OVERARCHING GOAL OF MEDICINE
Yes it is helping the patient! No this is not a cheesy admissions essay prompt, it actually one of the universal aspects that covers most all of medicine. If you let the best interests of the patient guide your practice you really can not go wrong.
Arguably everything begins with medical training!
THE PATIENT ENCOUNTER
What is the specific goal of a patient encounter? Before discussing the components of the patient encounter, let us discuss truly what our intentions are when interacting with the patient in specific contexts.
What about the medical interview? What should we be keeping in mind?
TRUST IN MEDICINE
What happens when the patient doesn’t trust that the clinician has their best interests in mind?
We may not like it, but uncertainty is a big element of practicing medicine!
The video above begs the question of how we address this uncertainty? Let us discuss the value in setting thresholds for clinical decisions: