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What Do Patients Want? Honesty, Respect, Effective Communications

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I encourage you to watch the video and put into practice the tips and insights gleaned.

For related information on effective patient-provider relationships please see my previous posts:


Now Available Webinar Recording Achieving Effective Patient-Provider Communication with Dr. Drossman

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One of the greatest problems that emerges with continually decreasing amounts of time that clinicians can spend with patients include the inability to:

1) obtain sufficient high quality information about the illness and

2) have quality time to establish an effective patient-provider relationship.

This can result in inaccurate diagnoses and treatments as well as patient and physician dissatisfaction with each other and the very process of care.

This webinar is specifically designed for patients and features Douglas A. Drossman, MD, MACG, and one of his patients, Katie Errico, who recently published her health journey in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Drossman and Katie will discuss her case as an example of effective patient-provider communication and provide guidance, tips and insights on what you can do to better understand your symptoms and how best to communicate with your doctor on how they are impacting your quality of life so you can effectively work together to achieve symptom relief.

Objectives:

1. To learn methods that help to optimize a visit to a physician

2. To learn ways to self manage chronic pain and functional GI symptoms

3. To understand how effective communication improves the patient-provider relationship through presentation of a case history


 

About Katie Errico:

I am a 31 year old special education teacher, tennis enthusiast and lover of dogs.  I am also a type one diabetic, diagnosed at 22, and looking back have had symptoms of IBS since my early teen years.  However, I did not know this until I met Dr. Drossman just after my 29th birthday, who also discovered that I have functional dyspepsia, atrophic gastritis and pernicious anemia.  I’m not going to lie, this was no easy road to travel and I still hit some bumps every now and again, but I can honestly say for the first time in a long time, I’m really enjoying my life 

Related Resources

Katie: A Patient’s Perspective Katie Errico Am J Gastroenterol 2017; 112:528–529; doi: 10.1038/ajg.2017.26; published online 21 February 2017

Katie: The Physician’s Perspective of a Young Woman’s Illness Experience Douglas A. Drossman , MD 1 Am J Gastroenterol 2017; 112:525–527; doi: 10.1038/ajg.2017.23; published online 21 February 2017


Rome IV Interactive Clinical Decision Toolkit Demo at DDW 2017 – Booth #3535

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The Rome Foundation, in collaboration with LogicNets, has created the Rome IV Interactive Clinical Decision Toolkit. This new intelligent software system addresses the sophistication and complexity of FGID diagnosis and treatment protocols by providing an online resource to assist practitioners in achieving optimal clinical outcomes. It offers a powerful online and interactive approach for accessing the combination of the Rome IV Diagnostic Algorithms and the MDCP treatment guidelines on-demand and at the point of care.

The Rome Foundation and LogicNets will be demonstrating the Rome IV Interactive Clinical Decision Toolkit at the Rome Foundation booth #3535 at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in Chicago, Illinois, May 6-9, 2017. The new online system is designed to interactively deliver advanced Rome knowledge to physicians and clinicians via any browser based device.

 

“In partnering with LogicNets, we have developed an interactive platform for our Rome IV educational materials,” commented Dr. Douglas A. Drossman MD, President of The Rome Foundation. “By combining and integrating both the diagnostic and treatment decision making tools, this system approximates how clinicians think through the complex challenges of working with their patients having FGIDs. It will enhance the value of our books and other educational resources by adding a tool that is more proximate to the way good expert clinicians think.”

 

“Rome Foundation is recognized as providing global standards of excellence for understanding and treating FGIDs. We could not ask for a better content partner to demonstrate the value of our platform in making complex critical knowledge easily accessible and usable for patients at the point of care,” said Jelle Ferwerda, President and CEO of LogicNets. “We look forward to a positive reception from the worldwide Rome community and to offering a new venue for Rome content to be accessed and used directly by provider organizations as part of the incorporation of CDS technology into the Healthcare IT infrastructure stack.”

