Chicago—A psychiatry resident whose patient
had committed suicide was asked to present the case to the faculty. He began
by listing the medications he had prescribed. A faculty member interrupted
him, saying, "Tell us about your patient." The resident replied, "I don't
know much about the patient's life or his family. A social worker was the
psychotherapist. I was the psychopharmacologist."
The patient, it turned out, had stopped taking his medications and also
had stopped seeing the social worker. The resident, scheduled to see the patient
only once every 4 months to review medications, did not know these facts.
Patient-Physician Relationship Critical Even During Brief "Medication Checks". JAMA. 2000;284(1):29-31. doi:10.1001/jama.284.1.29