Reframing Common Challenges
The day-to-day of family medicine can present its share of challenges, from the sting of a patient’s rude comment to the tedium of administrative tasks to doubts about making a difference. While it’s true that you can’t keep challenges from cropping up, a strategy known as “reframing” may help you change the way you view and respond to challenges, according to Jay Winner, MD, FAAFP. Winner is a family physician who is the founder and director of the Stress Management Program for Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, California. He recommends a number of ways to put reframing into practice when you’re dealing with the following common challenges: patient personalities, paperwork and technology, and loss of meaning and purpose.