Attitude of Health Personnel

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How Does Your Practice Sound on the Phone? - Feature

Flaws in Clinical Reasoning: A Common Cause of Diagnostic Error - Curbside Consultation

Five Signs You May Have Joined the Wrong Practice - The Last Word

The 2011 EHR User Satisfaction Survey: Responses From 2,719 Family Physicians - Feature

Why Did Your Productivity Decrease When We Hired You? - Feature

Structure and Synchronicity for Better Charting - Feature

Bridging the Physician-Counselor Divide - The Last Word

The State of Family Medicine - Feature

The Spiritual Assessment - Article

ABSTRACT: More than 80 percent of Americans perceive religion as important. Issues of belief can affect the health care encounter, and patients may wish to discuss spirituality with their physician. Many physicians report barriers to broaching the subject of spirituality, including lack of time and experience, difficulty identifying patients who want to discuss spirituality, and the belief that addressing spiritual concerns is not a physician’s responsibility. Spiritual assessment tools such as the FICA, the HOPE questions, and the Open Invite provide efficient means of eliciting patients’ thoughts on this topic. The spiritual assessment allows physicians to support patients by stressing empathetic listening, documenting spiritual preferences for future visits, incorporating the precepts of patients’ faith traditions into treatment plans, and encouraging patients to use the resources of their spiritual traditions and communities for overall wellness. Conducting the spiritual assessment also may help strengthen the physician-patient relationship and offer physicians opportunities for personal renewal, resiliency, and growth.

Confronting Guillain-Barré Syndrome - Close-ups

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