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2011-07-14 08:30:00

SHELTON, Conn., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- New studies by SSI and The Research Intelligence Group (TRiG) show that two-thirds of patients around the world feel disrespected by their physicians. Unclear communication is a prime reason for patients' dissatisfaction. About a quarter of patients globally complain that physicians don't answer questions, don't involve them in treatment decisions and use medical terms with no explanation. This appears to be a direct outcome of doctors not...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'