From the monthly archives: December 2010

Although it is inevitable that errors will occur in patient care, a recent article in New England Journal of Medicine showed that there has been no significant change in the number of patients harmed in our hospitals (“Temporal Trends in Rates of Patient Harm Resulting from Medical Care”, NEJM 2010;363:2124-34). Landrigan and colleagues studied the […]

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Palliative care or ‘end of life’ is always difficult to discuss. However, it is important that just as we want our loved ones cared for compassionately and thoroughly, that tests or treatments not be done when they don’t change the outcome or will cause suffering.  A number of patients who are about to die from […]

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Health care costs escalated by $1B per year, leaving schools dramatically underfunded according to a report from the Boston Foundation (“Health Care Costs Drain State Aid for Schools”, Boston Globe December 9, 2010). The outcome may be “trimming employee health benefits” along with major spending cuts in education. This comes on the heels of reports […]

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