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PulseImagine by Linda Koebner Besarta and her family fled Kosovo when she was 10. She was diagnosed with Friederich’s ataxia when she was 11. Now she has “aged out” of a system that helped her and her family cope with her illness. A narrative of illness… written 3 sentences at a time.
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Voice_of_America_Logo.svg_1Poor Treatment of Mentally Ill Violates Their Human Rights by Lisa Schlein A follow-on to When Doctors Discriminate by Julianne Garey – learn more about the stigma of discrimination and what the World Health Organization has called “a hidden human rights emergency.”
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Washington-PostFor People with Disabilities, Doctors Are Not Always Healers by Leana S. Wen Some of the hardest (and most valuable lessons) come during internship year. Such was the case for Dr. Leanna Wen, who faced her fears about medical discrimination when caring for the patient in ER bed #3.
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New York TimesWhen Doctors Discriminate by Juliann Garey On average, people who have mental illness die 25 years earlier than those without one. Could this be due (at least in part) to a disparity in the care they receive as a result of healthcare workers’ stigma?
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New York TimesInspired By Denise, by Kevin M. Kelly A reflection on what it is like to witness a loved one’s diagnosis, treatment and continued life after recovering from a brain tumor.
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New York TimesPatient Voices: First-Person Narratives and Interactive Forums- NY Times A collection of first person accounts of the changes, challenges and rewards patients face as they cope with living with a diagnosis of a chronic disease, mental illness or condition.
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Washington-PostI’m an atheist psychiatrist. Should I see patients who believe in God? by Jean Kim Respecting an individual’s perspective and the way they relate to the world is a tenet of high-quality healthcare. How should that play out in discussions about religion and spirituality?
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New York TimesDoctor Priorities vs. Patient Priorities by Danielle Ofri Doctors and patients can have contrasting agendas, viewed through different lenses. The key is not trying to change someone else’s lens, but rather, appreciating the value of their perspective.
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New York TimesDoctor, Shut Up and Listen by Nirmal Joshi Listening and empathy aren’t just tools to help us be nicer – they improve patient outcomes.
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