Jul-Aug 2005 Issue
The A to Z of Cross-Cultural Medicine [Improving Patient Care]

The article offers advice for improving one's competency in understanding cultural differences between patients and physicians.

Apr 2005 Issue
Keys to Improving Your Listening Skills [Improving Patient Care]

The article explains the importance of listening in patient care and offers tips to help physicians improve their skills in this area.

Jan 2005 Issue
Working Together: Communities of Practice in Family Medicine [Feature]

By sharing knowledge, concerns and passions, family physicians can use communities of practice as tools for change.

Oct 2004 Issue
The Big Deal About Small Talk [Balancing Act]

The author describes how spending a few minutes of "small talk" with a patient can strengthen the patient-physician relationship and improve quality of care.

Sep 2004 Issue
Making Time to Listen [Feature]

This family physician created a model of practice that allows him to spend quality time with patients.

Jul-Aug 2004 Issue
Managing Family Dynamics [Balancing Act]

Family dynamics can impact the doctor-patient relationship even when the doctor cares for only one member of a family. The author provides a list of key questions doctors should ask to help them better understand the wider context within which they care for the patient.

Jun 2004 Issue
Getting the Most From Language Interpreters [Feature]

Communicating with patients who have limited English proficiency requires more than simply “finding someone who speaks their language.”

Apr 2004 Issue
Teaching Kindness [Balancing Act]

The author discusses the value of kindness in medical care and explains why he teaches his FP residents to practice medicine with kindness and objectivity.

Feb 2004 Issue
The Fine Art of Refusal [Balancing Act]

Learning to say "no" to unreasonable patient requests is an important part of being a good physician. The author teaches readers several methods for saying "no" gracefully and with conviction.

Sep 2003 Issue
Eight Ways to Improve Your Relationships [Balancing Act]

In the second part of this two-part series, the author discusses the criteria he recommends using to assess the state of a physician's marriage as well as "tools" to use to strengthen a marriage.

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