Sunday, October 25, 2015

Legs feel weak as a baby?

Out there exercising at the top of your game when your legs feel too weak to hold you up?  Is this something serious, or is something more subtle going on?  Here is a look at this not uncommon situation, with the likely cause.  As well, there are thoughts as to how you can prevent the unsteady condition.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

I'm a Doctor, Jim, not a Provider

Do you go to a Doctor, a Physician, or a Health Care Provider?  If you see a Nurse Practitioner, is it an NP or a HCP?  Do you automatically call the person examining you "doctor" no matter what the degree or position?  It may seem trivial, but there are strong feelings about terminology, and this article looks at many reactions to the question

It’s always nice when someone else validates a view I have had for so long.  I totally agree that calling a physician a “provider” is just one more example of the dumbing down of language and blurring the lines between those caring for a patient.  In the effort to appease, English now has constructs such as “chairwoman,” which has no linguistic validity, and now “provider” for anyone involved in health care.  Thirty years ago I struck this term from documents and replaced it with “physician.”  I have asked those using the term just what I was providing?  If it was information and health education, then the word derived from the Greek word for teaching would be appropriate, and that word is “doctor.”  I wholeheartedly agree with the author’s position, and encourage my fellow physicians to throw the word “provider” back in the face of those promulgating it. Let physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others be identified for their unique positions, skill sets, and range of practice.  We should be celebrating our educations and achievements, providing distinction and distinguishment to ourselves and our practices.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Is the PCP a partner or a stranger?

In the case of devastating news, cancer or the like, is your Primary Care Physician, your family doctor who may have diagnosed the problem and sent you to the specialist, included in the healing process, or relegated to reviewing forwarded reports without being allowed any input?  Is that familiar hand not an important part of the treatment as well?  Here is an article which looks at this issue, with opinions from others as well as myself.