Archive for Doctor Communication

30 Rock, Medical Tests, When Negative is Positive (or Vice Versa?)

Ted Eytan, MD, a patient empowerment advocate and a fellow Tweeple provided a heads up about a clip from 30 Rock which all us non-medical professionals can relate to.  It’s brought to us by Hulu: Have you had this experience?  Is negative a positive?  Or is positive a negative? Isn’t this just a great example […]

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

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Some January Healthcare Thought-Provokers

Not sure what it looks like where you live, but it’s cold outside where I live in Upstate NY, and we’ve got plenty of the white stuff on the ground. Whereas some friends might curl up with a good book, I tend to gravitate to puzzles and thought provokers when I’m indoors and have some […]

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

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When Is An Oath Not a Hippocratic Oath?

Over the past several months I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Gregory Eastwood. He may claim he is retired, but that would hardly be true. He is the former president of SUNY Upstate Medical University and former interim president of Case Western Reserve University.  Today he teaches bioethics and humanities to medical […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Healthcare Quality, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Patient Advocacy, Spirituality

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Need a Same Day Doctor Appointment? Can’t Make It Happen?

Seven out of ten of the people who read this post will nod their heads in understanding. You’re sick, or you hurt. You need to see your primary care doctor as soon as possible. You call to make an appointment, in hopes you’ll be seen within the next few hours — but NO. Not gonna […]

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

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Healthcare Dysfunction Spawns Its Own Myths

Shannon Brownlee, the author of Overtreated, manages to rearrange my perspective from time to time.  She takes the facts I have learned, or the concepts I study, and makes me see them in an entirely different light. I may not always agree with her!  But I never fail to learn plenty. This recent article penned […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Health /Medical Consumerism, Health Insurance, Healthcare Quality, Media, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Politics and Medicine

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