The journal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently contained an article researching whether a video covering warning signs of dangerous postpartum conditions made available to women might reduce maternal mortality. To the authors’ credit, they recognized that part of the problem with maternal mortality may be caused by a patients’ lack of information about the warning signs of dangerous conditions:
I truly appreciate the thoughtful way you direct attention to what really matters. Yes, this is the kind of doctoring we need--an exemplar that keys in on the dynamic missing in much of allopathic practice these days. Listening, sorting out what's going on, building a relationship--spending time and investing in patients. Pinpointing what is needed for effective care and prioritizing that. Focus on the patient, not the pills, not the chart, not the insurance. What is medicine for if it leaves out the heart of it? Thanks for reminding us what the Oath is all about.