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Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision making principles --- all geared to improve your quality of life. Please read our Disclaimer

4 comments on “Back to Basics… The (lost) Art of The Patient-Physician Interaction

  1. Dear Readers,

    I am a radiologist, and I wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Luks.

    There are so many situations in which imaging is overutilized. In many ways, younger physicians and physicians in training are growing dependent on imaging to aid and confirm diagnoses.

    Many referring physicians will refuse to see patients until advanced imaging is performed. For example, in the ER setting when a patient presents with abdominal pain, the general surgeon will often not perform his or her consult until a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis is completed.

    There are many things that need to be considered:
    1. Radiation dose.
    2. Delay in physician evaluation
    3. Cost to the patient
    4. Cost to the healthcare system
    5. Potential delay to the patient that actually needs to be imaged and evaluated by the radiologist

    I am sure there are other considerations, this is just a start.

    Dr. Luks, thanks for another excellent blog and a reminder to return to basics!

    Best regards,

    Dr. Brian Sabb
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/briansabb

      1. I Could not agree more with Dr Luks here. Technology was supposed to drive quality and efficiency so that doctors could have more focus, time and interaction with patients, not less.

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