When it comes to patients, context is king


Sometimes we can’t see the wood for the trees when it comes to treating a patient’s illness, writes Queensland GP Dr Rob Park.

Recently, my GP wife and I were discussing how a patient’s context impacts their health. By this, I don’t mean big-ticket items such as access to clean water and fresh air, but people’s more immediate environments.

For example, take the case of a middle-aged woman with obesity who has tried multiple diets, exercise routines and magic potions to lose weight over the past few years