Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

On Vacation, My Patients Go with Me

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

On Vacation, My Patients Go with Me

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I'M IN THE PROCESS of planning our family vacations for the summer. I do something different from most when on the road: I take my patients with me.

Well, obviously not physically, but I do cover everything, no matter where I am.

Yes, it takes time. Two to three times a day I'll call my staff and go over a list of calls that came in, refills needed, and test results. We go back and forth for a bit. For more complicated questions, I may have to wait until I have my laptop, with the charts on it. If there's an emergency, they'll call me, and if I can't be reached. they'll dial up my call partners.

Why do I bother myself like this? A few reasons:

* I know my patients. I'm more comfortable with the doctor who knows them making the decisions.

* My call parmers don't know them. We're all in solo practice. They don't have access to my charts any more than I do to theirs. That's an okay arrangement for a weekend call, but not 2 weeks. …

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