Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now: Gaining the Upper Hand in Your Medical Care

Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now: Gaining the Upper Hand in Your Medical Care

by Steven Z. Kussin

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Overview

The state of health care in this country is routinely discussed in the media, at the office, and around the kitchen table. Yet as consumers of medical care, Americans often blindly accept medical advice that may or may not be relevant or even appropriate. Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now is meant to turn on its head the old notion that medical care is dictated by the doctors who offer advice. Today, it's all about the patients who receive it. Bias, financial incentives, and preventable medical error are common to the point of inevitability and have proven resistant to reform. Patients increasingly and correctly feel that they are on their own in a large, bewildering, impersonal, and dangerous medical system.

Offering an insider's perspective, Dr. Kussin provides the tools readers need to make informed decisions about their care, as well as the confidence to question their doctor's advice, seek out additional information, and discern the best path for their care. With this book, readers learn how to maintain a professional approach that, rather than straining the doctor-patient relationship, makes it stronger and more cooperative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442210608
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/2012
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Steven Z. Kussin, M.D., is the founder of the Shared Decision Center of Central New York. He has published scholarly articles in several journals, has been in practice for more than thirty years, and has taught at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has an international following on his blog MedicalAdvocate.com.

Table of Contents

Epigraph Section I:War: The Battle of Medical Epistemologies Section II: A Medical Day Chapter 1. The Office Chapter 2. The Hospital Chapter 3. Medical On Call Chapter 4. The Emergency Room Section III: Choosing Your Doctor Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Medical School Experience Chapter 3. Brains Chapter 4. Communication Chapter 5. Empathy Chapter 6. Style Chapter 7. Second Opinions Section IV: Choosing Your Hospital Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Staying local Chapter 3. Abandon Ship! Chapter 4. Searching for solutions Section V: Hospital Dangers and How To Prevent Them Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Medication errors Chapter 3. Hospital acquired infections Chapter 4. Isolation Appendix: Best Medical Websites

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