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Doctor, I’m losing my voice

More of us are losing our voices when we go to the doctor, it seems.  No, it’s not laryngitis, but it does seem to be contagious.  Apparently the practice of getting patients to sign waiver forms to prevent them from posting criticism on the Internet about their doctors is catching on.  At least that is what is being reported in several newspapers in recent days.

It’s another example of the perils of open communication.  More patients are sharing their experiences, both positive and negative, in online review forums and social networks, and that is causing some aches and pains.   Some doctors are complaining that the proliferation of medical consumer forums is putting them in a difficult position.  Since trust is such an integral part of the medical profession, the potential damage of a negative review is significant.  An ounce of prophylactic privacy, these medicos say, is better than a pound of cure; so, instead of the prescription pad they reach for the legal pad.

Still, getting a patient to give up his or her right to a public opinion seems a high price to extract in return for treatment.

Doctors are saying that they have to protect their online reputations and that the forms are a useful tool to get web sites to remove negative comments, but the backlash could be a bitter pill to swallow.

How would you react if your doctor demanded that you sign such an agreement?

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Live Long and Prosper

When I was a youngster I tried for weeks to make the cool hand gesture that Spock flashes with this iconic blessing, but I never paused to contemplate the depth of its meaning.

I was musing about the true meaning of prosperity recently. What does prosperity mean to you? Is it about money? Possessions? Power? I think that for too long prosperity’s meaning has been eclipsed by cultural bias towards wealth and profitability. True prosperity includes other issues related to quality of life.

The Legatum Institute offers a Personal Prosperiscope tool that uses a brief survey and draws on years of academic research to help you quantify your personal prosperity and compare it with others. Using this tool might help you expand your perceptions and adjust your personal goals in the pursuit of happiness.

Our personal satisfaction is linked to our relationships and priorities at home, at work and with society. One of the great things about social networking technology is its ability to weave the threads of these relationships into a more beautiful fabric.

Nurse Barb Dehn talks about life balance in her recent blog and wonders if it is just an illusion.  Interesting question, and I think it all depends on your perspective.

Roger Farnsworth

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