Tag: patient care

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What are Plague Doctor Masks?

What are Plague Doctor Masks?

As you search for the perfect spooky Halloween costume, you might come across a plague doctor mask or two. These beaked masks are a popular access [...]
Should Empathy Be a Factor in Medical School Admissions?

Should Empathy Be a Factor in Medical School Admissions?

You've earned a high GPA and you've hit your target scores on the MCAT. The medical school of your dreams should be almost a guarantee, right? But [...]
How to Discuss Palliative Care and Hospice with Patients 

How to Discuss Palliative Care and Hospice with Patients 

Discussions about end of life are some of the most difficult to hold with a patient and his or her family. Some clinicians report that they never [...]
Learning to Use “People First” Language with Patients 

Learning to Use “People First” Language with Patients 

With all the regulations and documentation and cultural requirements you have to absorb into your daily practice, changing the language you use to [...]
7 Tips to Make Your Practice LGBTQ+ Friendly

7 Tips to Make Your Practice LGBTQ+ Friendly

In today's world, doctors and healthcare professionals have to strive to create a comfortable environment so patients will want to come back and s [...]
New Year’s Resolutions to Share with Your Patients

New Year’s Resolutions to Share with Your Patients

A New Year’s resolution that you can share with patients? That doesn’t sound even vaguely realistic. The point is, it might be possible to share N [...]
Why Patient Education & Health Literacy Is Important

Why Patient Education & Health Literacy Is Important

There is a fine difference between health education and health literacy but it can make all the difference in the health of your patients and thei [...]
What You May Not Know About Breast Cancer Patients

What You May Not Know About Breast Cancer Patients

Although you may be familiar with the rates of breast cancer detection and survival, there may be three things you don’t know about breast cancer [...]
Applying Your Past Experiences to Your Medical Training

Applying Your Past Experiences to Your Medical Training

We all come from different backgrounds. I remember my incoming medical school class at Penn State consisted of a wide range of individuals—some th [...]
Resident Edition: What Inspired You to Become a Doctor?

Resident Edition: What Inspired You to Become a Doctor?

Inspiration comes in many different forms, but for medical residents, it is usually in the shape of a human being who loomed large somewhere in th [...]
Coping with Death as a Nurse

Coping with Death as a Nurse

How do nurses cope with death? By talking with one another. This strategy presents itself repeatedly in the literature, blogs and nurse forums. Re [...]
The Ugly Truth: Coping With Death as a Physician

The Ugly Truth: Coping With Death as a Physician

There are volumes written about the ways that doctors cope with death. It is a deeply personal experience and coping mechanisms vary as widely as [...]
How to Communicate with Patients with Aphasia

How to Communicate with Patients with Aphasia

Every year 795,000 people in the US suffer a stroke. About 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes in which blood flow to the brain is blocked. St [...]
Caregivers on the Rise — Integral to the Care Team

Caregivers on the Rise — Integral to the Care Team

It’s common knowledge that the population is aging. The US Census Bureau estimates that by next year there will be 50 million Baby Boomers over th [...]
Explaining Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia vs. Natural Memory Loss

Explaining Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia vs. Natural Memory Loss

The sad and scary truth is: 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Over the next 30 years that number is expected to nearly tr [...]
Your Patient Population is Aging – Are You Ready?

Your Patient Population is Aging – Are You Ready?

If you haven’t noticed already, your patient population is aging. Baby Boomers, those adults born between 1946 and 1964, were the largest demograp [...]
Physician Health Part III: Disruptive Physician Behavior

Physician Health Part III: Disruptive Physician Behavior

If you've been keeping up with our 3-part series on doctors and their well-being, you'll remember in Part I we focused on doctors and sleep, and i [...]
Study: Is Less Experience Better for the Patient?

Study: Is Less Experience Better for the Patient?

You walk into the room, your patient looks at you and says “How old are you anyway?” So much for confidence and credibility when trying to treat t [...]
Physician-Patient Relationship: It’s About the Patient

Physician-Patient Relationship: It’s About the Patient

The physician-patient relationship lies at the heart of all medicine. It is the epicenter of care; the place where all information and data is gat [...]
Why Doctors Can Be Obstacles to Innovation

Why Doctors Can Be Obstacles to Innovation

Actually, our premise is a bit misleading. Doctors don’t want to be obstacles to innovation - they want a good reason to innovate. Saying a medica [...]
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