I came across this article in linkedin. It’s an interesting idea because when a physician uses the term “challenging patient” (s)he is likely referring to one of two kinds of patients. One kind is one with a lot of health problems, some of which interfere with the treatment of others (or perhaps just a couple complicated health issues). However it is often used to refer to patients who are hard to reach/not very compliant/have poor insight to how their behavior affects their health.
Many times I ask myself how did the latter kind of patient get to where they are. I haven’t yet used this with any of my patients, but it does seem like an interesting way to help patients.