Barbara Tobias

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BACKGROUND Nearly all family physicians have patients that engender a sense of frustration or dislike, often described as "difficult." Most research in this area focuses on describing these patients and their physicians, not management or coping. OBJECTIVE To describe how respected family physicians identify, manage, and cope with difficult patient(More)
Swaziland, located in the southern cone of Africa, has the second highest prevalence rate for HIV in the world of males and females between the ages of 15 to 49, with 25% of the population infected. The purpose of this study was to adapt an HIV peer education curriculum to the culture and language of Swaziland. A descriptive pilot study using individual and(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Compared to verbal communication, teaching the skill of observation is often shortchanged in medical education. Through a family medicine-art museum collaboration, we developed an elective course for second-year medical students titled the "Art of Observation" (AOO). To evaluate the course's effect on clinical skills, we performed(More)
The Beacon Community Program is part of a larger federal strategy to use health information technology (IT) as an enabling foundation for improving the nation’s health care system (1). It was funded by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which also provided significant(More)
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