Archive for Patient Safety

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

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Is It Safe to Purchase Prescription Drugs Online?

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard, June 7, 2011) One question I’m asked frequently is whether it’s safe to purchase prescription drugs on the Internet. Whether you like the convenience or hope to save money by purchasing online, the short answer is “Sure! Go for it!” But that’s followed by some cautionary advice, too. […]

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Posted in: Follow the Money, Health /Medical Consumerism, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Pharmaceutical Drugs, Privacy and Security, Self Help

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Where’ve You Been Trisha?

Wish I had a nickel for each of the emails I’ve received from people who have followed this blog of mine…. Where have I been?  It’s a fair question.  It’s been months since I’ve blogged here… because, well, I’ve been doing my Willie Nelson thang… on the road again…. See all those stars on the […]

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Posted in: AdvoConnection, Health /Medical Consumerism, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Self Help

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“Give Us Our Damned Data” Causes the First Meltdown in Awhile

Regina Holliday and Dr. Ted Eytan Photo compliments of R2DC on Flickr Regina Holliday’s husband, Fred, age 39, died of cancer in June 2009 leaving his wife, and his two young, beautiful children behind.  During their journey through the healthcare system to try to get Fred the help he needed, too many hurdles were put […]

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Posted in: Healthcare Quality, Hospitals, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Medical Records, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools

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