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Monday May 22, 2017

It's Complicated: What We Wish Legislators Knew About Health Care

Health care truly is complicated. We asked our new physician bloggers what policymakers need to understand if they're going to help create a better system. 

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Tuesday May 16, 2017

Disease Outbreak Shows What -- and Why -- We Can Learn From Mistakes

When physicians failed to follow the principles of evidence-based medicine, it exacerbated a pertussis outbreak in Kentucky. Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that doctors must learn from such mistakes.

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Monday May 08, 2017

I Filled My Prescription Against Burnout at the Gym

Getting in tune with your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being is key to treating burnout. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., writes that she did all three at her local gym. 

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Tuesday May 02, 2017

I'm Invited to a Patient's Wedding; Should I Save the Date?

How would you respond to a patient's invitation to a social event? Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines the conflict family physicians face when deciding the right thing to do.

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Thursday Apr 20, 2017

Speaking Same Language Doesn't Guarantee Being on Same Page

Differences in dialects mean that even when physicians and patients share a common language, barriers to clear communication may still exist.

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Monday Apr 17, 2017

Twins Multiply Challenges -- and Rewards -- of Breastfeeding

Beth Oller, M.D., shares her insights from one of the hardest things she's ever done: breastfeeding twins.

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Tuesday Apr 11, 2017

FPs Can Lead in Treating Transgender Patients With Dignity

Transgender patients need protection from discrimination in health care. Family physicians can help ensure they receive it.

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Tuesday Apr 04, 2017

Sorry, I'm Too Busy for Your Busy Work

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that physicians are spending too much time defending their inboxes against busy work from payers and pharmacies.

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Monday Mar 27, 2017

What to Do When Experienced Colleague Is Wrong? Speak Up

Young physicians often defer to more experienced colleagues when there are differing opinions. The problem, Peter Rippey, M.D., writes is that sometimes the more experienced physician is wrong.

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Wednesday Mar 22, 2017

AHCA Won't Help Patients Who Need It Most

We asked our new physician bloggers how the American Health Care Act would affect their patients. Most said the legislation would hurt the poor, the elderly and the disabled.

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Tuesday Mar 14, 2017

Mastering the Art of Communication Takes Compassion

Whether delivering a difficult diagnosis or bridging actual language barriers, Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes that clear communication is critical to patient care.

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Monday Mar 06, 2017

Primary Care Needs a Raise -- All of Us

Family physicians and the rest of the primary care team deserve better compensation. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes that investing more money in primary care would benefit not only physicians, but also their patients, staff and communities.

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Friday Feb 24, 2017

I'm Standing Up for Direct Primary Care

Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., knows legislators won't significantly improve our health care system on their own. Success requires persistent grassroots advocacy, and family physicians need to be a part of that.

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Tuesday Feb 21, 2017

Out of Control: What I Learned From 36 Hours in Labor

Physicians like to be in control in health care settings, but Beth Oller, M.D., says doctors -- like all patients -- relinquish much control when they are admitted to a hospital.

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Wednesday Feb 15, 2017

Why Do We Adopt Evidence-based Data at a Snail's Pace?

It takes nearly two decades for the U.S. health care system to adopt new evidence-based findings. Kyle Jones, M.D., ponders the problem.

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