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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2005 May;23(2):367-92.

Painful dilemmas: an evidence-based look at challenging clinical scenarios.

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College of Medicine, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA. derek.r.linklater@us.army.mil

Abstract

Difficult clinical decisions are a part of every emergency practitioner's life. Dealing with difficult patients and recalcitrant consultants is seldom enjoyable, but can be made more palatable through the use of some of the clinical strategies contained in this article. Knowledge of the current best evidence and a willingness to discard outdated practice ideas will help ensure that emergency practitioners continue to provide state-of-the-art medical care. Expressions of care, concern, and respect for patients' problems, and development of a therapeutic alliance with these patients will maximize patient, and ultimately physician, satisfaction.

PMID:
15829388
DOI:
10.1016/j.emc.2004.12.007
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