Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

Who is This Doctor at My Bedside?

August 19, 2019 at 3:09 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Newly Diagnosed

Recently, a friend went to the emergency room with complaints of severe GI pain and was admitted to the hospital. Naturally, she was worried about the cause of her symptoms, which she had been experiencing on and off for 6 months. Under the care of her family doctor she tried several medications but none seemed […]

Read more >>

Prognosis: Talking in Code

June 26, 2019 at 10:29 am · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

Prognosis is not a term familiar to most people unless used by a doctor to explain the expected course of a medical condition. Even then, the word or its implications may not be understood.

Read more >>

I Want a Doctor Who Can Say…

May 19, 2019 at 2:08 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

In my most recent blog What Do You Want From Your Doctor, I shared a response to this question by a patient who participated in the Writing is Good Medicine® program I facilitated at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center.

Read more >>

What Do You Want Your Doctor to Know About You?

April 29, 2019 at 3:04 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

In previous blogs I described my role as a medical humanist at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (2002-2005) where I documented the patient’s understanding of their diagnosis, prognosis, treatment plan and the impact of their illness on themselves and family.

Read more >>

Do They Know What I Am Thinking?

March 27, 2019 at 12:11 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Newly Diagnosed, Patients

Always interested in receiving feedback about the “Difficult Conversations Toolkit”, a patient asked me if I would read what she had written.  “I am unsure,” she said, “of how I have structured it.” “I’d be pleased to read what you have written,” I said.

Read more >>