Tip Tuesday: Do you have any questions? Or, instead...
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
As an esteemed pediatric colleague of mine suggests, instead of asking (patients, parents, students), "Do you have any questions?"
we should instead say, "What questions do you have?"
A subtle but very important difference. Try it.
There may be unanswered questions, and unlistened to answers. But let's avoid unasked questions, if they should be asked, and could benefit our patients, our learners, our profession, our society...
So tell me, what questions do you have?
About the Expert
Terry Kind, MD, MPH, is Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at Children's National Health System. For the last decade she has also served as a primary care pediatrician at the Children's National Health Center at Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, in Washington, DC.