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.
FREDERIC W. PLATT, JONATHAN C. McMATH. Clinical Hypocompetence: The Interview. Ann Intern Med. 1979;91:898–902. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-6-898
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