- Ian Barnett, PhD, and John Torous, MD, examine the ethical implications of Facebook’s suicide prevention efforts ~ Ethics, Transparency, and Public Health at the Intersection of Innovation and Facebook’s Suicide Prevention Efforts (Annals of Internal Medicine)
- “I put my life on the line for research to produce a cancer medication that — if and when it is put on the market — I probably could not afford,” writes Susan Gubar ~ The Financial Toxicity of Illness (The New York Times)
- Jeffrey M. Drazen, MD, Stephen Morrissey, PhD, and Edward W. Campion, MD, make a case for why the FDA should ban the sale of flavored nicotine products in e-cigarettes ~ The Dangerous Flavors of E-Cigarettes (New England Journal of Medicine)
- When it comes to treating minority patients, racial bias continues to be a problem, writes Aaron E. Carroll ~ Doctors and Racial Bias: Still a Long Way to Go (New York Times)
- High charges for out-of-network care remains a problem. Mark A. Hall, JD, and colleagues discuss strategies to solve it ~ Reducing Unfair Out-of-Network Billing — Integrated Approaches to Protecting Patients (New England Journal of Medicine)
- “Why, when there are so many easy ways to communicate, is fragmentation of patient care more common than streamlined collaboration among clinicians?” says Lisa Rosenbaum, MD ~ Divided We Fall (New England Journal of Medicine)
- Michael Roerecke, PhD, and colleagues analyze whether automated office blood pressure measurement should replace readings recorded by nurses and physicians in routine clinical practice ~ Comparing Automated Office Blood Pressure Readings With Other Methods of Blood Pressure Measurement for Identifying Patients With Possible Hypertension (JAMA)
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.