Doctors used to be among the most admired and respected persons in the community; now just a mention of this formerly revered title in a social setting will generate a totally different response. Patients far too often will pour out stories of traumatic healthcare experiences, insults suffered, acts of disrespect or poor bedside manners, and disappointments in a system and in doctors who let them down. Doctor bashing has become a ...

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Physician communication is the number one factor most highly correlated with the likelihood that patients will return to a hospital or medical practice. This conclusion is one that I have personally experienced and highlighted as a speaker at healthcare conferences and seminars and when consulting with fellow physicians on improving communication and building and maintaining a successful practice. Physician communication is so important because understandably patients are anxious about their health ...

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As a physician, do you care enough about your patients? It is my belief – and my experience – that physicians care deeply in ways that we demonstrate through our hard work, our commitment, and our willingness to go beyond the ordinary almost every day of our professional lives.  What often gets “lost in the soup” of busyness is the communication of that caring in a mindful, purposeful and comfortable ...

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