As family medicine physicians, we know going to the doctor can be nerve-wracking. Some may even find it intimidating or confusing — but it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little preparation and open communication, you can leave the visit feeling confident about your health and future. Next time you see your doctor, … Continue reading How to make the most of your next doctor’s visit
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
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
When diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, you have two choices: You can choose to fight, or you can choose to succumb to fear. Fighters challenge illness, embracing treatment and facing the obstacle of an uphill battle to better health. But as fighters become survivors, it’s not uncommon for them to glance in the rearview mirror out of … Continue reading Fear of recurrence as an illness
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?
Written by Trina Dorrah, MD When patients are admitted to the hospital at Baylor Scott & White, there is a good chance their admitting physicians will be hospitalists. What’s a hospitalist? We are a group of doctors and advanced practice professionals who work exclusively in the hospital. When I explain it to patients, I tell … Continue reading Behind the scenes – What’s a Hospitalist?
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
Find out about this unique physician and how they might make your hospital stay better In healthcare systems around the country primary care doctors are pulling double duty, trying to find the balance between taking care of patients who have been admitted to the hospital and those in their regular practice. And with more than … Continue reading What’s a hospitalist?
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
As you can tell by my title, I’m not a nurse. I would never consider writing an article about what it’s like to be a nurse. As a chaplain that works closely with nurses, however, I see their dedication and skills and sometimes wish I could be more like them. They get tired, but are … Continue reading 12 things nurses wish their patients knew about them