Patient Advocacy

Data is everywhere. But in medicine, data isn't everything. From online symptom-checking websites to web-based professional medical resources, both patients and practitioners are able to answer many of their medical questions with the click Continue reading →
Given the potential harms of prescription drugs, we must consider ways to improve this dialogue to better enhance patient safety and education in ways that also work within the time-constraints of a robust medical practice. Continue reading
Many physicians studying, training and independently practicing medicine today have questioned the future of... Continue reading
I make it a point to include a statement of uncertainty when offering my assessment and plan to patients in situations where a constellation of symptoms don't immediately add up by the end of an office visit. Am I right to do this? Well, I don't know. Continue reading
If you haven't already, you will someday see a primary care doctor (PCP). It's practically unavoidable. The reason for this self-declared truth is that PCPs are the shape shifters of medicine, assuming various roles at different stages of an adult's life and wellbeing. Continue reading
We provide and support ways to improve and maintain the personal health of our patients while our patients provide and support the health of our careers and livelihood. We depend on our patients as much as they depend on us. Continue reading
Here are a few important and often unrecognized considerations that patients and their families should be aware of when discussing code status with their health care team. Continue reading
Whether it be a physician, nurse, physical therapist or social worker, health care providers of every kind will often have patients on their service with such serious quirks that the quality of their treatment and recovery may be at risk. Practitioners Continue reading →
Last week, the United States had two reasons to celebrate. I bet you can guess one of them. (Clue: you likely had the day off for it and ate way too many hotdogs as a result of it.) The other, although briefly covered in the media, has mainly Continue reading →

Brian Secemsky, M.D.

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