12 Blog Roundup for the Week

This week’s blog roundup is short, but packed with interesting content. Feel free to check out these blogs.

-Enjoy Your Vacation (Really Enjoy It!)

2. KevinMD.com Good clinical care takes more than medical acumen

3.TEDMED Blog The Healing Power of Art

4. carolinegourlay -Passing the baton – a succession-planning guide

5. Kamila Fakhra Fahima, The Business Epiphany -The Psychology Behind Irrational Decision

6. Rory Quinn, The business of business blog  -The Entrepreneur’s Wound

7. Nino, Lead Utah -Connection is Required for Creation

8. stellanoel, notanothertckblog -Reverse culture shock

9. brainstorming101blog, Brainstorming 101-Testing times

10. Jennifer Huber, Scientists Talk Funny – New study intervenes to help female collegiate distance runners eat enough

11. Thomas, Colorado Center for Orthopaedic Excellence -What You Need to Know About Achilles Tendon Tear and Repair

12. Medicine by Alexandros G. Sfakianakis,Anapafseos 5 Agios Nikolaos 72100 Crete – The 7 C’s of Success: a Strong Confidence



Thur Tools and Tips: Improving Cultural Competence

This week, we’ll be sharing a few tips on improving cultural competence.  This is a crucial part of our globalized workplaces, and a key for companies and individuals who what to stay on the cutting edge.  Here are a few tips:

  1. Recognize the worldview of the individuals around you. Culture is not limited to skin color, ethnicity or country. It is far deeper. Learn about the individuals and cultures represented in  your workplace. This will help your work team function most effectively.images
  2.  Get to know your patients’ cultures. Don’t assume you already know their cultures based on their last name or other prejudice. Optimize the short time you have with your patients to learn about them and complete the task at hand.
  3. Determine your cultural effectiveness.  How well do you understand culture and cross-cultural research? Do your homework and brush up on some of the latest research.  Look for strengths and weaknesses of your own worldview based on psychological and sociological studies.
  4. Make your patients feel “at home.” If possible, your staff should reflect your area’s cultural makeup and understand the cultures represented.
  5. Conduct culturally sensitive evaluations, and learn about your patients expectations and preferences.  Don’t treat cases like a factory worker treats a broken machine. Think of the human behind the physical ailment.
  6.   Be willing to learn by making mistakes. You won’t  be able to do it 100% perfectly all the time. Use failure as an opportunity for learning.
  7.  Attend conferences outside of your discipline once in a while to learn more about what’s happening in the arena of cross-cultural competence.
  8. Expand your horizons and interact with groups of people who are outside of your cultural or work bubble. Joining clubs can be a great way to do this if you have a little spare time.
  9.  Find out what resources your department has to help you learn more about other cultures and worldviews. Set aside some time for learning.

We guarantee if you take these steps, you will be on your way towards cross-cultural competence. These are not the only ways to develop cross-cultural competence, but they are a great start. Developing cross-cultural competence will help you avoid miscommunications  and misunderstandings that could be very costly.

Research on Patient Care and Communication

Dear Readers,

Here is some recent research on patient care and communication. We trust that you fill find this useful.

Foo, P. K., Frankel, R. M., McGuire, T. G., Zaslavsky, A. M., Lafata, J. E., & Tai-Seale, M. (2017). Patient and Physician Race and the Allocation of Time and Patient Engagement Efforts to Mental Health Discussions in Primary Care: An Observational Study of Audiorecorded Periodic Health Examinations. The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management40(3), 246-256.

Cole, K. O. W., Gudzune, K. A., Bleich, S. N., Cheskin, L. J., Bennett, W. L., Cooper, L. A., & Roter, D. L. (2017). Providing prenatal care to pregnant women with overweight or obesity: Differences in provider communication and ratings of the patient-provider relationship by patient body weight. Patient education and counseling100(6), 1103-1110.

Kurlander, J. E., Chey, W. D., Morris, C. B., Hu, Y. J. B., Padival, R. K., Bangdiwala, S. I., … & Drossman, D. A. (2017). Development and validation of the Patient‐Physician Relationship Scale among patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Neurogastroenterology & Motility.

Ibe, C., Bowie, J., Roter, D., Carson, K. A., Lee, B., Monroe, D., & Cooper, L. A. (2017). Intensity of exposure to a patient activation intervention and patient engagement in medical visit communication. Patient Education and Counseling.

