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Learn about animal assisted therapy and meet the Rendia dogs that provide us with some vital stress-relief

Dogs can be more than just man’s best friend; they can also be a trained partner in your patients’ health care and recovery. Animal assisted therapy (AAT) has become widely accepted by many health professionals and is used in everything from cancer treatment to managing autism. Many patients report finding success when using therapy animals to reduce pain, improve fine motor skills, decrease blood pressure, and reinforce healthy behaviors such as walking and socializing. And while research still needs to be done to measure the clinical results of AAT, some preliminary studies have shown that these animals can alleviate stress and anxiety during and after a medical treatment.Read More

How giving back benefits doctors, patients, and the community

Health care policy changes. Ever-increasing coding requirements. Managing a growing number of patients with chronic disease. With everything doctors have on their plates right now, giving back to their communities may be the last thing on their minds. Who has the extra time or money to volunteer or donate to numerous charities? Yet evidence shows that the rewards for doctors’ philanthropic efforts are far-reaching. Not only do patients and the community benefit, but it turns out doctors do, as well.Read More

We’ve all been there: you leave a store spending more than you intended on something you didn’t really need then instantly feel buyer’s remorse once you get home. We all hate that experience, and you’d never want patients to leave your office feeling disappointed. So when presenting patients with elective treatments, how do you “sell them” without acting like a used car salesmen? Read More

It’s that time of year, when we gather with family and friends to celebrate and reflect on what we’re grateful for. Like many of us, doctors are thankful for their health, their loved ones, and their jobs. But in a profession plagued with constant changes, challenges, and sky-high burnout rates, we thought it was a good time to take stock of what in particular health care providers are thankful for now. Here’s what doctors had to say.Read More

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act defines health literacy as the “degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions,” and unfortunately, low health literacy is a growing problem in today’s health care climate. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 22 percent of adults have only basic health literacy and 14 percent have below basic health literacy. And because health literacy is a strong indicator of health status, low literacy is linked with poor health outcomes and higher rates of hospitalization.Read More