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The Patient-Doctor Relationship: Making the Most of Every Medical Visit

Prepare for your medical visit by: (1) making a list of your concerns, (2) sharing it with the staff when you call for an appointment, (3) briefly reviewing that listat the beginningof your visit with your doctor and (4) bring a pen and … Continue reading

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What You Should Know About Medical Ethics

Medical Ethics or Bioethics is the application of ethical principles to healthcare Dilemmas arise when these principles conflict. A treatment is considered appropriate if the potential benefits outweigh the potential burdens or harm. Life support (e.g. CPR, artificial feeding and … Continue reading

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The evolving patient-doctor relationship

When I was in medical school, physicians used a now archaic term to describe patients who didn’t follow doctors’ orders: noncompliant. I laugh when I think about what the old time doctors meant. The patients didn’t bend to their will? … Continue reading

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The Evolving Patient-Doctor Relationship

Medicine is a calling. For dedicated physicians, our responsibility to our patients, profession and society extend beyond regular working hours and occupy our minds outside of both hospital and clinic. Traditionally, the sacred moment is the time we spend with … Continue reading

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What’s Going on in Your Doctor’s Head?

You may have heard your computer revving high, consuming RAM while it is working on some tasks in the background while you answer your e-mails or surf the net. A similar process occupies a large part of your doctor’s brain … Continue reading

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Meeting with Your Doctor: Two Voices, Two Agendas

In recent posts, I wrote of the importance of a shared agenda when you meet with your doctor, and the importance of bringing forth all the items on your agenda – your list – when you book the appointment and … Continue reading

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Meeting Your Needs With Your Doctor

Doctors and patients may have quite different priorities when they meet together. Recognizing this, what can we do as patients and doctors to come to a common understanding and have our needs and expectations met at each visit? The worst … Continue reading

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