The Doctor-Patient Relationship Redefined

“Addicts build substitute relationships with drugs, alcohol, food, sex, or something else. I can administer drugs to curb urges but we only win because we establish new, constructive relationships to replace the destructive ones,” says Dr. Annette Bosworth.

One of the most vital new relationships in the Meaningful Treatment Program will be between patient and physician.

Recovering addict and successful college student Miles Tate describes the strength of his communication channel through the Meaningful Treatment Program. “It’s not that I call my doctor for every little thing…but when I feel irritable, when I’m stuck, we need to do something about it right away. Nine months into my withdrawal Dr. Annette and I still talk a lot on the patient portal. This isn’t the sort of program where they say, ‘We’re done here!’”

In order to satisfy a patient’s need for a physician to listen, advise, and coach, we preface the first patient consultation with an extensive electronic question-and-answer process. “What we collect goes far beyond a standard medical history,” Dr. Bosworth explains. “We ask the kind of questions that initiate a dialogue. For instance: ‘What was the best day of your life?’”

Dr. Bosworth’s Health IT methods enable the Meaningful Treatment conversation to continue outside office hours without expanding patient costs. She’s created a responsive system of listening, coaching, and even homework assignments. “We aim to give the best service with fewer roadblocks between us and the patient.”