Author | Kim A. Gorgens, Ph.D., ABPP


Awkward Conversations

Awkward Conversations: The Rheumatic Disease Patient With Mental Illness

August 11, 2020

Patients with rheumatic disease tend to be at higher risk for developing a psychiatric disorder. This can complicate the treatment process at the detriment of the patient. In today's column, Dr. Kim Gorgens addresses managing a patient with mental illness.

Podcast: Breaks and Ruptures in Patient-Doctor Communications

August 04, 2020

There is an inherit risk for a break, or rupture, in the doctor-patient relationship. In this episode of Overdrive, Dr. Kim Gorgens, a psychologist with the University of Denver and a Rheumatology Network board member, and Dr. Linda Mona, a patient with chronic disease and a clinical psychologist, discuss maintaining a good relationship with your patients which hold more benefits than you may realize.

Goldilocks: Promoting Collaborative Decision-Making

June 30, 2020

There are three traditional models of physician-patient decision-making. In rheumatology, patients overwhelmingly prefer a collaborative approach. In today's column, we review the decision-making process in the doctor's office.

Awkward Conversations: Assessing and Responding to Domestic Violence

April 07, 2020

Shelter-in-place orders have led to a "horrifying surge in domestic violence," says the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The World Health Organization asks that healthcare workers be cognizant of the signs and symptoms of domestic violence in their patients. In today's "Awkward Conversations" column, Dr. Kim Gorgens and Margaret Port cover domestic violence among chronically ill patients.