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Doctor Patient Relationship

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.

6 Tips To Get Your Doctor To Listen

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Have you tried to tell your story, only to have the doctor interrupt with a list of questions? This advice should help.

Patients, Beware When Doctors 'Go Bare'

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Spencer Aronfeld

Because uninsured doctors are undesirable defendants for most personal injury lawyers, when any Florida medical malpractice lawyer investigates a potential claim, one of the first questions asked is, "Does the doctor have malpractice insurance?"

High Tech, High Touch: Why Technology Enhances Patient-Centered Care

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

We live and practice in an increasingly technology-driven society. Email and texting are default methods of communication, and our patients request that we friend them on Facebook and follow health advice delivered in brief 140-character bursts on Twitter.

Primary Care Is in Crisis

Lydia Dugdale, M.D. | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Lydia Dugdale, M.D.

The insufferable pace of primary care combined with the erosion of the doctor-patient relationship deters young physicians from entering the field. In my graduating class of 30 or so internal medicine trainees, only two of us chose to go into primary care.

Practicing Bad Medicine

Namratha Kandula, M.D., MPH | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Namratha Kandula, M.D., MPH

Many people are demanding better oversight of drug manufacturers in the wake of the recent fungal meningitis outbreak. But few people are asking an even more important question: Why were these patients getting questionable -- and mostly unnecessary -- steroid injections in the first place?

10 Things To Bring With You To Every Doctor's Appointment

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Has this ever happened to you? You are at an appointment with your doctor. She asks you for something, say, the dosage of your cholesterol medication or the results of your recent blood draw you had. You think to yourself, shoot, if only I brought that with me!

Tips for Talking to Arrogant Doctors

Howard J. Bennett, M.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

I know as well as anyone how many demands doctors face. We feel pressure to be on time, get a detailed medical history and not make mistakes. But how much time does it take to say hello and give a patient the sense that you are there to help? According to medical research, it does not take much time at all.

Changing the Culture of Medicine

Leo Galland, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Leo Galland, M.D.

Brian Goldman makes an impassioned personal case for changing the culture of medicine by admitting errors of judgment. I think that the most important step in making that change is recognizing the relationship between physician and patient for what it really is: a partnership.

Does Race or Gender Influence Professional Judgement?

Katy Welter | Posted 12.29.2012 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Does race or gender influence decision-making among members of the most respected professions? Several recent, high-profile studies conclude that, yes, even scientists, doctors, and judges are vulnerable to such unconscious bias.

What Are Those Prescription Drugs Doing in Your Body, Anyway?

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 12.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

If you do need to take prescription meds, understand as much as you can about them before you ingest them.

Science Isn't Magic (It's Better!), Doctors Aren't Omniscient (They're Human!)

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

You get a valuable sense of control over your body by understanding your body. Do this, and you can make your doctor a partner in your health care -- not your guru. It just may improve your health care, and is bound to improve your health.

Goodbye Blank Screen

David J. Hellerstein, M.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
David J. Hellerstein, M.D.

We older therapists, digital immigrants -- if not digital refugees -- may cling to the delusion we can hide ourselves from the Web. For the younger generation, digital natives all, there will be no way to erase their footprints.

Handling Doctors

Sonya Hamlin | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Sonya Hamlin

Here's what happened to me when I recently became ill and the whole business of our relationship with doctors was suddenly brought into sharp focus.

Full Disclosure

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Tell your referring physician and your radiologist -- and any other health care provider you see -- about pre-existing conditions and your symptoms. The more you reveal from the get-go, the better off you will be.

Why Health Care Needs Social Media

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Relationships are crucial to health. We know that people with more and stronger social connections are more likely to be well and happy, and social media can bolster that.

A Different Kind of Medical Battle

Judy Shapiro | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Judy Shapiro

In the heated political battles that get all the attention, it's wise to remember that it is in the quiet battles that the most exquisite pain is experienced.

Good Talks and Real Health Care Reform

Bill Calhoun | Posted 09.16.2012 | Denver
Bill Calhoun

Many of us want to make a real difference in our world, so let's make a real difference in health care. Real health care reform is in our hands. It's between the patient and the doctor and the neighbor and family members. We are the key players.

Are You DDF?

Jayson Littman | Posted 08.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Jayson Littman

As a community, we need to be more aware of STIs. We should each make sure to have at least one close friend to talk to about our health record, and I certainly hope each and every one of us has a doctor with whom we are comfortable talking about our sexual experiences.

How Close Is Too Close?

Alexandra Pisano | Posted 05.10.2012 | Chicago
Alexandra Pisano

The surgeon saved your life. Do you hug him to say thank you? Do you let the nurse who delivered your healthy baby hug you?

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Are Doctors Shortchanging Black Patients? Racial Bias May Be To Blame, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 05.03.2012 | Black Voices

The average time most doctors spend with their patients during each visit is just 20 minutes, according to 2009 estimates by the National Center for H...