doctor-patient relationships

Most Patients Willing to Provide Sexual Orientation Information to Physicians

Most Patients Willing to Provide Sexual Orientation Information to Physicians

However, ER providers expected most patients to refuse to provide this information.

Review of Benefits and Risks of Physicians Using OpenNotes With Patients

Review of Benefits and Risks of Physicians Using OpenNotes With Patients

Benefits include improved patient engagement, while risks may include avoidance of writing candidly.

Physician Communication Style Essential During Bad-News Encounters

Physician Communication Style Essential During Bad-News Encounters

Enhanced patient-centered communication lessens the anxiety during disclosure of cancer diagnosis.

Promoting Shared Decision Making with Use of Health Literacy Tools

Promoting Shared Decision Making with Use of Health Literacy Tools

The use of a universal health literacy precautions toolkit ensures that patients can make well-considered decisions.

Physician and Patient Co-Washing Approach Increases Hand Washing Compliance

Physician and Patient Co-Washing Approach Increases Hand Washing Compliance

Patients endorsed the importance of hand washing 98.7% of the time.

Better Patient Outcomes with Improved Interviewing Skills

Better Patient Outcomes with Improved Interviewing Skills

Consider altering your interviewing style to improve relationships with your patients.

Condescending Doctors and How to Deal With Them

Condescending Doctors and How to Deal With Them

A user on Reddit recently shared an experience he had with a less-than-friendly doctor he bumped into one day after class. While walking to the parking lot, he noticed that the doctor had left a large cup of coffee on top of his car just as he was preparing to drive off. Recognizing it as the polite thing to do, the Redditor called out to the doctor to get his attention to prevent the inevitable spillage from occurring. Hey mister, you—, he shouted, but was promptly interrupted by the doctor. NO! It's Doctor! the doctor corrected in the most condescending tone the Redditor said he had ever heard. Rethinking his gesture, he replied, Oh, sorry Doctor; nevermind. The doctor then proceeded to speed off, spilling the coffee all over the windshield.

Keeping a Medical Office Clean

Keeping a Medical Office Clean

First impressions say much to a prospective patient, and working in a clean environment is essential for medical staff. Clean waiting rooms, exam rooms, front desks, and bathrooms are important. Keeping germs at bay is prudent. How many patients complain that they don't like going to the doctor (or hospitals) because they always get sick? In the medical office, a simple surface cleaning and pickup just is not enough.

Waiting Rooms of the Best Medical Practices

Waiting Rooms of the Best Medical Practices

Along with waiting at the DMV and sitting in traffic, time spent in a doctor's waiting room is ranked among life's top inconveniences. No one enjoys sitting in an enclosed area full of sick people, idling his or her time with year-old magazines in a lackluster room while waiting to see the doctor. Even with appointments, wait times can be lengthy due to the fact that most offices overbook to compensate for frequent cancellations, but nothing is worse than waiting in a cluttered, unorganized, or boring space. So just how can you transform your waiting room from a drab limbo into a welcoming lounge area where patients feel comfortable spending their time?

Transitioning Patients From Pediatric to Adult Health Care

Transitioning Patients From Pediatric to Adult Health Care

Pediatric patients will ultimately require adult health care. Successful transition programs are responsive to the various needs of patients, their families, and potential health care providers. Transitioning a child with no medical issues versus a child with significant medical problems or chronic illness presents a wide range of challenges.

Allan Zarkin

Allan Zarkin

Back in 1999, Dr. Allan Zarkin, a Manhattan obstetrician, performed a Caesarian section to deliver the first child of his patient, Dr. Liana Gedz, a dentist. Gedz had every reason to trust her physician. Zarkin had coached Gedz through 7 months of prenatal care, and a strong doctor-patient relationship developed into a strong friendship. It was the kind of bond that led Gedz to invite Zarkin to spend summer nights with her and her husband at their country home in East Northport, Long Island.

Facts About the American Medical Association (AMA)

Facts About the American Medical Association (AMA)

As the nation's health care system continues to evolve, the AMA is dedicated to promoting scientific advancement, working to ensure that enhancements to health care in the United States are physician led, accelerating advancements in medical education, improving health outcomes, and investing in the physician-patient relationship, including promoting health care costs that can be prudently managed.

What Kind of Relationship Do You Have With Your Patients?

What Kind of Relationship Do You Have With Your Patients?

Positive therapeutic relationships are essential to the healing process. These relationships are delicate and require a degree of comfort and trust. The passive-patient/dominant-physician model may no longer be the most effective way to engage.

Should Your Practice Have a Web Site?

Should Your Practice Have a Web Site?

There has been a shift in the role of the patient from passive recipient to active consumer, witnessed by the fact that health information is one of the most frequently sought topics on the Internet. As more patients search the Internet for local physicians and medical information, an online presence for your practice is becoming increasingly important to be successful in a highly competitive market.

Nurse Practitioners to the Rescue!

Nurse Practitioners to the Rescue!

Some studies predict a shortage of 40,000 primary care physicians (PCPs) by 2020, which means more and more practices will be incorporating “physician extenders” such as nurse practitioners (NPs) to cope with America’s ever-growing demand for health care services. If your practice is feeling the shortage of qualified PCPs, it may be time to employ an NP to help ease your workload. NPs are becoming key players in the primary health care delivery system, and are poised for expanded clinical practice opportunities. The evidence is in...

Insomnia: Open a Dialog With Your Patients

Insomnia: Open a Dialog With Your Patients

How often do your patients complain of insomnia or the inability to fall and/or stay asleep? It may seem to be quite common in your practice, but according to 2 recent surveys, about 60% of health care professionals said they were unaware of severe cases of insomnia.1 Many times patients fail to effectively communicate the extent or severity of their condition. Patients tend to use general terms like being tired, lacking energy, or feeling "down" and/or "low."2

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