Brent is a medical social worker, author and speaker. With a Master's Degree in Social Work, Brent has been an insider in health care for over 25 years. Brent is an experienced public speaker and his instructional program, "Hospitals: Understanding the Maze", is a Mature Media award winner. To learn more, click here.
Author Archives: Brent Aleshire
Research suggests that when patients participate in the goal setting process, they are more likely to achieve positive changes in their health status. Health care goals can be long-term or short-term, complex or simple. What are your health goals? Use … Continue reading
According to an article in Society of Hospital Medicine, nearly (49%), of patients released from a hospital will experience at least one medical error related to follow-up care. The article suggested that the majority of the errors were related to … Continue reading
One of the most important keys to a successful hospital outcome is your ability to work effectively with your medical team. To receive the best health care possible, you must establish a “partnership” with your physician and other members of … Continue reading
The Health Care Encounter “Don’t touch me!” That’s probably what George should have said to his doctor but he didn’t. Most patients don’t. I was in George’s room to assist with the completion of a health care power of … Continue reading
Research suggests that patients who take a more active role in visits with their physician may have a greater sense of control and much better health outcomes. Participation in your own health care can be dramatically increased through the use … Continue reading
Be aware that all unplanned, rushed or poorly coordinated discharges from hospitals are very dangerous! A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that one in five Medicare patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. … Continue reading