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Courtesy of NYTimes.com

May 3, 2019 - “Well, you look like you’re doing great,” my primary care physician cheerfully informed me. I stared at her from the examination table in disbelief. I had just told her that I wasn’t enjoying being with my children and was having trouble doing what needed to be done at work and at home. As a health journalist, I had interviewed dozens of physicians and psychologists. I knew that being...

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February 23, 2018 - When Kate Sheridan was 11 years old, a series of complications from Lyme Disease changed her life dramatically. “I went from a straight A student to not being able to read and write, a competitive athlete to wheelchair-bound, and developed an intense pain disorder,” she said. “We very suddenly had a lot to manage — medication schedules, dozens of doctor appointments and conflicting diagnoses, school...

Courtesy of PatientEngagementHIT.com

February 6, 2018 - Patients would overwhelmingly select a doctor who displays compassion and clinician empathy over one who is less expensive, according to a recent survey from HealthTap obtained via email. The survey, which questioned both patients and providers about the elements most important when ranking doctors, showed that 85 percent of patients value compassion in healthcare. Another 85 percent of patients said that doctors...

Courtesy of ImproveDiagnosis.org

October 7, 2017 - This conference is the only meeting speci cally devoted to diagnostic error and we are thrilled to have brought together a wide range of experts and stakeholders, including patients, clinicians, nurses, medical administrators, researchers, risk and liability managers, and educators to address this important issue. The conference this year will have a specific focus on the primary recommendation...

Courtesy of Prevention.com

July 13, 2017 - Ask The Golden Question: What Else Could It Be?  With those five words, patients can sometimes prevent their doctors from making cognitive errors. "You're helping your doctor think outside the box," says Io Dolka, who recently launched GreyZone, a Seattle-based company that helps patients with difficult-to-diagnose conditions. It's also useful to ask the...

Courtesy of Inlander.com

June 1, 2017 - In 2010, patient advocacy was named a "career of the next decade" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. "The goal of patient advocacy is to remove barriers to care by giving patients more choice and control in their health care decisions," says Io Dolka, the executive director of Washington State...

Courtesy of NAHAC.com

November 18, 2016 - Advocates know too well that the process of healthcare sometimes loses sight of the person at the heart of it. NAHAC, the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants, supports advocates as we bring the focus of care back where it should be. NAHAC's 2016 National Conference...

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October 3, 2016 - Learning from Experience Few people understand that more than Io Dolka, a founding board member of the Washington State Health Advocacy Association and patient advocacy organization GreyZone. As a patient, Dolka experienced errors in surgeries to remove brain tumors twice within a span of...