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Patient identity mistakes are dangerous. It is why we urgently need a national patient identifier that is tied specifically to every single patient.
Things physicians can do to acquire and maintain skills in order to provide culturally responsive and appropriate care to the increasingly diverse population of patients in the United States.
“Doctor, can I record our conversation today?” Have you ever heard that question from a patient or a patient’s family member? What are the pros & cons of allowing those recordings in clinic or the operating room?
Physicians fail to diagnose accurately for many reasons including biases and premature closure of the decision-making process.
Most people who commit suicide have received healthcare services in the year prior to death, usually for reasons other than mental health issues or suicidal thoughts. It’s a strong reminder that any patient—no matter what issue is being treated and in any setting—could be at risk for suicide.
Discussing therapeutic uncertainties as well as financial commitment prior to treatment allows patients to make more informed decisions for care.
A recent study of closed claims against Internists provides insight into what motivates patients to pursue lawsuits and the system failures that lead to patient harm.
Healthcare providers & facilities face risks if they are not prepared to accommodate obese patients, but there are ways to improve the patient's experience & mitigate risk.
It is very difficult to be objective when you are a party to an incipient lawsuit. Controlling the course of events prior to the onset of mutual hostility is key to avoiding malpractice actions.
Patient engagement has emerged as a key component of reducing the likelihood of an adverse outcome - both clinical and medicolegal.
Long-awaited federal audits are finally here under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
To reduce risks for hospitalized patients, we need to understand where patients are vulnerable, what systems can fail, and whether there are areas where physicians have knowledge deficits.
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