 

Using any browser-enabled device, physicians and clinicians interact visually with Rome algorithms and guidelines, seeing all relevant decision pathways developed from actual clinical cases and using touch inputs to highlight and activate the pathways that lead to the optimal outcomes and recommendations. The platform operates in the ways that clinicians need to work: by using a logical, multidimensional and yet individualized framework for proper decision making. The acquired information is derived from true-to-life clinical cases. The underlyling decision-making content was created and modified through a consensus process involving the Rome Foundation Board of Directors and the Rome IV chapter committee members, comprised of leading experts from around the world. As a result, the decision pathways are based on the most up to date and authoritative body of knowledge that has ever existed for the FGIDs.

 

The system is designed to accommodate the user’s own clinical workflow. The program responds using its extensive database of information and then interactively guides practitioners through a series of questions that help shape the diagnostic and treatment pathways to offer the best options. Navigating the full range of ROME IV diagnostic algorithms and MDCP treatment guidelines is unusually flexible, letting the user explore, select, and de-select different factors or decision points in any order. At each decision point, users have dynamic access to relevant informational resources to confirm their conclusions or to get enhanced guidance for providing accurate inputs.

 

The new Rome IV Interactive Clinical Decision Toolkit will be available directly from Rome Foundation. LogicNets also plans to make the system available to its healthcare provider organization customers who use LogicNets’ decision support platform as a means of enhancing clinical and administrative processes and workflow at the point of care.

 

About LogicNets

Since 2004, LogicNets has focused on developing its LogicNets Expert Decision Support platform allowing organizations to capture their expertise and make it available on-demand to all players (staff, partners, patients, customers, etc) via online applications accessible from any location or standard device. The LogicNets Clinical Decision Support Platform is offered either as a cloud-based hosted service (SaaS) or a locally installed web-enabled application.

 

About The Rome Foundation

The mission of The Rome Foundation is to improve the lives of people with functional GI disorders. An independent organization, The Rome Foundation provides support for scientific research and the development of educational information to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs).
Over the last 20 years, The Rome Foundation has sought to legitimize and update our knowledge of the FGIDs. This has been accomplished by bringing together scientists and clinicians from around the world to classify and critically appraise the science of gastrointestinal function and dysfunction. This knowledge permits clinical scientists to make recommendations for diagnosis and treatment that can be applied in research and clinical practice.
The Rome Foundation is committed to the continuous development, legitimization and preservation of the field of FGIDs through science-based activities. We are inclusive and collaborative, patient-centered, innovative and open to new ideas.

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Free Webinar: Stop Suffering – Learn How to Talk to Your Doctor for Better Health Outcomes

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Free Gastro Girl Webinar

Featuring Douglas A. Drossman, MD

April 24, 2017 8 PM EDT

 

Achieving Effective Patient-Provider Communication

Register Now! Space is Limited

One of the greatest problems that emerges with continually decreasing amounts of time that clinicians can spend with patients include the inability to:

1) obtain sufficient high quality information about the illness and

2) have quality time to establish an effective patient-provider relationship.

This can result in inaccurate diagnoses and treatments as well as patient and physician dissatisfaction with each other and the very process of care.

This webinar is specifically designed for patients and features Douglas A. Drossman, MD, MACG, and one of his patients, Katie Errico, who recently published her health journey in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Register Now! Space is Limited

Dr. Drossman and Katie will discuss her case as an example of effective patient-provider communication and provide guidance, tips and insights on what you can do to better understand your symptoms and how best to communicate with your doctor on how they are impacting your quality of life so you can effectively work together to achieve symptom relief.

Objectives:

1. To learn methods that help to optimize a visit to a physician

2. To learn ways to self manage chronic pain and functional GI symptoms

3. To understand how effective communication improves the patient-provider relationship through presentation of a case history

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

Cost: Free

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements

Register Now! Space is Limited


Former Paratrooper, Medical Service Corps Officer Joins Drossman Gastroenterology as Physician Assistant February 2017

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Amy Rodriguez PA-C

Amy Rodriguez PA-C has joined Drossman Gastroenterology in October 2016 and has already has become an integral part of the practice by enhancing its patient centered philosophy.  She participates in all clinic visits and coordinates medication prescriptions and pre-authorizations and communicates with patients through phone calls and messages to optimize their care in a timely fashion.

