Ways to show patients that you Care

Reference:David Walton, PT OPA Pain Symposium 2014

Ask patients during your assessment, “What do you think is causing all your pain?” By asking this simple question you are perceived as actually caring about what they think and not dismissing their beliefs.

At the end of your subjective exam paraphrase and say, “Let me know if I’ve understood you correctly, ……”

Those two pieces of advice sound so simple, but can be effective in directly demonstrating to your patients that you are listening to them and care about what they are telling you.

Not only does this reduce the chance of litigation, it will likely improve your clinical success with your patients. If you are perceived as caring, the patient will want to please you …tada …placebo!

Posted on: July 03, 2015


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