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Doctorpatient Relationship

Life And Death On Your Terms

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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.

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. ...

Post-Surgery Hell and the Important Lessons Learned

Randy Pipkin | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Randy Pipkin

I have been fighting a PEG tube for long time. But never in my wildest imagination would I think the experience would turn into a gore fest. So, what did I learn from all of this?

It's Time to Increase Value and Connectivity for Patients

Gopal K. Chopra, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Gopal K. Chopra, M.D.

Health care isn't that different from other consumer industries except that we not only need our consumers to return to our establishment, but we also need to be increasingly more integrated into their lives and we are increasingly more responsible for their health outcomes.

High Tech Works When It Enables High Touch

Trishan Panch | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Trishan Panch

François-Marie Arouet, 18th century French author and iconoclast, better known as Voltaire, quipped that, "The art of medicine consists of amusing th...

Is There a Magic Pill for Chronic Illness?

Hilary Hatch, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Hilary Hatch, Ph.D.

Doctors need tools that help them give patients personalized, specific, actionable advice and the resources to refer patients from the point of care. A doctor's personal recommendation in the visit can be supported by technology and other members of the medical team between visits.

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...

No 'Magic Pill' for Helping Patients Manage Chronic Illness

Mark Wagar | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Wagar

Care delivery that puts the patient into focus, and embraces new and innovative ways of engaging patients in their treatment will help us realize the triple aim of health reform.

When Doctors Become Salesmen, Patients Pay the Price

David Magee | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
David Magee

I ran the numbers. My 20 percent co-pay on their inflated price was more than I would have paid had I bought it online and left my insurance company out of it. It gnawed at me.

Medical Tests: The Illusion of Reassurance

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Tests are increasingly common, visits are increasingly short, and doctors now commonly forego thorough physical examination. Put bluntly, in the exam room we are already doing less talking and touching, and more testing.

Health Care Organizations Kludge Networks

Gopal K. Chopra, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Gopal K. Chopra, M.D.

Health care is going through a process of re-grounding itself in patient-centric care. All rhetoric aside, we have to enable multidisciplinary teams w...

The Doctor/Patient Relationship Comes First, Last, and Always

Allen Frances | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

When I started my training in psychiatry 45 years ago, the prevailing model for understanding mental disorders was broadly bio/psycho/social in the grand tradition of Pinel. When psychiatry is practiced well, it integrates insights from all the different ways of understanding human nature.

Affordable Care Act's Elephant in the Room -- Political Pun Not Intended

Gopal K. Chopra, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Gopal K. Chopra, M.D.

Why the optimism for participating in changing health care then? The customer, providers and patients are jumping ship, and therein lies the opportunity.