Patient Relations

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

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.…

ATS 2014: Counseling Patients About Tobacco Use | Opinion Article

The Particulars: Previous research indicates that as many as 60% of active smokers are not counseled about smoking cessation. This rate is high despite cessation being a strategy to prevent morbidity and mortality.

Data Breakdown: For a study, researchers compared patient charts of active tobacco users with those treated before and after implementation of a program designed to enhance smoking cessation.…

Physician Rapport With Obese Patients

Physician Rapport With Obese Patients | Opinion Article

Physicians built significantly less emotional rapport with obese patients than with those of normal weight, according to a study.

AAN 2014: Patient Knowledge of Stroke & Cerebrovascular Risk Factors | Opinion Article

The Particulars: Previous studies suggest that enhanced knowledge of stroke risk factors among high-risk patients may improve stroke outcomes. Little is known about the level or impact of patient knowledge in this area.

Data Breakdown: Researchers studied 100 patients within 12 hours of admission to a coronary or intermediate cardiovascular care unit.…

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