This is my first question for hospitalized patients: Tell me what you understand. Let me explain. I’m a pediatric specialist. I help hospitalists and pediatricians care for children. Actually, I’m typically one of several providers helping families care for a medically complex children in the hospital. And for better or worse communication can sometimes be ... Continue Reading about Tell Me What You Understand: My First Question for Hospitalized Patients
A friend had asked me to see one of her neighbors. A young child with some elimination issues, the family had been to a couple of other doctors with no success. A fairly routine problem that needed the right evaluation and a consistent approach, it was sorted out in 2-3 visits. When I ran into my friend a month later, I was met with hugs and thanks for ... Continue Reading about Do Your Patients Think You’re an Amazing Doctor?
Not long ago I went to my dentist for a major bit of dental work. When my dentist greeted me chair side she remarked, “So this is your big day.” And it was actually. A problem that had been an issue for some weeks was coming to a resolution. We chatted for a bit and she got to work. This idea of recognizing the magnitude of my visit stuck with me. It was ... Continue Reading about Your Big Day | Conveying Empathy in a Greeting
A grandmother brought her grandchild to see me recently. Several minutes into our dialog she stopped me, put her hand on my arm and said, "You're a fine doctor." "Thats so kind,” I said. “But, honestly, how do you know? We've barely met." She winked and said, “I can tell by how you talk to me.” After countering with the suggestion that she looked too young to ... Continue Reading about Patient Experience and the Art of Visiting
So many doctors are desperate to claim a title. I know a pediatrician who owns his own practice. Every 18 months or so a medical student follows him around for an afternoon. He bills himself a clinical assistant professor at the local medical school. This label is at the root of his professional identity. Everybody wants to be a big shot. But that’s not what ... Continue Reading about Big Shot Doctors
I have a friend who works at a small hospital in the Midwest. In the pursuit of improved patient experience, the administration studied what made patients happy during clinical encounters. One of strategies they discovered was the concept of forward-leaning posture. Evidence supports the idea that leaning in is associated with concern and attentiveness. So the ... Continue Reading about Leaning In to Patient Experience