Should moving towards the end of life begin a conversation?

Being Mortal Dying is an inevitable part of life. In the manner that we celebrate and discuss the process of birth, why we can’t discuss the process of death? Even for medical professionals, who have seen people going through the process of dying more than anyone else, they are not completely comfortable talking about it [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|2017 | June, From The Blog|0 Comments

Beyond the reception desk

The clinical reception area, be it in a clinic or hospital, is the first and last place that a patient encounters during their anxious visit. Thus it has a major role in imprinting a positive or negative impression, while also influencing the dynamics of the encounter while there. The receptionists not only look after running [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|2017 | May, Emotional Health|0 Comments

Smartphone Apps: A Patient’s New Best Friend?

mHealth will rescue you About 1 in 10 people develop some degree of chronic kidney disease (CKD). It can occur at any age and various conditions can lead to CKD. Over 2 million people worldwide currently receive treatment with dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive, yet this number may only represent 10% of [...]

By | April 26th, 2017|2017 | April, Physical Health|0 Comments

Helping your child deal with death

Death can be a difficult subject and most of us feel uncomfortable talking about it. Death, however, does not differentiate, being an inevitable outcome for all of us.  Personal meanings of death can vary, though. Through the ages, for most of us, the best way to deal with it was with denial. Maybe this is the reason that most [...]

By | April 3rd, 2017|2017 | April, Emotional Health|0 Comments

Are you donating a kidney?

Is your decision well informed? Living kidney donations save many lives every year. It can be best described as the donation of a kidney from a healthy person, made of his or her own free will. Donating an organ gives you a sense of an accomplishment, as you were able to save another person’s life. [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|2017 | March, Clinician's Corner|0 Comments

Family caregiving and self-compassion

Can both co-exist? Society’s rules and expectations of behavior by family caregivers can seem quite onerous. A caregiver is anticipated to be a selfless individual who keeps the needs of the patient above everyone else’s, including his or her own needs. He/she looks after physical, medical, emotional, psychological, financial and legal needs. He is thought [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|2017 | March, For Caregivers|0 Comments

‘Helping professions’ and Burnout

When nothing turns out right We all feel burnout sometimes, and the helping professions like that of physicians and psychologists are also not immune to it. Having a perfect work-life balance seems like an illusion. In 1970, American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger coined the term “burnout” to describe the consequences of severe stress and high ideals experienced [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|2017 | February, Emotional Health|0 Comments

A Curious Case of Patient Complaints using Social Media

Social media present both new opportunities as well as challenges for the medical profession. With the increasingly rapid adoption of new technology, the way people communicate complaints and also the way these grievances are handled has changed significantly in the last few years. Patients and families increasingly prefer to use social media to share [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|2017 | February, From The Blog|0 Comments

“Moonface” – By Angela Balcita

Inspirational and humorous There are many books and articles that deal with people living with kidney disease. Our current review is a different genre of book, a memoir of a lady who had three kidney transplants. Angela Balcita, the recipient and the author of this book, shares her inspiring story. Angela calls herself and her [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|2017 | February|0 Comments

Hello My Name is

How a sensitive health care professional can make a difference We all have, probably more than once, visited hospitals and diagnostic centers, and I am sure, most of us experienced some level of anxiety. The most anxious moments can be while waiting for test results. This anxiety of the dreaded unknown is often significantly modified [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|2017 | January, Clinician's Corner|0 Comments