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Old 10-07-2013, 06:24 PM
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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What are good things to talk about?
- please provide your own examples
What are things to avoid talking about?
-I try to avoid the "how are you"
-please provide your own examples
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:21 PM
Location: NoVa
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And who is the person talking to a patient? A nurse? Dr? Front office staff? I am not sure what you mean.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:33 PM
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Right now I'm doing my clinical internship for PT school. I have to ask the usual but I keep it upbeat. Always positive reinforcement, congratulating the patient for progress and reminding them they'll get better. I talk about things other than the patients health but I don't tell them too much about my personal life.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:34 PM
Location: Texas
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I generally just talk about what brought them to me.

Maybe some occasional light banter.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:18 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Generally when we see a doctor, they're much too busy to exchange conversation about anything other than what we came in for. I can only remember one doctor who we had an actual conversation with...we took my daughter to urgent care for a reaction to a fire ant sting and he asked what my husband did for a living and then had a 15 minute conversation about hubby's job.

If your patient is a kid, ask how school is going. If they're not a kid, talk about the weather. If they're older, ask how they're feeling and they'll spend the next 30 minutes telling you.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:54 PM
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My doctor asks me about my immediate family members, remembers details about each of them since he treats all of us. Not just medical details, but personal life details too. And he shares information about his family, when he was getting married, when he had kids, how his kids are doing, that his mother is sick, etc. It's like visiting with an old friend. It should feel that way after being his patient for 20 years. But I have another doctor who is newer and she's very similar.

My children's various pediatricians were also very interesting. They would talk about career goals and all sorts of interesting stuff with the kids. They'd listen to their interests and share their own. This stuff is important for pediatricians because it helps them judge development and such.

If you're talking about patients you've never seen before and will unlikely see again, like an ER worker, most of them initiate conversation that leads to any number of topics. We're a family of talkers so we easily engage people in conversation. My children have asked many questions about their jobs and education, and they have all spent a lot of time sharing information about their careers with my children. One time we were stuck in an ER exam room late one night, and my son started playing songs on his Ipod. His taste in music drew a small crowd of ER workers, and a few of them were dancing and singing along with us.
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:25 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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usually our doctor or doctors will ask about the rest of the family, yes, maybe sports, if he/she is a fan and knows we are and travels, if any of us have recently been somewhere. Obviously politics is off unless everyone knows they agree with each other. Yesterday, my orthopedists and I did hit on socialized medicine a bit (very little ) I had just gotten back from a trip to Toronto and I brought the subject up.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:27 AM
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I work in pediatrics. My first comment is generally, "How are you doing today" (or similar words). With the kids, I like to comment on their clothes, e.g. a Superman shirt, or a pretty dress. If they have on sports clothes that leads into "Are you a Broncos fan" type questions. Here in Colorado, weather is always an acceptable subject, "Is it getting warmer/colder", etc. If they say they need a sports physical form, "what sport do you play, what position do you play", etc.

I know our docs talk about the same things Hopes' doc did with the kids.
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:16 PM
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Pets. During first assessment, I always ask if they have pets, if they do, I note type and name. Then, when I see them I ask, ''How is Mikey doing?''. Most people can easily talk about their pets for an hour or more.

Hobbies, trips, books, TV shows, and of course, physical health.

I like to find out about hobbies, and find adaptive equipment to ma. ke that hobby more enjoyable.

But pets, always ask about pets.
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:32 PM
Location: Middle of the ocean
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My doctor always asks how I'm doing..... I mean.... that's a good question considering...

She asks about what's going on in my life, how I'm doing, how I'm feeling..... etc. She's been my doc for 15 years.
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