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Use This “Teachable Moment”

Knowing that thousands of our neighbors are still struggling (and will be, for days or weeks) with power loss, flood cleanup, lost wages, inability to get from one place to another, there is one pro-active response we can take: Check our own crisis plans—especially if you live with or care for people who have cancer.  The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have a free wallet card for patients, in English or Spanish. It has space for critical information in case the patient must be seen by a doctor unfamiliar with their care, as well as a 1-800-4-CANCER number to get disaster advice.  There are other

Storm-Related Tips

Glad to see that many of our friends are ‘reporting in’ on our Facebook “Good News Tuesday” page that they weathered Storm Sandy. For those without power or affected by flooding, snow or wind damage—or for those worried about people in possibly affected areas, read on for some quick tips about contacting friends or family, dealing with power outages, and food safety. 

Patient Involvement in Decision-Making: A long way to go

This week brings some excellent reading about why and how to educate patients so they can help make better decisions about their own care. What happens when patients get to read their own medical records? The Oct. 2nd  Annals of Internal Medicine published two editorials and results of a quasi-experimental trial of 100 primary care doctors who voluntarily provided 13,500 patient volunteers with access to their doctors’ notes for a year. To read details, read further, but some results in brief : patients loved being able to read their visit report, and 75% said they were more likely to take medicines as directed; doctors didn’t see increased patient anxiety, visits, or time demands. Meanwhile,

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