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Doctor Patient Relationship

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

Get Your Doctor to Stop Using Medical Jargon

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Physicians do a terrible job at assessing a patient's health literacy. We are educating a new generation of doctors and nurses to use plain language, but in the meantime there are some steps you can take so you don't fall into the same trap that I did.

Why Can't Doctors Hear Me?

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 06.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy K. Humphreys

Doctors have created dictionaries full of terms, in Latin no less, to talk to each other about medical issues. Why on earth can't they come up with a list of terms in English, words they trust patients can use to tell them exactly what feels wrong with us?

The New Patient Manifesto: A Physician's Perspective

Gregory A. Buford, M.D., FACS | Posted 06.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregory A. Buford, M.D., FACS

Medicine has changed, and it has changed for the good. As medical professionals, we must meet this challenge head-on to be in a position that we can interact with you to accomplish great things.

How Active Should We Be in Our Own Medical Care?

Erin Smith | Posted 06.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Erin Smith

Be a thinking, active, participating person in your family's health care. Do your homework. Trust your gut instinct. Ask questions, even if you feel uncomfortable doing so.

What's In a Name: What Should Patients and Doctors Call Each Other?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

The doctor/patient relationship is highly personal and complex. The physician must maintain a professional rapport and the patient's dignity, respect the person's privacy, and convey an impression of competence.

Physician Heal Thyself

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 01.01.2012 | Weird News
Malcolm Kushner

The University of Chicago recently announced a donation of $42 million to create an institute dedicated to the improvement of doctor-patient relations.

50/50 in the Game of Life

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.01.2012 | Impact
Paul Stoller

Imagine if the assumption of normal health is suddenly obliterated with a diagnosis of cancer. That's the scenario in 50/50, an excellent portrayal of what happens when someone you know suddenly becomes a cancer patient.

Jennifer Grey's New Role: Educating Chronic Pain Sufferers

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.07.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

When I sat down with Jennifer Grey, I didn't ask about Dirty Dancing. Yet it came up because the year the movie was released (1987) coincided with the car accident that left Grey with whiplash damage and chronic pain.

How Electronic Medical Records Affect Patient Care

Janet Dillione | Posted 08.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Janet Dillione

Around the globe, we face increasingly complex and intertwined diagnoses, treatments and recovery paths. As a result, it is vitally important to capture and preserve the nuances of each patient's care path.

Why Doctors Should Disclose Their Mistakes

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 08.08.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

Doctors and hospitals are finding that when they make a mistake, sharing the information with the patient isn't just the right thing and the smart thing -- it can be a money-saving thing.

Narrative Medicine: Patient-Centered, Touchy-Feely Health Care

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 07.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

Narrative medicine, and the resulting application of its principles to medical ethics, seems to me a bright new star in the universe of medical possibilities.

How To Build A Better Relationship With Your Doctor

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 06.16.2011 | Home
Dr. Cindy Haines

I think it's possible to stay healthier for less money. One of the most important steps to take in getting there is to effectively partner with a primary care provider.

Too Few Doctors Tell Patients They're Overweight

Health | Matt McMillen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Many people who are overweight and obese either don't realize it or are in denial -- and too few doctors are setting them straight, according to a...

How To Be A Smart Patient

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

But it is your body, your health, and your life. You are the boss -- so act like it!

How Doctors Should Deliver Bad News

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

As a neurologist who specializes in rehabilitation there have been countless times in my career when I have had to deliver terrible news to a patient or family.

How Online Reviews Can Help a Physician

John W. House, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John W. House, M.D.

Online reviews are the same as Googling for a diagnosis. The online review sites are not going anywhere. As physicians, we need to embrace online review sites as tools of the trade.

6 Things Your Doctor Should Never Say (PHOTOS)

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

You would think that after 35 years of being in practice and having made the same mistake before, I would know better. It may be why they call it medi...

Tips For Coping With The Stress Of A Medical Emergency

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

It is natural to shift blame to a God who doesn't care, a doctor who is inaccessible, or an insurance plan that is heartless. It is natural to shift blame, but not constructive.

5 Reasons People Don't Like Their Doctor

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

The messages were loud and clear. Your doctor doesn't listen to you or care enough, makes too much money, makes you wait too long, and you might do better going to your dog's vet.

5 Ways Doctors Can Really Help Patients

Thomas Goetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Thomas Goetz

Good, well-meaning doctors see noncompliance every day in their offices and they are baffled by it. As one doctor recently put it: How can we help people who won't help themselves?

Is Your Health Care Ageist? (Even If You're Not That Old?)

Mark Lachs, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Lachs, M.D.

Ever stopped to think that the medical care you get as someone boomer-aged or younger, which you may have dismissed as generically underwhelming, might also have its roots in ageism?

Medicine By The Numbers

Craig Garner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Craig Garner

There is no numeric substitute for direct and clear communication between a doctor and patient. That said, making sense of medical statistics can go a long way in helping a patient.

The Limit To What Doctors Understand

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

How much easier it is to imply that it must be "all in the patient's head," rather than concede it is knowledge that isn't yet in ours! How easy, and how wrong.

The Physical Exam Provides More Than Emotional Value

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

For a doctor-patient relationship to have meaning beyond that of a business interaction, there needs to be trust. One of the most basic ways to establish trust is to touch.