Archive for the ‘Healthcare’ Category

Osteoporosis unpacked

Like most parts of the body, bones undergo a continuous cycle of replacement and renewal. Existing components in the bone matrix break down, to be replaced by new ones; in youth, there is a near perfect balance in the process. The rate of renewal begins to slow down in early middle age, but in healthy adults the change in balance is negligible, at least until (in women) the menopause. Read more…


‘Does your patient really understand?’

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

‘Research shows that more than 80 percent of patients have poor health literacy. Cutting the jargon, asking direct questions and simplifying signage are among the ways hospitals are working to improve communication – and care.’

This is an abstract from an article with the same title, written by C Huff and published in the journal Hospital Health Network. I was moved to add these comments. Read more…

‘Doctor knows best’

November 7, 2011 2 comments

A month or so ago I wrote about a conversation I’d had with a doctor friend (who also happens to be my GP), about aspects of the doctor–patient relationship.

I met him again at the weekend, and we sat outside the pub enjoying the marvellous sunny autumn weather while the ducks cruised up and down the river.

I could tell there was something on his mind, and after the second pint it came out. Read more…

What did I say?

September 21, 2011 4 comments

I bumped into my GP the other day.

We were both walking our dogs, and fell into step along the old railway line – as we quite often seem to do. He knows I work in medicine, and so he sometimes opens up about his thoughts in a way that he wouldn’t do with most of his patients. I suppose we’ve become friends over the years, though. Read more…

Self help online for mental patients

Anecdotal evidence suggests that, during a typical working day, as many as one in four of the patients seen by a GP will be seeking help for a mental health problem Read more…