Patient Relations

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

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

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

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.…

HFSA 2014: Improving Care With Heart Failure Patient Perspectives | Guest Blog

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 | Guest Blog

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.…