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Speaking Up: Let Patients Have a Say

One of the main tenets of patient-centered care is giving patients more control over their health and health decisions made on their behalf. Patients have a clear and important role in their own care through a concept called “patienthood” — the self-management behavior that ensures we either give to ourselves … (read full article)

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The Current Perspectives of Palliative Care

Last Monday, Dr. Linda Sutton gave a speech on palliative care at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Summit on Patient Advocacy.  A subset of healthcare commonly misunderstood, palliative care is no longer just end-of-life care. What is palliative care? How is it different from hospice?  Dr. Sutton: There are many … (read full article)

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Dealing with Breast Cancer Stresses: Supporting the Supporters

  With one in eight women developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, most of us know at least one person who has been diagnosed. Each October, Breast Cancer Awareness month in North America highlights the excruciating experience of this disease and its courses of treatment. In a previous RealWorldHealthCare.org … (read full article)

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Artist Turned Health Advocate: An Interview with Regina Holliday

By David Sheon Artist Regina Holliday uses her talent to change the way health care professionals see and experience their patients.  Her innovative approach to draw attention to the needs of patients to be treated as individuals has already impressed thousands of health care practitioners.   When her husband suddenly … (read full article)

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New App Makes Diabetes Care Delivery a Whole New Ballgame

A father brings his son to a baseball game. The day is nice, the weather is good, but there’s one problem: the boy has Type 1 diabetes, and they forgot his test strips. Do they leave the game for home or a pharmacy? Do they wing it, risking the boy’s … (read full article)

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Patient of the Month Revisited: Sharon Harris Survives Lupus and Pays It Forward

Real World Health Care is on its summer break. During this time, we will be revisiting some of our Patients of the Month. Please enjoy these inspiring stories from the patients we serve. Sharon Harris remembers February of 2002. She remembers where she was, what she was wearing, and what … (read full article)

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Learning About Multiple Sclerosis (MS) on the Internet: What Works and What Doesn’t?

If you have multiple sclerosis there is a lot that doesn’t work. And what isn’t working is both unpredictable and constantly changing. MS affects everyone differently. And it’s a very wide range of different. While one person may have sensory issues (perhaps a leg is always numb), another person may … (read full article)

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A Leap Forward for Virtual Health Care

Have you ever sat in a doctor’s office waiting room wishing your physician could have visited you at home? In many states, physicians can now conduct evaluations directly through your laptop, smart phone, or tablet, and patients are responding with enthusiasm. However, medical boards in some states have adhered to … (read full article)

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Patient of the Month: Sharon Harris Survives Lupus and Pays It Forward

Sharon Harris remembers February of 2002. She remembers where she was, what she was wearing, and what she was feeling. Most of all, she remembers the day she was diagnosed with lupus. May is Lupus Awareness Month. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when the body’s immune system is … (read full article)

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KIDS: Providing Children and Families a Voice in Medicine, Research, and Innovation

The active involvement of patients in health care choices, diseases, research, and innovation is an area of recent focus for many public and private entities (e.g., FDA’s Patient-Focused Drug Development initiative).  As an innovative method to engage children, the KIDS (Kids and Families Impacting Disease Through Science) project was launched … (read full article)