Tag: Doctor patient communication

Blog Posts (7)

October 7, 2016

Don’t Let Your Physician Tell You What To Do Without Finding Out Your Goals

A recent study of men with early-stage prostate cancer found no difference in 10-year death rates, regardless of whether their doctors actively monitored the cancers for signs of growth or eradicated the men’s cancers with surgery or radiation. What does … Continue reading

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April 29, 2016

Here’s How a Great Doctor Helps Her Patient Make a Cost-Conscious Treatment Decision

Sometimes in my research on physician/patient communication, I come across a doctor who is so good with her patients, I have to share their bedside manner with you. The most recent example is a (to remain unnamed) oncologist in the … Continue reading

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March 25, 2016

Reducing Healthcare Waste: Don’t Expect Patients To Take The Lead

Lena Wright’s best friend was hunched over like a character from a French novel, with spinal bones so thin they would fracture with a fit of sneezing. Determined to avoid that fate, Wright (a pseudonym) asked her primary care doctor … Continue reading

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March 18, 2016

The Wrong Way To React When Terminally Ill Patients Cry

Just three weeks earlier, she had noticed something strange about one of her breasts. An irregular shape. Her daughter brought her to the doctor, and soon the patient, I’ll call her Amanda, was diagnosed with breast cancer, stage “to be … Continue reading

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July 11, 2014

How To Tell Someone That She Is Dying

Elizabeth’s breast cancer had already spread to her bones and was now invading lymph nodes in her right armpit, causing painful swelling that kept her up at night. Today, however, as she walked into her oncologist’s office, Elizabeth felt like … Continue reading
June 17, 2014

If Costs Are Unknown, Can Doctors Still Talk About Them?

I have been writing a bit lately on the need for healthcare providers to talk with their patients about healthcare costs, if for no other reason than to enable patients to determine whether they can afford to pay for the healthcare that … Continue reading
May 15, 2014

New Review of Critical Decisions

My heart was warmed by a new, and very positive, review of a Critical Decisions. I always find myself agreeing with people who liked my book. Funny thing. Anyway, here is the review: “This is a very belated review. And … Continue reading

News (1)

December 10, 2012 6:19 pm

Medical interpreters help patients, doctors communicate (USA Today)

Going to the doctor can be an uncomfortable and intimidating experience. But imagine if you couldn’t communicate with your doctor or nurse to describe your symptoms or explain your medical history.