Epstein, R. M., Duberstein, P. R., Fenton, J. J., Fiscella, K., Hoerger, M., Tancredi, D. J., … & Kaesberg, P. (2017). Effect of a patient-centered communication intervention on oncologist-patient communication, quality of life, and health care utilization in advanced cancer: the VOICE randomized clinical trial. JAMA oncology3(1), 92-100.

Tang, L., & Guan, M. (2017). Rise of Health Consumerism in China and Its Effects on Physicians’ Professional Identity and the Physician–Patient Relationship and Communication. Health Communication, 1-7.

Turner, K., Samuel, C. A., Donovan, H. A., Beckjord, E., Cardy, A., Dew, M. A., & van Londen, G. J. (2017). Provider perspectives on patient-provider communication for adjuvant endocrine therapy symptom management. Supportive Care in Cancer25(4), 1055-1061.

Fernandez, J. M., Cenador, M. B. G., Millan, J. M. L., Méndez, J. A. J., & Ledesma, M. J. S. (2017). Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Clinical Practice Related to the Treatment of Pain. Influence on the Professional Activity and the Doctor-Patient Relationship. Journal of medical systems41(5), 77.

Reeve, B. B., Thissen, D. M., Bann, C. M., Mack, N., Treiman, K., Sanoff, H. K., … & Moultrie, R. (2017). Psychometric evaluation and design of patient-centered communication measures for cancer care settings. Patient Education and Counseling.

Pellegrini, C. A. (2017). Trust: the keystone of the patient-physician relationship. Journal of the American College of Surgeons224(2), 95-102.

Lorusso, D., Bria, E., Costantini, A., Di Maio, M., Rosti, G., & Mancuso, A. (2017). Patients’ perception of chemotherapy side effects: Expectations, doctor–patient communication and impact on quality of life–An Italian survey. European journal of cancer care26(2).

Xiang, J., & Stanley, S. J. (2017). From online to offline: Exploring the role of e-health consumption, patient involvement, and patient-centered communication on perceptions of health care quality. Computers in Human Behavior70, 446-452.

Schieber, A. C., Kelly-Irving, M., Génolini, J. P., Membrado, M., Tanguy, L., Fabre, C., … & INTERMEDE Group. (2017). Integrating multidisciplinary results to produce new knowledge about the physician–patient relationship: A methodology applied to the INTERMEDE project. Journal of Mixed Methods Research11(2), 174-201.

Ernstmann, N., Weissbach, L., Herden, J., Winter, N., & Ansmann, L. (2017). Patient–physician communication and health‐related quality of life of patients with localised prostate cancer undergoing radical prostatectomy–a longitudinal multilevel analysis. BJU international119(3), 396-405.

Tan, S. S. L., & Goonawardene, N. (2017). Internet health information seeking and the patient-physician relationship: A systematic review. Journal of medical Internet research19(1).

Scott, K. M., Nerminathan, A., Alexander, S., Phelps, M., & Harrison, A. (2017). Using mobile devices for learning in clinical settings: A mixed‐methods study of medical student, physician and patient perspectives. British Journal of Educational Technology48(1), 176-190.

Petrič, G., Atanasova, S., & Kamin, T. (2017). Impact of Social Processes in Online Health Communities on Patient Empowerment in Relationship With the Physician: Emergence of Functional and Dysfunctional Empowerment. Journal of medical Internet research19(3).

Brenk-Franz, K., Strauß, B., Tiesler, F., Fleischhauer, C., Schneider, N., & Gensichen, J. (2017). Patient-provider relationship as mediator between adult attachment and self-management in primary care patients with multiple chronic conditions. Journal of Psychosomatic Research97, 131-135.



This post will focus on  misunderstandings cross-culturally. Everyone at some point will experience a cultural misunderstanding if they interact for a long enough with another country.  Most of the time they can be resolved quickly and painlessly. However, there are certain occaisions where more detailed explorations into culture and asumptions.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Identify cultural assumptions
  2.  Be willing to learn about other cultures perspectives on the topic.
  3.  Have self- awareness of your own cultural practices, prejudices, bias etc. This will help you solve the conflict easier.
  4. Empathy is important.
  5.  Examine your own cultural values to see where they might clash with another person’s values.
  6. Learn about how the culture in question resolves conflicts.
  7. Build on common ground between you and the other party.
  8. Break down the power structure.  Work to empower them to share their side of the story.
  9. Look for a mediator who understands both cultures if possible.  Hire an expert if necessary.
  10. Remember that the process of resolving serious misunderstandings can take time.

