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Patient Empowerment

Advance Directives 2.0

Angelo Volandes | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Angelo Volandes

Most of the time, patients have named someone with whom they have not discussed their health care wishes. I often find myself talking about decisions with a son or daughter who never had a conversation with their parents about what they wanted.

Breast Cancer: Survivors' Wisdom for the Newly Diagnosed

Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana

Being diagnosed with any disease or illness is life altering. It is normal to experience a wide range of emotions and thought processes as the news settles in. For the incredible women highlighted in this post, being diagnosed with breast cancer changed their lives forever, and in ways they could not imagine.

7 Empowerment Tips From a 'Professional Patient'

Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana

If you live with a chronic disease, you may be able to relate to me. Everyone wants to feel good. After all, it's hard to check off our bucket list and accomplish life goals if we can't get ourselves out of bed. So how can we obtain our best health and health care when battling a chronic and/or incurable illness?

Rebranding 'Patients' as 'Health Care Consumers': Tread With Extreme Caution

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Those of us in favor of universal access to care argue that health care is not a commodity. Those who can't afford health care are priced out of it, and health care is no longer a public good, like public education and clean water.

12 Ways To Stay Safe In Hospitals

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

By and large, doctors and nurses are well-meaning, and most of the time, the system is working well and you will get good care. However, mistakes do happen. Follow the tips above to make sure that you are safe and well during every hospital stay.

Engage With Empathy

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

To effectively engage patients and caregivers, it is critical that health care providers engage with empathy. With empathy we connect, we understand, we listen, and we communicate. We can engage and empower our patients to be proactive and in charge of their health.

Breaking the Cycle of 'Learned Helplessness'

Gifty Maria Ntim | Posted 07.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Gifty Maria Ntim

Effectively engaging vulnerable patient populations in their care is attainable and vital, and will improve health outcomes and contain costs.

Your Inner Statistician, Revisited: A You-Centered View Of Medical Testing

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.24.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many doctors, particularly young doctors, come to view test results as if handed down direct from the heavens -- and forget that context greatly alters their implications. It shouldn't be your burden to defend against this -- but alas, it is.

Medical Tests: Finding The Balance Between Too Many And Too Few

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.22.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Verify you are getting the tests you need, and only the tests you need. Challenging such decisions is not an insult to your doctor. Simply, it is an affirmation of the fact that you, literally, have skin in the game.

Medicaid Reform? Try Harder

Chris Norwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Norwood

Never has real prevention been more necessary -- or possible.

Why Doctors Need Incentives To Talk With Patients About End-Of-Life Care

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Many people don't get the kind of care that they would choose for the end of life. This happens because most doctors fail to raise the subject until patients are gravely ill.

Palliative Care Needs A Positive Spin

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

In a specialist-driven system that aims to eradicate disease, sometimes we overlook the simpler need to alleviate patients' discomfort and distress.

EmpowHer Launches Free Health Events Database for Women

Francine Hardaway | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francine Hardaway

We've all but lost the idea of reforming health care in our efforts to reform health insurance. But wise policymakers know that the best way to get results is to give people tools to practice prevention and wellness.

Extremely Tired and Completely Worn Out? What It Could Mean Plus Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a serious medical condition that can easily be overlooked because it mimics so many other disorders.

The Patient Empowerment Revolution

Katie Hood | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Katie Hood

Sergey Brin's disclosure last week that he carries a genetic mutation increasing his risk for Parkinson's managed to put the genetics-driven revolution in health care back into the headlines.