Category: physician-patient communication

Do you know the best questions to ask about your healthcare?

Do you know the best questions to ask about your healthcare?

I blog about healthcare communication   because you need to understand your doctor better and  we doctors need to understand our patients' expectations, concerns and obstacles. Physicians should  use clear understandable plain language with patients. Patients should also be clear and specific when they talk to their doctor. You may think your doctor knows exactly what … Continue reading Do you know the best questions to ask about your healthcare?

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How to talk to your doctor to improve your medical care

How to talk to your doctor to improve your medical care

Correct and effective medical treatment starts with the right medical information. I’ve written about doctor-patient communication before, because  it’s the most important part of the encounter. No amount of lab tests, scans,or  invasive procedures substitutes for the information we get from patients. You may think doctors make a diagnosis based on lab tests or xrays. But … Continue reading How to talk to your doctor to improve your medical care

Why patients sue their doctors

  Last year I wrote a  series of posts about reasons to sue a doctor. The idea came from a medical journal article for physicians about avoiding malpractice  .  I thought patients should know the suggestions as well, so I took some of the ideas and wrote a 4 part article titled “6 reasons to sue … Continue reading Why patients sue their doctors

3 keys to effective communication with your doctor, part 2

In part 1, we considered the importance of establishing a connection between doctors and patients before trying to communicate. The goal is to establish effective patient engagement. (if you haven't read part 1, I suggest reading it now, this post will make more sense if you do) Now we're going to look at some practical … Continue reading 3 keys to effective communication with your doctor, part 2

3 keys to effective communication with your doctor, part 1

“Patient engagement” is a buzzword in health care these days, but what does that look like? Professionals in health care believe patient engagement means improving communication between doctors and patients. And for good reason- they also believe that doctors and patients need to communicate better. Patients complain that doctors don’t listen to them or respond … Continue reading 3 keys to effective communication with your doctor, part 1

Stopping medical malpractice- how patients can help -conclusion

(previously posted under the title 6 reasons to sue your doctor-and how not to-conclusion)  The final  reason to sue your doctor involves feelings ,which is more  difficult to quantify and illustrate than the behaviors I have discussed before. Attorney Richard Baker tells physicians, "Don't be afraid to face them (family of a patient with a bad outcome.) It's important … Continue reading Stopping medical malpractice- how patients can help -conclusion

Stopping medical malpractice- how patients can help – Part 1

  (previously posted under the title 6 reasons to sue your doctor-and how not to-part 1) In the March 2015 issue of Medical Economics, attorney Richard Baker wrote,  "Being sued for malpractice, especially for the first time, can be an unsettling and frustrating experience for a physician.” And stressful and unsettling for a patient, or patient’s family … Continue reading Stopping medical malpractice- how patients can help – Part 1

Words worth sharing- 7 steps to get what you need from your doctor—fast! by Pamela Wible MD

Dr. Wible's article makes several good points about how patient behavior either helps or hinders a physician's efficiency and ability to meet their needs.  I might have titled it, "How to help your doctor help you." But I heartily agree with her advice, so  I want to share it with you here. In summary, her 7 steps are … Continue reading Words worth sharing- 7 steps to get what you need from your doctor—fast! by Pamela Wible MD

The doctor will NOT see you NOW

Among the things about medical practice that both patients and physicians dislike, probably the most annoying is tardiness. We have all (and I mean me also) waited much too long in doctors' waiting rooms and/or exam rooms. Sometimes I don't mind waiting, at a doctor's office or anywhere else. It may be the only few minutes … Continue reading The doctor will NOT see you NOW