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Doctor Patient Relationship

Will Video Chat Destroy the Doctor-Patient Relationship?

Danea Horn | Posted 06.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Danea Horn

Given past blunders, we have a ways to go with the industry as a whole, but I know that it is possible to integrate technology, maybe even video chat, with compassionate care.

How To Improve The Doctor-Patient Relationship: An Open Letter To Future Physicians

Mailet Lopez | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Mailet Lopez

No matter what type of physician you may be, and what type of news you are delivering, you become the single most important person in the world to your patients because you are there at the start of their journey, you are at the helm of their survival.

Doctor-Patient Communication: What to Do When a Patient Says Thank You

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Let me show you four simple steps -- requiring just 15 seconds -- that will turn a thank you into a two-way healing encounter of the highest order. ...

Why Getting Old or Sick in America Doesn't Pay (And What You Can Do to Avoid It)

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Amandah Blackwell

My mom has been through the ringer with doctors, Medicare, secondary insurance, and medical professionals. It's as if the left hand has no clue as to what the right hand is doing. To me, health care shouldn't be this complicated.

Continuity of Health Care: Going, Going... Almost Gone!

John Geyman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
John Geyman

We have heard the promises as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was being sold to the public, including -- you can keep your doctor and insurance if you like it. We now know those promises to be mostly false as the ACA enters its fifth year of implementation.

When Doctors Become Salesmen, Patients Pay the Price

David Magee | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
David Magee

I ran the numbers. My 20 percent co-pay on their inflated price was more than I would have paid had I bought it online and left my insurance company out of it. It gnawed at me.

Health Care 101: Three Easy Ways to Keep Your Patients Happy

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

We provide and support ways to improve and maintain the personal health of our patients while our patients provide and support the health of our careers and livelihood. We depend on our patients as much as they depend on us.

Medical Tests: The Illusion of Reassurance

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Tests are increasingly common, visits are increasingly short, and doctors now commonly forego thorough physical examination. Put bluntly, in the exam room we are already doing less talking and touching, and more testing.

Health Care Organizations Kludge Networks

Gopal K. Chopra, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Gopal K. Chopra, M.D.

Health care is going through a process of re-grounding itself in patient-centric care. All rhetoric aside, we have to enable multidisciplinary teams w...

Affordable Care Act's Elephant in the Room -- Political Pun Not Intended

Gopal K. Chopra, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Gopal K. Chopra, M.D.

Why the optimism for participating in changing health care then? The customer, providers and patients are jumping ship, and therein lies the opportunity.

Action Call: Let's Change American Medicine -- Finding Hope by Living Healthy Naturally

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

Moving forward, let's change American medicine. We can be better doctors and better patients. Together, we can change how medicine is practiced in this country and shift focus to living healthy naturally. Together, we can find hope.

How Mindfulness Training Benefits Both Doctors And Their Patients

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.13.2013 | Healthy Living

A growing body of research has shown multiple benefits of mindfulness, including helping smokers quit their habit, improving sleep quality, and even h...

'Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!'

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 10.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

We must bring back the art of medicine and the art of healing and treat all of our patients with a "listening infusion."

What Happens When Doctors Go Too Slow

Riva Greenberg | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Yet unlike medical errors, clinical inertia goes mostly unreported and under the radar. That's why it's up to you to be mindful whether your provider is providing treatment and recommendations in your best interest.

The Physician-Patient Relationship

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric Silfen, M.D.

Physicians need to lose the paternal attitude, embrace the new doctor/patient paradigm and gain some new partners who can help us prevent disease, manage big health global concerns (heart disease, cancer, hypertension) and shape a healthier world.

5 Things Your Surgeon Forgets to Tell You

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 09.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Going into surgery soon? Make sure you know about the "five little pearls" -- bits of practical wisdom that won't be in that fancy color pamphlet that the surgeon gives you or the packet of loose papers that the nurse shoves into your hands as you're hurried out the door after surgery.

Can We Let Doctors Be Human?

Riva Greenberg | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Ofri's books explore the "other world" of medicine -- emotions. Writing, Ofri told me, "began as a way to walk through some intense experiences and process my feelings." Her books are also "thank yous" to her patients who have taught her how to, and made her a better, doctor.

Health Is a Creative Process

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

Being aware of what's happening in the room -- paying attention to the process -- requires an intention, a willingness to be present, to show up and engage with our patients in a way that is mutually respectful.

New Doctor-Patient Relationships

Bruce A. Barron | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce A. Barron

The primary issue when using the Internet as a source of medical information concerns the accuracy and validity of the material. Patients should be aware that there is no quality control mechanism or measure in place that certifies the reliability of the information presented.

Time for a Bit of Common Sense

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

If Americans are out of shape due to poor exercise, too much sugar, too much salt, etc., can the outcomes be expected to be stellar? To what degree can we hold the physicians, surgeons and hospitals responsible for reported longer length of hospital stays and poor outcomes?

Condolence

Sarah Richards Kim, M.D. | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Sarah Richards Kim, M.D.

Some have suggested that sending a condolence card is in fact part of a physician's professional obligation to a patient. Families may be comforted by the affirmation that their loved one was not merely a name on a roster, but a person, whose death is noteworthy.

Health Care Is the Diabetes of Our GDP

Dr. Jordan Shlain | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jordan Shlain

If you haven't been paying close attention, "patient engagement" is a white-hot topic in health care these days. It wasn't sexy five years ago.

Eye to Eye: The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Stage 4 Breast Cancer

Lisa Bonchek Adams | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Bonchek Adams

The nature of the doctor-patient relationship changes over the course of illness. Perhaps nowhere is that truer than in oncology.

Choosing Wisely, Indeed

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Culture shifts with regard to medical practice come slowly, but having this collaborative style effort from thought leaders of reputable organizations underscores both the timeliness and urgency of these recommendations.

Hello Dr. Hasty, See You Later!

Carine Fabius | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Carine Fabius

Needless to say, I was very relieved when I left the office of Dr. #4. I loved hearing that I wouldn't need a hysterectomy and that I no longer had pre-cancerous cells on my cervix. But I couldn't help being shocked at how little curiosity he'd shown over a promising new treatment for his patients.