Doorknob disclosures

Case

You see a patient with a minor rash. As they leave the room they turn around and disclose suicidal thoughts. You are already running late.

What are the issues? What is the right thing to do?

Definition

doorknob disclosure is an uncomfortable, painful, or embarrassing revelation offered at the end of a meeting or conversation, usually by someone who’s about to exit. When we learn about bad news in this way, we can feel frustrated and trapped.

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The dilemma

Do you wait for the next meeting or address the issue?

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