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Beyond Rx, What Doctors Say About PTSD

Beyond Rx, What Doctors Say About PTSD

Any traumatic experience from a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster, or other serious events, can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Studies show that suicide risk is higher with those suffering from PTSD, making effective treatment key to management and recovery. According to the Mayo Clinic, the primary treatment for PTSD is psychotherapy, as well as medication. Psychotherapy - or “talk therapy” - in various types can help the individuals...
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Telehealth Check-Up in the Continuum of Care

Telehealth Check-Up in the Continuum of Care

How have information and communication technologies, such as online, digital and mobile devices, figured in the wider spectrum of patient care?  The use of these technologies to access and support health care services, also known interchangeably as telehealth, digital health, or mhealth depending on the device, draws strength from the power of communication and information. These serve patients and clinicians differently but with a unified objective, to provide better and more eff...
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5 Ways a Patient Engagement Platform can Help Avert Opioid Abuse

5 Ways a Patient Engagement Platform can Help Avert Opioid Abuse

Chronic pain management is a public and private health concern with significant increases in the use of opioids for pain relief. Noticeably, as discussed in the daily papers and 24 hours news, there is a corresponding growth in the number of opioids prescribed in the U.S. and the overdose from those drugs.1,2,3 Family physicians, clinicians, clinicians, psychologists, and other care providers play a vital role in balancing patients’ pain management needs with the risk of drug misuse a...
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5 Voices of Reason from Doctors Amid the Opioid Crisis

5 Voices of Reason from Doctors Amid the Opioid Crisis

Epidemic. Crisis. Outbreak. Call it what you want, but the current opioid addiction is the worst in American history. Drug overdoses claim 64,000 lives every year. That is 175 a day! Almost everyone has been affected,  family or friends. There have been arrests - 60 people across five states, including more than 31 physicians, seven pharmacists and eight nurses - and lawsuits against drug distributors, opioid manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies.   The pharmaceutical m...
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Patient Engagement: Saying “YES” to Patient Partnership in Medical Research

Patient Engagement: Saying “YES” to Patient Partnership in Medical Research

(This article is part of the capstone project for an online course in Stanford University MedicineX on Partnering with the Public and Patients in Medical Research. Published with permission.) RT @trishgreenhalgh: Doctor: Don’t confuse your Google search with my 6y at medical school. Patient: Don’t confuse the 1-hour lecture you had on my condition with my 20 years of living with it.1 In this simple tweet I believe Trish Greenhalgh has perfectly summarized the value proposit...
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The Healing

The Healing

“Good day! On a scale of 1 to 5, how are you feeling today? 5=Great; 1=Terrible”(Example of actual interaction being sent vets as part of a messaging intervention PTSD program for veterans)  Providing effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder is a challenge. But not insurmountable. More than just behavioral therapies, other therapies such as crisis prevention and intervention is also part of the treatment continuum. Crisis intervention is among a number of...
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PTSD: When Thoughts Could Kill

PTSD: When Thoughts Could Kill

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) , or Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) as it is also called, is a mental health condition that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening or life-changing event, such as  combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault, or miscarriage. It affects about 7.7 million American adults in any given year. In the United States, in 2016 nearly 45,000 people died by suicide (being one every 12 minutes). People who have ex...
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Patient Experience: The Customer Journey in Healthcare

Patient Experience: The Customer Journey in Healthcare

You need a healthcare provider. Full stop. But patient experience is the key to differentiate quality, value and outcomes. When so many healthcare options are available, quality of care becomes the biggest differentiator. If clinicians think and act like they are indispensable, they’re in for a rude awakening. According to Beckers Hospital Review, “healthcare consumers increasingly view their experience with a provider as a key consideration for determining if they'll r...
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She, Her and the Best of Us: A Tribute to Women Anesthesiologists

She, Her and the Best of Us: A Tribute to Women Anesthesiologists

“Keep your head down.”“Just tolerate the practice because you are a woman, that’s just the way things work.” When a senior faculty member in the anesthesiology department says this to female anesthesia residents, it’s already bad. It’s even worse when it’s a senior female doctor telling another young female doctor this. This is a true account, and it’s not from 2 decades ago when Dr.  Rekha Chandrabose was just starting her res...
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Communicating Care: Not An App, Not A Bot

Communicating Care: Not An App, Not A Bot

With the increase in bots overtaking more “natural apps” on our smartphones, when will enough be enough? After all, do you really want to talk to a chat bot? Today’s digital-led world has changed how people want and do things, the parameters being “me, here and now.” Healthcare is no exception. Patients today demand personalized care and communication. Patients have become proactive in managing their own health, and the tech world has responded. The &ldquo...
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