Only 10 Seconds to Care
This book helps clinicians at all levels bring compassion and joy back to patient care. Today's practitioners are so busy they often feel they don't have time to give patients the best clinical care and the compassionate attention patients deserve. Through engaging and inspiring stories, Dr. Harpham shares insights and advice about words and actions that take only seconds to say or do yet can make a world of difference to patients.
Remarkably, this book also provides patients and their loved ones a rare, intimate, helpful view of the frustrations and challenges experienced by their healthcare team.
"Wendy Harpham's new book is aimed at clinicians but is extraordinarily useful -- not to mention compelling -- for patients like me. She has x-ray vision that gets to the core of the doctor-patient relationship. This is a wise and insightful and deftly written book."
Jonathan Alter, Sr. Editor, Newsweek
"Accessible, insightful and compassionate. With gentle humor and tough love, Dr. Wendy Harpham takes doctors and patients by the hand and teaches us how to build a potentially life-saving bridge between the human being in the white coat and the human being in the paper smock. I'll be recommending this book to every survivor I know and handing a copy to my oncologist at our next visit."
Joni Rodgers, survivor, author Bald in the Land of Big Hair
Praise for Only 10 Seconds to Care
"Dr. Harpham is uniquely qualified to give an insider’s view of healthcare that can help survivors be more effective patients and improve how clinicians deliver medical care. We support Dr. Harpham's efforts to advocate for cancer survivors so they can live life on their own terms. By sharing these stories of survivorship, Dr. Harpham is empowering people with information that can benefit them personally and offering valuable lessons for ways we can effect change in our healthcare system."
Doug Ulman, President/CEO, Lance Armstrong Foundation
"...her message is timely, not just for her physician colleagues, but all healthcare professionals, in any specialty. The simplicity of her suggestions on what to say or do is practical and easily integrated into daily encounters.... As the title suggests, caring is possible in brief moments and this book can be read in brief moments reminding us of the importance of the clinician-patient bond."
Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN, President, Oncology Nursing Society and Clinical
Professor, Duke University School of Nursing
"...Only 10 Seconds to Care should be required reading at every medical and nursing school in the country. Dr. Harpham not only explains which communication techniques are useful, she takes the reader inside the patient's perspective so that we understand why. Like the communication she advocates, this book is a quick read, lucid and, at times powerful...She's got the compass and map for those of us in the bewildering forest of health professional - patient relationships.
Doug Ulman, director of survivorship Lance Armstrong Foundation
"Dr. Wendy Harpham has written another engaging and informative book -- this time aimed at health professionals. From her vantage point on both sides of the stethoscope, she provides insights into the clinician-patient relationship that are funny, accurate and sometimes painful!. A must read for physicians-in-training, as well as for seasoned clinicians."
Patricia A. Ganz, MD, Professor, UCLA School of Medicine and Public Health
"Wendy Harpham moves seamlessly between patient and physician sides of medical encounters, offering gentle and useful advice to physicians about how much caring can happen in literally 10 seconds. Harpham's use of her illness experiences to teach her medical colleagues what patients are feeling is a gift to the medical profession."
Arthur W. Frank, survivor, author At the Will of the Body