Patient relations

January/February 2022 Issue
The Vaccine Dilemma [The Last Word]

In this short poem, a physician processes the dilemma of caring for patients who won’t take advice when it comes to vaccination.

March/April 2021 Issue
A Method for Establishing Patient Rapport [The Last Word]

It starts with being mindful — not only of what we say, but also of how it is being heard.

September/October 2020 Issue
How to Handle Misinformation in the Age of Dr. Google [The Last Word]

Sometimes the medical information patients find on the internet is correct. But when it’s not, we need to practice a new skillset.

July/August 2020 Issue
Maintaining Patient Relationships in the Age of Hospitalists, Urgent Care, and a Pandemic [From the Editor]

It was already difficult to get enough face-to-face time with patients before COVID-19 hit. Bonding with them now takes even more effort.

March/April 2020 Issue
Looking Beyond Diagnostic Criteria [The Last Word]

The power of family medicine is seeing patients as more than just signs and symptoms.

March/April 2020 Issue
On Baby Pictures and Empty Nests [From the Editor]

Sharing life transitions is both a challenge and a joy of long-standing patient relationships.

September/October 2019 Issue
Three Essential Skills for a Doctor That I Learned From an After-School Job as a Youth [The Last Word]

The most unlikely of past experiences can shape who we are as physicians.

July/August 2019 Issue
Communication Tips for Caring for Survivors of Sexual Assault [Feature]

You can support your patients’ recovery from sexual assault by interacting with them in an empowering, compassionate manner.

July/August 2019 Issue
How to Identify, Understand, and Unlearn Implicit Bias in Patient Care [Feature]

Taking steps to recognize and correct unconscious assumptions toward groups can promote health equity.

January/February 2019 Issue
High-Maintenance Patients [The Last Word]

Don't let their bad behavior make you a bad doctor.

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