a family physician, discusses the art of chivalry and how practicing it with patients and colleagues can strengthen relationships and improve professional satisfaction.
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.
Nov-Dec 2002 Issue
'Oh, by the Way ...': Agenda Setting in Office Visits [Improving Patient Care]
The article will explain how physicians can deal with patients who present with lists of complaints and how managing these lists effectively can improve patient care.
The author, a clinical psychologist, describes how physician burnout can manifest in being attracted to a patient and what can be done about it.
The article presents a patient handout, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, that explains to patients how they can help their doctors provide better care.
Presents strategies that staff can use when dealing with patients who don't want to pay their copayments or other balances at the time of service.
As a facilitator of weekly physician support groups for 18 years (and as a minister), the author has seen a radical change in physicians' awareness of their need for spiritual sustenance. In this article, he defines spirituality and offers physicians' stories about how recognizing their own spirituality has helped them prevent burnout. He also offers suggestions about how to respond to a patient's request for spirituality in their treatment regardless of one's personal spiritual beliefs.