If you know your patient’s personality, you’re better equipped to frame your consult in a way that will result in better outcomes. Several aspects of personality—such as defenses and reactions—are accentuated during medical care. So, understanding a patient’s personality helps indicate how they will respond to illness, and how your approach could be modified to optimize engagement. It’s all in a research paper Personality-Informed Care: Speaking the Language of Personality featured in the latest ACLP News.
Mark Oldham, MD