Dive Brief: The National Quality Forum released new guidance aimed at making shared decisionmaking a standard of care for all patients. The guide — National Quality Partners Playbook: Shared Decision Making in Healthcare — offers tools for organizations to improve shared decisionmaking, including patient decision aids that provide information on the risks, benefits and challenges of care options as well as possible alternatives and how to communicate their personal preferences to their physician. The guide builds on earlier NQF efforts to assess and promote national standards for decision aids. A team of 20 public and private sector experts provided input for the document. Dive Insight: The guide comes as value-based reimbursement models are putting more emphasis on coordinated care teams and patient satisfaction ratings. In one recent study, patients rated their doctors 10 to 20 percentage points lower when requests for medications, tests or referrals were refused. NQF … [Read more...] about NQF guide aims to help doctors include patients in care decisions
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(Natural News) The guy who was responsible for overseeing the health of the United States Gymnastics Team has been handed what amounts to a life sentence in prison for sexually abusing scores of his female team members – including one victim who was only six years old at the time.As he was being sentenced for his heinous crimes, Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, 54, was told by the presiding judge that his life is basically now over. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina was pleased to announce that it was her “honor and privilege” to sentence the man to serve the rest of his waking hours behind bars, as she chillingly told him, “I just signed your death warrant.”According to reports, a shocking 156 women came forward to testify against Dr. Nassar, claiming they were sexually abused while under his “care.” Judge Aquilina forced Dr. Nassar to listen to every single testimony against him, to which he afterward offered an apology, stating:“Your words … [Read more...] about A doctor who molested young female athletes was just sentenced to 175 years in prison… how many other doctors MOLEST patients and get away with it?
Photo by Aleksander Kaczmarek/Getty ImagesCold and flu season is upon us, so who better to take advice from than people who see sneezing, hacking patients every day? You may already know a few ways to avoid getting sick—wash your hands, get enough sleep, stay hydrated—but there are others you may not have thought of. (When's the last time you disinfected your smartphone, for example?) Here, doctors and nurses give their best tips and advice for boosting your immune system.Rethink that extra drink. Steer clear of sugar.Healthcare Made Easy. Take her advice and resist reaching for that soda—or cookie or candy bar—especially during cold and flu season. That's because, like alcohol, sugar inhibits white blood cells from engulfing bacteria and viruses. According to Katz, women should aim for 6 teaspoons or fewer a day, and 9 teaspoons or fewer for men (a 12-ounce can of soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar).Get vaccinated already.flu. The dominant strain … [Read more...] about 9 Ways Doctors And Nurses Avoid Getting Sick
Q: I am over 60 and had a good sex life with my husband of many years. After surviving breast cancer, I just can't enjoy sex as much as I used to, although my husband is loving and patient, and we are both willing to try. What else can we do?The major issues stem from a lack of certain hormones, like estrogen, that oncologists don't want you to use. Low levels of estrogen can cause vaginal dryness that bothers many women. To relieve that, try a topical lubricant, such as KY or Astroglide, which is nonhormonal and can significantly help intercourse, or a vaginal moisturizer like Replens, which you use a few times a week. You can also ask your doctor about using an estrogen preparation like the Estring, a soft rubber ring (similar to a diaphragm) coated with estrogen that very slowly releases the hormone into the vaginal tissues. This helps moisten the vagina, making intercourse much more comfortable. The ring stays in place for 3 months at a time, and my patients tell me that neither … [Read more...] about Q: I am over 60 and had a good sex life with my husband of many years. After surviving breast cancer, I just can’t enjoy sex as much as I used to, although my husband is loving and patient, and we are both willing to try. What else can we do?
