Building Bridges, Creating Bonds

Dear Readers, I’m glad to start the category and section on the blog: NURSING AND INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE. At the same time, we have launched on social media the campaign: #Enfermeríaymedicinaintegrativa (Integrative nursing and medicine) WHY? Because now is time to build bridges and create bonds. WHAT FOR? – Giving visibility and presence to holistic professional…

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The Intimacy Gap

I used to think that there was a communication gulf between doctors and patients. Somewhere in the hub-bub of of the harried office visit some secret sauce was missing. A divide that was so fundamental that both parties often left the room feeling disjointed and uneasy. Patients wondered if doctors truly heard them. Physicians wondered…

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My First Lesson in Humility

I remember being more confident that most of my peers. The look of dread on my fellow interns face pre-call, and the fatigue post-call always seemed unnatural to me. Maybe it was on account of my life-long pursuit of medicine. I felt nothing but elation at the newly branded “M” and “D” that came after…

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Burned Out

Walter was far older than his chronological age. A mere thirteen years, he kept company with a much older crew. Doctors, nurses, and CNA’s were his constant companions. The other kids on his floor were either too sick to interact, or came and left within a matter of days. But not Walter. His heart was…

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Decalogue of the Ministry of Health for children admitted to the Hospital  

Hola a tod@s, my dear Friends. On June of 2013 the next document was published by Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality: PROMOTING AND HARMONIZING THE HUMANIZATION OF ASSISTANCE IN PAEDIATRIC AND NEWBORN INTENSIVE CARE UNITS OF THE NATIONAL SYSTEM OF HEALTH. It is the agreement of the Interterritorial Council to establish quality criteria…

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I am your Doctor and this is my Humble Opinion

What is it like to be your primary care physician? How do day-to-day pressures, concerns and unfolding developments impact the one who looks after your health and wellbeing? What does your doctor feel about the responsibilities and nagging questions that are an integral part of every waking hour? What is it like to know that…

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Doctor on Doctor Crime

Her heart was failing; her ejection fraction was unmeasurable. Her hip was broken, and she developed a pulmonary embolism post-operatively. She was painfully close to death. Yet at some point, the hospital finished, and spit her out at the nursing home. She was confused. I tried to take the best history that I could. Her…

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Moral Distress in the ICU Team

Hola a tod@s, my dear friends. A few days ago Dr. Vicente Gómez-Tello sent me this article published in Critical Care Medicine in December 2014, because he knew that it could interest us: A Qualitative Study Exploring Moral Distress in the ICU Team: The Importance of Unit Functionality and Intrateam Dynamics. Again the qualitative research…

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We Will Always Have This

As I have said before, when done correctly,  doctoring is an act of love. It is founded on the most basic of human interactions, intimacy.  Patients open their doors and closets revealing a treasure trove of brutal humanity. Physicians dedicate themselves to healing, to upholding a sacred covenant born of tears and blood.  It is…

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The IC-HU Project in Humanizar Journal

Hola a tod@s, mis queridos amig@s. Today I want to share with you the interview that made us the Humanizar Journal from The Center of Humanization of Health, and which has just been published in its online version as on paper. In the first issue of January/February 2015, the journal talks around development and health issues. I leave…

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Begin Again

It was a rather unlikely place to begin my clinical career. Shortly after starting medical school, I signed up to volunteer in the hospice unit of my academic medical center. The first few visits I relegated myself to fairly banal activities. I shredded old medical records, or I might do a load of laundry for…

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