Amy graduated in May 2006 from the United States Military Academy at West Point where she was on the Black Knight Parachute Team.  Following graduation, she spent six years on active duty as a Paratrooper at Fort Bragg, North Carolina with two deployment tours to Iraq and one to Haiti as a Medical Service Corps officer.  She then decided to provide service in the healthcare field and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her PA school prerequisites and worked as a medical assistant at the Central Dermatology Center prior to attending Wake Forest Physician Assistant School, where she graduated in May 2016.  She and her graduate school partner were recognized for their research skills by receiving the Kitty Bowman Research Award.

We asked Amy to share a little more about herself in the following Q&A:

1. Tell us a little about your background. What have you done before coming to work with Dr Drossman? 
Amy: I graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2006 then served six years in the military as a Paratrooper. After three deployments, two to Iraq and one to Haiti, I left active duty to pursue PA school.  I fulfilled some prerequisite courses at UNC and worked as a medical assistant at Central Dermatology Center before going to Wake Forest PA school.
 
2. What inspired you to become a PA? And why gastroenterology? 
Amy: I knew I wanted to become a PA after working in the Army with other Physician Assistants. They were passionate about their profession, dedicated to patient care, and they inspired me to want to become a PA. I learned about Dr. Drossman’s clinical practice and wanted to learn from his GI expertise and the biopsychosocial model.  My ultimate goal is pursue a career primary care and treating a variety of GI conditions is a significant component aspect of that field and I want to be well-versed to treat my future patients. 
 
3. What is it like working with Dr. Drossman and his patients?  What are some of the rewards and some of the challenges? 

Amy: Dr. Drossman applies the biopsychosocial model focusing on the “whole patient” approach. The rewards include seeing firsthand the patients improve and also see how therapeutic it is for them when their concerns are acknowledged and addressed. The challenge is that with chronic pain conditions, such as chronic abdominal pain, we focus on treating the symptoms and working toward improving the patient’s overall quality of life. Getting patients to understand chronic conditions are not cured overnight or immediately can prove to be challenging at times.

4. What is different about how he conducts his practice? 
Amy: Dr. Drossman devotes his time to listen to and get to know his patients and acknowledge their concerns. He takes the time to discuss with each patient their condition and explain medical concepts and treatments available. He is a big proponent of working together with the patient as a team for the best outcomes.  
 
5. What inspires you to go to work everyday? 
Amy: Seeing our patients make significant improvement in their symptoms and quality of life is fulfilling and being a positive force in that journey . 
 
6. Share some of the things you enjoy doing in your free time? 
Amy: I enjoy working out, running with my dog, hiking and traveling with my boyfriend and spoiling my nieces
 
7. If you could offer some words of wisdom for GI patients, what would you tell them? 

Amy: The majority of GI conditions being treated are multi-faceted and chronic. We will work with patients to improve their symptoms and overall quality of life. Yes, there will be good days and bad days but if we can see improvement in the right direction, that is a success. If we never get to 100% cure, 80% improvement is not a failure.


Gastro Endo News Interview: New ROME IV Criteria Address Psychosocial & Functional GI Disorders August 2016

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Dr. Douglas Drossman talks to GastroEndoNews about the new ROME IV guidelines, a new algorithm that can help physicians better diagnose and treat patients and how his background in psychiatry helps him in GI.

Presented at the 2016 Digestive Disease Week in San Diego. Watch the Video

 

Dr. Drossman talks with Adam Marcus, Gastroenterology Endoscopy News

Dr. Drossman talks with Adam Marcus, Gastroenterology Endoscopy News

 

 


Are You a Patient’s “Dream Doctor”? July 2016

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2016-07-12_21-02-14A recent article, A Doctor that Every Patient Would Want, by Suneel Dhand, MD, highlights much of what I have been writing and speaking on for many years–the importance nurturing the doctor-patient relationship. It is encouraging to read Dr. Dhand’s words and his call for us to get back to basics, put the patient first and refocus our attention on the humanity of medicine despite a healthcare system that by design often loses sight of the patients’ needs.

