Painful dilemmas: An evidence-based look at challenging clinical scenarios

Derek R. Linklater, Laurie Pemberton, Steve Taylor, Wesley Zeger

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Difficult clinical decisions are a part of every emergency practitioner's life. Dealing with difficult patients and recalcitrant consultants is seldom enjoyable, but can be made more palatable through the use of some of the clinical strategies contained in this article. Knowledge of the current best evidence and a willingness to discard outdated practice ideas will help ensure that emergency practitioners continue to provide state-of-the-art medical care. Expressions of care, concern, and respect for patients' problems, and development of a therapeutic alliance with these patients will maximize patient, and ultimately physician, satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-392
Number of pages26
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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