Tag Archives: doctor-patient communication

Making your doctor more attentive

My golden rule of medicine is this: Treat every patient with the same care I would want for my best friends and family. I order the same tests, refer to the same consultants and offer the same treatment options. When … Continue reading

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Getting the most from your doctor’s visit

Have you ever left your doctor’s office having forgotten to ask an important question . . . or arrived home not totally clear about everything you had discussed during your visit? This happens all too frequently and it doesn’t mean … Continue reading

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Humanizing the Medical Interview

The traditional way medical students were once taught to take a medical history often turned into a barrage of close-ended questions that could actually limit doctors’ understanding of patients’ experience of illness. I’m happy to report that medical school has … Continue reading

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The Medical Inquisition: The Downsides of Traditional History-Taking

Medical students are taught to take a careful history because in most cases, therein lies the patient’s diagnosis. When I was in medical school, we were taught how to “take a history.” This included: the history of the present illness … Continue reading

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What You Should Know About History-taking

The history begins with your description of your symptoms. When they began and how they have changed over time. Once you’ve initially presented these symptoms, your doctor will ask you more detailed questions that can flesh out crucial details that … Continue reading

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What You Should Know: The Structure of Every Medical Visit

By tradition, every medical visit has a common structure. I’m sure you recognize the basic design. You present your problem. Your doctor asks you questions about it then does a focused physical examination, makes a diagnosis and comes up with … Continue reading

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What’s Going on in Your Doctor’s Head?

You may have heard your computer revving high, consuming RAM while it is working on some tasks in the background while you answer your e-mails or surf the net. A similar process occupies a large part of your doctor’s brain … Continue reading

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