Can Your Patient Secretly Record You?

Can Your Patient Secretly Record You?

JAMA Published “Can Patients Make Recordings of Medical Encounters?: What does the Law Say?” On 8-8-17. This article discusses the fact that recording technology is now readily available for every smartphone user. The authors note that the motivation for for recording may be entirely reasonable; the patient may simply want to be able to review the discussion in order to improve their understanding of the information provided, and possibly to share this information with family members. Researchers found that patients who are provided audio recordings of clinic visits tend to find them to be very helpful. But, what about patients who do these recordings without asking permission of the clinician, who may have or adversarial intent? And, who “owns” the recording? And, what is the status of such recordings in regard to HIPAA?

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Tips for Managing Potentially Dangerous Patients

Tips for Managing Potentially Dangerous Patients

Clinical Psychiatry News posted “Tips for avoiding potentially dangerous patients” on 8-10-17. This article discusses a presentation by Jeffrey Younggren, PhD and Ernest Bordini, PhD at the 2017 Annual Convention of the American psychological Association.  Dr. Younggren served as a risk management consultant for the APA Insurance Trust for 18 years. In his presentation, he critiqued an APA article on safety and offered his own recommendations, which, given his extensive experience are worth considering.

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Peer Support Specialist phone support, evenings and Saturdays

Peer Support Specialist phone support, evenings and Saturdays

Mental health Minnesota, which used to be the Mental Health Association of Minnesota, provides an interesting service utilizing Peer Support Specialists, The Minnesota WarmLine.People in a mental health crisis may text a message to the program and receive a call from a peer support specialist For a “safe and confidential” discussion that can provide support, coaching, and help with accessing resources.

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Brief (11 minutes!) mindfulness training helps heavy drinkers

Brief (11 minutes!) mindfulness training helps heavy drinkers

The blog ScienceDaily.com published “Eleven minutes of mindfulness training helps drinkers cut back” On 8-24-17.  This article reports on an interesting study.  There are 60 participants, all “heavy drinkers.” The treatment was a brief, 11 minute mindfulness training. The participants were divided into two groups, one of which received the intervention and the other received a sham intervention and functioned as a control group.

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Tips for Reducing No-Shows

Tips for Reducing No-Shows

The online psychiatric news service PsychiatricTimes.com posted “6 Ways to Reduce No-Shows (and Save Lives) on 7-20-17.  This brief article discusses the problems, well-known to you I am sure, of no-shows, including potential risk of a bad outcome (including suicide).  It goes on to provide some tips about how to reduce no-shows, most of which could be useful to non-psychiatrists.

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Study Identifies Important OCD Treatment Factor:  “Willingness”

Study Identifies Important OCD Treatment Factor: “Willingness”

“Willingness Predictor of Change in OCD Therapy,” published online by Clinical Psychiatry News on 8-3-17, reports on a recent study of OCD therapy that found patients who are most willing to fully experience unpleasant and unwanted thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations during exposure therapy get the best results.

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Yoga as a complimentary, and effective, treatment for depression – even treatment-resistant depression

Yoga as a complimentary, and effective, treatment for depression – even treatment-resistant depression

“Yoga Effective at Reducing Symptoms of Depression” reports on several studies presented at the American Psychological Association 2017 Annual Convention. The studies utilize different versions of yoga, including hatha yoga and Bikram yoga, varying durations of “treatment,” and people with diverse symptoms, including people with anxiety, depression, and even treatment-resistant depression.

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Should clinicians “prescribe” exercise for people with a family history of Alzheimer’s?

Should clinicians “prescribe” exercise for people with a family history of Alzheimer’s?

“Exercise Top Lifestyle Factor for Alzheimer’s Prevention?” Reports on a presentation at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 in London. This study evaluated the relationship between two different levels of exercise and Alzheimer’s symptoms.

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