Articles posted by Katie Leander

Oct 27, 2015
10 Tips to Help Your Patients Have a Great Visit

During an office visit, patients often look to their physicians for answers as to what ails them.  To help them, physicians look to their patients for answers to their questions.  So, everyone has questions and is looking for answers.  But, how can everyone get their questions answered well and efficiently?  The answer lies in helping […]

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Oct 15, 2015
Misdiagnosis: Where the System Fails Physicians

According to a 2013 study in BMJ Quality and Safety, it is tough to get accurate numbers about misdiagnosis, though it is estimated to be somewhere between 5-10% of all cases. Yet, despite this startling statistic, a recent article in The New York Times points out that most efforts to address errors in medicine have […]

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Oct 7, 2015
The Problem with Doctor-Patient Communication

  When talking about doctor-patient communication, we often focus on bedside manner and teach physicians to give information in an understandable and professional, yet sincere, manner.  But, according to a new study, this might only be half the battle.  While it has been well-established that patients don’t always remember everything they’re told, especially in stressful […]

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Sep 22, 2015
Drug Prices: What’s Going On?!

Drug prices.  It’s a complicated question. Two cases were recently in the news regarding skyrocketing drug prices that raised many questions. Last month, Rodelis tried to raise the price of TB drug Cycloserine from $500/30 pills to $10,800/30 pills.  And, Turing raised the price of their parasitic infection drug Daraprim from $13.50/pill to $750/pill.  Needless […]

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Sep 3, 2015
Meet Your New Favorite Band: Chordiac Arrest

 Let’s have a little bit of fun today. Did you know that there was an award-winning a cappella babershop quartet with a medical theme?!  Chordiac Arrest is it.  And, not only did they sing about medicine, but they were really, really good.  Chordiac Arrest finished in the top 10 in their first international competition and […]

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Aug 26, 2015
Malcolm Gladwell, Part 2: Health Care Today

We recently posted on Malcolm Gladwell’s fascinating TED Talk on David and Goliath.  Today, we’d like to explore his thoughts on modern health care, along with a host of other topics.  He recently gave an online interview to One-on-One, with Medscape Editor-in-Chief Eric J. Topol, MD and in it he covers a broad range of […]

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Aug 5, 2015
Malcolm Gladwell on David and Goliath

  In Malcolm Gladwell’s world, things aren’t always what they seem.  His eternal curiosity about topics we can all relate to, combined with his exhaustive research and insightful conclusions make him a great story teller and help us often see life in a different way.  But, what happens when Gladwell, himself, becomes obsessed with a […]

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Jul 30, 2015
More on PTSD and the ICU

ICU stays are stressful on everyone: patients and family members.  We have written about the stress of an ICU stay not only on patients, but on caregivers several times on this blog. We have specifically discussed depression in patients post ICU-stay, and PTSD for parents of pediatric patients and family members of adult patients. Another […]

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Jul 23, 2015
Vulnerability, Shame and Health Care

Brene Brown. By now, you’ve probably heard her name or heard about one of her TED Talks (see below). Dr. Brown has researched shame and vulnerability and how it impacts individuals’ lives. In her research regarding shame, she has tried to learn how individuals can overcome shame and why some suffer so much more than […]

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