BCH Listens: In this video,
neurosurgeon Dr. Lee Nelson speaks about how integral listening to patients has been for his practice.
"Listening, for a neurosurgeon, is critical to understanding what
is going on with a patient," he says, "and helps us understand
what brings them in to be seen. Many times, people come in with MRIs that
we review, however, the story is really much more than what we’re
seeing on the MRI. How we decide to treat them and, the care that we render
to them is dependent upon what they tell us. You can’t really do
neurosurgery without listening to the patient and finding out what’s
really driving the visit."
"Listening, is really one of the key tools that a physician can use
to help a patient and that ultimately is why we became physicians in the
first place," Dr. Nelson said. "In large part, most physicians
became doctors to solve problems and help people in their lives. You just
can’t be as helpful to people unless you’re listening to them
and taking the time to hear what their concerns are and listen to identify
the clinical problem."
For more, please go to bch.org/BCHListens.