Friday, November 2, 2007

Picky eaters: case



A young man follows his child into the room and sees a pamphlet he's interested in but we only have the French version displayed. He asks if we have it in English and I pull it out from one of the many boxes I am keeping under the extra desk until we can find someplace to store them. Eventually the plan is to have an extra computer at that desk that patients and their families can use while they wait. The pamphlet is called Feeding your child ages 2-5. The man tells me his daughter is 2 years and 7 months old and a very finicky eater. I offer to see if I can find some other resources. He's nervous about staying in the room with me as he might not hear his name being called. The waiting room is quite animated this morning and a vacuum is being used nearby. I offer to find some information for him and tell him she can pick it up after his appointment.


I find a few good resources that will supplement the pamphlet nicely:

From Eat Right Ontario: Picky eaters and serving sizes
From Kids Health: Nutrition & Fitness section
From the BC Ministry for Children and Families: Feeding your toddler with love and good food (pdf)

I print these out and place them handily on my desk for the man to pick up when he leaves. He never returns for them.


I'm not sure what to do with the 10 pages or so that I have printed. We have not yet established a procedure for this eventuality but I am now inspired to create one. Some things to consider: a way for patients to be located when they are with me and their name is called; a way to get printed information to a patient in case they forget it (email, fax?); a place to put abandoned printed information that may be used at a later time.

Further resolution & discussion

The following week I decide to try and track down the man and see if he still wants the information. I go to the chief administrator at Herzl to ask if she can suggest how to find the man using only a first name. Medivisit, the clinic's appointment scheduling software, only allows a search using both first and last. She randomly calls one of the team coordinators, who as it happens knows the man we are looking for. I have contact information in my hands within 2 minutes. I call the man and he does still want the information. I leave it with the team coordinator for him to pick up at his next visit. I am very impressed with how well the teams seem to know their patients.

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