HealthConnections: How Can We Improve the Patient Experience?

At the core of health care, medical professionals are human beings caring for other human beings. Throughout a person’s experience with health care, they interact with many people, including doctors, nurses, lab technicians and housekeeping staff. Those points of contact can shape the patient's own feelings and medical outcomes. Today, people in medicine are working to improve the patient experience, which includes changing the doctor-patient interaction to get better results. In this edition...

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The federal Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to roll back an Obama-era policy intended to protect transgender people from discrimination in health care.

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Harvey Weinstein and his former film studio board members have reached a tentative deal with women who accused the movie mogul of sexual misconduct.

On Thursday, Adam Harris, a lawyer for Weinstein Co. co-founder Bob Weinstein, told a bankruptcy court judge that "an economic agreement in principal" had been reached.

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Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are very much on each other's minds.

At his campaign rally in Philadelphia on Saturday, the former vice president went off script — twice — to deride a protester with a whistle.

"That must be Bernie or somebody," Biden apparently said, raising eyebrows and drawing laughs.

(The line is at 8:21 into this video. You can decide for yourself what he said.)

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Civil rights advocates and law enforcement groups have reached an agreement in the California legislature on new rules for when police can use deadly force.

Four years after implementing a policy to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, Connecticut has seen a reduction in hit-and-run crashes and a steep decline in the number of people found guilty of unlicensed driving.

More than 50,000 undocumented immigrants in the state have taken written exams, vision tests and road tests to obtain driver's licenses, funneling several million dollars into the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.

This opinion piece is written by sociologists Sarah Bowen of North Carolina State University, Sinikka Elliott of the University of British Columbia and Joslyn Brenton of Ithaca College. They are the co-authors of Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It.

Every few months, a Facebook announcement invites strangers to a special tea party. These gatherings around Knoxville have only a few rules: There's no official speaker and no agenda. Cake is required.

And everyone talks about death.


Some are facing death. Some are grieving. Some are planning ahead for a distant funeral. Others are pondering the afterlife. Conversation can go in any direction.


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