Sunday, September 2, 2012
What Is Your Relationship with Your Primary Care Doctor Like?
In the second story, a woman, with MS, had a heroic PCP who expedited referrals, verified record transfers, and followed up - not only with the patient, but also with her partner. One day, the PCP asked the patient if he could speak with her husband (who had accompanied his wife to most of her appointments). The patient gave her permission, and the PCP brought the husband into his office, and simply asked him, "How are you doing?" This was the first time this had ever happened for the husband with any of his wife's many doctors. He told the PCP about his worries and left the office feeling much lighter, and accompanied. He brought this lifted spirit back into his relationship with his wife.
This conversation took all of 7 minutes.
What is your, and your partner's, relationship like with your PCP?