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Reflecting on Your Values and Beliefs

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Khan, U. (2018). The difficult conversations physicians have with patients.

In this physician’s account, we see how important it is to have conversations with patients about their core values.

The author, a doctor, shares a story about a patient with uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, and kidney problems. The patient doesn’t like taking medications, checking her sugars, or going to dialysis. The doctor confronts her, asking if she wants to live and if she values her time with her grandkids. The patient breaks down, realizing the impact her choices have on her life and her loved ones. The doctor emphasizes the importance of having difficult conversations and showing empathy, highlighting the human aspect of being a physician.


Review the attached Values List below.

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