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Pelzman’s Picks: Delivering Bad News via Video

  • Should doctors be using video visits to give patients and their family bad news? Julia Jacobs explores ethical concerns surrounding telemedicine ~ Doctor on Video Screen Told a Man He Was Near Death, Leaving Relatives Aghast (New York Times)
  • “Clinicians generally know that many practices persist in medicine without clear evidence to support them,” write Patricia A. Kritek, MD, and Andrew M. Luks, MD ~ Preventing Dogma from Driving Practice (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • George Q. Daley, MD, PhD, and colleagues discuss how we should move forward with genome editing following the problematic initial application ~ After the Storm — A Responsible Path for Genome Editing (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • In 2017, deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide reached an all-time high since the CDC began collecting data 2 decades ago, writes Adeel Hassan ~ Deaths From Drugs and Suicide Reach a Record in the U.S. (New York Times)
  • How many hospitals are posting their prices online? Steven Findlay explores whether hospitals are complying with the new regulation ~ As Hospitals Post Price Lists, Consumers Are Asked To Check Up On Them (Kaiser Health News)
  • Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, discusses the future of artificial intelligence in medicine ~ Health Care in 2030: Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Physicians? (Annals of Internal Medicine)
  • Katherine C. McKenzie, MD, describes the conditions for asylum seekers who are staying at a detention center in New Jersey ~ Loud, Gray, and Arbitrary — The Compounding Trauma of Detention for Asylum Seekers (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • “This was the nightmare I had dreaded,” writes Richard B. Weinberg, MD, on giving a lumbar puncture to an 18-month-old ~ Bun (Annals of Internal Medicine)

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.