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Study shows many patients feel rushed during visits with doctors

Researchers have published a study on how clinicians treat their patients during initial consultations. Ohio residents who feel like their doctor is always rushing them during their visits will find out that they are not alone. As part of the study, researchers from the University of Florida analyzed 112 videotaped consultations between patients and their medical practitioners that occurred from 2008 to 2015. These were recorded at clinics from across the U.S. In 36 percent of these consultations, doctors invited patients to set the agenda with a simple question like, "What can I do for you?"

However, patients were interrupted an average of 11 seconds into their explanations (those who were not interrupted finished after six seconds on average). Interruptions, when respectful, can help patients focus and clarify the points they are trying to make, but this is hardly possible if the conversation has just begun.

Divorcing women often caught off guard by financial surprises

Almost half of all divorcing women in Ohio and across the U.S. encounter unpleasant financial surprises during divorce proceedings, according to a new study. Divorce experts back up the study's findings, saying they frequently work with women who are caught off guard by financial issues when negotiating their divorce settlements.

For the study, which was conducted by Worthy, 1,785 women going through different stages of divorce were polled about financial issues. The women were either in the beginning stages of divorce, in the middle of a divorce or already divorced. Around 22 percent of the study participants were age 55 or older. Of that group, most had already completed the divorce process. The study found that 46 percent of the participants encountered nasty financial surprises during the divorce.

Tips for creating a parenting schedule

When parents in Ohio get a divorce, they will need to work out a parenting schedule. There are several things they can do and avoid to make this schedule work for them and their children.

The parenting schedule must be child-focused. This means that parents should think about how they would feel if they were in their children's place. However, parents also need to look at logistics including their own work schedules and keeping the same child care provider. Parents need to keep children's extracurricular schedules in mind. They may want to involve older children in the creation of the schedule. Parents who are concerned about how this might play out should remember that asking for the children's input does not necessarily mean they must follow their wishes. There may need to be extra consideration for children with special needs.

Medication errors that qualify as medical malpractice

Medication is meant to relieve our symptoms and prevent illness, but that’s not the reality of it for all patients. If a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or care provider prescribes or administers medication incorrectly, they may have committed medical malpractice.

Unfortunately, there’s opportunity for medication errors to happen in pharmacies, hospitals, urgent care facilities, assisted living homes and nursing homes. There are also many points in which an error can occur within the process of prescribing, filing and administering medication.

The impact of divorce on wealth

Those who get divorced in Ohio or any other state may find that it is a blow to their finances. In addition to potentially losing up to half of the assets accumulated while married, it may also be necessary to spend money on legal fees. According to the Center for Retirement Research, those who have been divorced are more likely to run out of assets in retirement than those who have not been divorced.

However, this is not necessarily the case for single women who have been through a divorce in the past. This is because women generally are awarded the marital home when a marriage comes to an end to help raise a child in. While children can be costly to raise, a home can appreciate in value over time. Using the equity in a home can help keep single women financially secure.

Blood test could detect early-stage lung cancer

In the future, doctors may be able to use a blood test to diagnose Ohio lung cancer patients at an early stage. A new study found that a test that analyzes free-floating DNA has the potential to detect the disease. Results from the ongoing study, called the Circulating Cell-Free Genome Atlas, or CCGA, will be presented at the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting.

Cell-free DNA tests are already used to determine what types of therapies might work on patients with lung cancer, but scientists were unsure these "liquid biopsies" could be used to detect lung cancer in its earliest stages. However, the CCGA study found that three types of these tests successfully detected early-stage lung cancer up to 51 percent of the time. They also showed promise in detecting other types of cancer, such as ovarian and endometrial cancer.

How long do you have to file a medical malpractice claim?

When you go to the hospital or doctor’s office, you expect them to treat you with dignity and care. There is a level of trust that comes with healthcare, and having that trust broken can be jarring.

Medical malpractice claims allow you to fight back against any mistreatment by medical professionals.

Recent report uncovers the reasons for many diagnostic mistakes

"Every year in the United States, nearly 84 percent of all adults and 93 percent of all children make a total of 125.7 million hospital outpatient visits and 884.7 million physician office visits - but on a national scale, it has been estimated that 10-20 percent of all diagnoses for these patients are inaccurate."

That's a startling statistic that was explained by Robert Hanscom, the vice president of Business Analytics for Coverys. Recently, he co-authored a report that looked into the issue of diagnostic mistakes in American hospitals and asked the question, "What are the underlying causes?" Outlined by a March 2018 article for the Claims Journal, we're able to see the result of this research.

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