When a patient initially comes in for care, their end-goal is to be free from whatever illness or injury is plaguing them. Though this can be the case after a period of treatment, sometimes even the simplest illnesses require more intervention than expected. Patients can become frustrated when they aren’t seeing the progress that they feel that they should be reaching and they may begin to question doctor’s orders and treatments. Communication can help to manage these expectations and create an environment that allows for discussion and change of direction, as well as a better understanding of possible outcomes. Continue reading “Managing Patient Expectations”
The years of residency may seem like they will never end, but while the days may seem long, the years will fly by. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to take on your first position as a physician. You should take care during your residency to begin preparing for the next phase of your career. Not only should you be trying to soak up as much knowledge and experience as possible, but also start to lay the groundwork for the next steps in your future as a physician. Continue reading “5 Things to do During Residency to Prepare Yourself for Practice”
When patients are diagnosed with a condition that requires extensive or long-term treatment, going the “take two of these and call me in the morning” route might seem the simplest way to go, but it can be detrimental to their personal outcome. Patient education is a very important part of the diagnostic and treatment process that should not be overlooked or glazed over. In fact, some hospitals and practices employ patient educators whose specific job it is to work with patients to improve their understanding. Those who have a better understanding of their condition, how it can affect them, things they can do to improve their own outcome, and the why and how of their diagnosis and prognosis are better patients and will have a better outcome and outlook as they go through treatment. Continue reading “Educating Patients is as Important as Medicine”
Patient satisfaction is important to any practice, and often that satisfaction begins with a clock that starts ticking the moment they walk in the door. Just as your time is important to you, your patients’ time is important to them, and you want to do everything in your power to make them feel as if that time is respected by your practice.
One of the biggest complaints that most of the general public has when visiting any physician is the time spent waiting for their appointment. While there are always emergencies and issues that arise, with some best practices in place, you can reduce wait times and leave the majority of your patients feeling more satisfied with their appointment. Continue reading “Improving Patient Wait Times”
People use their phones and tablets for everything these days, from communication to organization to entertainment. It is only natural that these devices that we have come to rely on for so much of our daily routine have made their way into the medical exam room. With constant innovations in the app market, more and more diagnostic apps are coming available for physicians and other health care professionals to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. From apps patients can use to report progress and track blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and other important numbers, to apps that can serve as a mobile replacement for medical devices, the technology available grows on a daily basis. Continue reading “Exciting Diagnostic App Technology”
June is National Safety Month, and all across the country, the National Safety Commission is urging everyone to take a look at their environment and ensure that safety standards are being met. What does this mean for you as a physician? As every office and practice is different, it could mean a lot of different things, but here are a few things that you should go over as you’re inventorying the safety of your practice. Continue reading “Physicians’ Safety Checklist for National Safety Month”