How Prevalent is Physician Burnout, and How Can it Impact Care?

I’m encountering more and more discussion of the prevalence of physician burnout; some estimate that as many as half of all physicians have some signs of burnout. Interestingly, a few have linked it to the increased burden of having to use electronic health records,...

Talking About End-of-Life Care

The John A. Hartford Foundation conducted a national survey of primary care and specialist physicians, asking them about end-of-life care and conversations about advanced care planning with their patients. (The link is at the bottom of this post.) A total of 53% of...

When is it Worth it to Pay for Preventive Care?

An article by the Washington Post described a pilot program for patients with “pre-diabetes.” Older patients at risk of developing diabetes were offered lifestyle counseling and encouraged to eat well and exercise. In announcing that this type of program may be...

Health Care vs. the Health Care System

In a 2016 NPR poll, 79% of respondents rated the care they personally receive as “good” or “excellent” (Figure 1 of report). At the same time, only 55% rated their state’s health care system as “good” or “excellent”, and only 38% rated the nation’s health care system...

My Guest Blog Post on AcademyHealth.org

I was invited to write a guest blog post on AcademyHealth.org on the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 billing codes and the implications it has for researchers. This switch poses some interesting challenges for researchers, given how we typically utilize billing codes....

Improving Cardiac Health with Texts

NPR highlighted a JAMA article that found that patients with coronary heart disease who received texts with “motivating and informative messages” were more likely to make health-conscious behavioral changes than patients who did not receive texts. This is likely just...