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Treating Patients as Real People, Not a Collection of Symptoms

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It’s understandable that physicians and nurses are primarily concerned with the medical conditions they’re responsible for treating.
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Instead of asking a new patient, “How are you?” I recommend asking, “So who are you?”

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A Few Degrees of Separation

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I have often talked about how important stories are when it comes to medical care.
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Instead of asking a new patient, “How are you?” I recommend asking, “Who are you?”—meaning, “What is your story?”

I have often talked about how important stories are when it comes to medical care. We must, of course, use the best available medical knowledge to benefit our patients, but I believe it is also important to find the humanistic aspects of care and build on them, in order to foster human relationships.The importance of learning the patient’s personal story is key to achieving this goal.

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The Need to Feed—A Powerful Force

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The mothers of all living species appear to have a biologically determined need to feed their young.
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Food is clearly one of the essentials of life. Most people in the more developed world consider food as much for its culinary delights and aesthetics than for its nourishment attributes.

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Dealing with Family Strife

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Physicians usually become adept at choosing medications for the complaints and illnesses that patients bring to their attention.
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One always hopes that as medical practitioners, we will be able to focus our attention on the medical issues faced by seniors…

One always hopes that as medical practitioners, we will be able to focus our attention on the medical issues faced by seniors and help families cope with the fears, disappointments and tragedies that are faced by loved ones in the midst of what are often life-altering illnesses.

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Make sure your Substitute Decision-Maker Understand the Rules of Engagement

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Ihave heard it many times, “ I am the POA"…
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I have heard it many times, “ I am the POA" (wrong use of the term—what they mean is the SDM-Substitute-Decision-Maker or as is often used in the United States Proxy: the POA is in fact the document outlining the substance of the decisions that are being referred to).

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Any Reason to not Enjoy Sex if you are in a Nursing Home?

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A while back there was a headline in the New York Times about a well-known retired politician…
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A while back there was a headline in the New York Times about a well-known retired politician who was charged with rape for allegedly having sexual relations with his wife.

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