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Difficult Patients

When Family Members Become Disruptive

Sometimes, a patient's family members can become disruptive or aggressive, and threaten to hinder patient care. Here's how to address and deescalate the situation.

Difficult Patients

Some patients really want to be prescribed medical marijuana. In this case, he has gone to quite a few doctors to make it happen.

In the rush of daily practice it is easy to miss what patients are feeling. But often just a few minutes of mindful attention can make all the difference.

Patients can sometimes be vague when talking about how they reacted to a medication a doctor has prescribed.

Here's one patient that has his mind made up on what he should do when he is told he is perfectly healthy.


As the medical community grapples with opioid prescription, one doctor says she has seen first-hand that these medications do not cure chronic pain.


The most difficult conversation that this doctor' faces is when she declines to prescribe inappropriate antibiotics for a patient who wants them.

Some patients are noncompliant or habitual no shows to appointments. However, terminating a patient is easier said than done.


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