When you fill in your medical records, do you face the patient? Can they see your face?
While IT has made it possible to write copious notes, even with a youngsters ability not to require cutting and pasting, it's unlikely to save you from a clever lawyer with a disgruntled patient. While IT improves and develops at an alarming rate, the good news is both the patient and our own individual psychological responses when engaging one another are still primitive. Do you take full advantage of this?
At work, we generally don't have time to have long drawn out introductions, but the evidence points out that as little as an extra three minutes chat can markedly reduce your likelihood of being sued. The psychology of "thin-slicing" maintains people judge one another within a short period of time, and as with speed dating, three minutes may be long enough.
My advice would be to read a lot of books such as Blink by Michael Gladwell or start an online course on NLP, preferably with CPD. In the interim, try out these tips in no particular order which I'm happy to recommend after my 38-years experience as a GDP.
This was my template.
Dear The Donald,
Following your appointment today. These are your scores.
Download our free teeth4life dental App available on the App Store and Google Play.
Press SQUEEZE ME on the tube of toothpaste on the front page to see how the App works for you. Personalise the App in the My Teeth section, add your scores and risk factors, then view your scorecard. Set appropriate reminders to help improve habits.
Type in our postcode BS9 1JB to find me, my contact details, and further details of specific procedures I carry out at the practice.
This animation explains how oral health is directly linked to general health. Keeping your scores in the green may well help maintain your immunity, as well as a healthy smile.
Please look at this animation video on Oral Cancer as you need to monitor yourself for this largely preventable, and deadly disease. There is a shorter self-monitoring clinical video in the App.
Set a monthly reminder in the My Teeth, scorecard section.
Please share the App link with family and friends from the social media icons on the front page. Help save a life SHARE teeth4life.
Dr Antony Smith B.D.S D.P.D.S
Customise the teeth4life App for yourself via the care4teeth.co.uk website. Remember to add your practice postcode, and chose your own favourite YouTube videos for procedures you want to promote. By sending them their BPE, and advise on reminder settings to help improve their OH you help protect yourself against periodontal litigation. The data will be permanently retained on your practice software.
Can anyone help with a brief 160 page T&Cs attachment to help you sleep better of a night, and spend more quality time with friends and family? Agree on concise clinical records appropriate for scrutiny from your GDP peers in both the NHS and private, and not the copious notes demanded by self-serving litigation lawyers.
I came across this text recently on an Open University site, and it got me thinking.
When I qualified in 1982, I wondered should I be called Mr Smith, or a few years later, Dr Smith.
Now nearly everyone calls me Tony. I'm now saying goodbye, and I reflect on how our relationship has changed.
When I qualified, my patients were 100% NHS. I didn't do any posterior white fillings, tooth whitening, implants, or any orthodontics that took more than two months. As I retire, my old practice is about 33% NHS, and the rest is private revenue.
A lot of the practice income is hygienist therapy and elective procedures such as whitening, Invisalign, Implant work, Botox.
The term client implies the individual to be aware of their responsibility to maintain their health. If they want an elective cosmetic service, they obtain that as a client. If they have a disease, then the relationship changes to that of a patient. With the demands of the NHS we need to reinforce the individual's responsibility for societies health.
To avoid seeing patients, I have have made a free App promoting public prevention in oral health. You can create a good client base through prevention and promote your services by customising the teeth4life App.
For more advice on prevention and MID we have made a website teeth4life.org.uk. It will be updated by some of us senior dentists to collaborate with our experience to help your career. All the business coaches maintain that motivated "clients" buy your services. You don't need to sell.
Can you direct me to someone in your marketing department? I have made an App which allows the dentist to customise it for themselves. I made a video yesterday to engage the public and the profession on social media.
I have been asked to help with Fds next year and make a video on my experience and how to engage other health professionals. This is it.
I've made a video on my experiences over 38 years.
When I started, we had no gloves or keyboards.
This is how I may be able to help you now I have retired.
Please download the App, remember to add your postcode.
And share it with your young colleagues and us older ones.
To be free for the public and dentists it will need some sponsorship. Can you help?
Dental litigation is a problem. It seems to have taken off around the millennium. One of the bigger firms began which is two years after dental specialist register started.
Perhaps we ought to consider why we try to improve our skills when so many of the public can no longer afford them? It seems to me that we try to improve our skills to maintain our interest to what for many has become a routine job.
The university and academics benefit from our fees, but do the public at large. My finals case presentation was of a two part denture. It was checked by an oral surgeon who fortunately couldn't get it out no matter how hard he pulled. We need specialists for the 10% who can afford them, but we need these expert witnesses to check other disciplines. That would be fairer for the public and dentists at large who have a far better skill set for the public at large.