Category Archives: doctor patient communication

HOW DOCTORS DELIVER BAD NEWS TO PATIENTS

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HOW LONG DO I HAVE, DOCTOR?

When therapy is available, physicians will blithely ignore prognosis. Continue reading

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Shedding Light On the Cancer Journey: the book

My dear and faithful readers: As of today, over 60,000 people have read and hopefully benefited from this blog– beyond my wildest expectation when I started this project  6 years ago. Such strong support has led me to turn Shedding Light On the … Continue reading

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PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE– SIMILAR BUT NOT EQUAL

If your palliative care team is not both skillful and fearless in dealing with spiritual and emotional pain, then pain control will not be optimal and peace of mind always elusive. Continue reading

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WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE AND WHY ARE THEY ALL IN MY ROOM?–TEACHING HOSPITAL HIERARCHY

This nuts-and-bolts explanation clarifies some of the crucial aspects of how “The System” works that we could never figure out on our own. Continue reading

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MEDICAL MISCOMMUNICATION CAUSES NEEDLESS PATIENT SUFFERING

The medical professionals we were counting on the co-ordinate John’s care sometimes seemed to be not communicating at all. Continue reading

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PATIENT GRATITUDE INSPIRES BETTER MEDICAL CARE

These stories seem to me to illustrate that the effects of gratitude flow in more than one direction. Continue reading

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