Category Archive: Patient Tools

Mar 05 2015

Patients Looking Out for Each Other – When Patients Know Best

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When oncologists consider recommendations for their patients’ cancer treatment, they will often consider the guidelines published by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. They expect to find the latest information in effective treatment, based on the best research, along with information they can share with their patients. But it turns out, that may not be what’s …

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Feb 05 2015

When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

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Article:  When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write  by Leana Wen, MD from Reader’s Digest (and NPR) What a great empowerment tool for patients!  Read this article about how Dr. Wen works with her patients during visits to make sure their electronic records are accurate. Smart Patient Takeaway:  This is a great tool for patients …

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May 03 2012

Sometimes It’s Better to Just Say No

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Story One: When I was a child (and we’re talking a lo-o-o-ng time ago – when doctors made house calls)… if I got an earache, I would suffer.  REALLY suffer. Mom would drip some warm oil into my ear, and then stuff some cotton in behind it. She’d give me an orange flavored baby aspirin …

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Apr 19 2012

Time to Put a Stop to Drive-by-Doctoring

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As many of my readers know, I speak at meetings and conferences fairly frequently, and most often to groups of patients and caregivers. The focus of the talks I give is usually on a patient empowerment topic – ranging from how to communicate with your doctor, to how to stay safe in the hospital, to …

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Mar 14 2012

A Tutor Who Tooted the Flute…

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In a conversation with a friend the other day, I was explaining the need for patient advocates (which she got immediately) – and the “tutor tongue-twister” came to mind.  Do you know it? A tutor who tooted the flute, Tried to tutor two tooters to toot, Said the two to the tutor, “It’s tougher to …

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