How to deliver bad news with empathy

Imagine that you’ve just been told, “You have cancer.” While you imagine the feeling of devastation, numbness or overwhelming fear those three words hold, you’ve likely never pictured the emotional impact the delivery of diagnosis has on the person saying them. For the medical professional, there is a lot of preparation that goes into the way you deliver … Continue reading How to deliver bad news with empathy

Rethinking patient experience: Treating patients like family

Just imagine: Your family member is diagnosed with cancer at one facility and needs to receive treatment at another hospital 30 minutes away. On the day of your loved one’s first appointment, treatment is delayed because records from the previous hospital are mired in red tape. What would you do? One patient and his loved … Continue reading Rethinking patient experience: Treating patients like family

Generic versus brand name drugs: What’s the difference?

Patients–and even some doctors—view generic drugs like generic knockoffs of their favorite breakfast cereal. You trade taste and quality for a lower price. Prescription drugs do not work that way. A generic drug is a copy of a brand-name drug. It legally has to have the same active ingredients as the drug it copies and … Continue reading Generic versus brand name drugs: What’s the difference?

4 Medication Safety Tips to Avoid Deadly Mistakes

Do you take medications on a regular basis? Chances are you do. More than 80 percent of American adults rely on one or more medications to stay well, but if these medications aren’t taken properly, serious problems can occur. In fact, each year adverse drug reactions account for 120,000 hospitalizations and 70,000 emergency department visits. … Continue reading 4 Medication Safety Tips to Avoid Deadly Mistakes

Medication and Older Adults: Your Role in Lowering Risk of Adverse Drug Events

The majority of older adults in the U.S. take one or more prescription medicines. Even more take non-prescription, or over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. Medicines are useful to treat or manage many health issues. But sometimes they have unwanted side effects, also called adverse drug events (ADEs). Some reasons older adults are at risk for unwanted side … Continue reading Medication and Older Adults: Your Role in Lowering Risk of Adverse Drug Events