Category Archives: Doctor-patient relationship

Hey! Who Wants to Share Google Health Records?

Recognizing the sensitive nature of sharing health records, Google said it has built in several security measures to preserve privacy. Users choose who can view their histories, and the link to the patient’s profile will work only in connection with … Continue reading

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What does the doctor talk to your teen about?

In fact, if your pediatrician doesn’t ask you to leave the room during teen visits, maybe he or she should. “The pediatrician should spend most of the office visit alone with the adolescent,” according to Dr. David Tayloe, president of … Continue reading

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Kaiser fires staffers who snooped into Suleman`s files

Fifteen employees were fired and eight disciplined after testing revealed computer breaches at the Bellflower hospital, where Nadya Suleman gave birth to octuplets in January. The privacy violations occurred despite the hospital’s stepped-up efforts to shield Suleman’s records from employees … Continue reading

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Consider ethics, patient rights before treating your immediate family

But should physicians treat family members? Interestingly, the American Medical Association in its initial, 1847, “Code of Medical Ethics” addressed treatment of physicians’ families when it said of the physician, “the natural anxiety and solicitude which he experiences at the … Continue reading

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Many medical malpractice cases groundless

About 40 percent of the medical malpractice cases filed in the United States are groundless, according to a Harvard analysis of the hotly debated issue that pits trial lawyers against doctors, with lawmakers in the middle. more

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A Career That Has Mirrored Psychiatry

The patient, Keith, was a deeply religious young man, disabled by paranoia, who had secluded himself for weeks in one of the hospital’s isolation rooms. In daily therapy sessions he said little but was always civil, seemingly pleased to have … Continue reading

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For a Medical Student, a Shocking Lesson in the Real World

I was about to appreciate the consequences of the work of doctors. A price was to be paid to become a real physician. more

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Patient Power: Making Sure Your Doctor Really Hears You

It`s one thing to feel like a master of the universe when wearing a buttoned-down power suit. But how can you negotiate anything “How can you even contemplate “Getting to Yes,” as one motivational best seller puts it” when standing … Continue reading

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Medical Errors? Patients May Be the Last to Know

A survey of more than 2,600 surgeons and medical specialists reveals wide variations in doctors` willingness to disclose errors and in the ways they would present the details to patients. more

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In Science-Based Medicine, Where Does Luck Fit In?

While everyone rightly praised the efforts of her surgeon and physical therapist, another factor in her recovery was ignored: luck. Why are doctors and patients so reluctant to discuss a phenomenon that permeates medicine every day? more

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