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The mission of The Voice of the Patient is simple: To change lives, that is, to improve the quality of the lives we touch by improving healthcare through not only hearing, but truly listening to the voice of the patient.
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Oct 2, 2017

This episode is a reading of a blog post from Joletta Belton. Read more amazing posts at Jo's blog: www.mycuppajo.com 

You can find Joletta Belton on Twitter @mycuppajo 

The post (Psychological: Let's Talk About the P in BioPsychoSocial) is very refreshing for me to read, because I often see other health care providers fear the "psychological" aspect of health care. 

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns or Dave Reed @DReedPT.

Please note that nothing in this episode or any episode of the Voice of the Patient podcast should be considered medical advice.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Geros Collective at http://GerosCollective.com

Aug 31, 2017

At the Voice of the Patient, we are dedicated to enhancing our ability as health care providers to truly listen to others and to establish a therapeutic alliance. In some cases, we can benefit from listening to the experience and mindset of other providers, such as Mandy Chamberlain. 

Mandy Chamberlain is an occupational therapist and the founder of Seniors Flourish, where she blogs, podcasts, and hosts a learning lab for occupational therapy practitioners. She earned her Master of Occupational Therapy through the University of North Dakota's School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and decided to focus on Community-Based Medicine. She has a varied clinical background working with geriatrics through home health services, home modification consultation, long-term care, assisted living, inpatient critical access and outpatient therapy services. She now works and consults in the mountains of Colorado. 

We talk about how much that occupational and physical therapy have in common, particularly in our mutual desire to serve humanity. We also discuss our shared path to rehabilitation careers through our initial desire to treat mental health. We spend time discussing the importance of the interdisciplinary team and of communication between health care providers. We agree that it's hard, but we talk about ways to improve the quality of our teams in pursuit of serving our patients.

Check out Mandy's website: Seniors Flourish. She also hosts her own terrific podcast, also named Seniors Flourish, which is also a member of the Geros Collective. You can follow Mandy on Twitter

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns or Dave Reed @DReedPT.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Geros Collective at http://geroscollective.com

Jul 24, 2017

At the Voice of the Patient, we are dedicated to enhancing our ability as health care providers to truly listen to others and to establish a therapeutic alliance. In some cases, we can benefit from listening to the experience and mindset of other providers, such as Dr. Faye Reiff-Pasarew. 

Dr. Reiff-Pasarew is an assistant professor of hospital medicine, director of the humanism in medicine program and unit medical director at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  She received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco Medical School and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. She also produced the podcast series "The Art of Medicine." Her interests include: the medical humanities, end of life care, and the doctor-patient relationship.

Dr. Reiff-Pasarew and I discuss her recent article in the Washington Post: "I'm a young, female doctor. Calling me 'sweetie' won't help me save your life." Dr. Reiff-Pasarew shares her experiences with challenging relationships with patients because of attitudes toward her age and gender. She offers many ideas for how providers can overcome these challenging relationships and how to benefit our healthcare system by eradicating these stereotypes.

We discuss narrative medicine, how she uses poetry to teach medical students about delivering cancer diagnoses, and how she has included patients in grand rounds at her hospital.

Check out Dr. Reiff-Pasarew's podcast: The Art of Medicine. You can follow Dr. Reiff-Pasarew on Twitter or send her an email at faye[at]theartofmedicinepodcast[dot]com.  

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns or Dave Reed @DReedPT.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Senior Rehab Project at http://SeniorRehabProject.com

Jul 6, 2017

This episode is a reading of an amazing blog post by Kat Wilson, called "The Side Effects of Chronic Pain Nobody Talks About."

You can find this post and other awesome posts from Kat at her blog: Chronically Composed, A Scottish Journey With Chronic Pain.

Please connect with Kat Wilson through the following media:

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns or Dave Reed @DReedPT.

Please note that nothing in this episode or any episode of the Voice of the Patient podcast should be considered medical advice.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Senior Rehab Project at http://SeniorRehabProject.com

Jun 12, 2017

At the Voice of the Patient, we are dedicated to enhancing our ability as health care providers to truly listen to others and to establish a therapeutic alliance. In some cases, we can benefit from listening to the experience and mindset of other providers, such as Dr. Kenneth Miller.

