Speaking at CSM: Reflections one year later

Speaking at CSM: Reflections one year later

This week, I’ve been engrossed in the enthusiastic tweets coming out of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting.  And so, I wanted to take an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened in the year since I spoke at CSM in...

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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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How to Avoid Being Surprised by a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

How to Avoid Being Surprised by a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

The provider-patient dynamic has long been plagued by paternalistic decision-making, timid patients, and communication failures.  I believe that the system is the problem, not thepeople who comprise it.  And the system is inextricably linked to the insurance companies, the business of hospital management, and the exhausting balancing of practice profits against patient...

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Strive Labs features Erin as a guest blogger

Strive Labs features Erin as a guest blogger

Strive Labs was one of the sponsors of my talk at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting in February, and they subsequently invited me to provide a guest blog post in the spirit of their "Month of the Patient" focus in...

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