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Monday Morning Motivation | Rescuing Patients

Posted by Bill Esteb on

William D Esteb

I can only imagine what it must feel like to save someone's life. You've probably done it enough times that you may be inclined to rescue patients who may not want to be.

This is a boundary issue that manifests from caring too much; wanting health for the patient more than they do. Instead of rebuffing your helicoptering and micromanaging, patients often feel guilt or shame for not taking care of themselves as they should.

Careful that you don't become the nagging parent or hard to please coach. Doing so is an emotional burden that few practitioners can sustain without bouts of debilitating burnout. Worse, patients rarely appreciate your intentions. After all, how many times have you heard, “Thanks doc for holding my feet to the fire and forcing me to follow through on your recommendations”?

Ironically, caring more than patients rarely produces the effect you hope. Often, the reverse.