Rebecca Hiles had a chronic cough and breathlessness for years. Catherine Carelli broke her leg. Christel Arant's blood pressure spiked suddenly. If you would just lose weight, they were told, your symptoms will go away.I wish I could say these were anomalies, unfortunate but rare. But this kind of misdiagnosis happens every single day in doctors' offices and hospitals across the country. It's so common, in fact, there's a name for it: medical fat-shaming. (Though malpractice might be closer to the truth.) And it grows out of the reality that most doctors are so conditioned to see obesity as a disease that needs treatment, they can't see beyond it, even when a patient's symptoms are unrelated. Ragen Chastain, a writer and Ironman competitor from Los Angeles, says she's been "treated" with weight loss advice for strep throat, a broken toe, and a separated shoulder.When Carelli, 52, slipped on the ice last year in Grand Ledge, MI, and broke her leg, she consulted a surgeon. "He took … [Read more...] about These Women Were Fat-Shamed By Their Doctors—And It Almost Cost Them Their Lives
Last week, Denver7 news reported that five nurses at Denver Health Medical Centerwere suspended for allegedly mocking the unusually large package of a patient who died in their facility. The nurses in question are alleged to have opened the man’s body bag to admire his big penis after the patient was deceased. Yikes. When we heard this story, we had one question: how common is this sort of thing, really? We know that doctors and nurses are supposed to remain clinical and objective, but they’re human, too. So are they regularly checking out their patients' junk? And if so, are they going so far as to show off their, um, unusual attributes to their colleagues? And is there specific ethical guidance given in the case of genital abnormalities, like a particularly large penis? To get answers, we asked people on the front lines: nurses, doctors, and medical students.Broadly speaking, the answer is that it's pretty unusual for nurses to show a dead patient's penis to their … [Read more...] about Not Even Doctors and Nurses Are Immune to Judging Your Penis — Even When You’re Dead
(Natural News) Political biases are not hard to find in 2016. Thanks to the rise of the internet and social media, knowing everyone’s in-depth political views has become extremely easy. People whose opinions on political matters you never would have known are now accessible right at the your fingertips thanks to Facebook and Twitter. While this is mostly harmless, new studies show that one’s political views could potentially be a lot more dangerous than we ever expected.Whether your doctor is a Republican or Democrat could potentially effect the quality of care you are receiving from them, a new study published in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows. Issues dealing with pregnancy and drug use are among the top of the list when it comes to differences in the care received by doctors who identify as Democrat or Republican. While the manner in which they vote is harmlessly different, the manner in which they offer their … [Read more...] about Doctors treat patients differently based on their own political views, study shows
The onslaught of #HearThisWell stories continue to exponentially fill YouTube. The right ingredients have combined into a powder keg that appears to have ignited. The tipping point is here. Clear laws have been broken, damage can be proven, and an industry hangs in the balance. Looking back at this moment, history will show where trust, common sense, and the future of the medical industry began. Will it favor empathy and a return to putting the children and people’s health before profits and agendas? What is clear is the vaccine industry stands before us with no clothes for all to see. Yet like the emperor in the tale, it is seemingly unaware that it is naked. The checkmate already happened and it appears that the CDC and vaccine industry is oblivious. What is clear is that the public has overwhelming stepped in to fill the void of deafening silence from the complacent mainstream media, CDC, and US government. They seem to be blind to the fact that a fight has been picked with … [Read more...] about Doctors And Nurses You Are Vaccine Fraud Tipping Point
Navigating today’s medical system can be tough on patients. The best thing to remember is that ultimately, the responsibility for your health lies with you. Your doctor can help, but you have to help yourself too. As individuals, we have an important role to play in the journey towards health. It’s important that you actively participate in the process, listening to the experts but also listening to yourself. It’s not uncommon for a patient to be faced with conflicting advice from different doctors (for example, one doctor might advocate surgery, another pills and another might suggest you ‘wait and see’). It’s also not uncommon for a doctor to give advice which might conflict with your own beliefs (for example, suggesting surgery before other options are explored may be something you don’t agree with). Many of us are conditioned to just go along with the suggestions of our doctors, but it’s important that you know that as the patient, … [Read more...] about Your Doctor and You: What You Need to Know
99% of all sick people here believe their disease is not their fault, but their genes’ fault or the environment and are just waiting for a miracle drug to cure them; the other 1% believe they are at fault for how they feel and then take action to change their health, and many do! That same 99% also believe you should see a doctor when you feel sick; the other 1% do not believe they should see a doctor when they feel sick, in fact the 1% believe seeing their doctor is the reason why they got worse! Does illness and ignorance go hand in hand? Some could argue that, but I think it’s deeper than simple ignorance – it’s trust! When you have seen your doctor for many years and you trust your doctor to never hurt you, you then start relying on him or her for every little thing, even for the slightest discomfort you might feel throughout your life. Some even go as far as trusting their doctor – blindly. And why wouldn’t you? You expect your … [Read more...] about 5 Big Lies Doctors tell Patients