If you have a long-term patient who you see on a regular basis, it may be relatively easy to get to know him as a patient. But a lot of doctors have patients who they see only temporarily–or who come into the office only from time to time over the years. Those patients aren’t so easy to get to know, which can mean the physician-patient relationship doesn’t go so well.
In a WebMD blog written on January 11th, Ron Moser, PA, PhD., discusses his tricks for getting to know his patients–especially in the age of rushed office visits and electronic medical records. He suggests aiming to learn 65 things about each patient and then shows how a similar game can be played with staff as a team-building exercise. Sounds like a good way of humanizing an increasingly inhumane health care system to me.