Treating fear itself in the clinical setting

It’s been a tough evening at the after-hours care center. It’s the middle of the cough and cold season, patients are showing up in droves, and I’m the only clinician available to see them. I pick up a clipboard with the next patient’s encounter form attached, take a deep breath and let it out slowly as I step across the threshold into the examination room where a family waits. more»

Interested readers can now access my latest Art of Medicine column — Treating fear itself in the clinical setting — recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Please note that all of my previously published Humane Medicine pieces can now be accessed here.

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One comment on “Treating fear itself in the clinical setting

  1. Bill Harris says:

    Good story. Sometimes we have to remember that the “worried well” have really good reasons to be worried. We need to take time to address them as well as any imagined illness. To dismiss them out of hand is beneath our dignity and theirs.

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