Empathy. It’s something all of us would agree is a valuable—and often missing—component of care. So when
A Medical Humanist's Notes
Hope As A Vital Sign
Doctors caring for patients facing incurable illness often feel pressure to come up with a “miracle” treatment. But what if
Teaching What Is Un-Teachable
Poet Emily Dickinson called death “the only One You cannot find out all about.” While modern medical education
Inviting Doctors to Tell Difficult Truths
“There’s almost always, in every medical circumstance, one more thing we can try,” says Dr. Julie Bynum. But
A New Goal: To Thrive
In my last post, I asked whether a message of constant “positivity” might be silencing for patients who might need
Can “Positivity” Be Silencing?
Nicole Haran’s “Do Great” video features cancer survivors declaring their desire to hear “you will do great.”
“It’s Treatable, But Not Curable”
I recently spoke with two physicians about what patients understand the words “treatable” and “incurable” to mean.
Will Accessing Lab Results Cause More Stress, or Less?
If waiting for test results can be stressful, having direct or immediate access to them poses its own challenges.
In A Few Words, Showing Empathy for Anxious Patients
The receptionist cradled the telephone between her ear and shoulder as she jotted down the patient’s message.
How to Invite A Patient to Speak Up
Doctors interested in empowering their patients to speak freely could begin by handing them this workbook.