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04/23/2017

Patient Modesty: Volume 79

Yes, the current discourse continues to follow the issue of "speaking up" to the medical system regarding patient modesty and patient dignity.  The image above speaking up by way of the bullhorn appears to be a female.  It is this gender whic...

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04/16/2017

Visual and Ethical Bias: Same Behavior?

........................................DON'T LOOK AT THE ABOVE PHOTOGRAPH AGAIN BUT WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU SAW AS YOUR VERY FIRST OBSERVATION.  IN FACT, WRITE IN THE BLOG THREAD COMMENTS BELOW WHAT WAS YOUR DESCRIPTION OF THAT FIRST OBSERVATION.The ...

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04/16/2017

Visual and Ethical Bias: Same Behavior?

........................................DON'T LOOK AT THE ABOVE PHOTOGRAPH AGAIN BUT WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU SAW AS YOUR VERY FIRST OBSERVATION.  IN FACT, WRITE IN THE BLOG THREAD COMMENTS BELOW WHAT WAS YOUR DESCRIPTION OF THAT FIRST OBSERVATION.The ...

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12/27/2016

Order vs Chaos in Medical Practice

As patients look at their experiences within the medical system and profession, do you think they find a system that is well thought out and is practiced in an orderly fashion to facilitate the basic premise of medicine to care appropriately for those ...

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12/20/2016

What Makes a "Good Doctor": Patients’ Viewpoint

As I teach first and second year medical students. Is there one quality in the performance of being a physician that I should stress to the students is the most important in being a good doctor? I mean, one quality which sets the definition of a good d...

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12/14/2016

Physician’s Political View: Does It Matter? It Might.



Did you suspect that your physician's political views may affect your doctor's medical advice and attention to you as his or her patient?  If you suspect that they do, this is supported by a study published this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. by Eitan D. Hersh and Matthew N. Goldenberg and summarized by this Abstract:


Physicians frequently interact with patients about politically salient health issues, such as drug use, firearm safety, and sexual behavior. We investigate whether physicians’ own political views affect their treatment decisions on these issues. We linked the records of over 20,000 primary care physicians in 29 US states to a voter registration database, obtaining the physicians’ political party affiliations. We then surveyed a sample of Democratic and Republican primary care physicians. Respondents evaluated nine patient vignettes, three of which addressed especially politicized health issues (marijuana, abortion, and firearm storage). Physicians rated the seriousness of the issue presented in each vignette and their likelihood of engaging in specific management options. On the politicized health issues—and only on such issues—Democratic and Republican physicians differed substantially in their expressed concern and their recommended treatment plan. We control for physician demographics (like age, gender, and religiosity), patient population, and geography. Physician partisan bias can lead to unwarranted variation in patient care. Awareness of how a physician’s political attitudes might affect patient care is important to physicians and patients alike.

For those visitors here who have no access to the Proceedings, you can read the details of the findings in an  October 3 2016 Atlantic article.

Read the article and return and express your opinions about your experiences, if any, regarding the politicalization of how your doctor advises or treats you.  That's assuming that you even asked your doctor or the doctor actually told you about his or her political view.  Did that ever happen?  




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12/12/2016

All Pain: Treat It or Accept It?

The issue is whether it is ethical and spiritually worthy to treat all pain.  Yes, some  pain is a signal of illness which if the illness is properly diagnosed it can be cured and the pain is relived.  But, there is pain which ends up wi...

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12/10/2016

Patient Modesty: Volume 78

HERE WE ARE AGAIN!  This graphic was published in Patient Modesty, Volume 4, June 26, 2008.  And the following is from Avram on that date:MER is absolutely correct. As I've been posting here for over a year, nothing is going to change un...

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09/13/2016

Patient Modesty: Volume 77

Interestingly, the conversation is back to this blog thread #24 begun September 2009. and here is the link to zoom back in time and visitors to compare.  I do think that this direct communication with the medical provider is the best way for the i...

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05/29/2016

Patient Modesty: Volume 76

The narrative currently going on in the previous Volume 75 reminded me of what was being discussed back in November 2011 in Volume 45.  For my newer visitors, you might be interested to go back to that Volume or the ones previously to see tha...

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