Danielle Ofri, MD on sharing stories and the emotional epidemiology of disease
“This last mile of the COVID pandemic—Omicron or not—is a painstaking one-on-one endeavor. As is most of primary care. Sadly, we now have to deal with political epidemiology as much as emotional and clinical epidemiology.
We’ll sit with each of our patients, listening as much as possible, attempting to understand and address their concerns. With some, the bloc of silence may be impenetrable. This is heartbreaking, especially for those of us who’ve penned more condolence cards this past year than we have in a lifetime of clinical practice. But such is the reality of our society’s self-inflicted wounds.”
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Emotional epidemiology of disease is as critical as clinical epidemiology.”
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