Time for empathy.
Time for empathy?
Collect a complete psychiatric history.
Plus, medical history with dates of diagnosis and current medications.
Don’t forget an assessment of both social and family history.
Also, be sure to access cognition and mental status.
With a focused physical examination.
Build rapport, too.
And, please, all within 15 minutes.
Medical training and practice.
Real patients with real lives and real problems.
We must make time for empathy.
But, do we have time?
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