Dr. Miller is a physical therapist and educator with more than 20 years of experience working in home care and inpatient rehab settings, as well as more than 8 years in adjunct faculty roles. He is currently a clinical educator at Catholic Home Care, in Farmingdale, N.Y. He has taught for New York Institute of Technology, University of Michigan–Flint, and Touro College.  He is the co-author of the book Providing Physical Therapy in the Home, published by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), as well as the author of peer-reviewed publications in Neurorehabilitation and the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. He has presented at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting and NEXT Conference. Dr. Miller chairs the APTA’s Home Health Section Practice Committee and is a member of the editorial boards of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, GeriNotes, and the Journal of Novel Physiotherapy and Physical Rehabilitation. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including three APTA Home Health Section awards. He is a Board Certified Geriatric Specialist, a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor, and an APTA Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults.

We discuss the role of the 3 D's -- dementia, delirium, and depression. Dr. Miller shares his experience with seeing the 3 D's in clinical practice as a physical therapist. For any questions or comments, you can find Dr. Miller on Twitter @kenmpt. Dr. Miller also teaches a pharmacology course for GREAT Seminars. 

Resources:

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns or Dave Reed @DReedPT.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Senior Rehab Project at http://SeniorRehabProject.com

 

May 18, 2017

This is the fourth episode of our Mental Health Matters series with Sean Hagey. In this episode, Sean talks about the public perception of mental illness, within health care professions and outside of health care. If you haven't listened to the first three episodes, then check them out. In the first episode, Sean begins his story, sharing powerful experiences throughout his life. In the second episode, Sean talks about treatment, coping mechanisms, and progress despite challenging times. In the third episode, we talk about the interplay between mental health and his relationships with friends and family.

Sean approached the Voice of the Patient with the idea for this series and has asked that we help to eradicate mental health stigma. We believe that the stigma cannot be erased without gaining a level of comfort with our own personal discomfort. Sean wants to tell his story, and he wants us to ask all of the necessary questions to bring understanding of patients with mental illness or symptoms of mental illness.

Sean Hagey is a home health physical therapist assistant in Kansas City, MO, and is the creator of GetPT1st. He recently started a new advocacy program for mental health, Mental Health Matters, which you can follow on Twitter @HopeForMH. You can follow Sean on Twitter @SeanHageySean has also written several powerful articles on The Mighty.

Check out Project Semicolon and To Write Love on Her Arms

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns or Dave Reed @DReedPT.

Please note that nothing in this episode or any episode of the Voice of the Patient podcast should be considered medical advice.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Senior Rehab Project at http://SeniorRehabProject.com

May 12, 2017

This is the third episode of our Mental Health Matters series with Sean Hagey. If you haven't listened to the first two episodes, then check them out. In the first episode, Sean begins his story, sharing powerful experiences throughout his life. In the second episode, Sean talks about treatment, coping mechanisms, and progress despite challenging times. 

Sean approached the Voice of the Patient with the idea for this series and has asked that we help to eradicate mental health stigma. We believe that the stigma cannot be erased without gaining a level of comfort with our own personal discomfort. Sean wants to tell his story, and he wants us to ask all of the necessary questions to bring understanding of patients with mental illness or symptoms of mental illness.

Sean Hagey is a home health physical therapist assistant in Kansas City, MO, and is the creator of GetPT1st. He recently started a new advocacy program for mental health, Mental Health Matters, which you can follow on Twitter @HopeForMH. You can follow Sean on Twitter @SeanHageySean has also written several powerful articles on The Mighty.

In this episode, Sean talks about the interplay between mental health and his relationships with friends and family.

Check back next week for the fourth episode in the Mental Health Matters series. In the fourth episode, Sean talks about the public perception of mental illness, within health care professions and outside of health care.

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns or Dave Reed @DReedPT.

Please note that nothing in this episode or any episode of the Voice of the Patient podcast should be considered medical advice.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Senior Rehab Project at http://SeniorRehabProject.com

May 2, 2017

This is the second episode of our Mental Health Matters series with Sean Hagey. If you haven't listened to the first episode, then check it out.

Sean approached the Voice of the Patient with the idea for this series and has asked that we help to eradicate mental health stigma. We believe that the stigma cannot be erased without gaining a level of comfort with our own personal discomfort. Sean wants to tell his story, and he wants us to ask all of the necessary questions to bring understanding of patients with mental illness or symptoms of mental illness.

