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A Spoonful of Empathy Helps the Medicine Go Down

A recent study confirmed that doctors who use positive language reduce patient pain by a similar amount to drugs. Other trials show that positive messages have numerous benefits, ranging from helping Parkinson's patients move their hands faster to reducing how much pain medication patients use.
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Actors and the Art of Better Patient Communication

Standardized patient encounters (using actors as simulated patients) are helping doctors learn how to improve their communication skills. Mt. Sinai's Morchand Center for Clinical Competence has adapted an SP methodology for hospitalists to train more than 1,845 residents in various specialties across New York City.
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The Indomitable Spirit of My Dying Patient

Caring for a much loved Irish farmer facing certain death from advanced renal failure reminded his doctor that selfless beings who exemplify the act of giving without any incentive and show the community that embracing the ones in need ends up making us indomitable.
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EHRs Can Advance Good Medicine If Doctors Are Aware of the...

EHRs weren't designed to enhance the doctor-patient relationship, but there are simple ways doctors can refocus visits on the patients.
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9 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Patients

Dealing with difficult patients is never an easy task, but here are some tips that professionals can use to prevent a situation from escalating further.
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How Doctors Can Create a Sustainable Culture of Health

In order to help patients implement consistently healthy strategies, doctors must increase the number of touchpoints with them outside of office visits.
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Just Go With It: My First Patient Interview

A first-year medical student discovers the best way to interview a patient is to abandon preconceived questions and just go with it.
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Blues Taught Me to Listen—Often What Patients Need Most

A dying blues man teaches a med student that a patient's appearance and first impression only scratch the surface of what lies within.
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Why Digital Healthcare Can Never Replace Doctors

Digital healthcare won't replace the doctor-patient relationship because caring hands and listening ears can be medicine in and of themselves.
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Who Should be Blamed For The Failings of Healthcare?

In the current atmosphere of blame, distrust, and unreasonable expectations, doctor-patient and student-teacher relationships need to be revisited.
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Health Insurance Reform Could Lead to Abandoned Patients

Health reform that leaves millions without coverage could lead to patient abandonment when patients cannot afford to get needed tests and treatments.
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Adherence Might Be the New Gold Standard for Quality in Healthcare

Stakeholders are looking to patients as key variables in adherence and wondering whether throwing tech at a problem will affect more than just wallets.