Lack of health literacy can make effective communication with patients a challenge. At stake may be inability to comply with treatment regimens, give informed consent and use medication properly.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule that would reimburse physicians for discussions they have about end-of-life care.
Ineffective communication and transfer of patient information has been associated with medical errors, patient harm and patient dissatisfaction.
Before responding to a request to allow a high school or college student shadow you at an office or facility, consider the medical liability and patient safety risks.