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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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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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Monday Feb 06, 2017

Patients Have Plenty to Teach a New Attending Physician

After undergraduate school, medical school and residency, new physician Luis Garcia, M.D., says he still can learn a lot from his patients.

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Tuesday Jan 03, 2017

Can Increased Awareness Trump Cyberbullies?

Melania Trump has pledged to combat cyberbullying as the nation's first lady. Natasha Bhuyan writes that this important issue demands increased awareness.

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Monday Dec 12, 2016

Power of Diagnosis: Delivering Bad News Is Just the Beginning

Telling patients they have HIV infection is hard. Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., writes that helping patients understand they can live life with a serious illness can be even more difficult.

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Friday Dec 02, 2016

Gallows Humor Is No Laughing Matter

Does physicians' use of so-called gallows humor impact patient care and/or physician burnout? Kyle Jones, M.D., writes that it just might.

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Monday Nov 28, 2016

Ensuring Appropriate Care When Views of Physician, Patient Collide

Patients often forget that physicians are people with their own beliefs, and ethical dilemmas can arise when these beliefs conflict with a patient's medical needs and wishes. Kimberly Becher, M.D., considers how to preserve both the dignity of physicians as well as appropriate care for patients when that occurs.

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Monday Nov 14, 2016

Community Finds Right Prescription to Fight Hunger

More than 15 percent of Oregonians live below the federal poverty level -- more than the national average. And a recent poll found that 28 percent of those who visit food pantries worry about where their next meal will come from. Now, a simple screening tool, a healthy teaching kitchen and a "food pharmacy" are giving physicians the ability to address their patients' food insecurity. 

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Friday Oct 28, 2016

Treating Elderly as Treasures Improves Empathy, Care Quality

Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65. By the time the last baby boomers reach that age in 2030, 18 percent of the U.S. population will be 65 or older. Unfortunately, some people have difficulties when it comes to providing care for the elderly, whether it is because of the complexity of patients' illnesses and physical frailty, the sensory overload of the nursing home environment, or communication difficulties due to generation gaps, hearing loss or dementia. Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes that working in nursing homes before med school and growing up with a large extended family showed him the rewards and importance of caring for the elderly.

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Wednesday Oct 26, 2016

Team-based Care Aids Response to Pain Crisis

Thousands of patients with chronic pain needed help after several pain clinics in Washington closed this summer. Helen Gray, M.D., writes that a team-based approached, including working with clinical pharmacists and registered nurses who serve as care managers,  allowed her practice to help fill the void.

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Friday Oct 14, 2016

Could Self Care or Telehealth Curb Overuse of Health Care?

More Americans now have health insurance, but there is a still a physician shortage. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., ponders solutions to overconsumption of health care.

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Monday Oct 03, 2016

Patient Preference, Priorities Should Matter

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that the latest book by Atul Gawande, M.D., reinforces what she practices: Patients' priorities must be considered in care decisions.

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Wednesday Sep 28, 2016

Mental Health Resources Lacking in Opioid Crisis Fight

At a time when opioid abuse is skyrocketing, mental health resources needed to address the epidemic are in short supply, writes Gerry Tolbert, M.D.

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Thursday Sep 01, 2016

Physicians, Wellness Should Begin With Us

Venis Wilder, M.D., writes that when physicians neglect their own needs, their ability to care for others suffers, as well.

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