Archive | Understanding Your Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Learn a Lesson From Serena Williams: Trust Your Instincts When it Comes to Your Health

Speaking up can reduce your risk of a misdiagnosis! Have you ever felt that your doctor isn’t listening to you? Have you had your concerns brushed aside? Are you wondering how you can reduce your risk of a misdiagnosis? It happens in doctors’ offices, emergency departments and hospital rooms – patients have a sense of […]

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Researching New Treatment Options by Evaluating Clinical Trial Results

Are you trying to find information on new treatments? When you, or a loved one, have a serious medical condition, it is natural, and important, to want to learn as much as you can about the condition and potential treatments. When traditional, often-used treatments are not promising, or not working for you or your loved […]

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What You Need to Know About Clinical Trials Before You Sign the Dotted Line

Is a clinical trial right for you? When you are dealing with a serious illness, there may come a time when you consider a clinical trial. Perhaps there are no known successful treatments, or perhaps you have tried all of the existing therapies and none of them have worked as you and your doctor hoped. […]

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6 Tips to Better Manage Your Healthcare for 2018

Now that 2018 is here, it’s a good time to focus on how to better manage your healthcare. Here are six tips to better manage your healthcare to get the best outcome possible for yourself or a loved one. Prepare for Medical Appointments! Doctors see patients in time limited slots, with both parties often feeling rushed. […]

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Patient-Doctor Communication. What’s the Impact on Patient Health?

Research has shown that effective patient-doctor communication in healthcare is linked to higher patient and doctor satisfaction, better adherence to treatment plans, more appropriate medical decisions and better health outcomes. This should be enough to convince you that effective, clear conversations with your medical team are crucial. However, effective communication between the patient and doctor […]

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The Dangers of Too Many Tests and Treatments for Patients

Are Americans Being Overtested and Overtreated? Sadly, the Answer is a Resounding Yes! Have you ever insisted on a test or treatment when your doctor is suggesting otherwise? Has your doctor pressured you to get tested, or undergo a treatment, that you didn’t think was needed? The dangers of too many tests and treatments for […]

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Opinions on Patient Engagement From Doctors and Patients

Recent research has found that patients and healthcare providers do not agree on patient engagement levels, which can impact the way patients and doctors interact. Who has primary responsibility for a patient’s health?Who should be making healthcare decisions. What are the different opinions on patient engagement from doctors and patients? What exactly is patient engagement? […]

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The Importance of Shared Decision Making

Whether you are dealing with a new medical condition, or one that is progressing, it is important to take the lead role in your medical team. Historically, a doctor would tell you your diagnosis and course of treatment, and you would do your best to follow the doctor’s orders. Fortunately, times have changed and most […]

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