“The art of medicine is based on the principle of keeping the patient’s interests constantly in mind. The best physician has therefore to listen attentively, consider carefully and perceive exactly before giving a considered answer.” – Hippocrates
Says Dr. Jasdeep Sidana, the above quote sums up the approach to patient care one must have in one sentence. This article also discusses the tips to improve patient care.
Always listen to your patient’s point of view.
As a doctor, you should always listen to your patient’s point of view. It is important that you ask questions and try to understand their concerns. If you are not sure about something, ask for clarification.
You can also show that you are interested in their concerns by asking them questions about what is bothering them or how they feel about the situation at hand. By doing this, it shows the patient that there is someone who cares about them and wants to help them get better!
Do not rush an explanation of your diagnosis or treatment.
It’s important to remember that it’s not always easy for patients to understand what you’re telling them, especially if they’ve never had the condition before. Don’t be afraid of asking questions or showing your excitement about the patient’s progress—that can go a long way in helping them feel confident in their ability to cope with their situation and move forward from there.
Finally, don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it!
When giving advice, do not be too quick to show off your knowledge.
When giving advice, do not be too quick to show off your knowledge. This can make you seem like a know-it-all or arrogant. Instead of saying something like “You should try this new diet because it’s what I do,” try saying something like “I have found that these types of diets work for me in the past and will likely work for you as well. However, if there is something else that works better for you or is more suitable for your lifestyle then go ahead and try that first!
Be clear about whether the patient is free to make changes in their treatment plan or leave it as is.
It’s important to be clear about what you can and can’t do. If the patient is not free to make changes in his or her treatment plan, then it’s essential that you make sure they understand this before they leave your office. This will prevent them from coming back later with a different set of questions and expectations.
It’s also important for patients who want to leave their care completely in your hands (for example, if they are having surgery) know exactly what needs doing before they go home so that they aren’t surprised by any obstacles along the way (like needing a new prescription).
Good patient care means listening to your patients and respecting their autonomy in managing their own care.
As a healthcare provider, it is important to listen to your patients and respect their autonomy in managing their own care. It may seem like an obvious point, but it’s easy to lose sight of when you’re busy with other work or in a rush. Thus,
- Be clear about what you need from them, including any questions or concerns they might have about the treatment plan.
- Be open to their suggestions for improving the process of care delivery .
By following the above mentioned tips you can improve your patient care skills and put your patient at ease which is the basic aim and purpose of a patient care provider.