Dan Doyle, West Virginia

Dear Dr. King:

I just read your article on "Addressing the emotional problems of children and their families: the role of reimbursement" in the Summer 2004 issue of Medical Encounter. I really enjoyed your perspective and approach.

I have been a family physician in southern WV since 1977. I did not discover the AAPP until 2002. But I was guided by Michael Balint's teaching from residency on. In his classic 1957 book, "The Doctor, His Patient, and the Illness", Balint describes how his psychologically oriented GP's would invite a patient back for a "long interview" when an emotional issue arose during their regular day. The long interview was essentially letting the patient tell their story and listening, just as you suggest.

The simple reframing of "True, you don't have time now. But you could choose to make time later" is powerful advice for those whose mind is open …

Dan Doyle M.D.
Scarbro, West Virginia

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