Laurence H. Baker, PhD; Daniel O'Connell, PhD; Frederic W. Platt, MD
Acknowledgments: The authors acknowledge the input of several thousand physicians and other clinician-participants in Institute for Healthcare Communication workshops from 1990 through 2005.
Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: Consultancies: L.H. Baker (Institute for Healthcare Communication); D. O'Connell (Institute for Healthcare Communication); F.W. Platt (Institute for Healthcare Communication); Royalties: F.W. Platt (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins).
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Baker LH, O'Connell D, Platt FW. “What Else?” Setting the Agenda for the Clinical Interview. Ann Intern Med. 2005;143:766-770. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-143-10-200511150-00033
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2005;143(10):766-770.
Let's consider this all too-common ending of a medical interview:
Dr. A.: Well, Ms. X., it looks like that head stuffiness is just a bad virus cold and not a bacterial sinus infection, so I think we're going to have to wait it out. Antibiotics don't help with viruses and really could cause more trouble, so I don't think we'll need them.
(He stands and moves to the door, his hand on the doorknob.)
So I'm glad it wasn't anything worse. Let me know if it seems to be hanging around more than another week or if anything else develops.
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