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Doctor Patient Communication

Changing Hospital and Health Communication Can Help Contain Ebola and Other Diseases

Matthew S. McGlone | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Matthew S. McGlone

Although the CDC can be commended for its efforts to contain Ebola here and abroad, the effort could be improved if changes to the health and risk communication were made.

The #1 Killer and a #1 Star: What James Gandolfini's Death and Multiple Celebrity Tragedies Tell Us to Do Now

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 07.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

James Gandolfini's tragic death as one of our entertainment stars is a wake up call to all of us. James Gandolfini died of heart disease at the premat...

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. ...

When Doctors Don't Know

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

I make it a point to include a statement of uncertainty when offering my assessment and plan to patients in situations where a constellation of symptoms don't immediately add up by the end of an office visit. Am I right to do this? Well, I don't know.

Magnificent Mildred

Robert Accordino M.D., M.Sc. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Accordino M.D., M.Sc.

"Do you know my grandson: Doctor Accordino?" That was my grandmother's go-to question to any apparent medical professional who entered her hospital ro...

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."

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.

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.

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.

Are You Keeping Secrets From Your Doctor?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of people are using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) these days -- things like vitamins, homeopathic or herbal medicine, chiropractors, acupuncture or massage therapy. But they don't always tell their doctors about it.

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?

After Acceptance

Adam Schickedanz, M.D. | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam Schickedanz, M.D.

Patients like Robert make clear that the very personal meaning patients find in their illnesses can be profoundly empowering. All too often, however, health care does not allow patients to explore the personal significance of their diseases.

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!

Inspiring Change With Patients Using Patience

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 09.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Seeds of knowledge and understanding for patients sometimes get integrated easily, and sometimes it seems impossible. I am reminded to never give up on a patient just starting out, some people take longer to make changes.

How The 'Telephone Game' Approach To Medical Care Harms Patients

Marc E. Agronin | Posted 07.30.2012 | Fifty
Marc E. Agronin

Helen's shortness of breath forced a trip to the emergency room. Over a seven-day course of treatment Helen was handed from one doctor to the next, accumulating a patchwork team of six doctors who worked sequentially rather than together.

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?

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.

Catherine Pearson

What Your Doctor's Not Telling You

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living

If you think your doctor is hiding something from you, you might be right. According to a new study, published Wednesday in the journal Health Aff...

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.

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...

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?

The Power of Words: Revising the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Bernie Siegel, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bernie Siegel, M.D.

As doctors, we are not trained to understand the power of our words as they relate to a patient's ability and desire to survive. Words can become swords and, like a scalpel, kill or cure.