How to Combat Pressure from Patients to Prescribe the Drugs They See on TV

How to Combat Pressure from Patients to Prescribe the Drugs They See on TV

If you feel like your TV advertisements increasingly include more prescription drugs, you’re right.  Pharmaceutical companies are pouring money into their consumer marketing campaigns, spending $4.5 billion in 2014, $3.5 billion in 2012, and $2.5 billion in...

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Suicide rates soar among female providers

Suicide rates soar among female providers

 “The rate of suicide among women employed in any health profession was higher than for women in other occupations; the difference was statistically significant for women employed as nurses or medical practitioners.” ...

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More Money, More Problems: Costlier hospital stays don’t yield better results

More Money, More Problems: Costlier hospital stays don’t yield better results

High-spending hospitals can’t just start spending less while maintaining the same outcomes. Slicing spending without a plan for protecting patient health would spell disaster.  To cut spending, they would need to implement strategic and complex approaches that insulate their outcomes from their expenditures – a tricky...

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How Provider Bias Harms Women in Pain

How Provider Bias Harms Women in Pain

A female ER patient cannot bear the burden of a provider’s biases.  It’s crucial that providers – especially those in the emergency or urgent clinical settings – critically examine each patient, without regard for the patient’s gender.  But what happens when these biases are unconscious (which they undoubtedly are in most...

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