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Research uncovers formula for enhancing informed consent

Research uncovers formula for enhancing informed consent

Combining several comprehension-aiding techniques yields documents that are vastly superior to traditional forms, but legal fears still impede changes that could improve patient understanding.

Cancer prevention: Jolie's choice creates patient demand for tests

Cancer prevention: Jolie's choice creates patient demand for tests

The actress's story is connecting with women concerned about breast cancer risks. Primary care doctors must be ready for their questions.

A time to apply lessons learned

A time to apply lessons learned

As AMA president, Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, says she will listen to physicians' concerns and help pave the way for new payment and delivery of care models.

VA tries quality improvement approach to medical ethics

VA tries quality improvement approach to medical ethics

Tools to evaluate how health care facilities perform ethically are in their infancy. The VA Health Care System hopes others can benefit from its experience.

Calming a hospital culture clash

Calming a hospital culture clash

Bridging communication gaps between medical staffs and hospitals can prevent unnecessary lawsuits.

Top 10 ways to improve patient safety now

Top 10 ways to improve patient safety now

A comprehensive evidence review narrows the field of targets to prevent harm. These are things hospitals should be doing to protect patients.

Is your EHR ready for the ADA?

Is your EHR ready for the ADA?

Physicians risk lawsuits if they fail to make electronic resources accessible to disabled patients.

Primary care's Match Day rebound still comes up short

Primary care's Match Day rebound still comes up short

A 5% increase in medical school seniors choosing primary care residencies will make little headway in the predicted shortage of 46,100 such doctors by 2020.

How to talk about hospice care

How to talk about hospice care

The discussions are trying for everyone involved. But there are concrete strategies to make these end-of-life care talks go more smoothly.

Physician liability: When an overdose brings a lawsuit

Physician liability: When an overdose brings a lawsuit

Doctors often face blame after injuries and deaths by prescription drugs. But taking proactive steps can help spot risky situations and reduce liability.

Motivating patients to make wise choices

Motivating patients to make wise choices

Patients are often the biggest obstacle to their own health. Physicians are exploring new communication techniques to help patients make lasting changes.

Physicians entangled in tainted drugs lawsuits

Physicians entangled in tainted drugs lawsuits

Doctors often are sued after medical product disasters, such as a recent meningitis outbreak linked to a compounding pharmacy. How can they reduce their risks?

How doctors can spot patients likely to sue

How doctors can spot patients likely to sue

Knowing what types of patients are more lawsuit prone can help reduce physicians' liability risks.

AMA pledges millions to jump-start innovation in medical education

AMA pledges millions to jump-start innovation in medical education

Applicants will compete for funds in an initiative aimed at transforming undergraduate medical education.

Death certificates present final medical complication

Death certificates present final medical complication

Signing the documents can pose challenges for physicians in determining the cause of death. Inaccuracies can have widespread consequences.

Using mindfulness to soothe physician stress

Using mindfulness to soothe physician stress

Doctors find relief from burnout symptoms in relaxation techniques designed to keep them focused on factors they control, such as patient communication.

Adopted children greeted by doctors who specialize in their needs

Adopted children greeted by doctors who specialize in their needs

Physicians specializing in adoption medicine are experienced at identifying and helping to care for the unique medical, mental and developmental needs of adoptees.

Patient satisfaction: When a doctor’s judgment risks a poor rating

Patient satisfaction: When a doctor’s judgment risks a poor rating

Patients sometimes demand inappropriate care. Saying no could lead to unhappy patients, bad survey scores and even financial penalties. Some doctors see an ethical conundrum.

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