Familiar Challenge 1: Reluctant Providers

The Scenario:

Dr. Know has practiced for 20 years. He prides himself on close relationships with families, and is particularly interested in the behavioral problems that his counseling addresses. Dr. Know feels he recognizes children with developmental problems, and does not want a piece of paper to use up time and then dictate his practice.

Response Strategies:

  • Point out that his clinical judgment remains vital
  • Give him data about identification rates
  • Share experience from other practices: it saves time
  • Discuss that tools can pinpoint parent concerns
  • Comment that on busy days it is harder to be so observant
  • Consider whether this would help in teaching residents or medical students
  • Suggest trying a tool for a few months on a trial basis
  • Share this and other web site teaching materials for individual learning rather than group sessions