Posts Tagged ‘patient communication’

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October 9th, 2014

Why Bad Doctors Are Like Bad Writers: The Curse Of Knowledge

Larry Husten applies Steven Pinker’s ideas about the difficulties of writing to the field of medicine by looking at what makes it difficult for doctors to communicate with their patients.


September 1st, 2014

Selections from Richard Lehman’s Literature Review: September 1st

This week’s topics include aortic valve stenosis, presenting the benefits of PCI to patients, and more.


July 30th, 2014

Heart of the Matter: Treating the Disease Instead of the Person

Dr. Leana Wen’s analysis of the lack of overlap between physicians’ and patients’ desires has sparked a lot of discussion about patient satisfaction—what are your thoughts?


July 7th, 2014

Statins Are a Mess: We Need Better Data, and Shared Decision Making

The following open letter was originally published on The British Medical Journal‘s editorial page regarding the adverse effects of statins for patients with low risk of cardiovascular disease. It was written in response to an analysis by Abramson et al, and more information on the subject can be found here. I have two observations to […]


May 29th, 2014

SERIES: What Do You Say to Your Patient?

CardioExchange introduces a new series on communicating with patients about complex or controversial topics.


May 27th, 2014

Choosing a Prosthetic Valve: What Do You Say to Your Patient?

In this scenario based on prosthetic valve choice, Harlan Krumholz asks, “What do you say to your patient?”


May 2nd, 2014

A New Tool to Discuss Primary Prevention with a Statin with Patients: Life Expectancy Gain

Darrel Francis describes how you can use life expectancy gain as a way to communicate with patients the pros and cons of taking a statin.