Patient Advocacy

How to Talk With Your Doctor.

How to Talk With Your Doctor.

You will probably be happier about your medical care if you and your doctor are a team. Although your doctor is an expert on medical care, you are the expert on yourself. Often you have choices to diagnose or treat an illness, and actively partnering with your doctor, rather than passively letting him do...

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Why your doctor can’t spend more time with patients.

Why your doctor can’t spend more time with patients.

Pauline Chen is spot-on with this feature: An Insurance Maze for U.S. Doctors. If you wonder why your physician seems stressed, inattentive, burned out, or any number of other states signifying that your health interests are competing for attention with other concerns, this is a primary reason why. I read this with interest, as...

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A hospital patient has fewer odds of surviving than an airline passenger.

A hospital patient has fewer odds of surviving than an airline passenger.

  Seems counterintuitive, yes? But examine the facts.  High infection rates (1 out of 3 on a “good” day) can be virtually eliminated; medical errors significantly so. Both require commitment from the public, hospital administrators, and the government. So please don’t be afraid to ask clinicians if they’ve washed their hands before touching a patient! This includes...

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A Note of Appreciation – and Apology – to Medical Providers!

A Note of Appreciation – and Apology – to Medical Providers!

There’s a lot of content here which doesn’t reflect well on the ignominious few who don’t uphold your professional standards. But to the other 95% of you, please know you are not included! Having spoken with many of you, I understand your frustration with not being able to engage 100% with your patients, and...

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Should We Mourn the Dying Art of the Physical Exam?

Should We Mourn the Dying Art of the Physical Exam?

The jury is still out. Evidence-based medicine promises fast, accurate diagnoses. Does it truly deliver on its promise? Why would a physician continue the “archaic” practice of the so-called “physical”? Consider: A women is admitted to the E.R. with breathing difficulty and seizures. A CT scan reveals advanced cancer in both breasts which has...

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Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week: March 14-20

MS is not a rare disease, but unless you or one of your loved ones is afflicted, chances are you don’t know very much about this neurologic illness. Researcher are still not certain what causes it; the symptoms are often sub-clinical; it is not easily diagnosed. Healthcare consumers often consult with multiple physicians before...

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Yet Again Music Demonstrates its Power for Healing…

The skills involved in listening to music, and reading music notation, are directly applicable to the training of medical students as they study cardiac rhythms and patterns.  The Lancet elaborates:

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