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Is Everything We Know About Nutrition Wrong?

Inside Health Care | October 31, 2013

Millions of dollars are spent on dietary research, but are we any closer to understanding what a truly healthy diet consists of? A few new studies are turning long-held recommendations on their heads.

My BlogTalkRadio Interview: Patient Engagement

Jessie Gruman | October 30, 2013

Last week, I was interviewed by Dr. Pat Salber and Gregg Mastors on their BlogTalkRadio show, This Week in Health Innovation, about patient-centered care, patient engagement, shared decision making and the cost/quality trade-offs involved, and what all of this means for health care delivery.

The Latest on the Usefulness of Hospital Ratings

Trudy Lieberman | October 30, 2013

On Monday, Charlie Ornstein of Pro Publica provided the latest word on the usefulness of hospital ratings, an issue that seems never to disappear despite the growing body of work that raises questions about the methodology used to create them, their conflicts of interest with sponsors, and most importantly, their usefulness to the public.

Sharing Medical Data Mostly Up to Patients

Be a Prepared Patient | October 29, 2013

Sharing a funny article is as simple as copying everyone on an email or clicking the "share" button on a website. But sharing the results of your medical tests with multiple physicians is rarely so easy. Our resource "Sharing Medical Information with Multiple Doctors" can help.

Patient? Consumer? We Need a New Word

Pat Mastors | October 28, 2013

In the world of health care, as in most enterprises where we must interact with one another for mutual benefit, we need words to describe one another. And the words we have for us people who use/need/want health care frankly don't cut the mustard.

Quelling the Tide of Over-Testing

Conversation Continues | October 24, 2013

Lately it seems that more health care insiders are advocating for a "less is more" approach for some screening tests. Cancer, dementia and kidney disease are a few examples. But will we just say "no"?

Price Alone Is Not Enough: We Need Effectiveness Information Too

Jessie Gruman | October 23, 2013

When price enters into examination room discussions, even straightforward recommendations can get complicated. How can you decide if the price of treatment is worth it if you don't understand why your clinician recommended this particular course of action?

We Can Do Better

James Appleby | October 22, 2013

It's a scene that plays out daily in exam rooms across the country. The aging patient, accompanied by a caregiver, is seeing his or her physician and a discussion starts regarding the patient's memory.

You're Not as Invincible as You Think

Laurie Edwards | October 21, 2013

I see firsthand the sense of invincibility that accompanies youth. My students have little reason to believe the long days, the all-nighters, and the jam-packed academic and social lives they lead will catch up to them. It is easy to dismiss patients with chronic illness as the elderly — those who have lived long enough to acquire the inevitable diseases of longevity. This is an incomplete picture of the chronic illness population, however...

Adding Empathy to Medical School Requirements

Inside Health Care | October 18, 2013

How can doctors understand what it's like to be ill? These stories illustrate the power of walking a mile in a patient's shoes.

Goldilocks Medical Care: Not Too Little, Not Too Much

Leana Wen | October 17, 2013

What can you do to ensure that you obtain just the right amount of care? It isn't easy — if it were, then we wouldn't have the Goldilocks problem: Is it too little? Too much? Here are five suggestions that may help...

Choice: The Secret Sauce of Patient Engagement?

Jessie Gruman | October 16, 2013

As a patient, I ask you: What aspects of my health care are not preference-sensitive? Even patients who have passed control to a trusted clinician or caregiver are eager to reclaim territory lost.

Still Demanding Medical Excellence

Michael Millenson | October 15, 2013

Digging through hundreds of studies, articles and other firsthand sources stretching back for decades, I was stunned to discover that repeated evidence of unsafe, ineffective, wasteful and downright random care had had no effect whatsoever on how doctors treated patients.

Latest Health Behavior News

Health Behavior News Service | October 11, 2013

In this week's health news: Patient-doctor relationship affects diabetes care | Women in Appalachia at risk for late stage breast cancer | People with asthma need not fear exercise | Treating depression helps some smokers quit...

Cancer Survivorship: "I Call Me Lucky"

Conversation Continues | October 10, 2013

"I have been treated for five different cancer diagnoses. Some would call me a survivor. I call me lucky," CFAH President Jessie Gruman observes in her lead post in the series, What I Wish I'd Known Earlier About Cancer Survivorship.

Beware of Claims That Patient Engagement Cuts Costs

Jessie Gruman | October 9, 2013

It's a widely accepted truism that increasing patient engagement in health care leads to lower costs and better outcomes. And really, it shouldn't be a problem to convince us to act on our own behalf and engage in the behaviors that support health, right? I see two problems with this viewpoint and with the assertion that patient engagement will lower the cost of health care...

Five Years Later: Zigzagging Toward Acceptance

Kathi Kolb | October 8, 2013

"Your biopsy is positive." None of us ever forgets when we first heard some version of that phrase. I heard it five years ago today...

Going Online for Caregiving Help

Be a Prepared Patient | October 7, 2013

"You don't get a manual when you become a family caregiver," says Constance Adampoulos. CFAH's latest feature offers advice, practical tips and links to expert online resources to help people manage caregiving's challenges...

The Anatomy of a Hospital Admission

Jordan Grumet | October 3, 2013

If Hattie had but one flaw, it was that she held her doctors in too high esteem. So when her blood pressure came up a little high, she was too embarrassed to admit that she hadn't taken her prescription in over a week. Two days later, Hattie showed up to the emergency room...

Accuracy of Health News: Pressure on Journalists, Consequences for Us

Jessie Gruman | October 2, 2013

What's your assessment of the health news and information produced by the media these days? Is it accurate? Useful? Interesting? Improving, or worse than five years ago?

Choosing an Exchange Policy: What's the Rush?

Trudy Lieberman | October 2, 2013

Will all the White House messages, the stream of breathless Twitter updates on the number of hits and enrollments, and the press hype surrounding opening day send the uninsured public into panic mode?

I Want My Doctor to Care About Costs

Sarah Jorgenson | October 1, 2013

In a lecture hall of fellow clinicians-to-be, I was told that my job as a physician is not to be concerned with costs but rather to treat patients. What an odd message. Does medicine's unique role of saving lives exempt it from keeping an eye on the register?