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Seven Tips for Highly Effective Patient Engagement

With ever-increasing documentation requirements and the press of an often jam-packed clinical schedule, physicians are finding it increasingly difficult to establish a trusting, empathic relationship with their patients. Yet patients place great store in the time and attention their physicians give them, and a successful physician-patient partnership can actually improve health outcomes and compliance.

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Screening Tools for Measuring Depression

When a patient seeks treatment for depression, it’s a good idea for the physician to use a scale to measure subjective symptoms. Several screening tools are available to assess mood, motivation level, and suicidal thoughts. For example, the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2) is an appropriate tool for identifying depression in teens and adults, whereas older patients should be screened with a Geriatric Depression Scale. If the scores on these tools are indicative of depression, treatment is likely warranted.

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Vaping and Electronic Cigarettes: Debunking the Myths and Exploring the Risks

Vaping  ̶  the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol (vapor) produced by an e-cigarette or similar device  ̶  has become increasingly popular in recent years. According to a market research study conducted by Euromonitor, the number of people vaping has increased from about seven million in 2011 to 35 million in 2016, and is projected to reach nearly 55 million by 2021.

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‘Cornival’ continues to raise awareness of food insecurity

Each August for the last three years, I have looked forward to “Cornival,” a chefs’ challenge and charity fundraiser co-hosted by CDPHP® and SEFCU. Not only have I been impressed with the delicious and inventive corn-themed dishes created by some very talented local chefs, but I also appreciate the fact that the event is designed to shine a light on the potentially devastating impact of food insecurity on the health and well-being of our community. continue reading →