Chronic respiratory disease

March 2010


Optimising the medical care of doctors

Part 2 – before the consultation

Volume 39, No.3, March 2010 Pages 155-156

Hilton Koppe

The first in this series of articles explored issues faced when treating a medical colleague looked at the barriers to doctors receiving the best possible medical care. These barriers were discussed from the point of view of both the treating doctor and the patient doctor.

In this article, and those that follow, helpful strategies to overcome some of these barriers will be outlined, with the goal of optimising the medical care of doctors. This article will consider strategies that can be used before the consultation begins.

Best practice principles would suggest that the patient doctor contact the treating doctor before seeing them for the first time to ask if they would be willing to take them on as a patient.

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