Dwyer, Charles E
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PublicationMore on the Dance of Anger(1999-06-01) Dwyer, Charles EThis article is a follow-up to an interview with Charles Dwyer, PhD, which appeared in the March/April 1999 issue of The Physician Executive. He described how physician executives can change the perception of today's beleaguered physicians and help them cope with change. We then asked him for some hands-on strategies to deal with physician fear, anger and resentment. After much contemplation on providing a list of "fixes" that will restore each of us to a state of greater satisfaction, Dr. Dwyer concludes that there are no generalizable solutions because there are too many variables that come into play in each organization, individual or group. Attending to the self can provide both individual rescue from these turbulent times and the best hope for changes in the system from which patients and health care providers can benefit. If physicians are to regain their power and maintain, or even improve, their quality of life, clearly changes are called for. And these are changes that require persistent effort and uncomfortable adjustments. PublicationSociety's Values, Fears Support Health Care's Noble Cause(2002-06-01) Dwyer, Charles EConsiders the values that sustain our culture's view of medicine and learn what physicians must do to preserve the noble profession. PublicationChanging Behaviors to Build Better Physician/Patient Relationships(2001-10-01) Dwyer, Charles EHealth care literature is bursting with commentary about patient rights, patient expectations, patient demands, patient welfare, patient safety, patient privacy, informed consent and quality of care. Why are these topics of concern? Why can't we just take it for granted that the patient and the patient's interest come first in the business of health care? Obviously, we cannot take it for granted. But the reasons why we can't are not too obvious - and neither are the remedies. PublicationThe Times, They Are a Changin'(1996-07-01) Dwyer, Charles ESignificant changes are taking place and continue to take place in U.S. health care and medicine. Many of these changes are not, and will not be, to the benefit of physicians. Reduced personal autonomy, probably lower compensation than expected, fewer and less adequate resources, and overall significantly reduced power are some of the likely outcomes of the changes underway. Perhaps of greatest personal interest is the high likelihood of lack of employment in medicine for upwards of 200,000 physicians over the next 20 years. PublicationTaking Positive Steps(2004-12-01) Dwyer, Charles EIn antiquity the Oracle at Delphi urged each to "know thyself." Socrates followed with the observation that "The unexamined life is not worth living." Aristotle called for a balance in creating the "good life" centering on the "golden mean." In the second century A.D. Marcus Aurelius, emperor of the Roman empire (the closest the western world may have ever come to a philosopher king), reminded himself in his Meditations that, "We are troubled not by the things of the world but, rather, by our perception of those things." Much more recently philosopher William James stated something similar by suggesting that the most important discovery in psychology of his day is that by changing the interior states of our minds, we can change the exterior dimensions of our lives. And, of course, Norman Vincent Peale influenced millions through The Power of Positive Thinking.