Tag Archives: doctor-patient relations

Restoring the Art of Medicine

There was a time when physicians and laypersons frequently and comfortably referred to the “art of medicine,” but that was 45 years ago. Times have changed. Back then, as an eager and idealistic medical student, the expression puzzled me and discussions with my classmates and teachers about its deeper meaning left me unsatisfied. For the […]

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Recognition and Prevention of Nosocomial Malnutrition: A Review and A Call to Action!

Nosocomial malnutrition in hospitalized adults is a morbid, costly, and potentially preventable and treatable problem. Although recognized as contributing to many serious complications of hospitalization, malnutrition is often missed when present on admission and rarely diagnosed if it occurs during hospital stay. Many routine clinical practices such as holding nutrition for testing or failing to […]

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American Journal of Medicine Editor Joseph Alpert

‘Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics’: Biostatistics and Prognostication for Patients

Quite often patients ask me to predict the future outcome of their illness: “How long can I expect to live with this illness, doctor, or how dangerous is the procedure that you are recommending?” A facile answer involves quoting data taken from clinical or epidemiologic studies, but this kind of information is rarely useful for […]

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Brief Mindfulness Practices for Healthcare Providers – A Systematic Literature Review

Mindfulness practice, where an individual maintains openness, patience, and acceptance while focusing attention on a situation in a nonjudgmental way, can improve symptoms of anxiety, burnout, and depression. The practice is relevant for health care providers; however, the time commitment is a barrier to practice. For this reason, brief mindfulness interventions (eg, ≤ 4 hours) […]

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elder woman sick in bed with husband looking on

Death and Dignity: Exploring Physicians’ Responsibilities After a Patient’s Death

Literature focused on care at the end of life is flourishing. The scope of this work has been broad, including how to best communicate bad news1, 2 or discuss patient wishes at the end of life,3, 4 as well as detailing where patients are dying and how it impacts their care5 and the value of palliative and hospice care during […]

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