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As burnout rates and doctor shortages rise, work-life balance issues affect everyone in medicine

We would not praise our patients for working long hours, sacrificing sleep, and prioritizing everything else over their own health. Yet that’s exactly what many doctors are doing—especially doctors who are also mothers.Read More

How Internet searches for medical info are improving, and what the future holds for health care

A few years ago we ran a post called Should You Be Worried About Dr. Google? In 2017, the question has changed to: Why Haven’t You Embraced Dr. Google? Health-related Internet searches aren’t going anywhere. According to Google, which has an estimated 1.6 billion unique monthly visitors, “roughly 1 percent of searches on Google (think: millions!) are symptom-related.”Read More

Health care quality measures have raised concern among doctors – but technology could change that

As recently as a decade ago, many doctors didn’t think the quality of their care could be measured. “Any attempt to do so was ‘bean counting’ folly at best or destructive and dangerous at worst,” wrote internist and Harvard professor and health policy researcher Ashish Jha on his blog. Since then, however, we have seen a “sea change,” he noted.Read More

In the midst of an opioid epidemic, doctor-patient communication is more important than ever

The United States is in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic. According to the CDC, 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose; nearly half of those deaths involve a prescription opioid. Prescription opioids and heroin combined killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record.Read More