Psychosocial history

With 5-7 new patients a day it becomes hard to remember all their stories, if you only recap their biological data. Furthermore, those who only remember the “medically pertinent” mumbo-jumbo tend to deliver worse care than those that capture the psychological and social background of their patients.
We read the article “Complicated lives” in the NEJM this year together in today’s session and concluded that learning, knowing and remembering more about our patients will make us better doctors. In handovers it really makes much sense to add some critical psychosocial details – it leads to better recall.

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