Patient Relations Perspectives

 
 
  • Medscape Massachusetts Physician Compensation 2018 Massachusetts physicians who responded to this year's Medscape compensation survey disclosed their compensation, debts, challenges and rewards of their jobs, and more.
  • Fighting Bad Medical Advice on Social Media In response to inaccurate and poor medical advice provided on social media, a team of doctors started #VerifyHealthcare. Here are their stories.
  • Prostate Cancer Screening: Harms Beat Benefits   Dr Charles Vega comments on two studies, each looking at a different issue related to prostate cancer screening.
  • Is It Ever Okay to Lie to Your Cancer Patient? Outright lying to patients with cancer is wrong, but experts argue that presenting information in a way that's easier to cope with, or even lying patients' behalf, can be beneficial in some cases.
  • Derivation and Validation of the POTTER Calculator The authors describe the development of an interactive risk calculator for emergency surgery, which may provide a real-time, accurate means of predicting mortality risk.
  • The Little White Lies We Tell in Oncology A radiation oncologist reflects on the ‘little white lies' physicians may tell in the course of caring for their patients.
  • 'The Most Progressive Health System on the Planet'   Geisinger Health System has made headlines for offering free genetic screenings and money-back guarantees to its patients. CEO David Feinberg tells Eric Topol how it all works.
  • 5 Tough New Ethical Dilemmas for Doctors Some ethical dilemmas that physicians deal with in their practice have been around for many years, but new ones have arisen, revolving around technology and business practices.
  • When Dismissing a Patient, Avoid a 'Bad Breakup' Breaking up is always hard to do--particularly when it's with a difficult patient. Take these steps to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Banish These Five Terms From Medicine? A clinician's word choice can significantly influence a patient's medical decisions. Here are five words that many clinicians are trying to remove from their medical vocabularies.
  • Ethical Nursing Care Versus Cost Containment Cost-cutting measures by healthcare organizations often conflict with an RN's desire and ability to provide high quality nursing care. How might nurses help improve this environment?
  • Silencing the Russian Bots on the Vaccine Debate A recent study revealed that Russian bots and trolls have been fanning the flames of the vaccine debate, sowing discord and threatening public health. What can health professionals do to fight back?
  • Palliative Care in Intensive Care Units This review provides anesthesiologists and intensivists an overview of the aims, current evidence and practical advice about the application of palliative care in the ICU.
  • Medscape Florida Physician Compensation Report 2018 Florida physicians who responded to this year's Medscape compensation survey disclosed their compensation, debts, challenges, rewards of their jobs, and more.
  • PSA Testing Initiation and Shared Decision-Making Why are men over 40 continuing to receive PSA testing despite recommendations against it? This study aimed to determine how testing was being initiated--by physician, patient, or as a shared decision.
  • Empowerment of Athletes With Cardiac Disorders Should athletes with arrhythmic or other cardiac disorders be summarily disqualified from sporting events? This essay proposes a new model of athlete empowerment through shared decision-making.
  • Malpractice Case: Are You Sure the Patient Received the Test Results? This case shows why it is crucial for physicians to have a fail-safe plan to contact patients to discuss any test results.
  • When Patients Demand Unnecessary Medical Tests A neurologist and a bioethicist discuss how to approach patients asking for 'unnecessary' tests and procedures.
  • ICD Discussions: What We Say and What They Understand This essay focuses on informed consent surrounding ICD implantation. Are patients being correctly educated about the short- and long-term implications--and do they fully comprehend?
  • What Do You Owe Patients When You Move On? If you're moving to another practice, retiring, or can't work anymore due to health reasons, you're responsible for notifying your patients and ensuring continuity of care. Our columnist has some tips.