Category Archive: HCProviders

On Losing One’s Bladder

What happens when the physician becomes the patient? What happens when the physician is a urologist and the disease he has, is something he’s treated before? Joseph Salisz can explain what happens because… Continue reading

Reach For Your Best!

As a 4th grader in Jackson Mississippi, Ivor stood outside a hospital room and listened to her father scream, “Let me go…let me go…” as three men held him down for a spinal… Continue reading

It’s Okay To Laugh, Cry and Feel Uncertain

In 1990, Robert Harris and his wife and best friend, Cindy, had been married 10 years and had two boys, ages 2 and 5.  One day, Cindy complained of pain in her knee. … Continue reading

Physicians Need Social Media

When patients hear the term “The Empowered Doctor” they may ask “I thought physicians were empowered. Staff, systems ,procedures are controlled by them. What am I missing ?”**  “Doctors in their prime are… Continue reading

Pharmacists As Partners

You know those little dosage cups that are on all the children’s over the counter medications…One study from 2010 found that only 30% of those using these cups with printed markings gave accurate… Continue reading

Do Nurses Eat Their Young? What’s Wrong With Communication in Health Care?

The Workplace Bullying Institute defines Workplace Bullying as repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms: Verbal… Continue reading

Another Caregiver Conundrum…

A 2011 study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine brings to light another problem with caregiving.  The people that are hired to care for elders or disabled may not be health literate.… Continue reading

What ever happened to old school medicine? It’s still around…

“Nothing connects doctor & patient faster than a simple moment of pure listening. Not just waiting for your turn to talk, but real listening.” Tweet by Dr. Steven Eisenberg, January 5, 2013 I… Continue reading

$375 Billion Worth of Value: Family Caregivers

“There are four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” Rosalyn Carter First… Continue reading

Parents Take Notice: Seclusion Rooms

This is beyond disturbing. Does anyone from the school(s) explain the length of time rationale? I mean, don’t get me wrong…the padded room is ridiculous enough, but more alarming is the length of… Continue reading

Light A Lamp

When I was younger, I would look at a mother playing with her baby and a warm feeling would come over me. I would just dwell in the experience of joy. Now I… Continue reading

Pull Over & Pay Taxes

A couple of days ago, I heard the waaah-waaah-waaah   of an Emergency vehicle. I pulled over. I then watched as other cars passed me, ignoring the Emergency, ignoring the people who were trying… Continue reading

Patient-Centered Medicine Part 2

The etymology of the word “Patient” is described on  Webster’s site  as: derived from the Latin word patiens, the present participle of the deponent verb pati, meaning “one who endures” or “one who suffers”. Patient is also… Continue reading

Patient-Centered Medicine Part 2

WE ARE ALL PATIENTS! The etymology of the word “Patient” is described on  Webster’s site  as: derived from the Latin word patiens, the present participle of the deponent verb pati, meaning “one who endures” or “one who… Continue reading

What happened to "old school" medicine?

Times they are a-changing.  My dad wouldn’t have liked what’s happening. C. A. Hoffman, Jr.  was an old-school physician.  Often, to the chagrin of his office staff, he spent real time with his… Continue reading