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It's National Patient Recognition Week - Here's How You Can Do Something Special for Someone Facing Illness
Date:2/4/2008

ients want to tell their stories.

-- When you offer to help, be specific (for example, "let me drive you to

the doctor tomorrow"); don't put the onus on the patient to tell you

what to do.

-- Acknowledge physical changes in an encouraging way without being

Pollyannaish, and remind the patient how special he or she is.

CarePages.com facilitates compassionate caregiving by providing free, private web pages that enable patients and caregivers to communicate and connect with each other. Nearly 700 healthcare facilities in North America currently offer customized versions of CarePages.com to their patients as part of their patient-centered care.

"Every hospital participating in National Patient Recognition Week should be congratulated for taking action to give patients more emotional support," said Dr. Langshur. "Our research shows that patients -- as well as their families and friends -- would appreciate more help in this area."

In a November 2007 survey of nearly 900 CarePages.com members and visitors, more than 92% said they would like to see healthcare providers be more proactive in providing emotional support. About two-thirds of respondents indicated that doctors and nurses could benefit from training that focuses on compassion and empathy.

About CarePages

CarePages.com is the largest site dedicated solely to helping people cope with the emotional difficulties caused by a health event. Nearly three million CarePages.com members have used its free, patient-centric web pages to communicate and connect with each other, plus its unique resources to guide them through the experience. In addition, customized CarePages are offered by nearly 700 U.S. and Canadian healthcare facilities. CarePages, Inc. is part of Revolution Health Group LLC, whose goal is to help consumers make informed choices and put them in control of their health decisions through the cornerstone of its efforts -- RevolutionHealth
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