On the issue of respect and appreciation, 70% of doctors said they were getting less of it from patients than when they started practicing. For patients, meantime, the more they reported being treated respectfully and listened to, the more satisfied they ...
Should medical students receive immunity from malpractice liability?
That's an interesting question that's raised in a bill from Arizona.
According to the Arizona Daily Sun,
State lawmakers are moving to keep patients injured by medical students from being able to sue them.
But proponents said that won't leave victims without recourse.
SB1429, awaiting full Senate action, would spell out that students are not liable for malpractice if they are under the supervision of a ...
Like most everyone else, I took a break from my evening chores the past few nights, and watched Jeopardy!
IBM's super-computer, Watson, was taking on Jeopardy! phenoms Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. [SPOILER] The computer won handily.
After watching, I began to study for my upcoming board re-certification exam.
But, then, I wondered. Why?
In the New York Times, applications for Watson are ...
There are plenty of reasons why medical students aren't choosing primary care as careers.
Lack of role models. Perception of professional dissatisfaction. High burnout rate among generalist doctors. Long, uncontrollable hours.
But what about salary? Until now, the wage disparity between primary care doctors and specialists has only been an assumed reason; the evidence was largely circumstantial. After all, ...
The recurring narrative among health reformers is that hospitals that provide more care raise health costs, but don't necessarily improve quality.
This has lead to a backlash against so-called "aggressive" hospitals and doctors, with upcoming financial penalties to match.
But the situation, as always, appears to be more nuanced than that.
In her column in the New York Times, Pauline Chen looks ...
Abdominal pain is the bane of many emergency physicians.
Recently, I wrote how CT scans are on the rise in the ER. Much of those scans look for potential causes of abdominal pain.
In an essay from TIME, Zachary Meisel discusses why abdominal pain, in his words, is the doctor's "booby prize." And when you consider that there are 7 million visits annually by people who report abdominal pain, that's a ...
Female doctors make less than male physicians.
That conclusion gained major media traction recently. A recent post on KevinMD.com by medical student Emily Lu had some great conversation discussing some reasons why women make less money in medicine.
To recap, the study from Health Affairs concluded that,
newly trained physicians who are women are being paid significantly lower salaries than their male counterparts according to a new study. The authors identify ...
In a guest post last year, physician-author Richard Reece commented that the individual mandate may collapse health reform.
Those words came to mind as Judge Vinson not only ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional, but the entire Affordable Care Act, as well.
Nobody likes to be mandated to do anything, least of all purchase health insurance, and this was always the sticking point with the current iteration of health reform.
So, what ...
I recently pointed to a BMJ study concluding that pay for performance doesn't seem to motivate doctors. It has been picking up steam in major media with TIME, for instance, saying, "Money isn't everything, even to doctors."
So much is riding on the concept of pay for performance, that it's hard to fathom what other options there are should it fail. And there's mounting evidence that it will.
Aaron Carroll, a ...