Patient Education

Patients motivated to put portals to use August 05, 2013 | Zack McCartney - Contributing Writer
Patients motivated to put portals to use
Stage 2 of the government's meaningful use program requires that at least 5 percent of patients view, download and transmit their health information, and send a secure electronic message to their provider. Physicians may be underestimating patients' desire for online engagement.
Study may rewrite how addiction meds are made August 05, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Study may rewrite how addiction meds are made
Addiction drugs with fewer side effects may be on the docket if the latest findings from The Scripps Research Institute prove their clout in testing to come.
Lifetime risk for kidney disease trumps diabetes, heart attack August 02, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
kidney disease
It’s no kidding matter -- nearly six in 10 Americans will develop kidney disease in their lifetime, according to a new report.
Checking up on health literacy August 01, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Health literacy and understanding doesn’t start and stop at the medication scrolls stapled to those white pharmacy bags.
Docs should be drivers of cellphone safety July 31, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Alongside counsel for heart disease, diabetes, allergies and other conditions, researchers from the University of Alberta also insist that family physicians broach the topic of cellphone safety with patients, especially the dangers of dialing and driving.
Docs not backing published guidelines when treating spinal pain July 30, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Docs not backing published guidelines when treating spinal pain
According to a study published in the latest edition of JAMA Internal Medicine, physicians are partaking in a great deal of proverbial back talk when it comes to following back pain treatment guidelines.
West Nile virus takes early bite out of 2013 July 29, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
With peak contraction season set for August and September, several healthcare organizations are urging providers to inform their patients of proper prevention etiquette against the sickness with no clear-cut treatment regimen.
Talking points to broach when tackling costs with patients July 26, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
It can be tough to talk money, but for patients in the healthcare setting, it gets a whole lot easier when there is a strong trust bond established with a physician, according to a recent National Institutes of Health Clinic Center report.

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