Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

Doctors Need Support More Than We Think

February 24, 2020 at 3:17 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

We expect doctors to provide state of the art care and help us get better from whatever ails us. By nature, patients are self-centered and believe that doctors should only be concerned about our problems.

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Patient Portal: The Good & the Bad

February 10, 2020 at 3:22 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patient Advocacy, Patients

In my previous blog “Waiting for Test Results” I shared a conversation from the early 2000’s that I had with a receptionist at the cancer center about responding to inquiries for test results.

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Waiting for Test Results

January 27, 2020 at 2:50 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals

Those familiar with my work as a medical humanist would not be surprised to hear that I’m still having conversations with patients about the challenges of navigating the healthcare system.

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20 Years Later

January 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

It’s a new year but I find myself reflecting on times past. So much for the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne, “Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind.” What catapulted me back in time was a recent article in the Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA) that highlighted the patient’s perspective […]

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The Person Inside The Patient

November 13, 2019 at 9:49 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

Adrienne Barnes, a nurse diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, was featured in “Voices From The Lived World of Illness,” a video produced by the Center for Communication in Medicine. During the interview she shared her frustrations when her doctor tells her “there’s really nothing I can do for you.”

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