I recently saw a new patient from a demographic subgroup that is, on the whole, mistrustful of people with my background through negative personal experiences. In retrospect, I see the little hints she was trying to give me that she wanted to keep our doctor-patient relationship brief, superficial, and transactional:
- "An hour?! I should hope I don't need an hour for an initial patient visit."
- "Just to let you know, I'm only coming to you for
- When asking me before our visit what documentation she needs to bring with her, her dissatisfaction with my answer, "Just bring as much of your medical record as you feel would be helpful for me to get to know you."
Unfortunately that's not really my style as a Direct Primary Care and Ideal Medical
I want to take this as a learning experience. What are some other common signs you see of a patient who is deeply uncomfortable with you, and highly resistant to baring themselves to you, despite the code of confidentiality?
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