chapter  34
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Identify What Is Solvable

Focus on Concrete Objectives That You and the Patient Can Realistically Solve Together
WithScott A. Simpson, Anna K. McDowell

Patients with multiple complaints can be challenging for clinicians. Even after soliciting the patient’s goals, clinicians may find these goals to be unrealistic or unsolvable in the encounter. This technique helps clinicians set an agenda with the patient that focuses on solvable goals. Setting an actionable agenda introduces a sense of efficacy and hope into treatment while averting despair in the patient and burnout in the clinician. The importance of agenda setting and its theoretical background in cognitive behavior therapy is explored.