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(Medical Director of Common Practice, doc, life-long learner, passionate re:enabling conversations that help us live well, speaker, loves family, music, Philly)
Some moving videos on the Roundtable page- a great story about use of technology to help cure a parasitic disease in remote Africa- and a new music playlist for me to listen to- I'm psyched for that!
Type: Roundtable Topics: The Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness, launched in mid-2016, works to foster an ongoing dialogue about critical policy and research issues to accelerate and sustain progress in care for people of…
Jeff CohnJust back from the latest meeting of this group- check out the 2 short videos on this page which tell some patient stories about the work we're doing.
If you think you're not a palliative care doctor, you might want to reconsider, said Melissa (Moe) Hagman, MD, FACP, during her talk at the Advances in Therapy precourse on Wednesday. Rather than the old model of designating palliative care to…
Jeff CohnHere is what docs are being taught about integrating palliative care into their practice. Some good stuff, including 'It's always time for palliative care' vs. 'It's too early for palliative care.'
My patient and I were locked in a game of decision-making hot potato. “What would you do, Doc?” he said. We'd been discussing whether he should get screened for prostate cancer. Such questions trouble most doctors. We often lob the…
Jeff CohnImportant topic- but this article just made me appreciate how challenging this issue is, not really how docs can help.
Patients newly diagnosed with acute medical conditions are often overwhelmed with their situation. They don't know what to ask the doctor, how to evaluate the information provided (if they even remember it), or how to arrive at good decisions about…
Jeff CohnThis model is referenced in the NYT article- and it's interesting. I think it may be best suited for surgical options- medical decision-making often has more uncertainty and harder to create a mental image of options.
Kaiser Health News
– Apr 19, 2:00 AM
YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon — On the second floor of an infectious-disease research facility in this African capital, Dr. Joseph Kamgno, the country's leading expert on parasitic roundworms, stood at his desk staring down at the black…
Jeff CohnA great story about how technology can make a huge health impact at low cost and in a simple to use manner.
Carolyn Y. Johnson
– Apr 18, 4:00 AM
A group of cancer doctors focused on bringing down the cost of treatments by testing whether lower — and cheaper — doses are effective thought they had found a prime candidate in a blood cancer drug called Imbruvica that typically…
Jeff CohnAnother example of how big pharma- this time a branch of J&J- seem to be able to do whatever they want to make $
Most people are familiar with some form of triage: When you go to an emergency room, you first sit down with a triage nurse who records your symptoms, takes your vital signs and assesses the urgency of your medical need. As of Thursday, that's…
Jeff CohnA good idea- but the exchange at the end of the article about a person expressing her desire to be taken to an ED for her sore throat if that's where she wants to go raises red flags. This is about trust as well as achieving 'value'
International Clinician Educators Blog
– Apr 16, 7:00 PM
Despite huge advances in education theory and practice over the last century there has been no, or minimal change, in the time taken to train medical professionals. Give or take a few years a 4/5 year undergraduate programme needs to be followed by…
Jeff CohnInteresting perspective about our networked world and its impact on medical education- including how what we don't know about how these networks 'work' puts us at risk for harm
Gary Schwitzer is the founder and publisher of HealthNewsReview.org. He has pursued stories about patient harm from misleading media messages since the mid-1980s when he produced a CNN special, “Hope or Hype.” April 17, 2018 is our…
Jeff CohnHappy to learn about this site, whose mission is 'Improving your critical thinking about health care.'
Download Embed <iframe src='https://www.npr.org/player/embed/602879162/603161358' width='100%' height='290' frameborder='0' scrolling='no' title='NPR embedded audio player'> Chances are your life story can be told in a series of songs…
Jeff CohnFrom good friend Jeff Eyet- what do you want to be listening to on your last day? My most recent answer to that question is Joni Mitchell's 'The Circle Game'