Publication Type The Point Blog by General Healthcare
In this week’s blog post, Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath discusses how healthcare professionals need both authority and vulnerability in their practice of healthcare. Vulnerability can help to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, as well as further the work of the gospel.
Why do we as a profession care for ourselves so poorly? We learned in training to work long hours and ignore our own needs, even needs as basic as food, sleep and toileting. And for many of us, this just became a way of life. Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath discusses why self-care is so important for healthcare professionals.
Around her hospital, Dr. Amy Givler is known as “The Wall” when it comes to opioid prescribing. She simply doesn’t believe they benefit the vast majority of patients who receive them, especially for chronic pain. In this week’s blog post, she discusses why she is convinced opioids actually lower the pain threshold, as well as strategies she’s developed to help her patients.
As a Christian healthcare professional, do you ever feel a contradiction between those two parts of your identity? Do you ever feel that your faith is not welcome in healthcare, or that your medical identity is not welcome or—even worse—is taken advantage of in the church? Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath discusses this topic in today’s post on The Point blog.
The top 10 causes of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer, are Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), accidents, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, chronic renal disease and suicide. Some of these conditions are not preventable, so a more pertinent question is, what are the addressable risk factors for morbidity and premature death in general? And how do we focus on them with our patients?
In this week’s blog post, Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath focuses on the recent study of gratitude. The results from these studies have a surprising impact on healthcare as well as a positive association with patient wellbeing.
Dr. Amy Givler examines the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and the challenges. Sometimes just feeling “heard” is enough to move the patient forward on the path toward healing. Sometimes empathy is all that is wanted. Quality communication leads to better health outcomes. The doctor-patient relationship itself is therapeutic.
Estimates are that in America we lose a doctor a day to suicide. That’s a staggering thing. And it begs the question: why? Why is this happening in American healthcare? Why are our caregivers facing the ultimate failure in self-care? In this week’s blog post, Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath tries to answer these questions about suicide rates in healthcare.
Often, in our overlapping roles as healthcare professionals and as members of a community, we find ourselves keeping secrets. Of course, HIPAA and privacy laws, as well as our own ethics, prevent us from discussing patient information with others. But what happens when that patient information is more complicated than just gallbladder disease or diabetes? What happens when we know secrets that could alter people’s lives if revealed?
As healthcare professionals, you more than likely have had to share the terrible news of a patient’s death with more than one family during your career. As a healthcare professional who has also recently endured the death of a loved family member, Dr. Amy Givler offers advice for you in helping guide your patients’ family members in the early stages of grief.