Sara L. Swenson

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BACKGROUND Depression is associated with poor chronic illness outcomes, but it is unknown whether depression influences the quality of communication during the clinical encounter. We investigated whether diabetes patients with depressive symptoms, compared with those without depressive symptoms, report worse clinician-patient communication, and which(More)
Gastric cancer (GC) is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, with overall 5-year survival less than 20 %. However, limited data exist investigating ethnic disparities in stage-specific GC incidence and survival in the USA. To evaluate ethnicity-specific differences in GC incidence and survival in the USA. Using data from the(More)
Physician burnout and distress has been described in national studies of practicing physicians, internal medicine (IM) residents, IM clerkship directors, and medical school deans. However, no comparable national data exist for IM residency program directors. To assess burnout and distress among IM residency program directors, and to evaluate relationships(More)
OBJECTIVE Medical educators and researchers recommend a patient-centered interviewing style, but little empirical data exists regarding what aspects of physician communication patients like and why. We investigated patient responses to videotaped doctor-patient vignettes to ascertain what they liked about patient-centered and biomedical communication. (More)
The upsurge in formal medical ethics training stems from the desire for more compassionate, less "dehumanized" physicians who can competently face the ethical dilemmas posed by technologic advances and resource constraints. How best to encourage ethical thinking and behavior among medical students remains an open question. However, the authors argue that(More)
Most patients with acute hepatitis C (HCV) infections are asymptomatic, while 15% present with jaundice. Intranasal drug use can uncommonly transmit HCV via contaminated instruments and nasal epithelial breakdown. Given a 15% prevalence of HCV infection in chronic methamphetamine users, recognition of potential transmission routes is important to target(More)
AAIM is the largest academically focused specialty organization representing departments of internal medicine at medical schools and teaching hospitals in the United States and Canada. As a consortium of five organizations, AAIM represents department chairs and chiefs; clerkship, residency, and fellowship program directors; division chiefs; and academic and(More)
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