What should a primary-care physician do when a patient turns up with a friend or family member in tow: someone who's clearly taking some kind of responsibility for that patient's care?
Pretend the caregiver's not there and talk to the patient? Pretend the patient's not there and talk to the caregiver? Talk to them both equally? What if the caregiver and the patient give conflicting accounts about how the patient's been doing and what's needed that day? Suppose the caregiver looks tired and stressed? Would it be too pushy to suggest that she see her doctor and make sure her own health is OK? Is there really time to take care of both the patient and the caregiver?