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Challenging Patients

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by MariosElena1612, Mar 19, 2010.


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    Dear all,

    I am sure probably all of us have come across a situation where the patients may be considered as challenging. These challenges may fall into various categories depending whether a patient is sportsman or people mentally unstable.

    I was wondering whether there is any existing literature looking at challenging patients within the podiatric field?

    I would like to listen to your ways of approach of any patient who may considered as challenging (from sports to blind people).
     
  2. LuckyLisfranc

    LuckyLisfranc Well-Known Member

    There will be answers in the broader medical/nursing/psychology literature on these patients.

    However, IMHO 5% of your patients cause 95% of your headaches. Working out the 'nutters' takes age, maturity and experience. Once you can 'pick them' - run a mile (ie refer to your 'dearest' health colleague).

    I was also once told by a more experienced podiatrist with a medico-legal background, somewhat politically incorrectly, to beware the 40-50 year old single female with a history of being either let down by a health professional, or a partner. These are invariably the ones that will be dissatisfied with whatever you do for them, and probably sue you.

    LL
     
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