- Do you consider failing to disclose a financial conflict of interest to a journal research misconduct? Jeffrey R. Botkin, MD, MPH, explores this question and the need to beef up institutional conflict of interest policies ~ Should Failure to Disclose Significant Financial Conflicts of Interest Be Considered Research Misconduct? (JAMA)
- “It’s one of the little-known secrets in health care,” writes Sarah Jane Tribble — pharmaceutical companies sometimes write checks to loyal patients to ensure they continue taking an expensive drug ~ For The Asking, A Check Is In The Mail To Help Pay For Costly Drugs (Kaiser Health News)
- A recent study found that women with cardiac emergencies are less likely than men to receive the treatment they need, writes Nicholas Bakalar ~ Women With Heart Emergencies Less Likely to Get Proper Care (New York Times)
- Where do we go from here, ask Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH, Marian E. Betz, MD, MPH, and Cedric Dark, MD, MPH, regarding the National Rifle Association’s tweet informing anti-gun doctors to “stay in their lane” ~ #ThisIsOurLane — Firearm Safety as Health Care’s Highway (New England Journal of Medicine)
- Ryan Matlow, PhD, and Daryn Reicherter, MD, explore why the government’s new immigration proposal — which allows noncitizens to be detained for indefinite periods — presents a “grave and urgent risk to the health and well-being of noncitizen children and their families” ~ Reducing Protections for Noncitizen Children — Exacerbating Harm and Trauma (New England Journal of Medicine)
- “I feel that I’m a burden to the team,” writes Nathaniel P. Morris, MD, reflecting on the difficulties of his medical school experience ~ Pass It On (Annals of Internal Medicine)
- Hector O. Ventura, MD, and Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH, discuss the importance of health literacy in cardiovascular disease outcomes ~ The Impact of Mediators of Health Literacy on Clinical Outcomes in Cardiovascular Diseases (Mayo Clinic Proceedings)
Fred N. Pelzman, MD, of Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates and weekly blogger for MedPage Today, follows what’s going on in the world of primary care medicine. Pelzman’s Picks is a compilation of links to blogs, articles, tweets, journal studies, opinion pieces, and news briefs related to primary care that caught his eye.