Those that read my content regularly will know that I spend a lot of time and energy trying to improve patient communication methods in a variety of ways. Whether that involves using technology to make photography more powerful and efficient or using standardised Oral Hygiene postcards so that delivering better OHI is quicker and easier.
Today I will be revisiting a document I use regularly for complex cases as I have reworked it recently and it has been a long time since I last discussed it so some people may not have seen it. I call it my "Treatment considerations" document.
I have accepted a position at Pinhoe Dental Centre in Exeter to work 4 days a week which will reduce my commute time significantly while also allowing me to continue on my current path trying to provide the highest quality of care possible for my patients.
While working in Sidmouth I have grown massively as a person and as a dentist and it represents a huge chapter in my life. During this time I have met my wife, got married, become a father to 3 children, moved house twice. Professionally this job has been the foundation to allow me to start sharing my knowledge gained over these years with others by blogging and writing for national dental journals and as a clinical supervisor (all of which I plan to continue to do).
So I will be bidding farewell to Sidmouth but I am massively excited for what the next chapter of my life holds.
Last year I read or listened to a lot of books. Some fantastic, some mediocre. By the end of the year I had a fair list of books that I had found interesting or powerful. This year while continuing to consume new content I plan to revisit some of the best books I have read in the past hopefully to pick up even more on a second pass.
I have been thinking a lot lately about standardised responses to questions or situations. I don’t just mean using things like OHI postcards even though I think they are invaluable (here if you haven’t seen them: http://www.drchrisharper.co.uk/blog/ohi-postcards). But rather standardised responses to the awkward situations such as a patient questioning why dentistry is “so expensive!”. Today I will be considering how to respond to patients who can’t make up their mind about what they want to do.
Dr Chris Harper