Patient Communication

Endocrinologists Need More Training in Transgender Care

Endocrinologists Need More Training in Transgender Care

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Outside of hormone therapy, endocrinologists reported having low confidence in their knowledge about caring for transgender patients.

Some Older Adults With Obesity May Avoid Medical Care Due to Stigma

Some Older Adults With Obesity May Avoid Medical Care Due to Stigma

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The stigma associated with excess weight may cause some older adults with obesity to avoid seeking health care.

Empathetic Listening Can Help Clinicians Forge Deeper Connections With Patients

Empathetic Listening Can Help Clinicians Forge Deeper Connections With Patients

Empathetic listening can help physicians navigate difficult situations and forge deeper connections with patients, leading to greater professional satisfaction and joy.

More Than Half of US Hospitals Have Language Services

More Than Half of US Hospitals Have Language Services

Overall, 68.8% of hospitals offer language services, with the proportion increasing with level of need..

Closing the Gap: Can Our Toughest Patients Be Our Greatest Teachers?

Closing the Gap: Can Our Toughest Patients Be Our Greatest Teachers?

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Sometimes the most frustrating patients, the so-called "non-adherent" ones, can teach us how to improve diabetes care.

Addressing Inefficiencies in Medical Billing

Addressing Inefficiencies in Medical Billing

Simplification, consolidation, and real time point-of-care information could address the inefficiencies in the medical billing system.

Patient Engagement, Addressing Barriers May Improve Treatment Adherence

Patient Engagement, Addressing Barriers May Improve Treatment Adherence

Tips for increasing patient adherence to treatment plans include patient engagement and addressing barriers to adherence, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

Patients, Families Believe Nurse Practitioners Are Valuable

Patients, Families Believe Nurse Practitioners Are Valuable

Patients and their families believe that teams in acute and primary care are more effective when they include nurse practitioners.

Poll Indicates Increasing Patient Satisfaction With Doctors

Poll Indicates Increasing Patient Satisfaction With Doctors

More Americans than ever are satisfied with their visits to the doctor, according to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll in September.

Email Communication May Improve Health in Patients With Chronic Conditions

Email Communication May Improve Health in Patients With Chronic Conditions

Online communications reduced the need for phone calls and office visits for many patients, according to new data.

AAFP Urges Physicians to Consider Social Media Use

AAFP Urges Physicians to Consider Social Media Use

The AAFP provided guidelines for physicians wishing to become more active in social media.

Music May Help Physicians Connect with Patients

Music May Help Physicians Connect with Patients

Cardiologist describes how showing her vulnerability through music has made her a better physician.

Thank Your Patients, One Physician Says

Thank Your Patients, One Physician Says

One doctor reports feeling a deeper connection to his patients as well as an improvement in patient satisfaction score.

Cardiovascular Care Differs for Women vs Men

Cardiovascular Care Differs for Women vs Men

Younger women less likely than men to be warned of risk, get same treatments, or survive after myocardial infarction.

8 Reasons Why Patients Do Not Adhere to Medication

8 Reasons Why Patients Do Not Adhere to Medication

Reasons include fear of side effects, costs, and misunderstanding of the need for medications.

Study Identifies Barriers to Osteoporosis Prevention

Study Identifies Barriers to Osteoporosis Prevention

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Many older people unconcerned about or unaware of osteoporosis.

Annual Physicals: What Are the Pros and Cons?

Annual Physicals: What Are the Pros and Cons?

Pros include fostering of therapeutic relationship, while cons include lack of evidence for benefits.

Some Progress Seen With 'Choosing Wisely' Recommendations

Some Progress Seen With 'Choosing Wisely' Recommendations

Researchers noted significant decreases in 2 of 7 recommendations, but more needs to be done to ensure wider implementation.

ACP Outlines Role of Retail Clinics in Healthcare

ACP Outlines Role of Retail Clinics in Healthcare

Retail clinics can provide service as episodic alternative to care for relatively healthy patients.

Humanism in Healthcare Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Humanism in Healthcare Can Improve Patient Outcomes

It is important to maintain focus on humanistic practices in modern healthcare environment, authors state.

Understanding Legal Limits of Telemedicine

Understanding Legal Limits of Telemedicine

Providers should ensure they hold proper medical license and have medical liability coverage.

Blood Pressure Improved With Gamification System Achievements

Blood Pressure Improved With Gamification System Achievements

Level of achievement on gamification system linked to reduction in systolic, diastolic blood pressure.

Patient, Family Advisors May Help Focus on Patient-Centered Needs

Patient, Family Advisors May Help Focus on Patient-Centered Needs

Advisors can help practices focus on patient-centered care, rather than assumptions about patient needs.

Medical Students Learn How to Discuss Healthy Eating With Patients

Medical Students Learn How to Discuss Healthy Eating With Patients

West Virginia program prepares students to discuss topics in healthy eating and exercise with patients.

mHealth May Improve Medication Adherence

mHealth May Improve Medication Adherence

Nine of 13 articles show improvement in adherence rates with mobile health text messages.

Managing Care Transitions Important for Outpatient Physicians

Managing Care Transitions Important for Outpatient Physicians

Primary care physicians have an important role in preventing transition gaps for hospitalized patients.

Physicians May Improve Communication With Patients Through Written Reflection

Physicians May Improve Communication With Patients Through Written Reflection

Common themes include interdependence of communication and subtleties of patient behavior.

Researchers Recommend Universal Health Literacy Precautions

Researchers Recommend Universal Health Literacy Precautions

Precautions include avoiding medical jargon and breaking down information into small steps.

Health Care Providers May Have Biases About Sexual Orientation

Health Care Providers May Have Biases About Sexual Orientation

Findings show need for sensitivity training, expert suggests.

Encouraging Use of Patient Portals

Encouraging Use of Patient Portals

Suggestions include training staff on portal use and showing patients how to use the portal.

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