Posts Tagged 'patient-doctor communication'

PUBLISHED ON  November 16, 2011

WRITTEN BY  Roni Zeiger

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Worst Headache of My Life Becomes Lesson About Role of Story in Health

This post and 5 minute video were published on ABC News yesterday and I want to share them with this community as well.

Three months ago, at the age of 40, I had a small bleed in my brain. My story is no more special than any of your stories, but I learned something important from it and I want to share it with you. I learned firsthand the difference between what a patient tells his doctors and what he …


PUBLISHED ON  August 17, 2010

WRITTEN BY  Roni Zeiger

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Should Patients Read Doctor’s Notes? Wrong Question.

When you have a doctor’s appointment, and she makes some notes and later formalizes them for your medical record, would you like read them?  There’s been debate over the years about whether patients should read the notes that doctors write about them and their health issues — in academic circles, in a great Seinfeld episode where Elaine’s dermatologist won’t let her see what he wrote about her, and more recently in a New York Times piece that discusses the promising …


PUBLISHED ON  April 12, 2010

WRITTEN BY  Roni Zeiger

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Health Data is Useful… if it Informs Conversations

At Health 2.0 in Paris last week, I said: “Data on its own is useless. It’s all about conversations.”  Let’s dig into this a bit more.

I’m a strong believer in evidence-based medicine.  We must learn from successes and failures, in particular those that come in the form of randomized clinical trials.  However, as I transitioned from my academic (and outstanding) residency training into clinical practice in the community, it became increasingly clear that we must make the majority of …