Paul R. Minton, MD
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Minton P.; Setting the Agenda for the Clinical Interview. Ann Intern Med. 2006;144:306. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-144-4-200602210-00023
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(4):306.
TO THE EDITOR:
Drs. Baker, O'Connell, and Platt (1) presented an articulate, valuable, and enjoyable analysis of a major problem we physicians face in meeting the needs of our patients. Early in my 40 years of cardiology and internal medicine practice, I learned how to avoid another “doorknob” question that would add significant time to the visit. Before I start any important discussion with patients about their diagnoses and their testing and treatment recommendations, I ask: “Is there anyone with you today who you want to hear our discussion?”
This question evolved after many instances of having to repeat my detailed discussion after patients asked, “Doctor, can my wife/husband/parent/daughter/son come in now, and would you tell them what you just told me?”
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