Sean Hagey is a home health physical therapist assistant in Kansas City, MO, and is the creator of GetPT1st. He recently started a new advocacy program for mental health, Mental Health Matters, which you can follow on Twitter @HopeForMH. You can follow Sean on Twitter @SeanHageySean has also written several powerful articles on The Mighty.

In this episode, Sean talks about his treatment, coping mechanisms, and successes during his life.

Check back next week for the third episode in the Mental Health Matters series. In the third episode, Sean talks about the interplay between mental health and his relationships with friends and family.

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns or Dave Reed @DReedPT.

Please note that nothing in this episode or any episode of the Voice of the Patient podcast should be considered medical advice.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Senior Rehab Project at http://SeniorRehabProject.com

Apr 25, 2017

This is the first episode of a mini-series on mental health with Sean Hagey. Sean approached the Voice of the Patient with the idea for this series and has asked that we help to eradicate mental health stigma. We believe that the stigma cannot be erased without gaining a level of comfort with our own personal discomfort. Sean wants to tell his story, and he wants us to ask all of the necessary questions to bring understanding of patients with mental illness or symptoms of mental illness.

Sean Hagey is a home health physical therapist assistant in Kansas City, MO, and is the creator of GetPT1st. He recently started a new advocacy program for mental health, Mental Health Matters, which you can follow on Twitter @HopeForMH. You can follow Sean on Twitter @SeanHageySean has also written several powerful articles on The Mighty.

In this episode, Sean begins his story by sharing his experience with depression, including how it has affected him since childhood. 

Check back next week for the second episode in this mini-series on mental health. In the second episode, Sean talks about what his treatment, coping mechanisms, and successes during his life.

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns or Dave Reed @DReedPT.

Please note that nothing in this episode or any episode of the Voice of the Patient podcast should be considered medical advice.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Senior Rehab Project at http://SeniorRehabProject.com

Apr 17, 2017

At the Voice of the Patient, we are dedicated to enhancing our ability as health care providers to truly listen to others and to establish a therapeutic alliance. In some cases, we can benefit from listening to the experience and mindset of other providers, such as Dr. Mark Bishop, PT, PhD.

Dr. Bishop is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Bishop received his entry-level training in Australia and has extensive experience working as a physical therapist. His research interests are in the management of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly pain, by orthopedic physical therapy. He also researches nonspecific effects in physical therapy, including the role of the expectations of providers and patients in therapeutic outcomes.

We discuss many aspects of the therapeutic alliance, including therapist expectations, patient expectations, and placebo. We talk about research from Dr. Bishop and other scientists that have tested the role of expectancy in treatment, and Dr. Bishop shares advice for providers to maximize outcomes in an evidence-based manner. 

Further reading:

You can find Dr. Bishop on Twitter @physiobish. You can email him at bish@phhp.ufl.edu

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns or Dave Reed @DReedPT.

Please note that nothing in this episode or any episode of the Voice of the Patient podcast should be considered medical advice.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Senior Rehab Project at http://SeniorRehabProject.com

Apr 7, 2017

Jared Updike shares his story about his experience with pain in this episode. He received diagnoses of psychogenic pain, central sensitization, myofascial pain syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Jared wrote a terrific blog post ("Doctor Masseuse"), which I discovered via Paul Ingraham's post on PainScience.com

Jared Updike is Los Angeles-based software developer who learned about chronic pain and fatigue at the school of hard knocks. He hopes other sufferers can become their own health advocates, learning to manage their issues through patient education and their own informed, considered experimentation. He dishes out life advice and writes about technology, photography and his programming projects at his blog, Jareditorial, at jared.updike.org. You can follow him on Twitter @JaredUpdike.

Jared shares his experiences -- including successes and struggles -- and we discuss some of the interesting science about pain. Jared shares his thoughts for health care providers and for patients struggling with pain. I also found out that Jared has been to 56 of the 59 National Parks!

We discuss many resources about the science of pain. For more information, consider the following:

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns or Dave Reed @DReedPT.

Please note that nothing in this episode or any episode of the Voice of the Patient podcast should be considered medical advice.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Senior Rehab Project at http://SeniorRehabProject.com

Mar 20, 2017

This episode of the Voice of the Patient comes to you from the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. Alan and I found a corner of the Hilton Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, to record this interview. San Antonio was bustling with 14,000 attendees of CSM, so please forgive the background noise. 

In this episode, Alan shares his experience as a patient in the US Army after an IED explosion caused bilateral patella fractures. He shares his advice to providers working with military veterans and those in active duty service. 

