What do I want to know about clinicians and clinician settings?
I've got questions of my own that would help me answer that.
Where do you spend your time?
- How much of that is in direct contact with patients?
- How much of that is providing care via consultation with other professionals?
- How much of that is managing the care provided by other professionals treating patients?
- How much of that is in what I call administrivia? Stuff that you need to do but has more value to others than to yourself.
- How much of that is in managing your business? [Some of this could also fall under #4, save that you actually care about it].
- How much of that is in improving your own skills?
- How much of that is using technology?
- If you had unlimited time, where would you spend more?
- Where would you spend less time if you could?
- Where do you work? And what is your specialty?
- What kind of information systems do you use [note: a card file is an information system]? What of it uses computers?
- What is your technology footprint?
- How long have you been doing this?
What are your problems?
- What are the biggest problems that you have?
- What are the little annoyances that bug you?
- Complete this sentence: You know how the _____ always/sometimes/never _____? I really hate/love that!
- What won't ever change? Why? Is that good or bad?
What does this mean for my work going forward?
Answers to these questions could completely change my focus (but I doubt it), or redirect where I put emphasis (highly likely). It would certainly have an impact on the standards that I help develop that might become part of our national program. And I'm sure it will impact any products that I influence, directly or otherwise. The real answer is that I don't know what it means, other than knowing that it will mean something changes.