Screening Patients, Part 6: Miscellaneous Red Flags & Difficult Situations

Welcome to the sixth and final installment of this post series on screening potential new (or possibly already-existing) patients.

In previous posts in this series, I’ve covered various potential “orange/red flags” to watch out for when evaluating new or existing patients in your practice, if for no other reason than to have prior notice that they exist, so that you as a doctor can take whatever precautions you feel might be necessary, ranging from a simple “okay, that’s good to know” to “refer them to a colleague–now”, or anything in between.

Today, I’m going to cover a variety-pack of situations or patient types that I consider to be on the latter end of that response spectrum – the “refer them out–now”.  Grab some popcorn and enjoy.

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Screening Patients, Part 5: Competition & Conflicts of Interest

Here we are, in the fifth installment of a post series about screening patients.  All of my previous disclaimers still apply; I’m not trying to be judgmental or exclusionary, nor am I trying to be mean.  Doctors and patients alike are human beings, subject to error and imperfection, and I would be lying if I said emotions never came into play.

Today’s topic involves patients involved in competing interests, the type that run the risk of working against themselves–and the care that you (talking to the doctors among us) are trying to provide.

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Screening Patients, Part 2: Personality Disorders

This is the second installment in a post series about screening potential new patients and the importance thereof.

As I stated in the first post of this series (but it’s an important enough statement that it bears repeating here), this isn’t meant to be judgmental, elitist, or exclusionary in any way.  What follows is strictly my personal opinion, which is an amalgam of my own clinical experience and my interpretation/opinions formed about the experiences of other doctors.  Nothing more, nothing less.

So if I’m not trying to pass judgment, cultivate elitism, or exclude anyone from getting care, what’s the point of this post series?  What’s the point of screening patients for various issues in the first place?  Why bother; why even consider it?

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The Chiropractic School Recruitment Requirement Problem 

From what I’ve heard, most chiropractic schools, if not all of them, have some sort of requirement regarding the recruitment of new patients to the school.  This factoid is conveniently kept under wraps until you actually start school.  I have not yet found any disclosure of, nor information about, this requirement on any chiropractic school websites.

However, the requirement is real.  Very real.  Your graduation depends on it.  Indeed, you could be a straight-A student, you could rock internship clinic, and you could fulfill all of your other requirements, but if you fail to recruit enough new patients to the school’s clinic, you will likely be denied the eligibility to graduate.

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Our experience with BNI

BNI is a business networking and referral organization.  It typically attracts small business owners, but it also boasts some Fortune 500 members.  Members belong to various chapters of about 25-40 members each.  Each chapter meets weekly at a set time and place, for about an hour to an hour and a half, and everyone gives their spiels, passing out business cards and contact information, all in an attempt to promote their businesses and drum up clientele.

So far, so good.  Kind of…

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How do you get New Patients?

I was crunching numbers tonight, something that has been long-overdue, since we’ve been open over a year already.  I tallied the number of completed visits (i.e. no no-shows or cancellations), and new patients (again, counting only those who have completed at least one appointment).  I found the following FunFacts…

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