The POWER in emPOWERed Patient

It is often hard to feel as if you have any power or say when visiting the doctor or lying in a bed in the hospital.  Most people are not medical and don’t understand much of the jargon being bantered around.  We struggle to make sense of what has happened to our body.  We don’t…

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The Power of An Apology

When a medical professional can say “I’m sorry” for a medical error it can be very powerful and healing.  It is not easy for a doctor or nurse to apologize for a medical error because the fear of a law suit is real.  But medical professionals can be overwhelmed with guilt, shame and emotional distress…

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How To Become An Empowered Patient: 7 Strategies to Maintain Your Sense of Self

This blog post is written by Michele Rosenthal.  She will be a guest on my radio show on February 28, 2013 at 6PM EST on www.blogtalkradio.com In 1997 my world fell apart. True, it had been sixteen years in the making, but when the rug was pulled from beneath me I was twenty-nine years old…

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Who Me? An Empowered Patient?

What makes an empowered patient?  two things; A desire to have more information in order to make the right decision and the desire to be involved with all decision making.  Now doesn’t that sound simple? In my work, I have the privilege to meet many people who are empowered patients and caregivers and don’t realize…

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Doctor To Patient: It’s Not My Area

I get calls to review records for people.  They want a neutral set of eyes to evaluate the information.  Usually, the person asking, has seen multiple specialists and doesn’t have a diagnosis.  They are asking me for direction.  Recently, I had a case that stunned me because the client had seen multiple specialists over a…

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Why Am I A New Patient When I am Already In The System?

My client was inpatient for an infection.  The service that was following her decided to get a consult from Infectious Disease to assess what may be causing the infection. A biopsy was taken and we waited for results. For one of the potential microbe, penicillin was the drug of choice and it had to be taken…

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The Tao of Empowered Caregiving

Last week on my radio show, I had Helena Doyle on.  She along with her sister are the caregivers for her parents.  Both her parents have complex medical problems and live at home.  I loved speaking with her because she learned how to navigate the healthcare system through trial and error. During our conversation, two…

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Nurse practitioners vs Doctors: The Same Old Story

Recently, there has been a flurry of blog entries on the role of nurse practitioners (NP) in healthcare.  The American Academy of Family Practitioners (AAFP), came out very strongly against nurse practitioners as being designated as primary care providers.  The argument is NPs don’t have the same amount of schooling as doctors and don’t understand…

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