Category Archives: honesty in medical care

Being Stuck

It’s been two months since I wrote in this blog. In that time, we decided to “downsize,” so we sold the house we lived in for 27 years, sorted through our belongings and the precious mementos of our lives, and … Continue reading

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Lessons from a 5th grade history teacher

Yesterday I missed an opportunity to partner with my patient and engage her in the decision making for her treatment. I did what our kids’ 5th grade teacher warned them never to do – I assumed. I assumed that I … Continue reading

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What if we just don’t know?

Medicine is an inexact science. We diagnose two patients with the same disorder, treat them with the same therapy, and one recovers while the other one doesn’t. I’m sure we have all had that experience. Hard core “knowledge” that we … Continue reading

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The Power and Perfection of No

I’m writing this post from Japan, a beautiful and cultured country. Excited about encountering such a different culture, I’ve read several guidebooks that describe the sights as well as the people of Japan. For centuries, the Japanese were not allowed … Continue reading

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Seeing people for real

Last night, a friend shared a story that really struck me. A waitress approached a family of three sitting at a table in a diner and asked what they would like to eat. The little girl replied, “I’ll have a … Continue reading

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Want a less stressful life? (Tough conversations made easy!)

Is there a situation in your life that drives you crazy? An employee who continues to do a poor job? A child, relative, or friend who acts in a way you have asked them to stop? A work or home … Continue reading

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Taking time for good communication can save a knee – or more

For football enthusiasts, this season had some great moments and standout players. Russell Wilson of the Seahawks, and, of course, Robert Griffin III of the Redskins, who revived the franchise with his athletic abilities and leadership. But late in the … Continue reading

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Take Ownership in Your Communication

President George W. Bush wanted us to become an “ownership society.” While the idea that all Americans should own their own home didn’t work out as well as President Bush had intended, there is one arena in which ownership is … Continue reading

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The sounds – and shame – of silence

“Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky We all worry about things we say – have we hurt someone’s feelings? Spoken too harshly? Been too sarcastic? I would argue that … Continue reading

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The opposite is also true – physician coaching allows the greater truth to emerge

Someone recently told me about a bumper sticker that read, THE OPPOSITE IS ALSO TRUE. I love how that simple concept can open up whole new perspectives in our thinking. We are frequently so confident that our ideas are right … Continue reading

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