Tag Archives: Personal Experience

A Decade After ‘The Storm’: Building a Resilient New Orleans

A native of New Orleans, and president of the GE Foundation, the author reflects on the Crescent City's status and what GE and its foundation have done to help. One example is support for school-based health centers.

September 10, 2015

How Lay Health Care Workers Can Add High Touch To High Tech

Through grants from the Robina Foundation, Allina Health, a not-for-profit health system serving Minnesota and part of Wisconsin, has been able to implement some innovative approaches using "care guides."

June 11, 2015

What Can Patients Do In The Face Of Physician Conflict Of Interest?

Trust has always been essential to medical care. Of what use are the best communication skills, physician empathy, or clinical knowledge if patients don’t trust the advice and information that their doctors give them? Even the most psychologically disturbed or misanthropic TV doctor—from Doc...

April 10, 2015

New Narrative Matters: When The Medical Community Forgets The Family

In the Health Affairs' April Narrative Matters essay, when a patient's health suddenly deteriorates, a medical student delivers difficult news to a family whom no one has time for. Pierre Elias' article is freely available to all readers, or you can listen to the podcast.

April 9, 2015

Call For Submissions: Narrative Matters Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month and in celebration the Narrative Matters section of Health Affairs is seeking poetry submissions for upcoming issues of the journal. We are holding a poetry contest from March 25 to April 22, looking for well-crafted poems that touch on topics related to health...

March 26, 2015

Narrative Matters: On Our Reading List

Welcome to “Narrative Matters: On Our Reading List,” a monthly roundup where we share some of the most compelling health care narratives driving the news and conversation in recent weeks. End Of A Life In a moving first-person essay in The New York Times, writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks...

March 20, 2015

What Kind Of Advance Care Planning Should CMS Pay For?

Currently, Medicare does not offer a paid benefit for advance care planning (ACP). As a result, health care providers who want to assist Medicare enrollees with ACP do so voluntarily and neither they, nor their institutions, are compensated for their time and efforts. This is not only an unfair...

March 19, 2015

New Narrative Matters: How Health Care Fails Older Patients, And How It Can Be Done Better

Health Affairs‘ March Narrative Matters essay features a chance meeting between an octogenarian and a geriatrician that shows how the US health system focuses on medical care at the expense of older adults’ well-being. Louise Aronson's article is freely available to all readers, or you can...

March 13, 2015

New Narrative Matters: How Access, Knowledge, And Attitudes Shaped My Sister’s Care

Health Affairs‘ February Narrative Matters essay features a woman who helps her sister get the care she needs when a tooth infection turns into a health emergency. Elizabeth Piatt's article is freely available to all readers, or you can listen to the podcast.

February 6, 2015

Achieving Shared Decision-Making In Women’s Health

The frustrating labor and delivery experience shared by physician and ethicist Carla Keirns in her Narrative Matters essay, “Watching The Clock: A Mother’s Hope For A Natural Birth In A Cesarean Culture,” published in the January issue of  Health Affairs, was unfortunate. That is not debatable....

January 28, 2015