Should a physician put their personal grades first, or focus more on the goals of their patients?
Physician Jeffrey Millstein writes in a recent article published in The Philadelphia Inquirer that when he started focusing more on a particular patient’s personal goals, the patient was more receptive to his care goals.
“Here’s the irony: Since I stopped pushing him and his values away, Jim has come closer to mine,” Millstein writes. “His visits are often the highlight of my day. They may take a little longer, and I still see some flashes of red on his electronic chart, but we both leave the exam room in better spirits. Most important, he is getting better care.”
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