Talking about death: Now that it pays, how to do it well
Advance care planning used to be unbillable, but Medicare now treats it like other services. Here are tips for talking about it with patients.
What is the physician role in patients’ experience of death?
Advanced cardiopulmonary technologies can postpone certain death and reshape a physician’s view of what is considered good end-of-life care.
What to do when a friend seeks your medical help
Friends may be inclined to ask you for medical care. Learn why it’s an issue and how you can respond.
When your clinical trial patient has the wrong idea
Patients can hold the false belief that they might benefit directly from participating in trials. A researcher recommends ways to minimize this risk.
Talking about death: 6 vital tactics for physicians, medical teams
Dying and the decisions surrounding it are difficult topics to broach with patients and their loved ones. Physician experts suggest a “who, what, when, where and how” structure.
Nanoethics: It’s time for big thinking about nanomedicine
Innovations in nanotechnology have revolutionized how we think about disease diagnosis and treatment at the cellular level. This is what physicians should know.
When patients get overwhelmed, informed consent needs rethinking
Sometimes patients cannot realistically provide informed consent. In those situations, physicians have a higher obligation: protecting them from being overwhelmed.
Family picnic or walk-in clinic? What to do when family asks for care
Requests for care from relatives are exceedingly common. The right response preserves the relationship while making sure the person gets good care.
How health care organizations can best support communities they serve
Health care organizations need to be aware of the role they play in supporting the economic and social fabric of the communities they serve.