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Doctor:Patient Relationship

An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress--Episode Five: Every Body Tells a Story

Catherine Armsden | Posted 11.16.2015 | Women
Catherine Armsden

Anyone can dash off an account of their childhood, told in hindsight with gratitude for the opportunities and challenges that helped them grow. But to convey not only what we've done and where we've been but also who we are, we sometimes need to also tell the history that's lodged in our bodies.

How to Partner With Your Health Care Provider

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

Patient-centered care thrives on two roles for patients and/or caregivers: partner and source of feedback. The patient or caregiver functions as a partner, working in collaboration with the health care team. Active participation in a partnership role is crucial for a successful outcome.

A Doctor-Patient Special Anniversary

Barry L. Zaret, MD | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Barry L. Zaret, MD

Perhaps not all physicians will celebrate over forty years of treating individual patients with serious cardiac or other medical problems. But all physicians have the opportunity to experience the rewards of doctoring and healing. As a profession we must spend less time complaining and more time rejoicing about what medicine does for our patients and for us.

Why Has the Doctor-Patient Relationship Suffered?

Prem N. Ramkumar | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Prem N. Ramkumar

The first step in revamping American medicine requires an intimate understanding of the players, their roles, and more importantly their system-level capabilities. To date, overvaluing physician impact and undervaluing the patient condition has snowballed into a prohibitive culture.

'Please Empathize With Me, Doctor!'

Allen Frances | Posted 08.24.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

We need to combine the science of medicine with its art and to get our doctors and our patients back in sync. Medical schools are finally beginning to recognize this and are revising their entrance test to place more emphasis on the social, not just the biological sciences. It is crucial that we make medicine more humane.

This Breast Density Troublemaker Goes to Japan: The Impact of Shaking Up the Status Quo

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

Since the shock of my advanced-stage breast cancer diagnosis in 2004, I have relentlessly focused on empowering women with information about the strongest predictor of mammography missing cancer: dense breast tissue.

Do We Expect Too Much From Our Doctors

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

I had a wonderful team of professionals to help me but in doing my own research, I was able to affect different outcomes for myself that made drastic differences in my treatments. It gave me a sense of empowerment to know that I was doing everything that I could do for myself.

8 Ways To Cut Your Wait Time At The Doctor's Office

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Kristen Sturt | Posted 06.18.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM It’s 11:43am and you’ve been stuck in your doctor’s waiting room for exactly 73 minutes. Take heart, gentle pat...

Why Dr. Oz Is So Popular

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

In early 2015, the National Health Policy Conference was held in Washington D.C., Dr. Stephen Berkshire, member of the American College of Health Ca...

For Most People With Alzheimer's, Ignorance Is Not Bliss

William E. Klunk, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
William E. Klunk, M.D., Ph.D.

Only when the vast majority of medical professionals choose to be forthright about the disclosure of Alzheimer's, will we all begin to see and understand the disease from the same point of view. As the stigma fades away, as it once did with cancer, we will step up our efforts to raise awareness, care for our loved ones and ultimately find a cure.

3 Things Doctors Can Do to Connect With Patients

Patrick Roth, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick Roth, M.D.

It is clear that patients want to connect with their doctors. Doctors, however, seem more ambivalent about making such a connection. To some doctors, it is as if forming a connection will somehow undermine the traditional relationship which is best kept as formal, paternalistic, and standoffish.

Maternalism in Medicine

Elizabeth Horn | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Horn

Maternalistic physicians are not dictating to our patients what to do, but rather guiding them gently to what we think is best. We give our patients autonomy but never make them feel alone or unsupported in their care.

Life And Death On Your Terms

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

Hospice and palliative care are both available to provide end-of-life care. The major differences between the two involve the expected length of time until death and whether or not curative treatment is still being provided.

Medical Treatment by Brute Force

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.

Making the Most of Your Doctor: Three Words to Get the Best Out of Those 10 Minutes

Sabreena Razaq Hussain | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Sabreena Razaq Hussain

There are many models of communication that are used to train doctors in patient communication. A common one that we will use to demonstrate today is called the ICE model: ideas, concerns and expectations.

Leaders Dedicated to Paving a Way Forward for Health Care Policy

Hadley Heath | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Hadley Heath

Our health care system is in crisis, and believe it or not, the worst is yet to come. The same policies that devastated the individual insurance market last year will begin to hit the employer-provided market in January as large companies are forced into Obamacare

'Touching' on Something Bigger -- in New Book, Betsy MacGregor Says Medicine Shouldn't Be Divorced From Empathy

Helen Riess, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Books
Helen Riess, M.D.

Medical technology is part of the miracle of medicine. However, without humanity, we miss the essence of meeting others at their most vulnerable and frightening journeys, where an empathic partner can help them cross the most poignant thresholds of what it means to be human.

How Not to Talk to Someone Dying of Cancer

Allen Frances | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

We overtrain our doctors on the overvalued technical aspects of medicine and under-train them in the undervalued relational skills that have always been at the heart of healing.

Prescription for the Angry Patient: Communication

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

The degree of success, whether a doctor or a hospital (or any business), isn't always measured by good outcomes. It is measured by what happens after a mistake. We all make mistakes because we're human. It's unavoidable. What is in our control, however, is the way we treat a person and family afterward.

Taking Charge of Your Health in an Era of Health Care Uncertainty

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

Unfortunately, for most patients, patient-centered care is an anomaly. Hospitals are trying to change the culture to one of patient-centered care rapidly. Even so, hospitals often miss the mark.

The Questions I Can't Ask About Guns

Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP

Would you believe that as a pediatrician, it is against the law in my state to ask my patients if they have a gun in their home?

Nurse, It's Me -- I'm Behind the Computer Screen

Dana Gottesman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dana Gottesman

Computerized medical files definitely close the gap in information gathering and data collection, but how is it actually affecting the patient/practitioner relationship?

Value for Patients?

Kim Thiboldeaux | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Kim Thiboldeaux

Recently, I attended the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago. This year, several sessions addressed the important question of "value" in cancer care, with an emphasis on maintaining or improving quality of care while reducing the cost of care.

Health Care or Disease Care: Which Would You Choose? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself and Why

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

The new science of "health" care that has emerged in the 21st century is creating the opportunity to be successful in preventing and treating chronic diseases. In a successful therapeutic relationship, practitioner and patient work in partnership to create health rather than treat disease.

The Factory Farming of Patients

Riva Greenberg | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

In providers' hurriedness, the small kindnesses are falling away: a smile, a handshake, a few warm words, making connection. As care drops out of health care we are paying for it; we are sowing greater dis-ease.