- “The patient — my patient — gripped me so tight it left a bruise that lasted a week,” writes Jennifer Tsai, recalling the man’s abusive behavior and reflecting more broadly on the alarming data on gender violence in medical training ~ I’m a female doctor. I often face sexual harassment at the hospital. And I’m not the only one. (The Washington Post)
- R.M. Löllgen, MD, explores the gaps in care of patients experiencing intimate partner violence ~ Visible Injuries, Unrecognized Truth (New England Journal of Medicine)
- Does the literature exaggerate the relationship between burnout and quality of care? Daniel S. Tawfik, MD, MS, and colleagues found that burnout among clinicians is often linked to poor-quality care, but “the true effect size may be smaller than reported” ~ Evidence Relating Health Care Provider Burnout and Quality of Care: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (Annals of Internal Medicine)
- When patients have no stable home, hospitals may let them stay for weeks, even months, Markian Hawryluk writes. That’s why hospitals in some states are planning to create housing for these patients ~ Why Hospitals Are Getting Into The Housing Business (Kaiser Health News)
- Before clinicians can effectively communicate the risks of treatment to patients, investigators first need to be open with clinicians about these toxicities, Chana A. Sacks, MD, MPH, Pamela W. Miller, BA, and Dan L. Longo, MD, write ~ Talking about Toxicity — “What We’ve Got Here Is a Failure to Communicate” (New England Journal of Medicine)
- “I had spent most of the day talking to severely depressed individuals, listening to their hardships, and cataloging their symptoms,” writes Colin Wendt, MD, describing how he handles the emotional toll of caring for patients in the inpatient psychiatry unit ~ Into the Well (JAMA)
- Rena M. Conti, PhD, discusses recent data that show prices of prescription drugs, especially generics, vary by pharmacy type ~ Financial Toxicity of Prescription Drugs (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.