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Even healthy practices have to guard against negativity.
A few simple changes can help you focus on your patient instead of your EHR.
When you see an 18-year-old patient, you don't expect to deliver bad news.
Portals can benefit your practice and your patients, but you have to get them using the technology first.
The best doctors demonstrate not only what they know but also that they care.
Joining patients' Internet networks can lead to faster and better communication.
With a little practice, these seven vital skills can become a natural part of your patient consultations.
Using an evaluation form and face-to-face meetings can help get both sides of the team talking and solving problems.
Admit it, you're guilty of at least one of these.
In recent years, there has been an increase in patients refusing to get immunized, concerned with potential side effects or unconvinced that the shots are necessary. That has allowed some previously declining diseases to make a resurgence. Physicians, who remain the biggest influence on whether patients get vaccinated, need to find ways to address and overcome these reservations when talking with patients about getting immunized. Strategies include explaining the risks and benefits of vaccination; steering patients toward factual, pro-vaccination websites and literature; and working with community leaders and clergy who may also influence patients' decisions about vaccination.