Archive for Self Help

A Tutor Who Tooted the Flute…

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

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Who’s Really a Patient? Skewed Opinions Result from Inside Information

That seems like a fairly simple question, don’t you think?  Who really is a patient? But the answer is actually more complex than you might realize. Among the possibilities: 1.  anyone who has ever accessed medical care is a patient – which includes everyone, no matter what their relationship is to the healthcare system (so, […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools, Politics and Medicine, Self Help

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10 Patient Empowerment Tips to Post on Your Refrigerator Door

The information center in many homes is the refrigerator door.  From family photos, to postcards to magnets from pizza shops, to phone numbers and kids’ artwork – the important ephemera of our lives can be found on refrigerator doors. So today I thought I would share some advice that is worth cutting out and sticking […]

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Posted in: Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Pharmaceutical Drugs, Self Help

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The 2012 Elections and the Issue of Healthcare Reform

This column first appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard January 17, 2012 During both the 2008 and 2010 elections, the issue of reforming the American healthcare system was the focus of overwhelming amounts of misinformation and disinformation. Remember the email about Senior Death Panels?  It explained that the healthcare reform bill would allow Medicare to […]

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Check Out Those Health Charities Before You Donate

This column first appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard December 6, 2011 It’s that time of year again.  The holidays, of course. But also the end of the tax year, when charities, including groups like cancer societies or hospital foundations, are pleading for donations. Each year in December my husband and I make contributions to […]

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