How Provider Bias Harms Women in Pain

How Provider Bias Harms Women in Pain

A female ER patient cannot bear the burden of a provider’s biases.  It’s crucial that providers – especially those in the emergency or urgent clinical settings – critically examine each patient, without regard for the patient’s gender.  But what happens when these biases are unconscious (which they undoubtedly are in most...

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How to Obtain Informed Consent from Non-English Speaking Patients

How to Obtain Informed Consent from Non-English Speaking Patients

Patients who feel that they received treatment to which they didn’t consent may feel betrayed by their providers and distrustful of the medical system.  This does patients and providers a disservice, and it undermines the patient’s dominion over his/her body. "Patient autonomy" isn't a buzzword; it's a...

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How to Integrate Group Patient Visits into Your Practice

How to Integrate Group Patient Visits into Your Practice

To manage an influx of patients and escalating costs, some providers now offer shared appointments, wherein they see a group of patients with similar symptoms simultaneously.  In fact, as of 2010, 13% of family physicians offered these...

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How Physical Therapy Changed My Life in Just 15 Days

How Physical Therapy Changed My Life in Just 15 Days

More times than I can count, I’ve been asked: “How long did it take for you to start feeling better?”  I met Sandy, my physical therapist, when I was wheelchair-bound and in constant, horrific pain.  So, I’m sharing this journal entry, written 15 days after meeting Sandy.

And to answer the question: It took less than 15...

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How Your Patients Lose Their Identities, and How to Ensure You’re Not Part of the Problem

How Your Patients Lose Their Identities, and How to Ensure You’re Not Part of the Problem

My occupation was as a professional patient. 

It’s like having two full-time jobs and never being done with work.  It’s exhausting, time consuming, requires top-notch communication skills, and is a challenge each day.  You get no days off.  You have no coworkers.  You get no compensation.  Basically, it’s...

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