Canine Cushing's Case Files: The ins and outs of detection and treatment—Case file: Avoiding practitioner pitfalls with canine cushing's cases (Sponsored by Dechra Veterinary Products)
Ironically, one of the biggest weaknesses veterinarians have is directly tied to a key reason many of us enter this profession. It's a trait that is also one of our greatest common strengths. Veterinarians derive great pleasure from addressing a problem and fixing it. We may even feel a strong need to solve problems immediately. Few things are more gratifying than "fixing" an ill or injured patient. Making an immediate difference for a patient, and for the people who love that animal, is energizing.
Correct the pitfalls that affect your cases
A 2007 review of treatment adherence in human psychiatric patients highlighted four predictors of treatment concordance problems associated with clinician factors: poor doctor-patient relationship, poor explanation/communication, poor empathy, and inadequate follow-up.1 By avoiding similar pitfalls in veterinary practice, we can improve patient care and successfully manage more of our canine patients with Cushing's syndrome and other chronic diseases.
Strengthen the doctor-client relationship
Weak doctor-client relationships can lead to client mistrust and low perceptions of value in the services received. A demonstrated long-term commitment to the resolution of a chronic disease such as Cushing's syndrome may be the single strongest medical tool that a veterinarian can employ. Trusted doctor-client relationships can take time to build, and ideally exist before a patient faces a diagnosis of a chronic disease. However, these relationships often must be forged as treatment progresses.