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In the first of a two-part series, the author provides some basic principles of marriage (e.g., maintain boundaries, acknowledge that relationships go through phases, etc.) in order to help physicians focus on and improve their own marriages, if necessary.
Patients who keep coming back often require physicians to walk the line between diagnosis and judgment.
According to the author, "trust is the glue that binds patient to physician." To strengthen that trust, he offers 10 guidelines physicians begin using immediately to achieve a more positive relationship with their patients.
Physicians who feel connected to the people they work with often report greater job satisfaction and less burnout. The author, a family physician, offers tips for building better relationships with colleagues.
How do you get your group to defy the status quo and act on good ideas? It starts with vision, teamwork and some fire in the belly.
Nov-Dec 2002 Issue
'Oh, by the Way ...': Agenda Setting in Office Visits [Improving Patient Care]
The article will explain how physicians can deal with patients who present with lists of complaints and how managing these lists effectively can improve patient care.
Negative feedback is never easy to give, but sandwiching criticism between layers of praise makes it more palatable and more effective.
The author, a family physician, contributes her thoughts on patient safety and error reduction as a doctor and as the daughter of a sick parent who received suboptimal care.
The author explains how simple technologies, such as a handheld pager system, can improve communication among physicians and staff members within the office.
Being courteous to patients and staff can increase satisfaction with the practice, make the work environment more pleasant and decrease stress levels, and it doesn't cost a thing.