Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve certainly heard that this flu season is one of the worst in recent history. With widespread cases of influenza in virtually every state, all at the same time, health care providers everywhere are fighting to stay on top of the heavy patient load they are facing with this epidemic. This creates a stressful situation for both physicians, nurses, support staff, and patients.
So how do you handle such a challenging flu season? While you likely can’t avoid feeling the strain, there are some things that you can do to help protect your patients and yourself from further spreading illness. Continue reading “Handling a Challenging Flu Season”
No one wants to feel like nothing more than an ID number on a file or a time-slot in a daily schedule. As a care provider, it is up to you to develop healthy relationships with your patients in order to give them the best quality care possible. Outcomes are often improved when there is a solid, trusting relationship between doctor and patient, so it’s worth your time to work to develop these connections. Here are a few important points to keep in mind as you work with your patients each day. Continue reading “Maintaining Healthy Patient-Provider Relationships”
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 progress in their treatment, 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”