Mar 8, 2014 — After an ambulance brings a confused 73-year-old man to the emergency room, a doctor has to piece together his medical condition from a few tests and his unreliable answers to her questions.
Mar 4, 2014 — The sharp decline in payments coincides with increased scrutiny of drug marketing. Later this year, federal law will also require that drugmakers disclose the amount of money they give to doctors.
Feb 27, 2014 — At a Maryland workshop, doctors learn how yoga techniques can help patients with a range of health problems. The doctors also get continuing education credits for the classes.
Feb 20, 2014 — More than half of people surveyed said ratings of doctors on the Web helped them pick which physician to see. Yet many ratings are based on only a few patient reviews, which can skew the results.
Feb 15, 2014 — Every patient in pain wants relief from it. Often, people ask for narcotics by name: Percocet, Vicodin, oxycodone and Dilaudid. Why then did a construction worker with a painful back strain refuse the medicine a nurse offered him in the emergency room?
Feb 14, 2014 — The former head of a prestigious Boston hospital found it unsettling when the surgical staff of an Illinois academic medical center endorsed a medical device in a national newspaper advertisement. After he started asking questions, the hospital asked that the ad, paid for by the device maker, be suspended.
Feb 5, 2014 — Bureaucracy and mammoth student loans weren't part of the package for Dr. Michael Sawyer's father and grandfather. Still, like them, he feels medicine is a calling. A fourth generation of Sawyers is thinking about whether to carry on the tradition.
Jan 24, 2014 — Some people might find it easier to write down the care they want and the kind they prefer not to have in living wills. Others might prefer to talk more generally with their relatives about issues like life support.
Jan 15, 2014 — Although it may be uncomfortable for patients to learn that there are profound disagreements among doctors about medicine, these differences of opinion are common. What is rare is to have these differences explicitly acknowledged, as is happening now with treatment guidelines for high blood pressure.
Jan 11, 2014 — Patients feel more satisfied with their care when their doctors take a minute to sit down beside them. But harried doctors often fail to remember niceties like that. All the memorization of medical school seems to crowd out common courtesy, especially for interns just starting to see patients.