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What you need to know about the new breed of ‘e-patients’—high-tech, informed, and engaged

I am now seeing a new type of patient—the e-patient. Many of these highly informed, high-tech patients come to my referral clinic from Pune and Bangalore—the Silicon Valley of India. “E-patients are often experts about their own conditions or illnesses—and they are happy to share their expertise with others.” -Aniruddha… 

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3 therapies every doctor should prescribe

Not every doctor’s approach to medicine is a fit for every patient. This is just as well, as patients have different mind sets as well. In the best of both worlds, each patient will find the doctor who meshes best with his or her style. “Humor is one of the… 

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The benefits of referring patients to other patients

When doctors are stumped by challenging clinical cases, they often refer patients to specialists to assist with the diagnosis and management of the patients’ conditions. “Doctors can learn a lot from expert patients.” -Aniruddha Malpani, MD, medical director of Malpani Infertility Clinic in Mumbai, India While specialists can be very… 

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Why information therapy is a powerful prescription for patients

My patients, Mr. and Mrs. Gupta, are sitting in the waiting lounge of my in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic, waiting for their appointment. The usual array of consumer magazines is in front of them. But could the time they are spending reading about the most recent Bollywood movie or holiday… 

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Personal health records make medicine more patient-centered

One of the easiest ways to make medicine more patient-centered is to routinely ensure that patients have access to the information in their own medical records, including their medical history, laboratory results, diagnoses, and treatment plans. Going a step further, patients also can be encouraged to add to the record—including… 

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Simple call center intervention can improve diabetes-specific outcomes

mdCurrent Conference Report: 72nd Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association A multifactorial intervention approach that included call center support focused on disease management improved several diabetes-specific outcomes in a pilot study conducted at Apollo Hospitals in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, India. Key Point: An intervention that includes telephone-based counseling… 

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What is information therapy?

As doctors, we educate and inform patients every day. Some people call this patient education or patient communication. I like to call it information therapy, which can be defined as a prescription of the right information, for the right patient, at the right time, to help make a better health… 

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