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Presents strategies that staff can use when dealing with patients who don't want to pay their copayments or other balances at the time of service.
As a facilitator of weekly physician support groups for 18 years (and as a minister), the author has seen a radical change in physicians' awareness of their need for spiritual sustenance. In this article, he defines spirituality and offers physicians' stories about how recognizing their own spirituality has helped them prevent burnout. He also offers suggestions about how to respond to a patient's request for spirituality in their treatment regardless of one's personal spiritual beliefs.
You may be surprised by the number of your patients using CAM therapy. This primer provides the background and tips you’ll need to have a productive conversation about it.
Every practice has at least one. Here's how to reduce irritation and improve outcomes.
The author provides a reading list of books for physicians to recommend to patients and describes how reading can educate patients (and physicians) and provide a common ground for the physician and patient to share life experiences.
Mar 2000 Issue
Is the Doctor-Patient Relationship Finally Growing Up? [Editor's Page]
Takes off from cover story to speculate about the maturation of the physician-patient relationship into one where both physician and patient are ready to treat the other as an adult.
This patient's experience teaches lessons that at least one FP apparently hasn't learned.
Using e-mail and the Web to connect with patients may sound like a hassle, but it can make patients' lives easier — and yours, too.
For tips on conducting efficient office visits, enhancing physician-patient communications and more, look to the archives of Family Practice Management.