“Difficult” Patients: Questioning Authority

Patients used to accept doctors’ orders without question. Today, more are asking questions and challenging their doctors’ opinions. However, even those who do it politely are likely to be labeled “difficult.” A doctor whose late wife nearly made a career of being a difficult patient discusses how patients can do it respectfully and fruitfully.

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18-14 Segment 1: The Price Consequences of Doctor Consolidation

Experts discuss the incentives that have prompted the consolidation of hospitals and independent doctors, the affects it has had on the cost of healthcare, and moves to eliminate them.

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18-13 Segment 2: Teaching Doctors To Listen

Experts discuss how to help doctors better listen to their patients when diagnosing their illness in order to improve care plans and decrease healthcare costs.

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18-13 Segment 1: Sexually Abusive Doctors

The Dr. Larry Nasser case has publicized doctors who sexually abuse patients, but few doctors are ever punished. A reporter who investigated the official response to the problem and a physician who has worked on a sexual assault crisis line discuss the issue.

15-27 Segment 2: TV Doctors

  Synopsis: TV doctors wield tremendous influence with patients, sometimes even more than a person's own doctor. Yet studies show that the advice you hear on TV is often unsupported by medical research. Experts discuss how celebrity doctors miss the mark and why they're so popular. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Christina Korownyk, Associate Professor … Continue reading 15-27 Segment 2: TV Doctors

15-26 Segment 1: Bell’s Palsy

  Synopsis: Bell's palsy is a frightening malfunction in the nerve controlling half of the face that occurs for unknown reasons. Sufferers often think they're having a stroke. While Bell's palsy often resolves on its own, it can leave permanent effects. Experts and two people who've had the disorder discuss. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Mandy, … Continue reading 15-26 Segment 1: Bell’s Palsy

15-26 Segment 2: Doctor’s Emotions

  Synopsis: Many doctors believe emotion is detrimental to medical practice, and many patients think doctors are cold and emotionless. But one influential physician explains why emotion is important to doctors. Host: Lynn Holley. Guest: Dr. Danielle Ofri, Associate Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine and author, What Doctors Feel: How Emotions … Continue reading 15-26 Segment 2: Doctor’s Emotions