Please see my blog at First Stop Health:

I was pleased to be invited to submit a monthly blog for  First Stop Health, which is an affordable medical advice service that allows individuals to ask a doctor any questions they have 24 hours a day, including filling a prescription. January’s topic is “Doctors’ Reactions to Healthcare Advocates.”  

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Long-Term Care: Discussion Among Colleagues

Kathleen Hoffman organized the the Health Communication, Health Literacy and Social Sciences tweetchat #hchlitss in October 2011. R. V. Rikard agreed to co-host the series with her, and since then she has engaged an enthusiastic following and facilitated much significant information exchange. Dr. Hoffman also blogs at Musings on Health Communications and Health Advocacy The...

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The Family Caregiver: Dec. 13, 2012 Twitchat Transcript

The transcript is located at http://hchlitss.blogspot.com. We are planning a second “chat” in early- to mid-January.

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Nursing Burnout and the Three-Day, Ten-Hour Work Shift

Nursing Burnout and the Three-Day, Ten-Hour Work Shift

It’s no secret that hospital nurses are overworked and underpaid. Worse, long shifts lead to emotional and physical burnout that places the safety of patients, as well as the nurse’s own career, at serious risk. One study revealed that nurses who work shifts longer than ten hours are at sharply increased risk for burnout....

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Obesity: Stop Blaming the Victim, Please!

Obesity: Stop Blaming the Victim, Please!

          The obesity issue is rife with misinformation and oversimplification. Being overweight is not just about gluttony. Indeed, many overweight people eat far less than their thinner counterparts. First, note that discriminating against fat people seems to be the last remaining bastion of bigotry that is socially acceptable. Regardless of...

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What Can One Person Do to Improve Health Care Quality?

What Can One Person Do to Improve Health Care Quality?

Because our current health care system places patients in the position of caveat emptor (“Buyer Beware”), we cannot currently rely upon medical providers to maintain, much less implement, even basic patient safety protocols. Just a few examples include (1) your assuming that a doctor complies with hand hygiene, or (2) that hospitals wipe surfaces...

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