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The Informed Patient

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Lessons From The Informed Patient

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:06:41 EST

Columnist Laura Landro offers eight tips in her concluding column on how patients can get the best care and avoid harm in the health-care system.

A Mental Test Before Surgery

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:50:02 EST

More hospitals evaluate patients for memory and thinking problems amid evidence the trauma of an operation can worsen cognitive decline.

Hospitals Fast-Track Treatments for Hip Fractures

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 23:12:58 EST

Doctors find hip fracture patients have better recoveries, lower mortality rates and fewer hospital complications when they are operated on sooner.

New Reasons Not to Miss a Well-Child Visit

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:23:44 EDT

Pediatric practices are using new methods, including texts, to get parents to follow the recommended doctor-visit schedule for their children, which includes about a dozen appointments by the time they turn three.

The Nurse Will See You More

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:34:11 EDT

Hospitals hope added face time and personal attention in the patient's room will help make recovery easier.

School Nurses' New Role in Children's Health

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:30:54 EDT

A push is on to establish more full-fledged medical clinics within public schools and make the school nurse a more active participant in children's medicine.

Lab-Tech Shortages May Pose Risk

Wed, 13 May 2009 11:34:37 EDT

The flu outbreak has focused a spotlight on a looming risk for hospitals and their patients: a shortage of technicians to run critical lab tests.

Questions About Life and Death

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 03:04:00 EDT

Medical-ethics teams are increasingly the arbiters of agonizing health decisions. But as the number of hospitals with consulting services has grown, so have questions about how qualified some of these professionals are to render life-and-death advice.

A Guide to Skirting Summer Germs

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 23:29:00 EDT

The season of germ warfare is upon us. Not without good reason have we become a society of germophobes, toting antibacterial gels and wipes, taking other precautions. But how at risk are we for serious infections in our everyday lives?

Hospitals Move to Reduce Risk of Night Shift

Wed, 28 May 2008 03:12:00 EDT

Patients suffer higher rates of death, complications and medical errors when they are treated during thinly staffed off hours. Now, some hospitals are taking steps to improve safety and reduce their own legal liability from mishaps.

Matchmakers: Patients Meet Clinical Trials

Tue, 13 May 2008 21:32:00 EDT

A number of new programs are stepping up efforts to match patients to clinical trials as concern grows about a shortfall of participants.

A Fresh Focus on a Rare Risk of Anesthesia

Tue, 29 Apr 2008 23:38:00 EDT

The possibility of a rare but potentially deadly reaction to anesthesia is putting a spotlight on the many doctors' offices and surgical centers where a growing number of surgical procedures are performed.