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When The Conversation Changes

February 27, 2019 at 9:39 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, Patient Advocacy

“Learn the art of fragmented, irrational conversations and follow the patient’s lead instead of trying to control the dialogue.” Zen and the Art of Coping With Alzheimer’s In the days when there were video stores I would walk by the film “Iris” countless times, knowing it was a story of the writer Iris Murdoch and […]

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Doctors Have a Hard Job

January 30, 2019 at 1:12 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

“Few patients realize how deeply they can affect their doctors,” notes Dr. Scott Haig. In his Time Magazine article (10/5/2007) he goes on to say, “That is a big secret in medicine, which doctors hate to admit.

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The Illusion of Caring—is That Enough?

January 6, 2019 at 10:20 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

I recently stumbled upon a writing exercise completed by a patient who participated in the “Writing is Good Medicine”TM, program, which I created to help patients put words to their experience of living with illness. Participants were encouraged to share their writing with family and healthcare providers in order to open communication about issues and […]

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Questions Only God Can Answer

November 28, 2018 at 10:12 am · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients, Uncategorized

In the early 2000’s the Center for Communication in Medicine created a program for physicians at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center titled “Doctors Conversation Hour.”

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UNCERTAINTY IS THE REFUGE OF HOPE

October 24, 2018 at 10:51 am · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

UNCERTAINTY IS THE REFUGE OF HOPE The Journal Intime Henri Frederic Amiel Recently, I was reminded of a patient from time passed who had asked me, “How does one live with uncertainty?” In The Wounded Story Teller writer and patient Arthur Frank notes, “When a doctor tells us we are sick they are not just […]

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