FREDERIC W. PLATT, M.D.; JONATHAN C. McMATH, M.D.
In observing more than 300 clinical interviews, we have seen a high frequency of physician-engendered defects. Most of the defective examples can be classified as one or a combination of five syndromes: therapeutic lack; inattention to primary data (symptoms); a high control style; an incomplete data base usually omitting patient-centered data and active problems other than the present illness; and a thoughtless interview in which the physician fails to formulate needed working hypotheses. Proper diagnosis of these defects allows for better prescription of educational correction.
PLATT FW, McMATH JC. Clinical Hypocompetence: The Interview. Ann Intern Med. 1979;91:898–902. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-6-898
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