Outpatient Responsibility

How to Find Reputable Websites

Make sure to look for sites that end in .gov or .edu, it means that the government or an educational institution is standing behind that information. Usually when you see .org, this is provided by a non-profit organization. Websites that display ads and get revenue this way can be “specialists” at developing patient-friendly websites and…

Some Doctors are “Bad Apples”

If you find your doctor doing something “just a bit dishonest”, it’s probably just the tip of the iceberg. Go elsewhere. Just follow a general policy of keeping your eyes wide open, following your instincts, and not trusting in doctors as if they were gods or infallible.

Beware of the “it’s-all-in-your-head” diagnosis

In so many cases of misdiagnosed or undiagnosed illness, the patient is tested and examined by the doctor, and when nothing is found that the doctor can diagnose, he tells the patient “it’s all in your head”. Most of the time, it is NOT all in your head. When you hear this diagnosis from a…

Preventing Illness

Do your family a favor and get the preventative medicine tests that you need. For children, this usually means immunizations and checks for proper growth and recommended intervals. For women, it usually means pap smears and mammograms at certain ages and recommended intervals. For all adults, it means having your blood pressure and cholesterol checked…

Misdiagnosed

If your doctor has made a wrong diagnosis, then obviously your treatment is going to be incorrect, and you’re not going to get better. “There is now abundant evidence that delayed or missed diagnoses are widespread and that in more than 50% of such cases there are serious adverse outcomes.”1 The most common cause of…

Your Ability to Stop Medical Errors Before They Can Affect You

If you want to avoid being a victim of a medical error, you have to participate. “Some people appear to have these characteristics such that, in the presence of an error, there is a persistent sense that something is not right and it must be pursued until a satisfactory level of assurance is reached. These…

Medications: Side Effects and Medication Interactions

Doctors can’t possibly know all the side effects of all the drugs they prescribe or how all those drugs might interact with each other. And studies report that most doctors still don’t use an electronic drug-checker to check for reactions between your drugs (drug-drug interactions).1 “Physicians do not routinely screen for potential drug interactions, even…

Medications: Problems in the Elderly

Elderly patients (those 65 years and older) are at increased risk for medication problems.1 One problem occurs because they often see several doctors/specialists who don’t always pay attention to what the other is prescribing, so the older patients get a condition that we call “polypharmacy” (too many medications). You can help solve this problem by…

Medications: Prescribing Errors

Tragic errors can be made in prescribing medications.1 “Studies have shown that 15% to 21% of prescriptions contain at least one prescribing error.” 2 Sometimes the doctor doesn’t remember your drug allergies; sometimes he’s not considering the other drugs you are on; sometimes the doctor’s handwriting is poor; many times the doctor isn’t recalling the…

Lab Tests are Often Needed for Safety Before Starting and While Continuing Certain Medications

Drugs are toxic as well as helpful. Although the proper dosage of medication improves health and saves lives, the improper use can cause tragic outcomes. When drugs are prescribed, it is recommended that the doctor measure your blood count, kidney function, liver function, or electrolytes before starting that particular medicine. That is because a certain…