This JAMA editorial, Clarifying the Language of Clinician Distress, offers a look at the complexity of physician burnout. The piece suggests that rather than talking about burnout we need to more precisely describe the problem for what it is: Moral distress. Moral distress, according to the authors, occurs when a doctor believes they know the right thing to do ... Continue Reading about Moral Distress and Pet Theories of Burnout
The Department of Justice’s criminal investigation of EHR vendor Practice Fusion showcases medical tech’s latest display of malfeasance. As part of a sweeping DOJ investigation Practice Fusion admits that it solicited and received kickbacks from a major opioid company in exchange for utilizing its EHR software to influence physician prescribing of opioid pain ... Continue Reading about Practice Fusion Kickback Scheme to Push Opioid Prescriptions
"You can sleep when you’re dead,” the surgery attending said to me in 1989 when I showed up from the call room a minute late for rounds. As funny as it sounds, I believed him. Surgery work-life balance has never been a thing. In fact, this mindset has been part of surgery’s (and medicine’s) hustle culture for years. Broken personal lives were sadly worn as a badge of ... Continue Reading about Surgery ￼Work-life Balance Reconsidered
Following a post last week about the benefits of immunization, Ohio pediatrician Nicole Baldwin became the target of a coordinated anti-vaccine attack on TikTok, Facebook and even her office. Her story then became the subject of mainstream media news. Of course, physicians as targets of the anti-vaccine mob is not new. Bloggers and early era social media ... Continue Reading about Anti-vaccine Attack on TikTok – Is Facebook Complicit?
In a field now awash with data and technologies, physicians are preparing for the transformation of patient care, according to the 2020 Health Trends Report, The Rise of the Data-Driven Physician, published by Stanford Medicine. The report documents key trends steering the healthcare's future, including an emerging digital health market, new laws opening patient ... Continue Reading about Data-Driven Physician – 2020 Stanford Med Health Report
This week has been marked by decade in review posts and tweetstorms. This from Ian Bogost on Twitter this morning: I am not sure these ‘decade-in-review’ tweetstorm summaries work once you’re not in your 20’s/30’s. Eventually you’re just ... living your life. It’s not bad, exactly, it’s just that the momentous stuff is somewhat front-loaded. There’s ... Continue Reading about Decade in review and the drama of personal success