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01 am July 10, 2014 12:01 am Photo A reminder to get a check-up from the 1920s. There are few situations in which where we expect to disrobe and have our bodies touched by relative strangers. The physical exam is one of the unique characteristics of
I hear what people think of their doctors, what their doctors said or what they didn't say, why people were disappointed by or validated by their doctors. I hear people analyzing, criticizing, and surmising about this relationship quite a bit, and I
Maria Fabrizio for NPR Perhaps we should have expected that the contradictory stories about a middle-aged man's heart attack would lead to a vigorous conversation about whether the doctors and nurses or the patient and his wife were right in their
Many state legislatures are proposing laws that limit the questions doctors can ask patients in our confidential clinic visits...Is there fracking near your home?* The questions followed by asterisks may soon become illegal in a state near you.
When you go in to see a patient, you need to be focused. You need to have your agenda clearly in mind. As a physician educator offered this advice to hundreds of clinicians at a recent primary care update conference, heads nodded in agreement. It
Our patients bear their bodies and souls in exchange for a thoughtful, engaged, respectful partner in navigating health and disease. This dyad, this trusted space, allows for the breaking of cultural norms and full disclosure. Proper healing is an
As a seasoned storywriter and storyteller, I walked gingerly into the adult emergency services for my first shift as a volunteer at a legendary New York City public hospital. I sported a crisply ironed red polo with emergency department volunteer
Internist Daniela Drake wrote in the Daily Beast about how miserable it is to be a physician. She talked about the lack of respect, the lack of time to see patients due to increasing paperwork and the ever-present board certification processes.
There actually was an era of responsibility when folks admitted when they screwed up and didn't blame others for their own mistakes. I know this may seem incredible to the younger generation who simply assume that when something goes wrong today, it
Rather I was informed later on that my conversation with a patient or family was recorded without my knowledge. Smartphones have made it all too easy for patients to secretly record conversations with their health care providers. Simply hit a button,