drsclafani wrote:i am sorry you take offense at my request. I want to teach doctors, who might try to perfect this technique, empathy for patients. if i tell them at my meeting that patients have cognnitive impairment, they will have a blank look. if i tell them that a patient is insecure about what is happening because they are slightly (or more) c0nfused, some will have empathy for that time when they were lost and afraid
Would the doctors already be used to dealing with cognitive impairment in the elderly? I sometimes feel like I start the day out at age 30 (ok, 35) and end it at age 80. It might be a matter of the doctors knowing to use the same tactics they might use with the elderly? Looking for signs of understanding, slowing down, repeating themselves, being friendlier or more approachable to help the patient to feel safe?
Looking at MS as a patient population, it is diverse and the most immediately noticeable has to be the physical disability. The wheelchairs (or 'chair' for short, as someone asked earlier.) The cognitive and fatigue side of it is so much harder to see.
For me, I might seem like a different patient (engaged, fully understanding) at the start of a lengthy doctor appointment than I do at the end of it (exhausted, brain on a slow blink).