The importance of a conversation can not be overstated.

Telluride patient safety roundtable Day #2
We discussed negotiation and various important concepts and strategies concerning negotiation. The negotiation exercises today were very helpful in illustrating and communicating the key concepts presented. Something I found particularly interesting was distinguishing interest from position. An important distinction as this can completely turn a conversation into a win-win for both parties if their underlying interests are addressed. Also, an interesting comment was made about the able to participate in a negotiation and at the same time having a different perspective where you are actually watching yourself from a balcony. This I believe is somewhat related to mindfulness – as an evaluation of your on mental processes and judgments.

We also discussed the informed consent and patient centered care. So many good points and ideas were brought up in discussion but something I hadn’t given enough thought to–the significance/importance the emotional stresses can have on patient ‘s ability to process information during the consent. I think this is one of the major advantages of having a conversation and not a monologue styled “informed” consent. The power of prompt, honest, ongoing and compassionate conversations can not be overstated.