Saturday, November 28, 2015

What is your style of practice?

One of the things that I would usually get our Medical Students and GP Registrars to reflect upon is this....

There are 4 styles of practicing Medicine and we say this without or little judgement. It is what it IS. It's good for some situation and bad in others. 

1 Dr Expert=I am the expert. I have the knowledge. I give advice. You do. 
This is great in acute situation emergencies or black and white stuff. Not so great for chronic health as it is very disempowering. It's also very frustrating when patients do not follow because subconsciously, when we give expert advice, we expect it to be followed. This is a great recipe for stress+++. 

2 Dr Google=very logical, rational and detached. 
This is great when patients want complete autonomy and don't really need the connection. They just want great advice and "take it or leave it".  Dr Google would not be suitable for some obviously. 

3 Dr Coach. We are in this together. We are partners in your health. I facilitate your decision making and help you achieve what you want to achieve. I'll help to motivate, encourage and guide you. I want to empower you to look after you.  Great for chronic health but not so much for emergencies. Imagine someone dying in front of you with an MI and say, you have got a number of choices and explore all the pros and cons with him/her.....

4 Dr Eclectic. Use all of the above in different contexts and at different stages of the consults whenever required. 

The question is... Has any of us reflected on which one we are?
Share with us your answers.

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