How important is a patient and physician discussion ?

March 21, 2008 12:37am CST
The patient-physician interaction proceeds through many phases of clinical reasoning and decision making. The interaction begins with an elucidation of complaints or concerns, followed by inquiries or evaluations to address these concerns in increasingly precise ways. The process commonly requires a careful history or physical examination, ordering of diagnostic tests, integration of clinical findings with test results, understanding of the risks and benefits of the possible courses of action, and careful consultation with the patient and family to develop future plans. So, the patient and doctor intraction assumes immense importance.
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• India
13 Apr 08
a patient and physician discussion is very very important. its not always possible and even productive for the physician to make a thorough scan of the patients body. so a lot depends on what the patient says. then the physician would get a inroad into the real problem the patient suffers from and make a provisional diagnosis. after that its more helping to proceed with the provisional diagnosis.
• India
27 Apr 08
ya it is indeed true... a lot depends on the patient and how much he expresses in front of the doctor.
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• United States
24 Mar 08
I think you have to find a physician that you feel comfortable talking to. No matter how good the doctor is, if you don't trust him enough to talk to him, it doesn't do you any good. I have one that will come in and sit down and really listen. I don't feel like a number that he has only 2.4 seconds in the room with, and doesn't know me or my family or my health history.
• India
27 Apr 08
ya that is indeed necessary.