Can Long-Term Physician-Patient Relationships Be Bad For Your Health?


I wonder how many problems like non-compliance, usually attributed to “poor patient behavior,” actually stem from long-term physician-patient relationships in which both parties have just given up. You know what I mean…physicians who have treated certain patients long enough that they believe they are just plain never going to do what they are told…and patients with […]

The Annual Physical: What Do You Think?


The following is a guest post by Anne Polta, an outstanding writer and author of the blog HealthBeat.  Please check out her work.   Do annual visits to the doctor make sense? Are people healthier when they receive yearly checkups, or is the yearly visit something we do mostly because we think we’re supposed to?There’s […]

What doctors really think about women who are ‘Medical Googlers’


The following is a guest post by Carolyn Thomas, a heart attack survivor and e-patient who excellent blogs talks about her experiences and lessons learned at Heart Sisters. Me: “My name is Carolyn, and I’m a Medical Googler.” You, all together now: “Hello Carolyn!” This will come as no surprise to any of you regular […]

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 […]