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A Spoonful of Empathy Helps the Medicine Go Down

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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

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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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EHRs Can Advance Good Medicine If Doctors Are Aware of the...

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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

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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

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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

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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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Why Digital Healthcare Can Never Replace Doctors

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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?

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In the current atmosphere of blame, distrust, and unreasonable expectations, doctor-patient and student-teacher relationships need to be revisited.
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The Most Important Factors When Choosing a Primary Care Provider

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If communication fosters a strong relationship and yields results that satisfy patients, it shouldn't matter if the provider is male, female, doctor or nurse.

How to Diagnose and Treat Disgruntled Patients

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Dissatisfaction a very real disorder that will only worsen without proper treatment. Here are three common frustrations with suggestions for how to respond to them.