chapter  45
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Set the Stage

Spend One Visit Preparing to Make Significant Treatment Changes
WithScott A. Simpson, Anna K. McDowell

A separate visit to set the stage for a significant treatment change can be helpful for both patient and clinician especially in cases of contentious treatment changes. This chapter discusses the merits and pitfalls of this technique in helping patients prepare for change, reinforcing the challenges inherent to change for both patients and clinicians, and how to adapt this technique for situations when an entire visit may not be available to discuss change.