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Patient Centered Care

We Need to Create an Enabling Environment for Health Innovation

Krista Donaldson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Krista Donaldson

No matter where you live, or your income level, healthcare is ripe for change. The state of health in 2024 will be radically better, but only if we create an enabling environment for implementation and adoption health innovations.

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. ...

Paper-Centered Care

Mary Barber, M.D. | Posted 05.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Barber, M.D.

There is a lot of talk in health care today about "patient-centered" care. Sadly, my recent experience with the health care system seems to show that we are more of a paper-centered system of care right now.

Patients First in Cancer Care

Doug Ulman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Doug Ulman

Improving patient engagement and quality of life isn't just a feel-good approach -- it's life-saving. And we really have no choice.

A Third Strike Against Big Pharma

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Given the influence on prescribers that the J & J and other cases reveal, there are just too many ways that care can go awry. It is thus essential that patients and families become informed and vocal advocates for their care.

'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."

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.

From a Young Doctor: A Tribute to Nurses

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

As we celebrate this year's Nurses Week, I am reminded of the Hippocrates saying that the goal of medicine is "to cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always." This, too, I learn through daily example from the amazing nurses I work with.

Navigating Health Care and Information -- Health Care Journalists Share Insights for Consumers (Part 1)

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

With more consumers turning to the Internet to search for health information, the process can be labor intensive, leaving consumers confused and wondering if the information presented is accurate or just hype.

Patients First

Luis Haro, M.D | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Luis Haro, M.D

I got into the health care field to save lives, and the last thing I planned on doing was to chair a committee and study process improvement. In the beginning, I asked myself how all of that ancillary activity could have anything to do with my mission and calling.

High Tech, High Touch: Why Technology Enhances Patient-Centered Care

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

We live and practice in an increasingly technology-driven society. Email and texting are default methods of communication, and our patients request that we friend them on Facebook and follow health advice delivered in brief 140-character bursts on Twitter.

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.

A Good Day for Women, A Good Day for the Country

Debra L. Ness | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

Americans have said 'yes' to fair pay for women, 'yes' to policies that make our workplaces more family friendly, 'yes' to ending gender discrimination and strengthening consumer protections in health insurance, and 'yes' to a more patient- and family-centered health care system.

Hurricane Sandy: No Match for Nurses' Resolve

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

Nurses, doctors and other members of the health care team rallied together to provide quality patient care during a time when things surrounding us were unraveling and destruction was evident.

We Listen. We Care.

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
Barbara Coombs Lee

Leaders in the care of patients who face serious and life-limiting illness have designated November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, pro...

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.

Managing High Need, High Cost Medical Patients

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

We can now detect and monitor those who are "falling between the cracks." We have evidence based practices for what medications and counseling therapies work best for people with serious mental illness.

Why You, The Patient, Are The Most Important Part Of The Health Care Team

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Barbara Ficarra

The health care team is comprised of a diverse group of specialized professionals, and the most important part of the medical team is the patient.

Why We Become Doctors

Bernie Siegel, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bernie Siegel, M.D.

I wish medical schools helped us to analyze our reasons for becoming doctors. Only to learn you can't fix everything and wonder why our world is filled with problems and diseases which couldn't be cured.