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How All of Us in Healthcare Can Close the Empathy Gap

How All of Us in Healthcare Can Close the Empathy Gap

I recently saw The Color of Care, a documentary highlighting the disparate and inequitable care received by Black and Brown individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the movie, Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey opined that one of the primary issues with...
Building Us Up, Not Tearing Us Down

Building Us Up, Not Tearing Us Down

“Lack of effort and persistence”  Those words cut like a knife, leaving a deeper wound than any facet of illness my daughter has faced. A provider used those words to describe my 19-year-old daughter Sara, who has lived her entire life with chronic complex medical...
Dr. Danny Sands: Participatory Medicine Can Cure Many Ills

Dr. Danny Sands: Participatory Medicine Can Cure Many Ills

Embracing shared decision making in medicine will improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, increase health equity, and even help alleviate clinician burnout, Danny Sands, MD, co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, said in a recent podcast interview. Erin...
Patients and the Diagnostic Journey: Finding Specialists

Patients and the Diagnostic Journey: Finding Specialists

The journey to diagnosis for patients, particularly those living with complex health conditions remains challenging for patients, their loved ones, and their physicians. As frontline experts on the diseases and conditions affecting their lives, patients and family...
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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