Archive for Healthcare Quality

Sorry Oprah. Signing Jenny McCarthy? You’ve Lost This Fan

I’ve always admired Oprah.  To me she has been the perfect example of the American dream, while retaining her moral compass and behaving ethically.  Until recently, she managed to make her billions by keeping the best interests of her audiences at heart. She had my admiration and my respect. But no more. Keep in mind, […]

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Media, Medical and Research Studies, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Self Help

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Why Twitter Doesn’t Work

.. at least not for you. Because it works great for me.  And has helped me learn as much about patient empowerment issues in the past few months than ever I could have learned in any other way. Wonder why you can’t gather more followers?  Wonder why people unfollow you?  Wonder why no one reacts […]

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

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Swine Flu and Chicken Little – Too Much Hype?

After a week of hearing that the sky is falling because swine flu was going to take us all down, there’s a lot of second guessing about whether government(s) and the media have over-hyped the potential for a pandemic, and whether we have all over-reacted to the fear. I say – we have not overreacted […]

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Posted in: Healthcare Quality, Media, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Politics and Medicine, Self Help

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Doctors “Fire” Patients – and Patients Respond

Many of you, my readers, have had complaints about the healthcare system, including the relationship you have (or don’t have) with a doctor. And I hear you — I’ve had bad experiences with some doctors, too. But that begs the question — do doctors have complaints about patients, too? Of course they do!  I asked, […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Healthcare Quality, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools, Self Help

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Advocating – What’s “Friendly” Got to Do With It?

It’s a simple question, but it has stirred some controversy.  It’s the word “friendly.” Colleague and fellow passionate advocate Bart Windrum got (as my mother would say) his blood in a bubble after reading an article about engaging a patient advocate to help you navigate your healthcare, recently published in a Tampa newspaper. In a […]

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