Tag Archive for ‘physician-patient communication’

Only in a Rural Community 

Describes the atypical experiences of a rural surgeon practicing for more than 40 years in northwest Kansas.

Journal Study Examines Postdischarge Disparities for Non-English Proficient Patients

Summarizes the findings of a study that underscores the critical role clear communication plays in patient care, particularly for patients with limited English proficiency.

Fertility preservation in patients with cancer: What the surgeon needs to know

Evidence-based fertility preservation guidelines relevant to surgical practice are summarized.

Discussing the role of surgical trainees with patients: Challenges and opportunities

Identifies the benefits and challenges associated with the surgical trainee’s role in patient care and provides recommendations for discussing trainee involvement with patients.

Respect for whose autonomy? Communicating with patients regarding trainee involvement

Respect for whose autonomy? Communicating with patients regarding trainee involvement

Examines how surgeons can counsel patients on trainee participation in their care and discusses the “graded responsibility” model for surgical training.

YFA Essay Contest winner: Promise of the profession: The chance to be human

Ellen Thomason, MD, MPH, FACS, a vascular surgeon in Seattle, WA, describes her experience as a patient and how it changed her outlook as a surgeon.

Patient rankings: Why patient feedback should affect our delivery of care but not our pay

Closer inspection reveals that medical and surgical practice and education within the U.S. are similar fields. Both involve a special relationship between an educator (physician/teacher) and a learner (patient/student). Importantly, both continue to face challenges regarding cost-effectiveness and performance evaluation. The crux of the issue lies in the idea that the learner has the ability to provide critical feedback that may enhance educator performance. This suggests that the learner and educator can switch roles—an idea not often acknowledged in either field. This article addresses how patient feedback should be incorporated into the delivery of quality health care and how education reform is helping to set a preliminary example for medicine to follow.


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