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National Pain Day

By Angelika Byczkowski I resent that we pain patients are essentially being called liars by the anti-opioid brigade, as they refuse to believe our pain is as extreme and debilitating as we claim.  Some of the non-opiate medications they propose

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Hi There Mr. Elephant–Let’s Talk about Health Stigma & Privilege

Part 1 of a 3-part series on health stigma and healthy privilege. This post has been kicking around in my head for nearly a month now, the product of conversations with clients, chats with friends, and a professional life in

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I am visible. My disease is not.

By Michael Hyatt I am disabled. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a genetic disorder that keeps me in constant pain every minute of my life. It is an invisible disease. You could look at me, and if you saw past

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Changing the patient-centered dialogue: Moving the conversation from why to how

Healthcare increasingly has been built around the wrong things. We enhance electronic medical records when the records themselves are mainly built around maximizing revenue (not the patient). We build new healthcare facilities when these buildings simply are another place for

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Beyond pink

By Laura Wells, Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer Fighter When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I found it hard to embrace the “Pink Ribbon” and all it stood for.  I was not happy to be joining the club,

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When tragedy strikes close to home

I live in Denver. I work in Aurora. I know exactly where the Century 16 theater is located; I live approximately 8 miles from there. When horrific scenes like this unfold as they did last night and this morning, it

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The role of relationship building in creating change

I came across this post by Craig Lefebvre last year, blogged about it at the time, and have since printed out his list and put it up by my desk – it so eloquently captures what I think should be some of

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No more “partialty” care in healthcare: Fighting fragmentation at the clinical level

We are rerunning this post as more and more news events are drawing the attention to healthcare costs. Let us know what you think. The current healthcare system is inherently fragmented with all the various pieces vying for attention. The

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New Year’s Resolutions to Occupy Health

We are all familiar with the well-worn pattern of making New Year’s resolutions only to abandon them a few weeks out of the gate. What if we decided to re-set the clock on our resolutions once a month and in

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How well do you know Grand Junction, Colorado?

Grand Junction, Colorado has important lessons to teach the country about healthcare. These lessons have very real and practical implications for any redesign of healthcare. In fact, some may say that many of the answers to the unanswerable question of

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