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.
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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