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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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Right Care Action Week activity probes what really worries patients

September 9, 2016

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

Last year emergency medicine residents Maia Dorsett and Alicia Oberle from Barnes Jewish Hospital and Medical Center chose something that hadn’t been tried before for their Right Care Action Week activity. They wanted to know what their patients’ greatest worries were. Along with other colleagues, they handed out index cards to patients in the ER asking them to write down their ‘biggest worry.’

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