Much of what I have championed in my career and in with my work as a mentor and teacher at the Drossman Center, embodies what Dr. Dhand says here in this excerpt from his article:

“The doctor-patient interaction is sacred and those precious few minutes transcend everything else and should be every doctor’s “zone”. That is something that no mandate, administrator or information technology can ever touch. They are what the patients and families will remember and judge you on. Patients simply cannot just be an afterthought in a real healthcare system.”

I encourage my colleagues to read Dr. Dhand’s latest article and then ask themselves if they are a patient’s “dream doctor.”  If not, then it is time to put the patient first and take the necessary steps to make the patient’s “dream doctor” a reality.

Douglas A. Drossman, MD

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Rome IV Interactive Clinical Decision Toolkit Now Available July 2016

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Rome IV Resources for FGID Diagnosis and Treatment Now Available in Online Platform

The Rome Foundation, in collaboration with LogicNets, has created the 2016-07-08_16-03-30 This new intelligent software system addresses the sophistication and complexity of FGID diagnosis and treatment protocols by providing an online resource to assist practitioners in achieving optimal clinical outcomes. It offers a powerful online and interactive approach for accessing the combination of the Rome IV Diagnostic Algorithms and the MDCP treatment guidelines on-demand and at the point of care.

The Rome Foundation and LogicNets jointly previewed the Rome IV Interactive Clinical Decision Toolkit at the Rome Foundation booth at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in San Diego California, May 21-25, 2016.

The new online system, designed to interactively deliver advanced Rome knowledge to physicians and clinicians via any browser based device will be released during the early 3rd quarter of 2016.

“In partnering with LogicNets, we have developed an interactive platform for our Rome IV educational materials,” commented Dr. Douglas Drossman, President of The Rome Foundation. “By combining and integrating both the diagnostic and treatment decision making tools, this system approximates how clinicians think through the complex challenges of working with their patients having FGIDs. It will enhance the value of our books and other educational resources by adding a tool that is more proximate to the way good expert clinicians think.”

“Rome Foundation is recognized as providing global standards of excellence for understanding and treating FGIDs. We could not ask for a better content partner to demonstrate the value of our platform in making complex critical knowledge easily accessible and usable for patients at the point of care,” said Jelle Ferwerda, President and CEO of LogicNets.  “We look forward to a positive reception from the worldwide Rome community and to offering a new venue for Rome content to be accessed and used directly by provider organizations as part of the incorporation of CDS technology into the Healthcare IT infrastructure stack.”

Using any browser-enabled device, physicians and clinicians interact visually with Rome algorithms and guidelines, seeing all relevant decision pathways developed from actual clinical cases and using touch inputs to highlight and activate the pathways that lead to the optimal outcomes and recommendations. The platform operates in the ways that clinicians need to work: by using a logical, multidimensional and yet individualized framework for proper decision making.  The acquired information is derived from true-to-life clinical cases.  The underlyling decision-making content was created and modified through a consensus process involving the Rome Foundation Board of Directors and the Rome IV chapter committee members, comprised of leading experts from around the world. As a result, the decision pathways are based on the most up to date and authoritative body of knowledge that has ever existed for the FGIDs.

The system is designed to accommodate the user’s own clinical workflow. The program responds using its extensive database of information and then interactively guides practitioners through a series of questions that help shape the diagnostic and treatment pathways to offer the best options.  Navigating the full range of ROME IV diagnostic algorithms and MDCP treatment guidelines is unusually flexible, letting the user explore, select, and de-select different factors or decision points in any order.  At each decision point, users have dynamic access to relevant informational resources to confirm their conclusions or to get enhanced guidance for providing accurate inputs.

The new Rome IV Interactive Clinical Decision Toolkit will be available directly from Rome Foundation.  LogicNets also plans to make the system available to its healthcare provider organization customers who use LogicNets’ decision support platform as a means of enhancing clinical and administrative processes and workflow at the point of care.

