There are some medical centers that are investing in the concept of group visits. The concept, as I wrote awhile back, involves shared medical appointments, comprised of patients with similar medical conditions. A medical team, typically including a doctor, nurse, and other support staff, would then counsel patients as a group, and address issues common to everyone in the room. Can the emergence of social media, like Facebook and Twitter, ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by Cole Petrochko, MedPage Today Staff Writer Just over half of U.S. adults under 65 used the Internet to look up health information over the course of a year, according to the first National Health Interview Survey to collect data on health information technology. How many Americans are going online for health information? Although Americans are still concerned about security of medical information, the survey showed ...

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The patient-centered model of care is predicated among other things on physicians factoring in knowledge of the “person behind the patient” into their treatment. That’s means understanding and, where practical, honoring the patient’s beliefs, values and preferences. In order for a communication between a physician and person (patient) to be “patient centered,” it must be congruent with patient preferences for how they want their ...

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A version of this op-ed was published on January 27th, 2010 in the USA Today. Raise your hand if you've ever left a physician's office without fully understanding what the doctor just told you. Studies show that half of patients admit to not understanding what their doctor told them during an office visit; and more than 75% of emergency room patients acknowledge not fully grasping instructions given to them. As a ...

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Like most people, I’ve found the news and images coming from Haiti in the aftermath of the January's earthquake appalling and upsetting. The sheer amount of devastation and orders of magnitude loss of life make the story compelling by itself. Coupled on top of Haiti’s ignominious history, the situation touches us for its Job-like quality: ”How much misery can one people withstand?” I’ve been pleased at the outpouring of support for Haiti. ...

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Plastic surgery is a competitive field, and as such, is a leader in using social media for marketing. Just go to YouTube, for instance, and you'll find a plethora of plastic surgeons vying for your business. But in an interesting progression, they've also taken the lead on "e-consultations," using Skype and other video conferencing tools to interact with patients with the hope of bringing them to their practice. Whereas professional organizations like ...

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The newest media doc on the block is Dr. Mehmet Oz. When he was first seen on Oprah, he seemed engaging and answered some interesting questions in a real and professional way. The audience loved his blue scrubs and boyish clean cut open style. That was then. Let’s face it . . . the media spotlight seems to corrupt even the best physicians. Dr. Oz now has his own show and ...

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There is a veritable epidemic of doctor-writers out there. What is going on? Are doctors suddenly in the kiss-and-tell mode? What about confidentiality? Professionalism? HIPAA? As one of the aforementioned doctor-writers, I look upon this trend with both awe and trepidation. I suspect that that this flourishing literary phenomenon relates to the public’s fascination and fear about all things medical. It also relates to the falling away of previous, pedestal-like images of ...

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Thank you to the New Hampshire Union Leader for naming me to the 2010 class of New Hampshire's 40 Under Forty. (available print only, not online yet) It's a tremendous honor, and I'm deeply humbled. I'd also like to welcome new readers to KevinMD.com who may have caught my columns last week in the USA Today and the New York Times' Room for Debate blog, along with an appearance this ...

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