Patient education

Jan 2005 Issue
A Sure Way to Improve Your Dictation [Improving Patient Care]

The article explains the merits of dictating notes in the exam room with the patient present, as a way to increase efficiency and improve patient care.

Sep 2004 Issue
Starting Off on the Right Foot [Improving Patient Care]

The article describes an enrollment interview or family conference, which the author uses to introduce prospective patients to the practice and to lay the groundwork for a positive, long-term doctor-patient relationship.

May 2004 Issue
How to Make the Media Your Public Health Partner [Feature]

This article discusses opportunities in the media for physicians to address health care topics to a wide audience. It explains how to prepare for interviews and how to impart clear, relevant medical information to the public in a short amount of time or space.

Nov-Dec 2003 Issue
Mourners' Rights [Patient Education]

Nov-Dec 2003 Issue
When Your Patients Are in Mourning [Improving Patient Care]

The article describes how family physicians can assist patients through the mourning process and provides a patient education handout.

Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors [Patient Education]

Feb 2002 Issue
Prescriptions: Why They're So Complicated [Patient Education]

Patient education piece designed to help the patient understand the responsibilities of the pharmacy, the physician and the patient when it comes to filling, refilling and paying for prescribed drugs.

Sep 2001 Issue
Understanding Your Health Plan's Rules [Patient Education]

Patient education piece designed to help the patient identify the kind of managed care plan he is a member of.

Jun 2001 Issue
Understanding Your Insurance Coverage [Patient Education]

Jun 2001 Issue
Making Sense of Health Plan Denials [Feature]

The article discusses conflicts between medical necessity (what patients need as well as what they want but don't need) and medical benefit (what their insurance policies cover and don't cover) and the problems this creates for family physicians and their patients. The article will include a handout for patients and strategies for physicians who find themselves stuck in the middle of these conflicts.

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