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Healthcare Workers

Delivering Bad News to Patients and Their Families

by Angela Stevens on July 20, 2009

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One of the most difficult situations a health care provider has to face is delivering bad news to a patient and his family, and there’s no single right way to do it. It can be a terribly uncomfortable situation, especially for those unprepared to deal with the questions and resulting emotions of the patient and family. As a result, many physicians attempt to disassociate themselves with the situation and wind up behaving in an unnaturally stiff and formal manner. [continue reading…]

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How the Internet is Changing Healthcare

by Angela Stevens on June 17, 2009

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The uneducated patient who relies solely on their healthcare provider to inform them of possible health concerns, symptoms, and treatment is almost a thing of the past. With 60-80% of Internet users seeking health information online, today’s patient is more knowledgeable and ready to take more responsibility for their own health.

The Internet has the potential to inform and empower the health consumer by educating individuals about general health, healthcare services, and support decision making. Unfortunately, the Internet has also proven to have negative impacts for the healthcare industry as well. [continue reading…]

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Stress Relief for Overstressed Healthcare Workers

by Angela Stevens on April 16, 2009

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You take care of patients all day, but who is taking care of you? Hospitals across the country are grossly understaffed due to lack of adequate funding, leading to sometimes unmanageable nurse-to-patient and doctor-to-patient ratios. Mandatory overtime places additional stress on healthcare workers who are already being pushed to their limits during the course of the normal work week. I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. [continue reading…]

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