For reasons not fully understood, some patients simply fare worse than others.
Stopping at the local CVS is often quicker, cheaper, and easier than going to a hospital or primary-care physician, but it also denies patients the quality care that comes from long-lasting relationships with doctors.
In the trade-off between more patients and more personalized care, growing numbers of physicians are choosing the latter.
Many physicians feel they are losing control of their profession.
There is danger in making much of physician-rating sites.
Conflicts of interest are present even when physicians believe that no impact exists.
The real value of a company—hospitals included—is not only in money, but in social good.
Giving physicians more say in how to incorporate technology into their work is good for patients, and the field.
Professional burnout is the sum total of hundreds and thousands of tiny betrayals of purpose, each one so minute that it hardly attracts notice.
The legal industry's obsession with performance metrics has contributed to its dramatic collapse. Could the same happen with physicians and hospitals?
The importance of ritual
A physician and nurse practitioner discuss the emerging role of medicals professionals who ease the death process. There is no one right way to die, but just as we need help coming into the world, we need support and love going out of it.
Despite increasingly elaborate technology, babies are falling too often.
Fewer than half of U.S. doctors are self-employed, down from over three quarters in 1983. How that affects delivery of healthcare
Unhealthy endorsement vs. comfort food at a trying time
The lounge was once a place for physicians to regroup and congregate. Today, where lounges do exist, they are places for paperwork.
In some new systems where doctors are reviewed by patients, physicians unwilling to supply addicts with pain pills receive poor patient-satisfaction feedback. That is judged as poor performance by hospital administrators.
There is little correlation between CEO income and hospital quality—but there is between salary and excessive marketing.
“I went to medical school to care for patients, not to fill out forms.”
A reminder to think beyond textbooks and journals; to always be a student of the human condition