Patient Relations

News and opinion articles for medical professionals pertaining to patient relations, including ethics, insurance, healthcare reform and medical technology,

HFSA 2014: Improving Care With Heart Failure Patient Perspectives

The Particulars: Healthcare reform calls for patients to be more engaged in their care in order to improve outcomes. However, few hospital systems develop processes of care with direct patient input.

Data Breakdown: For a study, investigators assessed the experiences of heart failure (HF) patients after they were hospitalized for HF and through their transition to home.…

HFSA 2014: Shared End-of-Life Decisions in Patients With ICDs

The Particulars: Little is known aboutpatient attitudes and knowledge about ICDs at the end of life among individuals with heart failure (HF). Research is also lacking on how well these patients can participate in end-of-life decisions.

Data Breakdown: Swedish investigators surveyed ICD recipients with and without HF about their ICD and end-of-life issues.…

Reducing  Poor Surgical  Oncology Practices

Reducing Poor Surgical Oncology Practices | Feature

Many of the tests and procedures commonly performed in surgical oncology are not always necessary. Experts have released new recommendations to support conversations between physicians and patients on care that is truly necessary.

How Doctors Choose to Die

How Doctors Choose to Die | Medical Blog

A recent Sermo Physician Poll  of nearly 2,000 doctors asked, “if faced with a terminal illness, what treatment options would you choose?” Of those responding:…

ASCO 2014: Discussing Costs of Cancer Care Under the ACA | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Rising costs of cancer care in the United States have been shown to adversely impact the emotional well-being and financial stability of patients, according to prior research. However, little is known about the attitudes and perceptions of U.S. oncologists on the cost of cancer care since the the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been implemented.…

ASCO 2014: Tobacco Cessation in Cancer Patients | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Smoking has been shown to cause adverse outcomes and increase mortality in cancer patients, regardless of the cancer type, according to the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report. However, data are limited on how to improve access to tobacco cessation services for this patient population.…

ASCO 2014: Patients’ Actual Vs Preferred Decision-Making Roles | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Previous research shows that shared decision making between patients and providers regarding cancer treatment is associated with improved outcomes. However, studies have also shown that patient preferences regarding their roles in treatment decisions can differ.

Data Breakdown: American investigators surveyed patients with lung or colorectal cancer about their preferred roles in treatment decisions and their actual roles in decisions about surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.…

Safe Harbor for Docs  Who Follow Guidelines

Safe Harbor for Docs Who Follow Guidelines | Medical Blog

Physician leaders are supporting a new proposed federal law that aims to reduce litigation against physicians, lower healthcare costs, and establish more fairness in the analyzing of malpractice claims. The new House bill, Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act, introduced by Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY) and Ami Bera, MD, (D-CA) would create “safe harbor” – protection from liability – for physicians who follow best practice guidelines from malpractice suits.…

Patient-Provider Dialogue With HIV Drugs

Patient-Provider Dialogue With HIV Drugs | Opinion Article

Improvements in provider communication styles and identifying barriers to ART adherence could help improve outcomes for HIV patients.

ATS 2014: Patients Miss Signs of Severe Asthma | Opinion Article

The Particulars: Physicians often rely on asthma patients to help them make accurate assessments of disease severity and to individualize treatment. However, little is known about patient self-perceptions of asthma severity, impairment, and risk.

Data Breakdown: A national survey of adults with asthma found that the majority of those who identified themselves as having moderate asthma also reported several impairments and risks that were potentially indicative of more severe asthma.…