The Executive Desk: Are We Communicating Effectively with Patients?

Hal C. Lawrence III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO

Welcome to the October issue of ACOG Rounds, your monthly member e-newsletter. In this issue, we focus on the patient-provider relationship, and how it influences our ability to provide effective care.

What we tell our patients about their medical needs and how we communicate that information are equally important. In the article, Is Anybody Home? 5 Ways to Improve Provider-Patient Communication, you’ll learn tips and tricks to ensure your patients internalize your recommendations and are well-equipped to make informed decisions about their care.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, use these tips to counsel your patients about breast cancer screenings during their next well-woman visit. Refresh your knowledge on ACOG’s breast cancer screening recommendations in This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Discuss Screening with Your Patients. Be sure to also read this month’s article, WPSI Mammography Screening Recommendation Supported by HRSA and Put into Action.

Another important area where ob-gyn communication with patients makes a real difference is with FASD prevention. Make sure your patients are aware of the dangers and implement routine, universal screening with all patients. Read Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention: Earn MOC II Credit to learn about the role of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment in the perinatal period.

Finally, I’d like to remind you that ACOG offers patient FAQs and peer-reviewed patient education materials covering over 150 procedures, conditions, diagnoses, and treatments. We highlight one in every issue of ACOG Rounds. View this month’s Patient Education Tip of the Month: Breast Cancer Awareness.

Another interesting article I highly recommend is this month’s President Blog post For Ob-Gyns, Zika is Still News. Here, ACOG President Haywood L. Brown, MD, reminds us that while news outlets are not covering Zika as much, the amount of data we have on Zika has increased, and the realities regarding transmission of the virus have changed. Make sure you are up-to-date on the latest recommendations.

As always, ACOG Rounds is your go-to source to review all the latest clinical practice guidance documents released in September and October. Please enjoy this issue of ACOG Rounds.

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