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The three second consultation
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    the three point scale

    In the context of the follow-up consultation, be it in the in-patient or in the out-patient setting, the first three seconds should include the catechism "are you better, same, or worse". This open-ended approach gives the doctor the opportinity to assess whether or not he is "on track" with the diagnosis and treatment, and it leaves little opportunity for "denial" on his part. I suspect that, to a large extent, diagnostic...

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