More: Practice Management

Why the Doctor-Patient Relationship Is Important and Three Ways to Elevate It

Before the advent of hospitals, or even the modern doctor’s office, physicians made house calls. Essentially medicine-practicing entrepreneurs, physicians visited members of their communities in intimate settings. Many formed such close bonds with their patients that they were considered family. In those “good old days,” primary care physicians were not only fiercely protective of their …

Doctors Make Lousy Secretaries! How Clerical Work is Ruining Our Profession

 In the early days of my career, one of my favorite pastimes was catching up with my partners during the short intervals between seeing patients. My coworkers and I would commiserate about work-life balance, patients with difficult diagnostic problems, and new and important treatments for the diseases we saw in patients. But, about 10 years …

Are You One of the 50% of U.S. Physicians Experiencing Professional Burnout?

It’s a new year; typically a time for fresh starts and high morale. This may not be true for you if you’re a doctor, however. Studies suggest doctors are up to 15 times more likely to burn out than other professionals. Sufferers complain of irregular sleep patterns and poor self-care, an unfortunate irony for those …

Tackling Obesity Is a Combo Deal

Combos are not just for super-sizing any longer. In fact, one tasty combination can have a big impact on the fight against obesity. Over the last several decades, we have experienced a steadily worsening obesity epidemic. It’s not like there has been a shortage of solutions. From fad diets to self help books to health coaching …

Delivering Wellness in 30 Minutes or Less?

The average American spends 30 minutes with a doctor each year. That’s hardly enough time to deliver effective wellness and prevention. Physicians who want to thrive in a system that is quickly moving from volume to value must find ways to advance their capabilities in wellness and prevention and proactively support patients between visits.



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