practical magic: ‘talk so patients will listen’

29 May

Short & sweet reminder today:

Recent article by Greg Henry in April’s EP Monthly is a nice read, and a reminder to speak plainly to your patients if you want ’em to understand and/or take your advice.  Check out the article for a longer read, but to recap some brief, excellent advice from the article:

 

First, perform the simple surgical procedure of removing the broom handle from your ass.

Second, speak to the person as a human being. Phrases like “failure to do so could have negative consequences” are the kind of advice no patient should have to translate.

“You could die.” “You could hurt yourself.” “You could mess up your brain.”….These are all good phrases…’

 

Speak plain, be heard.

 

References: EPmonthly article; picture

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