Only 10 Seconds to Care-Help: Help and Hope for Busy Clinicans / Edition 1

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Compassion is the key to good medical care. But today's practitioners are so busy they often feel they don't have to time to give patients the best clinical care and the compassionate attention they deserve. This book delivers the help health care professionals need. Through engaging and inspiring stories, Dr. Harpham — internist and survivor of chronic cancer — helps readers think and talk about everyday problems in patient care. She encourages readers to engage the healing power of compassionate words and actions that take only seconds to say or do but can make a world of difference for patients. Only Ten Seconds to Care will help clinicians at all levels bring compassion and joy back to patient care!

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
With doctors increasingly pressed for time, how can they offer both the clinical expertise and the compassionate care that all patients deserve? In her new book, "Only 10 Seconds to Care: Help and Hope for Busy Clinicians" (ACP Press), Dr. Wendy Schlessel Harpham combines her experience as an internist and her nearly 18 years of experience as a cancer patient to show how simple actions and well-chosen words on the part of medical professionals can make an enormous difference in a patient's emotional and physical well-being. Many studies have shown that when doctors provide compassionate care, that increases the likelihood that patients will follow medical advice and practice self-care, which in turn reduces complications and their need for repeated treatments and costly hospitalizations.
—Jane E. Brody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934465394
  • Publisher: ACP Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 195
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy S. Harpham, MD, FACP, is a doctor of internal medicine, survivor of chronic indolent lymphoma, wife, and mother of three. Her writing has been honored with numerous national awards, including the 2000 Governor's award, for which she was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame. In addition to her writing, Dr. Harpham has become a nationally recognized speaker for professional and lay audiences. Dr. Harpham devotes her energy to helping survivors directly through her writing and speaking and indirectly through her activities as a patient advocate. Limited stamina prevents her from returning to clinical medicine at this time.

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