How Your Health Team Works For You

While we all like to think that our doctor is the biggest and the best, we need to recognize that s/he is merely one member of your health care team. Granted, your doctor is probably the most the most well-paid member, the most educated member, and the director of your team, but they do not work as an island unto themselves. They delegate many tasks related to your diagnosis and treatment to other members of …

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When Is It Time To Find A New Doctor

Upon graduation from medical school each new doctor takes the Hippocratic oath in which s/he pledges to do ‘no harm’. These young doctors subsequently spend the rest of their career with their patient’s best interests at heart and with the intent of causing no harm. There are many reasons why a patient chooses a particular doctor. S/he may be the best diagnostician in town. Or s/he may have the best bedside manner. Whatever the reason …

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Planning For Discharge

What is Discharge Planning? Discharge planning involves planning for the care you will need after you are discharged from a health-care facility. The planning begins on the day that you are admitted. It involves the evaluation of and planning to meet your biological, psychological, social and spiritual needs once you are discharged. This planning may include involvement of family members or significant others as determined by your immediate and short term needs requirements. It may …

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How To Select A Doctor

There are many doctors out there giving all sorts of care. Some are great doctors but lousy human beings. Some are great human beings, but are lousy clinicians. Some have fabulous bedside manner, putting you at ease immediately, while others have the personality of a frog. You will have to see what your tolerance level is. The bottom line is to choose a doctor you feel comfortable with. There is NO reason to ever go …

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What To Expect From Your Nurse

DEFINITION OF NURSING: The American Nurses’ Association (ANA) traditionally defined nursing as the “diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems.” In 2004 they expanded that definition to acknowledge four essential features of contemporary professional nursing practice: Attention to the full range of human experiences and responses to health and illness Interpretation of data collected from the patient and other sources Application of scientific knowledge to diagnose and treat nursing needs …

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When To Switch Doctors

Doctors are human beings. They have feelings and they have emotions…just like their patients. There are many doctors out there giving all sorts of care. Some are great doctors but have a hard time being a nice person. Some are great human beings, but are not the best clinicians. Some have fabulous bedside manner, putting you at ease immediately, while others have the personality of a frog. Being nice and having a good bedside manner …

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What is Home Health Care?

Home Health Care Services are care giving services that are provided to persons in their home environment. The need for services must be documented by the person’s primary doctor and the doctor is the only health care provider who can prescribe such services for the patient. These services are provided to the person while under a doctor’s care. If the patient is going to receive this care after being discharged from a hospital, that care is …

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How To Prepare For A Doctor Visit

Being prepared for a doctor visit can make a huge difference in your comfort level as a patient. If you spend a few minutes preparing for your visit, you will be better informed and capable of making better decisions. You will also be better able to partner with your health care provider to get the best health care outcomes possible. How To Find A Doctor: If you are new to an area and don’t know …

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Why You Need A Patient Advocate

As a patient you absorb a lot less information when you are anxious, scared, vulnerable, in pain, medicated, immobilized, unconscious, drowsy and/or undressed. In such scenarios, ask a trusted family member or friend to be your patient advocate when you enter the health care system. Plan on keeping your advocate with you at all times, even overnight, if you are going to need hospitalization. You will be able to rest much better. Your advocate can …

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Cancer Survivorship: Role of Healthcare Providers

Cancer Survivors he term “cancer survivor” includes all people living with cancer. Whether cured, in remission, or living with known active cancer, patients who see themselves as survivors play a proactive positive role rather than a passive victim role.[1] Measures of quality of life are high for patients who have an excellent prognosis, although some vestiges of the cancer experience can persist. Coping mechanisms used in the survival process for patients facing persistent disease are …

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