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Update: 6 Medical Questions to Ask Yourself

August 14, 2019 0 Comments

Walking a mile in each other’s shoes – an important characteristic for personal and professional development that is often ignored. It goes beyond empathy and helps to understand someone.

And beyond empathy, it helps to understand someone’s thought processes, challenges and any previous experiences before making a judgement.

As medical recruiters, the more we can Walk in our doctor’s Shoes the better we can help them find GP Jobs suitable to their needs. The more GPs can Walk in their patients’ Shoes the better they could tailor the consultations, maximise the billings and ensure a strong reputation for the medical centre. And similarly, Pharmacists and Medical Imaging providers can apply similar thinking for self-development and the business’ success.

Below are some of our favourite questions to help you get through the day. They hopefully aim to serve as reminders about the kind of information your patients want. And also to highlight any further opportunities for development and improvement you previously may have been missing.

Think along and see if you can spot any for yourself.

6 Medical Questions 

6 Medical Questions For Doctors

6 Medical Questions For Pharmacists 

6 Medical Questions For Imaging

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6 Medical Questions For Doctors 

Just like our community of GPs in Australia and their ongoing education and professional development, the passionate medical recruiters also continuously strive to exceed at their jobs. It can easily be underestimated, but passionate recruiters are very serious about their own development – in fact, our success relates to BOTH a happy client and a happy candidate. 

How serious are the conditions and are there any causes for it?

Preempting here is key and discussing the right issues at the right time can help you to prepare for the right kind of flow throughout your time talking together. We previously mentioned an idea of a Structure for a consultation and this could be part of that. By being the first to suggest and bring up certain key bits of information you could also present it suitably to your patients.

Do they need treatment and what kind?

Being prepared with the right kind of information, ready-to-go, is key to bringing it up in your conversations when the time calls for it. This helps you to build trust, earn respect and provide a solution. Preempting this could also help with progressing through the consultation.

Do they need to see any other medical professionals? And which of those are available at the same medical centre?

This is a great way of creating an internal referral network and it encourages cooperation for the overall success of everyone in the business. And as our consultants in the pharmacy and medical imaging divisions hear on a regular basis, the right relationships across the businesses can be attractive for the overall survival of the medical centres.

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Is there room for self-improvement?

Continuously asking yourself this question can help with your own development. But it can also serve as a great segue to bring the consultation to an end. The right information here can instil confidence and a positive outlook, all in a timely manner. By preempting it, you have the benefit of presenting your facts in the most compelling way.

How effective is the solution going to be and is there any strong evidence for it?

By discussing all the necessary details involved and how effective the solution will be, the assurance and confidence you build with each other can start to close your consultation in the best possible way. Providing any descriptive, relevant and real life examples to support your solution also aims to be the final touch to your trust building in the consultation.

What happens if nothing is done?

This can be a tough one to predict. But being aware of it can help with complacency, both in your own work and for the lives of your patients. Recruiters ask themselves this question when figuring out creative ways for self-development, for how long can they keep expecting the same results if they don’t make changes? Doctors can use this question as a means of giving one last, thoughtful argument to why the solution is the best outcome for the patient in your consultation.

Have you got any questions you like to use to remind yourself of improvement? Let us know and find out if we can help.

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6 Medical Questions For Pharmacists

How to be a good pharmacist can also come down to elements in your interactions at the counter. Preempting the information you will be asked can help you with the service delivery as well as self-improvement.

Below are questions for Pharmacists to keep you mindful throughout your day. You can apply them in your interactions or as part of your personal development.

Why and for how long does someone need the medicine?

Knowing the right way to present this information will help build the confidence someone has in you, it will reassure the length of time for someone who is anxious and it will help to manage expectations about the signs of relief. For your own work and self-development, you can give yourself tasks and activities to do in increments to expand on your skill set and build self-confidence. The ideal goal is to allow yourself time to work on finding your areas for improving.

Are there any side effects and what should someone do if they experience them?

Here is where you can really hone in on creating a safety net for someone. The more you can educate and reassure the stronger your reputation can grow in the local community your pharmacy serves. In self-development, look for the areas in your work you have previously made mistakes in or currently struggle and dislike doing. There may be signs of outside influences on achieving your outcomes.

How does this medicine interact with – food, drinks, alcohol, other medicines, vitamins, pregnancies?

Not only will many people have their own questions about these topics and the medicine prescribed to them, pharmacists can apply this kind of tweaking to their own lifestyles in and outside of work to find the perfect balance. Knowledge is key as it will build your reputation.

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What should happen if someone missed a regular dose of medicine?

This is a great question to keep someone calm with future needs in mind. It can be an informative and preemptive warning about the potential issues of missing a dose for the patient. But for a pharmacist’s self-development this can be key to finding a balance and structure at work that motivates you. If something unexpected happens, knowing how to get back on track is key to finishing your work.

Is it likely going to get worse before it gets better?

While this is a sign that you have truly conquered something, for many of us this can be daunting. Especially if certain medicines have heavy side effects. Or if aspects of self-development require real life major changes.

What areas are currently being underestimated and deserve a boost in performance?

As we have previously mentioned, there are multiple services pharmacies can provide. One should never hesitate at the opportunity to expand on your service delivery to those in need and securing a sustainable pharmacy business as a result.

Have you got any questions you like to use to remind yourself of improvement? Let us know and find out if we can help.

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6 Medical Questions For Imaging

We have previously discussed how life for Sonographers can be Stressful. There are luckily ways of preparing for certain questions your patients may ask that will alleviate some stresses.

The importance of a respectful, friendly and cooperative relationship with your patients is key. But just as importantly for your self-development, applying similar techniques to your own work and goals in life can help you to overcome obstacles. This may also help with Radiographers and Radiologists prospects.

How effective is the solution going to be and is there any strong evidence for it?

Having the right, convincing information and building trust in a meaningful way will be the key part to how someone interprets their treatment and possible outcomes. Using any real life examples will help with the overall persuasion and will make your approach more personable. And in return, your own self-development can apply this critical thinking to measure how you go about achieving your short term goals.

What are the risks and side effects?

Determining which risks and side effects are relevant to your solution and desired outcomes will be key to highlighting when certain action is required, when certain preventative measures are required and what the negative side effects may be.

How quickly do we need to start and for how long?

Another great question to preemptively bring up in your discussions. It helps to build trust in your expertise and can also have a calming effect where someone’s needs are met before they have to express them. For yourself, you can apply the sense of urgency to what your desired goals and outcomes are for this year or the near future.

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Are there any support groups in real life or online for similar problems?

Often times communities help themselves by means of educating, showing support, caring, love and passion towards common goals. Many groups, events and charities are hosted in honour of this. Those you work with as well as yourself can stand to benefit from surrounding yourself with like minded people. Providing the right information helps your reputation.

Are there any things that can be done to improve the situation?

This counts both for your self-development and with those you work with. For example, what could a patient do to improve their chances of attaining the ultimate personal outcomes? And what else could you do to help manage your workload and improve your day? The important parts are in the details sometimes.

How much will it cost?

Costs are a major consideration in today’s healthcare industry. Previously we have also written about Medicare becoming involved in medical imaging. What someone needs, when and for how long will be a limitation a lot of us have to consider unfortunately. And for your own self-development, there are financial and opportunity costs that arise when learning new skills and taking on new work. Major factors that have the potential to equally stress us out if improperly managed.

These 6 questions are just some of our favourites after years in the medical recruitment industry. What are yours? Have you got any questions you like to use to remind yourself of improvement? Let us know and find out if we can help.

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