Patient-Physician Communication

Baylor Scott & White Health to Host its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 08/05/2019

Killeen residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Joshua Kilpatrick, MD, of Baylor Scott & White Health for the hospital’s first Killeen Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Embee Lifestyle Docs to Host Its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 08/05/2019

Bellaire residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Bandana Chawla, MD, and Munish Chawla, MD, of Embee Lifestyle Docs for the clinic’s first Bellaire Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Brownsville Medical Alliance to Host its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 07/30/2019

Brownsville residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Bradley W. Nordyke, MD, of Brownsville Medical Alliance for the clinic’s first Brownsville Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Maple Primary Care to Host First Anniversary Walk With a Doc Texas Event Sunday - 07/22/2019

 Farmers Branch residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Manvinder Kainth, MD, and colleagues from Maple Primary Care for Farmer’s Branch’s first anniversary Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Plant-Based DFW to Host its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 07/15/2019

Dallas residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Rizwan H. Bukhari, MD, of Plant-Based DFW for its first Dallas Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


White Rock Family Health to Host its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 06/25/2019

Dallas residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Amanda Mohammed, MD, of White Rock Family Health for the clinic’s first Dallas Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Elemental Weight Loss and Wellness Clinic to Host Its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 06/24/2019

San Antonio residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Megan Williams Khmelev, MD, of Elemental Weight Loss and Wellness Clinic  for the clinic’s first San Antonio Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


CentroMed to Host its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 06/11/2019

San Antonio residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Soheir Girgis, MD, of CentroMed for the clinic’s first San Antonio Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


TTUHSC Department of Family and Community Medicine to Host Its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 05/21/2019

Lubbock residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Mary Irving, MD, of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Department of Family and Community Medicine for the clinic’s first Lubbock Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Grayson County Medical Society to Host Its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 04/24/2019

Grayson County residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Sanober Kable, MD, of Premier Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine for the clinic’s first Denison Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Walk With a Doc Texas Takes Steps to Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease - 03/25/2019

Texans in several cities still have time this week to get active and take strides to protect themselves against kidney disease during National Kidney Month (March). Several Texas Medical Association (TMA) member physicians host Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas events this week (see list below).


Help Patients Make Wise Choices About Treatment Options - 04/20/2018

Tools are emerging to help physicians overcome the time constraints that can preempt discussions with patients.


Six Ways to Increase Practice Portal Sign-Ups - 04/19/2018

Many Texas practices have a patient portal but report that patients are not signing up to use it. Here are some tips that have worked for other practices around the country.


Reexamining Medical Restraints - 04/17/2018

Commentary — May 2016 Tex Med. 2016;112(5):15. By Michael Brazos Fielder, MD My greatest regret as an intern was prescribing medical restraints. Inherently controversial, restraints are often used on patients, against their will, to perform a procedure or to provide necessary care. This goes against the fiduciary model of the patient-physician relationship. One of my personal experiences ordering medical restraints provides an opportunity to reflect on this problematic intervention. My 72-year-old patient had just suffered a severe infarct of his thalamus. I was his doctor when he arrived at the emergency department. It was evident this poor man's entire world had fallen apart. He was confused and crying out a woman's name repeatedly. He could not swallow or articulate his pain, and his blood pressure was as stubbornly unstable as his mood.  For nourishment, he needed nasogastric tube (NG) feedings, but he would pull the tube out when left unattended. To keep his NG...


Does a Medical Home Still Truly Exist? - 04/04/2018

Does a medical home truly exist today? That question was the subject of a dialogue recently between two Texas physicians.


Sexuality and Teens: Talk About It - 03/26/2018

For adolescents and young adults, sexual development and health is an especially important area of growth that can have far-reaching impacts into adulthood.


Supporting Transgender and Gender-Diverse Teens - 03/22/2018

Most teenagers identify as the gender that they were assigned at birth, but some identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. Physicians should know how to make their practices a place that's safe and supportive.


Communicate With Patients Better Via Motivational Interviewing - 01/02/2018

We all can agree that listening carefully to patients is one of the most important first steps in determining a diagnosis. But how can you be sure you’re getting all the information you need, particularly when treating a child or a teenager?


Foot Soldiers - 12/07/2017

Fifteen Texas physicians participate in Walk With a Doc, a fitness program that fosters relationships among physicians and their patients. Given the program's initial success, the Texas Medical Association is looking to expand it.


Customer Service, Not Physician Ability, Tops Patients’ Online Gripes - 12/19/2016

A study of online reviews revealed that most online patient complaints are about a medical practice’s customer service. What do online comments say about your practice?


Use These Four Steps With Irate Patients - 12/19/2016

When faced with a highly emotional patient, your first task is to lower the emotional level of the patient so you can negotiate a reasonable solution. Use these four steps to accomplish that.


How to Apologize Like You Mean It - 11/15/2016

Everybody makes mistakes. Physicians — even the best, most well-intentioned ones — make mistakes. Regardless of the nature of the mistake, you must take steps to correct it, and that includes apologizing. But it’s important to do it right, or you may make matters worse.


Words Matter: Use the Right Ones in LGBT Conversations - 06/23/2016

As the law on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues has been evolving, so has the language to use when talking about — and to — LBGT individuals, including patients. Here is some guidance.


Style Matters in Written Instructions - 06/23/2016

Want to make it easier for your patients to follow that diet, prep correctly for a procedure, or view and download their health information (a meaningful use measure)? Here’s a great little tip.


Help Medicaid Patients Keep Appointments With Free Rides - 06/23/2016

If your Medicaid patient has trouble keeping his or her appointments with your office due to lack of transportation or gas money, be sure the patient knows how to seek help from Medicaid.