Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What Is The Most Important Part Of The Patient Visit?

I feel like a mosquito in a nudist colony, there is so much to cover, I don't know where to start.

Question: What is the most important part of the patient visit?

Answer: The post check or post analysis. It is as simple as that.

It doesn't matter what technique you are using, it matters what your pre and post analysis is to make sure that you removed any or all of the subluxations present on that particular visit. If you want to be 100% congruent and of the highest integrity you must be willing to do post checks after your adjustments or else you can't honestly say that you did your best at removing subluxation on that visit.
Some chiropractors think the most important thing on each visit is patient education/communication. I agree that patient education/communication is very important, however, if you do a great consult, exam, report of findings, and orientation, the patient will be on the right track with chiropractic and you can continue to do thirty second tips of the day and questions to further their chiropractic understanding and education of chiropractic.
If you don't correct the interference between the brain and the body and can't back that up with post checks, then this will lead to uncertainty, contradiction, and doubt. I wouldn't want to go to a doctor that was uncertain, contradictory and full of doubt.


Dr. Jonathan said...
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Dr. Jonathan said...

Great post. If we say we correct subluxations, post checking an adjustment is required. Post checking for an adjustment should also be done on follow up visits relevant to the visit before. Are the adjustments holding?. If the same segment is showing up is it the same listing or different?

The quality of care provided is directly proportional to the number of times a particular segment is adjusted during the care plan.

I think clients appreciate progressive visits ( also increases referrals) : each visit picking up where the other leaves off. This simple idea can dramatically raise the professional reputation of chiropractors away from the social perception of endless visits of the same adjustment and dogmatic philosophy. Here is a relevant article, "Acessing the Biological Source Code" I wrote on the subject: