Observable Behaviour Field Note
Assessing Competence in family medicine

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Theme: The physician demonstrates respect for patients in all ways, maintains appropriate boundaries, and is committed to patient well-being. This includes time management, availability, and a willingness to assess performance.

Select up to  behaviours to include in one field note.

✓  Respects the patient’s time as if it were his or her own: does his or her best to be on time; acknowledges when he or she is not

✓  Does not impose personal religious, moral, or political beliefs on a patient

✓  Does not ask for or accept offers of dates from patients

✓  Does not ask patients for favours

✓  Does not accept inappropriate gifts

✓  Does not make jokes at a patient’s expense

✓  Respects a patient’s lifestyle choices as his or hers to make

✓  Appreciates the power differential in the physician-patient interaction

✓  Maintains personal appearance to facilitate patient comfort and confidence for individual patients, or for specific patient populations

✓  Comments and behaviours reinforce and enhance the patient’s abilities and capabilities

✓  Does not lend patients money (or borrow money from patients)

✓  Recognizes the difference between maintaining confidentiality and seeking appropriate professional advice when needed in difficult situations

✓  Actively looks at his or her practice with assessment tools, and implements appropriate changes

✓  Thinks and speaks about patients in a positive manner

✓  Attempts to understand the patient’s issues that precipitate difficult behaviour or non-compliance, and adapts his or her response accordingly

✗  Always seems rushed or burdened by too many demands

✗  Complains about other team members in front of patients

✗  Blames others for a personal lack of organization or harried approach (“Who took my stethoscope this time?”, “Where’s my pen?”, “I’m late because there are no parking spots”, “The secretary didn’t remind me I had to be there”, “My charts weren’t out”)

✗  Is reluctant or refuses to see some patients

Other behaviour not listed

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Theme:
The physician demonstrates respect for patients in all ways, maintains appropriate boundaries, and is committed to patient well-being. This includes time management, availability, and a willingness to assess performance.

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