• Greg Merritt, PhD & GP

2-2-1 AUGUST VERSION

2 questions; 2 podcasts & 1 article

2 Q’s

What if the last 2 questions of virtually every appointment/meeting/discharge with patients were: A) Are you going to tell anyone else about our time together and what we discussed/agreed upon together today? (check for loneliness) B) Would you mind telling me what you are going to tell them?? (check for understanding)

What if docs (healthcare workers) asked patients, “who are your 3 people who would drop everything for you and be by your side immediately and for as long as needed?” (if can’t come up with 3, how might healthcare help them to find them?) What if, for these patients, the prescription to build community was as important as the drugs they are leaving with to assist their condition?

2 Podcasts

This month – the focus in on educating from a physician perspective and chose 2 podcasts that I think exemplify doctor’s role in continuous learning for both patients and docs.

AMA Doc Talk- Season 1 https://medicine.umich.edu/medschool/news/medical-school-associate-dean-tackles-difficult-discussions-patients-new-ama-podcast - I happen to know Raj and if you have time for just one episode, I recommend this one about talking about telling patients they are going to die and the role of listening more, behaving the same way you do with friends and family, and thinking about patient as a partner to build relationship with sincere, authentic interest. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/telling-a-patient-theyre-going-to-die/id1311787511?i=1000394661740

On Point from NPR -- Guest in this episode is Eric Topol whose new book “Deep Medicine” asks How Artificial Intelligence Advances Could Actually 'Make Health Care Human Again'

https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2019/03/12/artificial-intelligence-health-care-medicine-eric-topol-deep-medicine

1 Article

This article explores “Shared Medical Appointments” and makes me wonder how these might be important for building communities of patients who might become friends and help to be healthier and combat social isolation? In addition to chronic conditions, how might patients discharged from similar surgeries come back together to learn together and understand recovery?

Adopting Innovations in Care Delivery — The Case of Shared Medical Appointments

https://catalyst.nejm.org/case-shared-medical-appointments/

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