Latest Victoria Shaffer Stories

2013-09-19 10:13:05

Narratives about treatment processes and experiences inform patients without persuading Individuals often turn to others for advice when making choices. Perhaps, it seems fitting then, that individuals would seek out others when they are faced with important health decisions. Yet, health communicators have debated whether stories should be included in patient decision-aids (which are informational materials designed to help patients make educated choices about their health) because they...

2013-01-25 10:32:54

Physicians should incorporate decision aids with personal attention Health care practitioners now can access patients´ data using electronic medical records, which often include information systems that assess individuals´ medical histories and clinical research to facilitate doctors´ diagnoses. A University of Missouri researcher says the increased use of computerized clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) leads to greater patient dissatisfaction and could increase...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.