Wilson Mei, Elizabeth Dyer, Barbara Swartzlander, and Marilyn R. Gugliucci
Studies have suggested that empathy in healthcare professionals tends to erode during medical school and residency training. However, a study conducted by Hofat presents outcomes that reveals the opposite effect; instead empathy improves or there is no effect on empathy at all. Despite the contradictory studies, it is generally agreed that empathy is an important aspect in the patient-physician relationship as it is associated with improved patient satisfaction, increased... Read More
Heather Turcotte and Katherine S. Rudolph
Osteoarthritis (OA) affects an estimated 50 million people in the US, and approximately 43% have limitations in daily function due to arthritis pain.3 Individuals with knee osteoarthritis (OA) have heightened sensitization to pain2,5 as well as reduced strength, diminished function and quality of life1 that prompts them to seek care from health care providers. Physical therapists commonly work with patients to improve function and quality of life by helping... Read More
Catherine Bixby, Ellesse Credaroli, Morgan Mitchell, Samantha Shepard, Ernie Merritt, and Edward Bilsky
Introduction: Chronic back pain is a prevalent condition that is a leading cause of disability and a major financial obligation for both patients and the healthcare system. Disc herniation contributes to the growing number of back pain cases and determining the best course of care can present a challenge. Surgical intervention carries risks including a complication termed Failed Back Syndrome. This case study provides further investigation into the impact... Read More
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