News: Notable quotes from AAFP's Scientific Assembly

October 17, 2008

Doctors from across the country gathered in San Diego last month for the American Academy of Family Physicians' 2008 Scientific Assembly.

Doctors from across the country gathered in San Diego last month for the American Academy of Family Physicians' 2008 Scientific Assembly. Following is a sample of the expertise shared in dozens of educational sessions:

"When a psychiatrist told me that I had bipolar disorder, my immediate reaction was 'Thank God.' Finally, it had a name. That meant that people knew about it. It really did exist."

-Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke (above), on her reaction to hearing that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after more than two decades of knowing only that something was wrong

-Stephen C. Beeson, MD, author of Practicing Excellence: A Physician's Guide to Exceptional Health Care

"There is a growing body of evidence that the attitude and communication skills of a physician delivering bad news plays a crucial role in how well patients accept and cope with the news."

-Jerry L. Old, MD, on how physicians can most effectively dispense bad news to patients and their families

"Be prepared; have a plan. Have an exit strategy, so if an emergency does occur, you can facilitate the patient out of the office without creating a scene that scares the patients in the waiting room."

-Robert J. Dachs, MD, on what to do if an emergency happens while a patient is in your office