The discussions today were thought provoking and inspiring. There were multiple times today that we discussed how a patient and/or their family would want answers and open communication after an adverse event. This was the nudge/chastisement I have needed to take action to try to remedy unhealed wounds.
I had a patient, who I was the PCP for, die about 3 months after I had started seeing him. He presented to me in the clinic with vague symptoms that I tried to work up over the next 2 months but failed figure out what was wrong. He was eventually hospitalized and then diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. I saw him in a follow up visit and he was supposed to be starting chemo but miscommunications kept happening between the patient and the oncology clinic. I tried to get involved and help figure out what could be done… Continue reading