Using a biopsychosocial approach means – we listen to understand the patient as a person

Using a biopsychosocial approach means – we listen to understand the patient as a person

We’re taught the purpose of listening to our patients is to find information to help us make a diagnosis. We aren’t taught to listen to find out who our patients are, to hear about their experience and understanding their fears, goals and beliefs.

Ultimately this is a detriment to both the patient and ourselves because without knowing who that patient is and what matters to them, you don’t have half the information you need to make a treatment plan specifically designed for them and their goals.

Alex Murray Podiatrist

Alex Murray is a Podiatrist working in private practice and the founder of website Making Sense in Podiatry. He's passionate about helping other clinicians make sense of evidence and clinical practice with a core philosophy of exploring the complexity of human beings, embracing the uncertainty of clinical practice, and avoiding overly reductionist thinking. In addition to his undergraduate degree from La Trobe, he also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of Otago. He has experience with both national and international athletes and has recently transitioned to focusing primarily on helping the general population and local athletes manage their pain and achieve their goals.

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