Monthly Archives: February 2012

Doctors Learning to Listen Better

In medical school, we learn the art of questioning and we are taught that the diagnosis is usually revealed in the history. Students memorize a barrage of hundreds of questions to help them narrow the wide differential diagnosis that they … Continue reading

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Rushing to a Diagnosis, Doctors May Listen Less

In medical school, I learned the art of medical questioning. We didn’t realize that to the patient it can feel like an inquisition. When the “chief complaint” (Yes. That is the medical term for a patient’s main presenting concern.) is … Continue reading

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What Doctors Really Think; Improving the Patient-Doctor Relationship

When dealing with doctors, many patients feel like they are treated like numbers or diseases. We all want to be seen and treated as complete individuals. You might be surprised to hear that with very few exceptions, my medical colleagues … Continue reading

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The Patient-Doctor Relationship: The Sources of Conflict

The positive patient-doctor relationship is essential to your health, but it is often far from perfect. The reasons for conflict and discomfort are complex. Doctors are human too with their own priorities and emotional reactions. Sometimes our styles and personalities … Continue reading

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Understanding & Improving the Patient-Doctor Relationship

Though your doctor is the last person you should think of on Valentine’s Day, the patient-doctor relationship is one of your most important. Your health depends on it. Ideally, it’s a relationship of mutual positive regard. You feel comfortable telling … Continue reading

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Achieving Your Positive Potential: 3 Keys to Success

Before you set any goal big or small, consider first your deepest values and your calling (the intersection of your talents, your passions and the needs of your world). The young parents’ calling is to nurture their children. They don’t … Continue reading

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What’s Your Resolve? How to Achieve Your Goals

Some of us don’t bother with either resolutions or goals. We go about our days and do what absolutely has to be done – sometimes at the last minute, sometimes too late – and leave the rest for later (or … Continue reading

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