Dr. Dennis RosenThe Friday Morning Lecture Series presents

"Vital Conversations: Improving Communication Between Doctors and Patients"
presented by Dr. Dennis Rosen
Friday, November 14, 2014
10:00 a.m. in the McCarthy Meeting Room

Dennis Rosen, M.D. a pediatric lung and sleep specialist at Children´s Hospital Boston, and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School has written a trade non-fiction book on communication between physicians and patients, "Vital Conversations: Improving Communication Between Doctors and Patients," which will be published by Columbia University Press in September 2014. The book is geared to a general, non-fiction audience, though it will have special resonance with medical students, physicians, nurses, and patients and family members of patients who interact frequently with the medical system.

In "Vital Conversations," Dr. Rosen draws upon research in biomedicine, sociology, and anthropology and integrates personal stories from his own practice of medicine in three different countries (and as a patient himself, on occasion). He demonstrates how important good communication between physicians and patients is to the provision of high-quality—and less expensive—care, and how without it, medical adherence and the utilization of preventive medical services fall, and the rates of medical complications, hospital readmissions and unnecessary testing and procedures rise.

Dr. Rosen illustrates the consequences of these problems from both the caregiver and patient perspective, and explores the socioeconomic and cultural factors that cause important information to get lost in translation. He concludes with a prescriptive chapter for patients and physicians aimed at helping both to build the cultural competencies and communications skills that are so necessary for better-quality, less expensive care that is also more satisfying and rewarding for all involved.

In addition to his scientific research, Dr. Rosen is a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as on his blog, "sleeping angels", dedicated primarily to children and sleep. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sleeping-angels
Dr. Dennis Rosen also participated in three medical missions to Haiti and two to Guatemala alongside other healthcare providers from Children's Hospital Boston and in cooperation with Partners in Health and Project Medishare since May 2010. Several years ago he spoke at the Chelmsford Library about his medical missions to Haiti.