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A pediatrician reflects on a foster care child

October 31, 2016

By Niran S. Al-Agba, MD

I care for foster children in my practice. I ache for these children to know love and security, not to worry who will tuck them in at night, or whether they will be separated from their siblings. I fight hard to hang onto my foster kids once we establish a good relationship, because having the same health care provider for them as they grow will provide safety and stability to their unpredictable lives.

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Women’s Health Council to query patients about OB/GYN care

October 11, 2016

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

When it comes to pregnancy, giving birth and getting good gynecological care, women are not always provided with the information they need to make good health care decisions. Too many women undergo hysterectomy, ureterectomy, C-section and other procedures without knowing about less invasive alternatives. A recent study, for example, finds that about 60 percent of reporting hospitals had excessive rates for C-sections.

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Muir organizes RCAW events for ‘mindful listening’

October 6, 2016

By Judith Garber

In the frantic, noisy, and chaotic environment of an emergency department, stopping occasionally to listen and take in the present moment can make the difference between clinicians providing right care and a medical error. For Right Care Action Week, Jane Muir, BSN, RN, an emergency medicine nurse at the University of Virginia (UVA), is organizing several events to demonstrate the importance of mindful listening and acquire different perspectives on right care.

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Wright turns health care nightmare into action for Right Care Action Week

September 26, 2016

By Judith Garber

Susan Wright, PhD, from Marin County, CA, understands how important it is for health professionals to listen to patients, because she nearly died when doctors ignored her health concerns. Through her own infuriating experience as a patient, Wright discovered disturbing systemic problems in managed care, and recognized a need for patient advocacy and self-care. For Right Care Action Week, she is encouraging patients to share their stories in a safe space and to join the advocacy effort.

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