In the News

Over the past 2 decades, Dr. Gazelle has been featured in a wide variety of venues.

Hospice: Why family members wait too long to call

In an article about the factors that keep people from accessing hospice, Dr. Gazelle is quoted about the need to educate physicians about how to discuss options when there is no cure. She also acknowledges the vital role that caregivers play in these discussions, “It is critical that families feel empowered to name the truth and not wait for the physician to initiate the discussion,” she says.

Someone on your side

O, Oprah Magazine

This article explains the usefulness of patient advocacy, the various ways a patient advocate can help a caregiver or person with an illness, and how to find the right patient advocate for you. MD Can Help is one of the featured patient advocacy practices.

Participatory medicine: A high-tech alliance with patients

AMA News

Participatory medicine is a new “buzz word” for a type of patient advocacy. In this article, Dr. Gazelle notes “presenting information in a conversational way, as opposed to a way that portrays the physician as the boss, can make for more productive interactions. When given all the facts, patients and doctors usually reach a well-informed, mutual decision. Technology is just one way in which patients can become engaged in their care. Physicians can engage patients simply by changing the way they talk to patients.”

Survey finds doctors and nurses still behaving badly

In an article about physicians not treating nurses as equals, Dr. Gazelle was quoted: “Much of this stems from the different ways doctors and nurses are trained. Doctors are taught from the beginning that they are the head of the team, that they are better than nurses, that the skill set of nurses is inferior to their own. This leaves them feeling entitled to put down nurses and mistrust their judgment.” “Nurses need to feel empowered to take on the over-arching authority of physicians and see themselves as equal partners in the care of patients,” Gazelle added. “Some of this can be in the nursing curriculum and much is on-the-job. Obviously, for the latter, nurses need institutional backing for this to be successful and, fortunately, a number of initiatives have come to the fore.”

Alzheimer’s murder case a glimpse into ctresses of caretaking

ABC News / The Associated Press

In an article about the murder of an elderly man with Alzheimer’s, Dr. Gazelle speaks about how difficult it is for people caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia. “The demands on caregivers are almost unfathomable. The anger, guilt, and shame that caregivers experience is intense.”

The slow code

National Public Radio

Also in The New England Journal of Medicine. In an essay in The New England Journal of Medicine and featured on National Public Radio, Dr. Gazelle exposes a medical practice that is performed in secrecy, without patient consent, and that creates more harm than good.