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Collaborative Notes, Engaged Partners, Fewer Errors

Collaborative Notes, Engaged Partners, Fewer Errors

Patients, care partners & clinicians can reduce record errors with collaborative notes. Dr. Peter Elias shares his note-writing with collaborative partners. Proem Expecting an error-free medical record seems unreasonable – too many opportunities, too many forces,...

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Creating Your Own Self-Advocacy Style

Creating Your Own Self-Advocacy Style

We cannot always choose what happens to us in life, but we can choose how we respond and handle it. Take for example, the time that I had a physical examination with my relatively new primary care physician. They did blood work and I received a report, along with a...

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Tell Me Your Story: How Narrative Medicine Fosters Trust

Tell Me Your Story: How Narrative Medicine Fosters Trust

Curled up on her hospital gurney but unable to sleep, the middle-aged Latinx female trauma patient sighed, “I am tired of being tired.” Before daybreak, “Rosa” (not her real name) had arrived at work to open her New York restaurant but was interrupted by an intruder...

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Simple Measures to Put Caring Back in Health Care

Simple Measures to Put Caring Back in Health Care

Editor’s note: When oncology and hospice nurse Theresa Brown was diagnosed with breast cancer, she couldn’t believe how disorganized and unempathic her care was. Ultimately she called it D.I.Y. care, as in Do-It-Yourself: figure out the treatment process, find the...

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Patient Advocates on National Boards: Mind the Sausage

Patient Advocates on National Boards: Mind the Sausage

Engaging patients differs depending on the role. Those on national Boards lead, strategize, advocate, communicate. Adam Thompson is on the Board of NQF. Listen in. Proem As a nurse, I studied individual health. Then I became a student of organizational health. That...

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Improving Cancer Care for BIPOC Women is Everyone’s Cause

Improving Cancer Care for BIPOC Women is Everyone’s Cause

For women of color facing breast cancer diagnoses, making decisions is a precarious balancing act, a process with significant implications across healthcare and society. Diagnosis tends to occur at a younger age (that is, before 40, when many screening programs become...

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How Reception Areas can Open Doors to Better Health

How Reception Areas can Open Doors to Better Health

Editor’s note: Moyez Jiwa, MD, founder of The Journal of Health Design, and The Health Design Podcast, believes that we can improve outcomes for patients as soon as  today by simply paying attention to the small details that needlessly undermine those outcomes. In...

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Playing the Waiting Game While Living with a Rare Disease

Playing the Waiting Game While Living with a Rare Disease

In 2004, at age 17, I was diagnosed with an adult-onset muscle disease called limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2B (LGMD2B). My diagnostic journey began 10 months prior, the result of a routine blood test after a car accident which yielded concerning biomarker...

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