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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

Five marketing strategies to improve your reach and get more patients in the door

Want more patients? You already know you need a website, a social media presence, and an email list. After that, the trick is knowing how to leverage those tools effectively without breaking the bank. Here are five surefire strategies that doctors are using to get better results from their marketing efforts – and get more patients coming through their doors.Read More

These factors within doctors’ control make a difference to patients

As the battle over health care reform in the U.S. rages on, doctors may feel that there is little they can do to improve things in any significant way for their patients in the midst of all this uncertainty. A comfortable waiting room and a friendly smile can hardly fix anything, right? Actually, evidence shows those do make a difference to patients – and there are even more factors within doctors’ control to improve their patients’ visits and help them get the best care. Here’s a look at five.Read More

Things you may not think would affect how patients feel about their health care, but do

Doctors know that patient satisfaction and perception of care are not the same thing, though the phrases are often used interchangeably. This can be frustrating, since doctors also know that a happy or satisfied patient doesn’t always equal a healthy patient.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