A creative tension should develop in relationships over time. So it should be in the relationship between Patient and Family Physician. As we develop the creative tension in the Patient-Physician dyad, we can make better decisions and feel more protective of each other.
How to develop the tension? RECOGNIZE the uniqueness in each other. HONOR each other and the scarce, valuable resources at your disposal. ASK open ended questions that include words like how, what and why. RESPOND to each other. DISAGREE politely. AGREE honestly. RESPECT the relationship, and each other and the context of engagement. REFLECT on the relationship and decisions made in the context of the relationship. RETURN.
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