Physicians Giving Medical Advice to Friends: Context is Key

When is it okay for a physician to give professional advice to a family or friend? That was the thrust of a study by researchers from the Care and Public Health Research Institute at Maastricht University of the Netherlands, who conducted…
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Making the Business Case to Address Physician Burnout

As widespread exposure and news coverage continues on physician burnout, three researchers wanted to understand the economics of the problem and offer a possible solution. Called the Business Case for Investing in Physician Well-Being, the…

Interdepartmental Clinical Care Teams: Germinating in Colleges

Could the future of interdepartmental clinical care teams be germinating in colleges around the U.S.? As hospitals and other healthcare organizations continue to strive for the “triple aim” of improved population health, lower costs and…

Physicians and the Workaholic or Type A Personality

Do physicians themselves identify with the personality traits often ascribed to physicians, such as being a “workaholic, Type A, and “control freak”? It seems they do. In a study in 2014, researchers sent a questionnaire to nearly…
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Weekend Continuity of Care and Length of Stay

 In a 2014 study, researchers wanted to evaluate the association between attending physician continuity of care on weekends and clinical outcomes. They wanted to know -- could increased length of stays be the result of delays in clinical decision-making,…

The Ongoing Challenge of Patient Handoffs

Are patient handoffs getting better? Considerable effort has been made to improve handoffs in the past several years, including using technology and programs like I-PASS, the mnemonic technique to help standardize the handoff process. But…

Physicians Interrupting Patients

According to a new study, physicians only spend 11 seconds on average listening to patients before interrupting them. Also, only one in three physicians provides their patients with an adequate opportunity to describe their situation. Those…

Physician Burnout Responsible for Medical Errors

A recent study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings indicates that physician burnout is at least equally responsible for medical errors as unsafe medical workplace conditions, if not more so. The study was led by researchers at the…

Values Congruence and Physician Burnout

Substantial research exists that suggests when employees hold values that match the values of their employer, those employers are satisfied with their jobs, identify with the organization, and see to maintain the employment relationship. For…
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13 Principles to Reduce Medical Errors in Hospitals

While the airline industry celebrates no loss of life in the past year due to accidents, the medical profession continues to wrestle with medical errors. For example, analyzing the medical death rate data during an eight-year period, by Johns…