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Why taking charge in patient consultations is key

Consultations in aesthetics are key, making sure you are in charge of them is also vital. Here are some  thoughts on why taking charge of consultations is important:

  • Efficiency: Helps keep consultations focused and within allotted timeframes, benefiting both you and other patients.

  • Information Gathering: By guiding the conversation, you ensure you gather all the necessary information to make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

  • Patient Education: You can ensure patients understand their condition, treatment options, and potential outcomes.

Here are some ways to take charge of consultations while still being patient-centered:

  • Active listening: Pay close attention to what the patient is saying, both verbally and nonverbally.

  • Open-ended questions: Start with broad questions to get the patient talking about their concerns.

  • Guiding the conversation: Gently steer the conversation back on track if the patient gets sidetracked.

  • Shared decision-making: Explain treatment options and involve the patient in choosing the best course of action.

Being in charge of your consultation creates trust, boundaries and a clear patient , practitioner relationship. Remember, taking charge doesn't mean being domineering. It's about creating a collaborative environment where you and the patient work together to achieve the best possible outcome.

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