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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