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  • Writer's pictureNicole Cozean

Should You Be Asking Your Patient More Questions?

How would you respond to someone who told you they were only drinking 24 ounces of water each day?

You might be tempted to tell them about how important hydration is. Or how more water intake can dilute bladder irritants. Or show them a cool new water bottle you bought that can help.

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Sometimes we're so excited to share what we know we forget to ask another question.

If there's one clinical superpower we could gift to each of you, it would be the ability to ask more questions. They don't even have to be good ones! (Though they'll get better as you practice).

  • Just ask follow-up questions.

  • Be genuinely curious.

  • Learn about their day-to-day.

  • Get specific.

  • Let them talk!

In a normal session, we really feel the patient should be talking for 80% of the time. And that happens when you ask questions.

So your challenge this week - see how far you can get into your sessions by just asking questions. Note when you have the urge to jump in with 'education' and put it on hold. See what you find. Think you can try that?

As Nicole said in the full episode:

"Continue to ask more questions of your patients. If you do this deliberately, your patients will get better..." -Nicole Cozean

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Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT, WCS

Founder of Pelvic PT Rising and PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Southern California.

Dedicated to forever changing pelvic health with online clinical courses to help you be more confident in your practice and business resources to help start and grow pelvic health businesses.

Jesse Cozean, MBA

Co-founder of the Pelvic PT Rising and the Rising Podcast.

Jesse uses his business experience to help pelvic health business owners start and grow their practices so they can build a practice that truly works for them. From website design, SEO, conversions, marketing, finance and money mindset, he wants to make the process of owning your own practice easier and fun.

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