It's easy for some health care practitioners to forget that the patient's goal is rarely optimum health. After all, even those with incredible, vibrant health eventually die.
Become mindful that better health is just a means to something higher and more important. Do you know what that is for each patient?
For some, it's so they can get back to work, support their family and maintain their self-esteem. For others it's to optimize their chances of living long enough to meet their grandchildren or to see them wed. Still others may have the more pedestrian goal of reducing their aches and pain so they can simply function.