Open Discussion: Does your doctor put you first?

Filed in Gather Health Essential by on August 4, 2009 0 Comments

This morning at 10 a.m. on Midmorning, Kerri Miller talks to Dr. Pauline Chen and Dr. Donald Berwick talk about healthcare and how to talk to doctors to get more involved in their care. Listen in at 10 a.m. CDT and add your comments here. In the words of the Midmorning producers (from the webpage):

Putting the patient first
Patient-centered care sounds like a given, but it’s not always. Two doctors talk about how to convince doctors to really listen to their patients and get them more involved in their care.

We’ve most likely all been there. A team of doctors, nurses, and/or residents comes in, and they talk amongst themselves using large, scientific words about what’s wrong with us, and we have no idea what they’re saying. “Oooh, we’ve got ankyrin deficiency…” says our doctor to the others. What does that even mean?

Do you ever feel out of the loop of your healthcare? Does it bother you? Do you try to fix the situation? What works for you, and what doesn’t?


This is an open discussion, so you’re welcome to link to your related Gather articles or other online resources. Your comments & articles may be quoted on or on


Eliza Hartley
Digital Media Intern
Minnesota Public Radio
American Public Media


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