Archive for Self Help

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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Can Patients Know Too Much?

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard August 2, 2011) Recently a series of videos appeared on a doctor education website, attempting to teach doctors how to deal with difficult patients. One of the videos was entitled, “The Patient Who Knows Too Much.” That video sparked a heated debate among empowered patients and professionals. Can […]

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

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Find Support From Other Patients

(as published in the Syracuse Post StandardJuly 19, 2011) When you must cope with a medical problem or manage a chronic illness, you’ll find you have a variety of challenges and questions. For clinical, medical questions, your most trusted resource should be your doctor. But when it comes to everyday management of your illness or […]

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Patient Empowerment, Privacy and Security, Self Help

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July – a Potentially Dangerous Time for Healthcare

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard July 5, 2011) Seven years ago this week, I found a golf ball sized lump on my torso that changed the course of my life. After its removal, I was diagnosed with a rare, terminal form of lymphoma. Subsequently I determined I didn’t really have lymphoma.  That was […]

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Hospitals, Medical and Research Studies, Patient Empowerment, Self Help

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