Alan is a 3rd-year physical therapy student from the University of Michigan-Flint. He is currently completing his final clinical rotations. Prior to PT school, he worked as a clinical exercise physiologist after graduating from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to college, he served in the United States Army for 8 years as an infantryman, intelligence analyst and UAV/drone pilot. Alan has been married for over 5 years to his wife, Marion. They live in Howell, Michigan near Lansing with their lab puppy, Lucy.

You can contact Alan at alan.fredendall@gmail.com, and he is active on Twitter @AlanFredendall

Resources and shout outs:

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns or Dave Reed @DReedPT.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Senior Rehab Project at http://SeniorRehabProject.com

Mar 9, 2017

At the Voice of the Patient, we are dedicated to enhancing our ability as health care providers to truly listen to others and to establish a therapeutic alliance. In some cases, we can benefit from listening to the experience and mindset of other providers, such as Dr. Andrew Rothschild. Dr. Rothschild also shares his story as a patient, before and after undergoing lumbar fusion because of spondylolisthesis.

Dr. Andrew Rothschild, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, has been a practicing physical therapist since graduating with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Allied Health in 2006. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist and is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. He is one of the few residency and fellowship-trained Physical Therapists practicing in the Richmond, VA area.

Dr. Rothschild and I discuss his journey as a patient and health care provider. We also talk about the value of positive attitude, kettlebells, and empathizing with others who seek health care. 

Resources and recommendations:

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns or Dave Reed @DReedPT.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Senior Rehab Project at http://SeniorRehabProject.com

Feb 13, 2017

At the Voice of the Patient, we are dedicated to enhancing our ability as health care providers to truly listen to others and to establish a therapeutic alliance. In some cases, we can benefit from listening to the experience and mindset of other providers, such as Dr. Emil Berengut. 

Dr. Berengut is the Outpatient Therapy Supervisor at a tertiary cancer center in New York City, where he specializes in Cancer Rehabilitation. Dr. Berengut received his Master of Social Work from the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from New York University (NYU). After NYU, he completed the Hospital for Special Surgery Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program and became Board Certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Dr. Berengut co-authored a monograph on Osteoarthritis for the Orthopedic Section of the APTA and serves as a manuscript reviewer for Supportive Care in Cancer. He has presented nationally on Cancer Rehabilitation and Orthopedics for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the APTA Combined Sections Meeting and the MSKCC Annual Cancer Rehabilitation Symposium. He has also lectured on Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Psychosocial Interventions at the NYU and Hunter College DPT programs. Currently he serves as a mentor for an Oncology Physical Therapy Residency Program.

Dr. Berengut and I discuss his journey as a health care provider, including the transition from social work to physical therapy. We also talk about the role of rehabilitation providers in oncology and the biopsychosocial model. Dr. Berengut also offers valuable advice for students and new graduates in health professions. 

Follow Dr. Berengut on Twitter and follow him on Medium

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Senior Rehab Project at http://SeniorRehabProject.com

 

Jan 24, 2017

In this episode, Gabriela Nunez discusses her experience with two ACL reconstructions and the rehabilitation process following those surgeries.

Gabriela Nunez is a 3rd year DPT student at the University of Florida, who enjoys working with all ages and conditions ranging from athletic injuries to chronic pain. Gabriela is interested in the impact of psychology in the healing process, and hopes to see psychologically-informed practice become a standard aspect of our profession. Her goal is to work in a general outpatient clinic when she graduates to work with patients from all backgrounds.

You can contact Gabriela with comments or questions at gabimnunez[at]gmail[dot]com. She is also on Twitter @Gabriela_1725.

If you have a story to tell as a patient, provider, or both, then contact Zach Stearns on Twitter @zachrstearns.

By the way, we are excited to announce that this is the first episode of The Voice of The Patient since the beginning of our partnership with the Senior Rehab Project by Dustin Jones.

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*Find more helpful podcasts & blog posts at http://TheVoiceOfThePatient.org

*Check out the other podcasts in the Senior Rehab Project at http://SeniorRehabProject.com

Jan 16, 2017

VOTPt is joined in the 7th episode by Zach Stearns, a DPT student at the University of Florida.  Zach will be joining the team at Voice of the Patient as a podcast contributor.  He has quite a bit of experience with the field of psychology prior to entering PT school.

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