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As a doctor, your patients’ health is your top priority. You educate your patients on the fact that chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and obesity are the leading causes of death and disease in this country. You teach patients that prevention and a healthy lifestyle are key to reducing risk.

But do you also know that your patients aren’t just paying attention to what you say, but what you do – or don’t do? Research shows that doctors who practice healthy habits play a key role in helping their patients adopt healthy lifestyles. Here’s eye-opening evidence that doctors’ health has an impact on their patients’ health.Read More

If they don’t work in factories or play contact sports, your patients may not think about eye injuries or how to prevent them. Yet thousands of Americans are treated each year for serious eye injuries, nearly half of which occurred at home, according to a recent public survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma. Other misconceptions about eye injuries abound. Given that October is Eye Injury Prevention Month, this is a great time to educate your patients on eye injury facts and best practices.Read More

Health care is changing. We are seeing a greater focus on patient satisfaction and a shift toward pay-for-performance reimbursement models. These changes require a change in the way doctors operate their practices, from physician-focused to patient-focused.

Many doctors think they are running a patient-focused practice without stopping to consider what that really means, writes medical practice management specialist Owen Dahl in Physicians Practice. For instance, is your schedule designed to accommodate doctors or geared toward patients? Dahl identifies five elements of a patient-focused practice. Read on to find out what they are, and be sure to follow the links to our previously published posts for more information on each topic.

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School is back in session, and you know what that means: it’s time for students to visit the doctor for vision and hearing screenings. If that’s not your first thought when you hear “back to school,” you can be sure it’s not your patients’ either. That’s why proactive patient education is especially vital at this time of year. After all, undiagnosed vision and hearing problems can profoundly impact a child’s learning. And because of technology use, certain health issues affecting the eyes and ears are on the rise. What you need to let your patients, and their parents, know.

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Screens are everywhere in our lives now, even in the exam room. More than 80 percent of doctors now use EHRs, and the hype is building surrounding new technologies in healthcare such as virtual reality. The benefits of technology are numerous—but we all know that too much tech isn’t a good thing for anybody.Read More