Posted in Evidence-Based Medicine, Health Literacy, Patient Communication, Patient Education, patient engagement, patient experience, Patient Safety, Patient-Centered Care, Research, Science-Based Medicine, Shared Decision-Making, tagged Care Management, Communication, Health care, Health literacy, informed patient, Patient Education, patient engagement, Patient Experience, Patient Safety, Shared Decision-Making on October 29, 2012 |
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Featured Guest Blogger: Gary Schwitzer
Every day for the past 6.5 years, I’ve worked with a team of great people to try to reach journalists and the public they serve to try to improve the public dialogue in the U.S. about health care.
HealthNewsReview.org has evaluated more than 1,800 stories, applying 10 criteria that we think address issues that consumers need addressed whenever they hear claims about health care interventions.
Even a casual observer should be able to see the connection with health literacy concerns in what we do. If the tsunami of stories that wash over the American public every day about claims for treatments, tests, products and procedures are not presented in a clear, understandable way with accuracy, balance and completeness, people will not be able to use that information.
But maybe the shared decision-making (SDM) link to what we do isn’t as obvious.
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Posted in empathy, End-Of-Life, Evidence-Based Medicine, Health Literacy, Opinions, Patient Communication, Patient Education, patient engagement, patient experience, Patient Safety, Patient-Centered Care, Science-Based Medicine, Shared Decision-Making, tagged Bedside manner, Care Management, Communication, Disease Management, Emotional Connection, Health care, Health literacy, informed patient, Patient Education, patient engagement, Patient Experience, Patient Safety, Shared Decision-Making on October 23, 2012 |
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A Letter from the Editor: Geri Baumblatt
In yesterday’s article, Dr. Jim Merlino asked, “How do we interact with patients? How do we manage the clinic or bedside encounter? How do we organize information? How do we communicate?”
The day after reading those words, I observed a focus group where the discussion became pretty animated and one of participants said something like, “It’s not like when I was growing up. You just don’t know your doctor that well anymore, and they don’t know you! And they don’t have time to get to know you or explain things to you. Am I right!?” Three others in the focus group nodded in agreement. Happily, two didn’t – and explained they switched to doctors who do spend time with them. Still, 2 out of 6 – not ideal.
Then I read Dr. David Rubin’s amazing tribute to his mentor Dr. Kirsner. And it seemed to encompass so much of the bedside manner, connection and communication patients long for. So today, we share this tribute.
Geri Baumblatt, Editorial Director
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