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Physician’s Near-Death Experience Inspires Campaign to Boost More Effective Patient Communication

January 5, 2017

(Science Daily) – In an article to be published in the Jan. 5 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, a Henry Ford Hospital critical care medicine physician describes in candid detail about how her own near-death experience inspired an organizational campaign to help health professionals communicate more effectively and demonstrate more empathy to their patients. Rana Awdish, M.D., director of the hospital’s Pulmonary Hypertension Program, writes in “A View from the Edge: Creating a Culture of Caring” that as a patient “I learned that though we do many difficult, technical things so perfectly right, we fail our patients in many ways.”

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