Articles matching the ‘Talking with patients’ Category

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November 7th, 2019

Podcast 241: Talking about guns with patients

Running time: 18 minutes In California, Garen Wintemute and his group find evidence that people are willing to discuss gun safety with their clinicians, especially when there may be danger of harm present. That willingness extends across gun owners and non-owners. So why aren’t more clinicians doing it? The findings appear in Health Affairs. Links to the article […]


October 25th, 2019

Podcast 239: Talking with veterans

Running Time: 18 minutes Veterans Day will be here soon, and this episode introduces you to Patrick Tripp, a writer and radiation oncologist. He’s taken conversations with some of his patients and published thumbnail profiles of several in a remarkable essay in the London Review of Books (that’s right, it’s not a medical journal). The patients all […]


August 14th, 2018

Podcast 223: What are the implications of the BP guidelines?

If adopted, last December’s ACC/AHA guidelines on what pressure levels signal hypertension would label almost two thirds of the U.S. population between ages 45 and 75 as having the condition. The number of people who would be candidates for treatment would almost double — from 8 million to about 15 million. What are the implications of […]


August 20th, 2017

Podcast 211: On (not) staying the (antibiotic) course

Sometimes — but not all the time — patients can be advised to stop a course of antibiotics if they feel better. Traditionally, the advice has been to complete the entire course, regardless. Why? Because it was thought that stopping early might lead to more antibiotic resistance. That’s changing now, as the WHO and the […]


January 13th, 2017

Podcast 205: Listen to the patient!

Danielle Ofri has written a new book, “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear,” that’s full of advice on how best to listen to your patients. She also recounts her own adventures (and misadventures) in patient communication. The book is published by Beacon Press, which offers a free first chapter available for immediate electronic reading. Details are […]


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