Labor’s election pledge for Medicare includes some additional funding, but to strengthen the system, it needs to improve people’s access to doctors.
Very few medical societies have public policies about how to deal with their interactions with companies.
Voluntary medical societies have important roles in professional education and advocacy for doctors and patients, but there is need for transparency about relationships with pharma and health industry.
The future of virtual learning? In Canada, doctors and nurses are engaged in professional development studies alongside design engineer students in Italy.
Courses designed to foster peer-to-peer learning in virtual spaces can yield research insights across disciplines.
Going beyond window dressing is crticial in promoting equitable medical education.
Medical schools need long-term equity planning and built-in accountability measures in order to help realize a larger vision of anti-racist and inclusive health care.
The pathway for foreign doctors to practise in New Zealand is neither easy nor very fair, meaning an over-stretched health system is missing out on valuable expertise.
Police officers speak to a health-care professional outside the emergency department at Toronto General Hospital during a protest against COVID-19 measures in September 2021.
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Although demanding, disruptive and violent patients are a major contributor to physician burnout, solutions to address this increasing problem are not a priority.
It’s time to make caring doctors the norm, not the exception.
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.