Want to Change Patient Health Behavior? Change How You Talk To Your Patients


[tweetmeme source="Healthmessaging" only_single=false]According to Marshall Becker, PhD, MPH, a one-time professor of mine and prime mover behind the Health Belief Model (HBM), four things must be in place for health behavior change to occur.  I am paraphrasing here: A person has to know that they have a particular health condition A person has to believe […]

Patients Often Don’t Hear What Doctors Think They Told Them


[tweetmeme source="Healthmessaging" only_single=false]Physician-patient communications today are riddled with communication gaps according to researchers.  These communication gaps often have significant implications, i.e., misdiagnosis, patient confusion and overuse of costly diagnostic and treatment services. Such are the findings from a study published in the September Annals of Internal Medicine.  The study examines the beliefs of patients with […]

Five Reasons Why People Do Not Ask Their Doctor Questions


A neighbor of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer about the same time was wife was being treated for lung cancer.  I saw my neighbor the other day for the first time in several years.  I asked her how she was doing.  She said great.  In turn I asked her how her PET/CT exam looked.  […]