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Kris Crawford, South Carolina Physician, Celebrates ER Doctors Making a Difference

While emergency room doctors have long held a reputation for leading hectic schedules and lacking bedside manner, a rise in palliative care doctors suggest a reversal of that stigma. Kris Crawford, South Carolina ER physician, applauds this trend.
PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 14, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As an emergency room physician, Kris Crawford South Carolina resident, is quite familiar with the many physical and emotional demands that come with hectic schedules and patients suffering from serious health conditions. However, Crawford and many other doctors remain concentrated on delivering a high standard of care to their patients, by taking the time to address the more complicated and personal issues that they experience. Believing that doctors should always maintain high respect for the patient, Crawford points to a recent article from NPR that highlights a new trend among ER doctors that may improve the overall experience hospital patients have.
The article highlights the efforts of Dr. Linda Smith, an emergency room doctor who opted to trade her rushed ER lifestyle to provide more patient support as a palliative care doctor. NPR examines, "Smith is a palliative care doctor, a specialty that is in the U.S. The idea is to help patients cope with a terminal or life-altering illness. And unlike hospice care, it is not offered only in the final months of life. Smith works on pain management, coordinating care and even does some counseling."
Kris Crawford, South Carolina physician, applauds to work of Dr. Linda Smith and all the other doctors who are joining the palliative care movement. Crawford notes that while the extra effort to provide a personal touch with patients may seem like added responsibility on top of a stressful professional, it is incredibly important, especially as the healthcare dynamic in the United States shifts. Following an observation similar to that of Crawford, NPR states, "There's a shortage of doctors who provide palliative care, and the as baby boomers slide toward old age."
While Dr. Smith may inspire others to become palliative care doctors, Kris Crawford, South Carolina professional, notes that there are many factors that may discourage healthcare providers to stray from the concept. For instance, as NPR suggests, palliative care doctors not only have to go through added training--such as the one-year fellowship that Smith participated in--but they may also find themselves taking on more work for less pay. However, Crawford notes that providing added care to patients can be extremely rewarding to professional in the medical field, and that often the efforts required for palliative care are not exhaustive--comforting a patient may sometimes just require conversation.
Taking note of the latter observation, Crawford encourages all healthcare professionals to consider ways they can improve their personal care for patients. "As the Emergency Department becomes even more central to care delivery and coordination, it is great to see physicians step up to fill gaps to make the human side of care evident to our ER patients," Kris Crawford, South Carolina ER physician, concludes.
Kris Crawford South Carolina resident, is a successful emergency room physician at the McLeod Medical Center and a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. He is a devoted family man and a strong advocate conservative values and ideals. With his combined professional expertise and public service, Crawford is able to provide his fellow policymakers with a firsthand insight into many healthcare concerns, including recent developments involving the Affordable Care Act. Apart from integrating medicine and politics, Crawford is also a volunteer Deputy Sherriff for Florence County and is proud to serve on the board of several special committees for his state.
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