Monday, April 28, 2008

Complicated medical lingo can confuse patients: researchers

Complicated medical lingo can confuse patients: researchers
Last Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2008 | 4:59 PM ET CBC News

"Using complicated medical jargon can be confusing, anxiety inducing and potentially dangerous for patients, a new study found.

The research, the focus of this week's editorial in the Lancet, finds that when doctors speak to their patients using the terminology they learned in medical school, patients can fail to identify what it is that's being said, be confused about their diagnosis or incorrectly interpret their condition.

According to health experts, the confusion can happen very easily."

Saturday, April 12, 2008

How to deal with the digitally empowered patient

How to deal with the digitally empowered patient

From the site:

April 2008

In November I wrote an article for the Time magazine Web site about an encounter with a demanding and computer-search savvy patient named Susan that touched off a small firestorm in the blogosphere. At least 20 well-read blog sites ran pieces about it with vigorous reader-response on both sides, either pro-patient or pro-doctor. The New York Times blog site alone has more than 300 write-ins, many emotional. At the end of January, CNN still had an article concerning this on the front page of its Web site.

For this Orthopedics Today Round Table discussion, I have gathered together a panel of orthopedic surgeons to discuss how patient empowerment by the Internet as well as other factors such as new commercialization efforts, regulation and the liability threat in medicine is changing their current practice and what they see as their future.

Scott V. Haig, MD

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Radio: White Coat, Black Art

White Coat, Black Art Radio series from the CBC
From the site:
"Dr. Brian Goldman takes listeners through the swinging doors of hospitals and doctors' offices, behind the curtain where the gurney lies.

It's a biting, original and provocative show that will demystify the world of medicine.

We'll explore the tension between hope and reality: between what patients want, and what doctors can deliver. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals will explain how the system works, and why, with a refreshing and unprecedented level of honesty."

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

CMA unveils website for patient-doctor communication

CMA unveils website for patient-doctor communication
From the CBC:
A secure website for patients to interact with their family doctors was launched Tusday by the Canadian Medical Association.

CMA president Dr. Brian Day said the portal will empower patients to take a more active role in their health care.

"The patient will be in control. I believe in empowering patients. I believe in a patient-focused system where the patient and the consumer is No. 1," Day said.

The new online tool, unveiled Tuesday at a news conference in Vancouver, focuses on tracking tools for three key areas: asthma, high blood pressure and obesity.

Patients using the system can call up their personal profile online and enter information about their conditions. That information is forwarded to their doctors' offices and then the physician monitors and assesses it.

More conditions, such as diabetes, will be added as time goes on.

Books on Doctors as Patients and a few on the Doctor-Patient Relationship