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Middle-of-the-Night Medicine is Rarely Patient-Centred

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It is all but a truism that the level of health care provided in hospitals on weekends or evenings isn't on par with that provided on weekdays.

As Jessie Gruman, president of the Washington, DC-based nonprofit Center for Advancing Health says, "anybody who's been in the hospital knows that it's kind of banker's hours after six o'clock. You feel really vulnerable if something happens at night because of the sparseness and responsiveness of the night staff."

Hospitals are "just maintaining" after regular business hours, she says, adding that it's not unusual for patients to wait several hours for diagnostic imaging tests because radiology departments are poorly staffed and other hospital staff are busy dealing with urgent care patients. "You're just kind of sitting there in the hall in your blanket," she says in describing her own experiences in receiving cancer treatment.

Read the rest of this report on the Canadian Medical Association Journal website....

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Jessie C. Gruman, PhD, was founder and president of the Center for Advancing Health from 1992 until her death in July 2014. Her experiences as a patient — having been diagnosed with five life-threatening illnesses — informed her perspective as an author, advocate and lead contributor to the Prepared Patient Blog. Her book, AfterShock, helps patients and caregivers navigate their way through the health care system following a serious or life-threatening diagnosis. The free app, AfterShock: Facing a Serious Diagnosis, offers a pocket guide based on the book. | More about Jessie Gruman


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