Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
In my last post, I discussed a study of the relationship between empathy and clinical outcomes. Let me clarify the definition of empathy and then look at a comment in the discussion section of the research paper:
A landmark study at Thomas Jefferson University quantifies the relationship between physicians' empathy and clinical outcomes of a group of (diabetic) patients. The researchers' conclusions should come as no surprise:
In 2006, leaders in the state of Washington created the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) program to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of various medical therapies. With our country facing a huge budget deficit, what could be better than determining which treatments are worth paying for?
This post is set to go live at the same time my husband and I have the honor and privilege of taking a short trip packed with joy and hope: We are walking our middle child, Jessica, down the aisle to be wed to the love of her life, Benedict.
When symptoms or signs are not dramatic, patients often find it stressful to decide whether or not to call the doctor or go straight to the emergency room. As a patient, I found it more stressful when a new problem put me in what I call "the gray zone" than when a sign or symptom was clearly a serious problem demanding immediate attention.
An article by Dr. Pauline Chen entitled "When Optimism is Unrealistic" discussed a new study that led researchers to conclude that cancer patients who partake in clinical trials are experiencing "unrealistic optimism" that creates "the perfect ethical storm."
Inconceivable is the story of a couple who became pregnant with the wrong embryo. Early on, we learn that church and religion had played central roles in the lives of Carolyn and Sean Savage. When faced with their health crisis, their church became a source of both support and additional pain.
In my last two posts, I illustrated the value of recognizing and responding to atypical grief in healing ways. My example was in the context of an extraordinary situation. Today I'll illustrate using a personal story.
Jessye Cohen, a doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University, is conducting a study of social support of cancer survivors. Under the supervision of advisor Dr. Kathleen Ingram, an associate professor at VCU, Jessye hopes to "expand our knowledge about individuals diagnosed with cancer and their social support."