Support - by Shanda Blackmon (Hardcover)

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Dimensions (Overall): 8.25 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W)
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Medical
Sub-Genre: Caregiving
Publisher: Mayo Clinic Press
Format: Hardcover
Author: Shanda Blackmon
Language: English
Street Date: March 19, 2024
TCIN: 88282329
UPC: 9798887700472
Item Number (DPCI): 247-46-3754
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

A thoughtful examination and guide to support doctors and patients on their shared road to health.

Book Synopsis

A thoughtful examination and guide to support doctors and patients on their shared road to health.

In the medical community, it is not just the patients that need help.

Physicians can succumb to alcoholism, suicide and depression due to the tidal wave of administrative work, patient complications, and constant pressure from administration to meet impossible demands with limited support, culminating into a phase of life termed "burnout." One doctor commits suicide every day in the United States, the highest suicide rate of any profession. These impossible expectations to evaluate, examine, decide, schedule, and document quickly while creating a bond and dedicating time to the patient create frustration as inevitably most providers fall short.

Patients, on the other hand, are struggling with complications and challenges in the aftermath of surgery or illnesses.

In her own practice, Dr. Blackmon discovered that survivorship is a team sport. Most surgeons would never consider creating a focus group of their own patients to routinely review all of their postoperative events, listing their own complications like badges of honor at the beginning of every meeting like they were in Alcoholics Anonymous. Support is the story of how Dr. Blackmon decided to do exactly that. She put everyone together in a room to meet and help each other. Most of the people who had complications from surgery came to the Support Group because they needed a lot of support, even when things went well. The surgeon needed support too, and so did the healthcare team. Blackmon's in-person "support group" system solved a recurring stressful problem which led to a life-changing experience not just for her patients but for her and her practice. Learning from that initial trial support group allowed her to take that knowledge and experience to another level and create a virtual support group that monitors patients and their symptoms and helps physicians know when something is wrong, focusing more of their limited time on managing symptoms that are severe and allowing patients to get the care they need.
Support mixes memoir and self-help and brings everyone together to get well.

About the Author

Shanda H. Blackmon, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., is a minimally invasive thoracic surgeon. She was awarded the Clinical Instructorship position in Thoracic Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), until she was recruited to build and lead the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Blackmon was Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital for eight years. She has led esophageal support groups for 17 years and currently practices in the Mayo Clinic Division of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Blackmon has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, given over 200 oral presentations, hosts a Youtube channel, hosts Facebook support groups, and has published more than 100 instructional videos
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