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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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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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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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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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