One year ago, I thought I was going on a book tour to teach patients how they can advocate for better care. Instead, people across the country taught me what they want from healthcare, and how medicine is missing the mark today. Here are 10 surprising findings from my "listening tour".
“Doctors need drug companies. We’re not influenced by them. They just pay for lunches, and I need to eat. Bedsides, it’s not my patients’ business what I do.”
The new campaign for transparency in medicine, "Who’s My Doctor?", comes under fire from dome doctors who are not thrilled with being open with their patients. Here are some of my responses.
To counter the epidemic of fear and lack of trust in medicine, I am launching a new campaign for doctors to be totally transparent with their patients. Who's Your Doctor: The Total Transparency Manifesto calls for doctors to disclose conflicts of interests and other influences that may impact patient care.
In traditional medical research, patients are subjects, rather than active participants in their care. There is a new movement to have patients engage as equal partners in research—but what challenges does it face, and how can we work to build a system that is not only patient-centered for care, but also for research?
While changing the terminology of "patient" to "healthcare consumer" might be tempting, it comes with certain dangers. A patient has the right to healthcare, but a healthcare consumer buys what he can.
My last two articles addressed how medical errors affect one in three hospitalized patients, and the 10 types of errors that happen. Now, find out what you can to prevent medical error and to be safe and well during your hospital stay.
What kills more people than car accidents, diabetes, and pneumonia? What can save us, but also kill us?
The answer: hospitals. Despite advances in science and medicine, hospitals are dangerous places. Read on to see how this affects you, and what you can do to stay safe.
While you can't always predict when you'll need to go to the doctor, you usually have some warning. Make sure to bring the following 10 items with you to every doctor's visit; it could just save your life.
You may be dissatisfied and frustrated by the way your medical care is today, but there is a way to make it better. Here are 5 steps to establishing a partnership with your doctor and transforming your health.
As a medical student, the mystique of medicine was appealing. It all changed one day when my mother became a patient, and I saw not only how difficult it is to navigate the healthcare system, but also how scary and unwelcoming the hospital can be.