Blog Roundup: Various Topics

13181258_1043733419046112_1837823006_nThis week’s blog roundup consists of several different kinds of blogs of interest. We hope you enjoy the variety of perspectives presented here.

1. Orthobuzz – Sports Medicine Update- https://orthobuzz.jbjs.org/2017/05/31/sports-medicine-update/

2. TheraSport Physical Therapy- Strength Training and Conditioning-https://therasportpt.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/strength-training-and-conditioning/

3.Dr. Fitness -Achilles Tendonitis -https://drfitnessin.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/achilles-tendonitis/

4. Author Viswanath- Self- Talk Improves Sports Performance -https://viswanathauthor.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/self-talk-improves-sports-performance/

5. Tanzania Stories – Stability – https://tanzaniastories2.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/stability/

6. The Trotter Family- The Temporary Intimacy of Expat Life (and my search for rootedness) {A Life Overseas}-https://trotters41.com/2017/05/24/the-temporary-intimacy-of-expat-life-and-my-search-for-rootedness-a-life-overseas/

7.notanothertckblog -Depression and the TCK- https://notanothertckblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/depression-and-the-tck/

8.Mind, Body & Stomach- Pain & Health- https://mindbodystomach.me/2017/06/05/pain-health/

9. health1493- ACL and Meniscus Injuries – causes, symptoms, and treatment – https://health1493.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/acl-and-meniscus-injuries-causes-symptoms-and-treatment/

10. Dr. Jared Burch, Physical Therapist-Muscle Shortening: What is it, physiology behind it, how to use it -https://drburchphysicaltherapy.com/2017/05/22/muscle-shortening-what-is-it-physiology-about-it-how-to-use-it/

11.Nelsonecom -Advantages of orthopedic surgical treatment-https://nelsonecom.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/advantages-of-orthopedic-surgical-treatment/

12.pacificaorthopedicshuntingtonbeach – Advantages of orthopedic surgical treatment -https://pacificaorthopedicshuntingtonbeach.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/advantages-of-orthopedic-surgical-treatment/

13. Gary Forrest Edwards – -Dr. Gary Forrest Edwards: Chiropractic Orthopedics – https://garyforrestedwards.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/dr-gary-forrest-edwards-chiropractic-orthopedics/

14. CS Grit – Strum – https://csgrit.wordpress.com/2017/06/04/strum/

15. Crazy Nerds – What Not to Do – https://crazienerds.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/what-not-to-do/

16. Make it Ultra- How to Recover from a Mistake using G.R.O.W.T.H. – https://makeitultrapsychology.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/how-to-recover-from-a-mistake-using-g-r-o-w-t-h/

17. Creatorspoint – Happy Me- https://ceatorspoint.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/happy-me/

18. Culture 99 – Intercultural Communicative Competence Conference, Prague, 22nd to 23rd June 2017-https://culture99.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/intercultural-communicative-competence-conference-prague-22nd-to-23rd-june-2017/

19. Edupliance- 5 tips to Stop Harrasment in the Workplace -https://culture99.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/intercultural-communicative-competence-conference-prague-22nd-to-23rd-june-2017/

20. Desu Blog- High and Low Context in Japan and Finland – https://bakagaijindesu.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/high-and-low-context-in-finland-and-japan/

21. Dr. John Flynn- The Irish Fight Clubs – https://johnflynn64travel.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/the-irish-fight-clubs/

22. Tips for the Medical Tourist- Quality-https://gaer2017.wordpress.com/2017/06/04/quality/

23. OKTHENWHATSNEXT- NHS and Private Healthcare- https://okthenwhatsnext.wordpress.com/2017/06/04/nhs-and-private-healthcare/

24. The junior Doctor- Patient Confidentiality is an Illusion -https://juniordoctorsite.wordpress.com/2017/06/04/patient-confidentiality-is-an-illusion/

25. Amos- Shin Splints. And Where to Find Them. How to Fix Them. Etc.- https://amosmag.com/2017/06/05/shin-splints-and-where-to-find-them-how-to-fix-them-etc/

26. Business Psychology -The Entrepreneur’s Wound – https://businessofbusiness.blog/2017/05/27/the-entrepreneurs-wound/