Patient Relations

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

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."

Managing Older Patients With HIV

Managing Older Patients With HIV | Medical Blog

In 2015, more than half of people with HIV in the U.S. will be aged 50 or older, according to Wayne McCormick, MD, MPH. “By 2025, the median age is projected to be 60 years old.”

The aging HIV population has been due in large part to the success of antiretroviral therapy (ART).…

I Am Not a Patient Advocate

I Am Not a Patient Advocate | Medical Blog

"In the end, it’s not about the patient—it’s about the integrity of the work. The patient’s recovery is a happy side effect."

Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters | Medical Blog

She was 16-years-old, a backseat passenger in a rollover car crash. The driver died at the scene, and the front seat passenger lay in the trauma bay opposite hers. She was awake and alert and very intoxicated. Her right leg was broken between the knee and ankle, but otherwise she had no major injuries.…

IDWeek 2014: The Effect of Face-to-Face Networking on HIV Testing | Medical Blog

The Particulars: The effects of traditional HIV testing and referral programs can be limited because many people who are at high risk of HIV never take the initiative to get tested on their own. Whether or not face-to-face social networking strategies (SNS) are more effective has not been well defined.…

Achieving A1C Goals: Back to the Basics

Achieving A1C Goals: Back to the Basics | Medical Blog

Among the nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes, approximately half have not achieved an American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)-recommended A1C goal of 6.5% or less. To address this issue, AACE and the American College of Endocrinology developed the Blood Sugar Basics: Get to Your Goals program.…

A Critical View of Low-Value Medical Care

A Critical View of Low-Value Medical Care | Feature

To reduce low-value care, it is important that clinical care become patient-centered and cost-conscious within a framework of evidence-based practice.

Patient Preferences on Boarding

Patient Preferences on Boarding | Opinion Article

Crowding in the ED has been well-established as a problem that poses a threat to public health. Studies show that ED and hospital crowding leads to ambulance diversions, medical errors, delayed care, and increased mortality rates. “Many strategies have been tried to alleviate ED and hospital crowding, some of which involve the entire institution,” explains Peter Viccellio, MD.…

Medicine 2064

Medicine 2064 | Guest Blog

Medicine 2064 With Dr. Daniel Kraft

Curing half of the world’s known cancers, granting movement to the paralyzed, preventing Alzheimer’s. Visionary medical expert Dr. Daniel Kraft believes all of this and more can happen by 2064. In this first film in our “Conversations with Tomorrow” series, take a glimpse at the future of medicine and its impact on our lives.…