Disease Outbreak Shows What -- and Why -- We Can Learn From Mistakes
When physicians failed to follow the principles of evidence-based medicine, it exacerbated a pertussis outbreak in Kentucky. Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that doctors must learn from such mistakes.[Read More]
What to Do When Experienced Colleague Is Wrong? Speak Up
Young physicians often defer to more experienced colleagues when there are differing opinions. The problem, Peter Rippey, M.D., writes is that sometimes the more experienced physician is wrong.[Read More]
Out of Control: What I Learned From 36 Hours in Labor
Physicians like to be in control in health care settings, but Beth Oller, M.D., says doctors -- like all patients -- relinquish much control when they are admitted to a hospital.[Read More]
Power of Diagnosis: Delivering Bad News Is Just the Beginning
Telling patients they have HIV infection is hard. Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., writes that helping patients understand they can live life with a serious illness can be even more difficult.[Read More]
Ensuring Appropriate Care When Views of Physician, Patient Collide
Patients often forget that physicians are people with their own beliefs, and ethical dilemmas can arise when these beliefs conflict with a patient's medical needs and wishes. Kimberly Becher, M.D., considers how to preserve both the dignity of physicians as well as appropriate care for patients when that occurs.[Read More]
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