Patient Relations

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

CME: Recognizing & Treating Caregiver Burden

CME: Recognizing & Treating Caregiver Burden

Greater efforts are needed to assess caregivers regularly to prevent or detect caregiver burden early in its course, provide skillful caregiver assessment, and offer appropriate interventions to prevent or treat caregiver burden.

Is Marcus Welby Medicine Dead?

Is Marcus Welby Medicine Dead? | Medical Blog

"You know the type where a doctor is in a small practice and knows all his patients, even what positions their kids play on the baseball team and what grades they got in math."

Woman Refuses Episiotomy, Gets One Anyway

Woman Refuses Episiotomy, Gets One Anyway | Guest Blog

"This case is not about malpractice. It is about the right of a patient to refuse an intervention. While the doctor stood with scissors in hand, the patient can clearly be heard saying, 'Don’t cut me.'"

CME: POLST & Emergency Medicine: Considering the Issues

CME: POLST & Emergency Medicine: Considering the Issues | Guest Blog

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is increasingly being used to communicate end-of-life care preferences for the seriously ill and frail. Although designed to be as clear as possible, there may be unexpected challenges in interpreting and using POLST in the ED.

The War on Doctors & Destruction of Healthcare

The War on Doctors & Destruction of Healthcare | Medical Blog

Walking the hospital corridors, many of the comments I overhear patients and others speaking about doctors often amazes me. On this day, I took notice to the conversation of two elderly women who were none too happy with doctors, whom they stated only cared about their computers these days and not about their patients.…

Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: Lessons for ED Personnel

Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: Lessons for ED Personnel | Feature

Outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) are an iconic element of the criminal landscape in the United States. “When an injured member of an OMG is brought to the ED, other members and associates are likely to come to the ED to support him,” say Anand N.…

POLST & Emergency Medicine: Considering the Issues

POLST & Emergency Medicine: Considering the Issues | Feature

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is increasingly being used to communicate end-of-life care preferences for the seriously ill and frail. Although designed to be as clear as possible, there may be unexpected challenges in interpreting and using POLST in the ED.

The Digital Divide in Older Patients

The Digital Divide in Older Patients | Opinion Article

Over the last several years, many resources have been invested in internet-based interventions to improve health as a result of government programs and initiatives led by healthcare providers. These resources, including tools like electronic health records (EHRs) and online health portals, are designed to help patients become more active participants in their healthcare.…

Organ Donation in the ED

Organ Donation in the ED | Feature

Emergency physicians (EPs) are at the forefront of efforts to save patients or preserve options for organ donation for those who cannot be saved. On average, 18 Americans die every day while waiting for transplantable organs. Studies suggest that identifying potential organs for donation early from the ED may help increase organ procurement.…

Physicians Underutilize Effective Screening Methods to Detect Alcohol Misuse by Patients

Physicians Underutilize Effective Screening Methods to Detect Alcohol Misuse by Patients | Medical Blog

"Together we can proactively identify signs of developing substance use disorders before the patient develops overt alcoholism or drug dependence."

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