Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now: Gaining the Upper Hand in Your Medical Care

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 307 pages
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The state of health care in this country is routinely discussed in the media, at the office, and around the kitchen table. Yet as consumers of medical care, Americans often blindly accept medical advice that may or may not be relevant or even appropriate. Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now is meant to turn on its head the old notion that medical care is dictated by the doctors who offer advice. Today, it's all about the patients who receive it. Bias, financial incentives, and preventable medical error are common to the point of inevitability and have proven resistant to reform. Patients increasingly and correctly feel that they are on their own in a large, bewildering, impersonal, and dangerous medical system. Offering an insider's perspective, Dr. Kussin provides the tools readers need to make informed decisions about their care, as well as the confidence to question their doctor's advice, seek out additional information, and discern the best path for their care. With this book, readers learn how to maintain a professional approach that, rather than straining the doctor-patient relationship, makes it stronger and more cooperative.
 

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Contents

WAR THE BATTLE OF MEDICAL EPISTEMOLOGIES
1
A MEDICAL DAY
29
Chapter 01 The Office
31
Chapter 02 The Hospital
52
Chapter 03 Medical OnCall
80
Chapter 04 The Emergency Room
99
CHOOSING YOUR DOCTOR
113
Introduction
115
Introduction
189
Chapter 13 Staying Local
192
Chapter 14 Abandon Ship
201
Chapter 15 Searching for Solutions
207
HOSPITAL DANGERS AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM
221
Introduction
223
Chapter 17 Medication Errors
229
Chapter 18 HospitalAcquired Infections
240

Setting the Stage
118
Chapter 07 Brains
122
Chapter 08 Communication
137
Chapter 09 Empathy
162
Chapter 10 Style
172
Chapter 11 Second Opinions
177
CHOOSING YOUR HOSPITAL
187
Chapter 19 Isolation
254
Best Medical Websites
261
Notes
271
Bibliography
291
Index
293
About the Author
307
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Steven Z. Kussin, M.D., is the founder of the Shared Decision Center of Central New York. He has published scholarly articles in several journals, has been in practice for more than thirty years, and has taught at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has an international following on his blog MedicalAdvocate.com.

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