Primary care medicine is intense and chaotic, a constantly mutating kaleidoscope of data, emotions, goals and obstacles. It is designed to confuse and distract, and will find and magnify any tendencies towards ADD in even the most organized clinician. During my 30+ years as a family doc, I’ve come to depend on some core principles and concepts to stay grounded and maintain focus. Here are ten core principles I have found useful, with some comments and exposition.
1. It’s always about the patient