A Dose of Reality – Today’s Doctor Appointment

Please note that this column first appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard October 11, 2011 ……………………………….. In the “old” days, we could phone for a primary care doctor’s appointment in the morning, be seen right away, spend enough time with the doctor, leave with a treatment plan, and usually feel better within a day or […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Medical Records, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools, Self Help

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Choosing a Safer Hospital

Please note that this column first appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard on September 27, 2011 ……………………………….. In my last column I shared an open letter to our local hospitals which resulted from my review of their most recent “report cards.”  These report cards score hospitals on their quality of service and safety records. Despite […]

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Hospitals, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Self Help

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An Open Letter to Hospitals

Please note that this column appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard on September 13, 2011.  It addresses the recently issued New York State Hospital Report Card.  You don’t need to be a resident of Central New York, or even New York State to gain benefit from this column.  Resources for you are found below. …………………………. […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Hospitals, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Patient Advocacy, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Self Help, Surgery

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Don’t Let Your Medical Test Results Fall Through the Cracks

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard August 30, 2011) A few years ago, I changed primary care doctors. The one I left had good credentials. Over the span of a few years and several visits, she had seemed competent and was friendly. But on my final visit, there had been a change that caused […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Medical and Research Studies, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Medical Records, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Self Help

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Informed Consent Requires Clarity – Do You Have It?

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard August 16, 2011) Recently I was chosen to participate in a new writing project. There were some basic details and responsibilities I was expected to agree to, including a specific number of articles, average number of words, and some other typical expectations. I was given a contract to […]

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