 

About LogicNets

Since 2004, LogicNets has focused on developing its LogicNets Expert Decision Support platform allowing organizations to capture their expertise and make it available on-demand to all players (staff, partners, patients, customers, etc) via online applications accessible from any location or standard device. The LogicNets Clinical Decision Support Platform is offered either as a cloud-based hosted service (SaaS) or a locally installed web-enabled application. For more information on LogicNets in healthcare, please visit http://medical.logicnets.co

About The Rome Foundation

The mission of The Rome Foundation is to improve the lives of people with functional GI disorders. An independent organization, The Rome Foundation provides support for scientific research and the development of educational information to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs).
Over the last 20 years, The Rome Foundation has sought to legitimize and update our knowledge of the FGIDs. This has been accomplished by bringing together scientists and clinicians from around the world to classify and critically appraise the science of gastrointestinal function and dysfunction. This knowledge permits clinical scientists to make recommendations for diagnosis and treatment that can be applied in research and clinical practice.  The Rome Foundation is committed to the continuous development, legitimization and preservation of the field of FGIDs through science-based activities. We are inclusive and collaborative, patient-centered, innovative and open to new ideas.


Rome IV: New IBS Resources Pave the Way for Better Patient Evaluation and Treatment May 2016

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Cover-Rome-IV-3D-SmallIn order to help clinicians in their Functional GI Disorders diagnostic and treatment approaches, The Rome Foundation is introducing the new Rome IV educational program, including diagnostic algorithms for evaluation of common functional GI symptoms and Multidimensional Clinical Profiles (MDCP) for individualized patient-centered treatment.

“Clinicians evaluate patients seeking care for common symptoms such as vomiting, constipation, and pain, other symptoms,” commented Dr. Douglas Drossman, President of The Rome Foundation. “In developing the Rome IV educational materials, we realized that the symptom assessment and treatment based on a particular diagnosis is not sufficient. Multiple factors of a biopsychosocial nature need to be considered when evaluating patients and planning their treatment.”

This led the Rome Foundation to develop two books: the Diagnostic Algorithms for Common GI Symptoms and the Multidimensional Clinical Profile, providing clinicians the tools they need to work through the diagnostic evaluations and then also incorporate the multiple factors of the illness to optimize treatment. This includes knowing not only diagnosis, but their severity, psychological or physiological disturbances and quality of life all of which may affect treatment decisions.

These two books are part of the full set of Rome IV Education Materials for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. The series features a total of six new books in print and online formats. The new Rome IV publications have been updated since Rome III in 2006 with new chapters, references, diagnoses, and graphics, and will be launched at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in San Diego California, May 21-25, 2016.

The Rome IV series includes:

  • Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders – Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (volumes 1 and 2)
  • Multidimensional Clinical Profile for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: MDCP
  • Diagnostic Algorithms for Common GI Symptoms
  • Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders for Primary Care and Non-GI Clinicians
  • Pediatric Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders – Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction
  • Diagnostic Questionnaires and Tables for Investigators and Clinicians

All publications are available in print and ebook formats, and can be pre-ordered by going to www.theromefoundation.org/products

Rome Foundation will be exhibiting at Digestive Disease Week 2016 in San Diego, California May 21-25, 2016, Booth #4525. Attendees will have the opportunity to see Rome IV materials and order the publications onsite.

About The Rome Foundation

The mission of The Rome Foundation is to improve the lives of people with functional GI disorders. An independent organization, The Rome Foundation provides support for scientific research and the development of educational information to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs).
Over the last 20 years, The Rome Foundation has sought to legitimize and update our knowledge of the FGIDs. This has been accomplished by bringing together scientists and clinicians from around the world to classify and critically appraise the science of gastrointestinal function and dysfunction. This knowledge permits clinical scientists to make recommendations for diagnosis and treatment that can be applied in research and clinical practice.

The Rome Foundation is committed to the continuous development, legitimization and preservation of the field of FGIDs through science-based activities. We are inclusive and collaborative, patient-centered, innovative and open to new ideas.
For more information, or to set up an interview with Dr. Doug Drossman, President of The Rome Foundation onsite at DDW 2016 or via phone, contact Chuck Hester at chuck@bigthinkin.com or direct at 919/607-1522.


Video: Dr. Drossman on the Rome Foundation’s Greatest Accomplishments May 2016

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See all the one-on-one videos with Rome Foundation President Douglas A. Drossman, MD


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