The quality of grit – passion and sustained persistence – is a useful predictor of burnout and exhaustion for doctors and maybe the rest of us too.
In addition to patient care, many doctors also have heavy administrative burdens, including insurance company requests and government forms that advocate for their patients’ needs, as well as all the challenges of running an office.
Less than half of Canadians can see their doctor same-day, and millions don’t even have a family doctor. Improving access to care means providing doctors with the support they need to focus on patients.
Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth, an Ottawa family doctor who hosted several pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics, speaks in Ottawa in August 2021 during JabaPalooza, a rally calling on Ontario to adopt a provincial COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
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The decisions of medical health-care professionals like doctors and nurse practitioners are more legally significant than ever before since they are determining vaccination exemptions.
The situation in the delivery room can change suddenly, and doctors need to react fast.
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It’s human nature to unconsciously rely on quick rules to help make spur-of-the-moment decisions. New research finds physicians use these shortcuts, too, which can be bad news for some patients.
It’s estimated that up to 400,000 Americans die every year from medical mistakes.
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Mistakes at the hands of health care providers are a major cause of death in the US. And many of the blunders are a byproduct of the system.
Many hospitals have reached a point where the demand for health care has outstripped the ability to provide it.
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Although stretched thin and imperfect, health care workers do our best for everyone who needs us, regardless of the personal choices people have made.
Intensive care nurse Kathryn Ivey’s Tweet illustrates the impact of the pandemic on health-care workers. Used with permission.
Rates of burnout have increased alarmingly among health-care workers during the pandemic. Unless the system provides more support to its already depleted workforce, staff shortages may get worse.
Nigeria must increase its testing capacity to deal with rising COVID-19 cases
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Nigeria must increase its testing capacity and do more genomic studies to deal effectively with the Delta variant of COVID-19.
Randomized controlled trials of therapeutic interventions have yet to be conducted.
Because little scientific evidence exists for trans medical treatments, doctors are often wary when working with trans people, even if they realize it’s in the patients’ best interests to do so.
Health workers fumigate Lagos streets during the COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria.
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It’s common to find medical doctors providing supportive health services and in the process getting distracted from their main clinical job concerns.
Generally speaking, fault can only be proven when the doctor has acted outside of the professional standard of care.
Medical education needs to include understanding how genetic conditions can occur.
Medical education has not kept up with genetic discoveries — primary care physicians require more genetics and genomics training.
The pandemic’s supply crunch led to more reuse and decontamination techniques that can save money and reduce waste.
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Hospitals have a lot of room to reduce, reuse and recycle supplies – as many were forced to discover during the pandemic.
A guest looks out from a Sheraton hotel window in Mississauga, Ont., on Feb. 22, 2021, as new air travel rules come into effect in Canada.
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Canadian government travel restrictions are an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 variants. But vague language around exemptions for medical travel may confuse the physicians who can grant them.
Healthcare workers’ mental health is suffering during the pandemic.
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People who feel their work is a calling have more resilience against the negative effects of overwork and stress, but this comes at a cost.
Despite their high level of education, women of color with Ph.D.s say they are still treated differently in their academic fields.
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Three women of color with Ph.D.s weigh in on their experience being in the academic field.
Small rural hospitals across the country are struggling to find enough space, staff and supplies.
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Hospitals are losing staff to quarantines as rural COVID-19 cases rise, and administrators fear flu season will make it worse. And then there’s the politics.
Over 90 per cent of Canadian doctors see pharmaceutical sales representatives.
Patients have a stake in the relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical companies, so the CMA’s current review of its guidelines for doctor/pharma interactions is everybody’s business.
Decoding doctors’ writing can unlock vital health data.