Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment. by David Epstein, From ProPublica and The Atlantic.
Via Louise Prince:
“Dr. Johnson sends the scientific and NY Times articles. I wanted to send this “feel good” article about patient experience. What we do matters. It’s a quick read.”
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Gary Johnson: “This adds to the medical literature that a small number of doctors prescribe an enormous amount of narcotic….”
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Via Gary Johnson:
Glenn Baker is what hospitals call a superutilizer, coming into the ER again and again with multiple health issues made worse by homelessness. So a Chicago hospital decided to offer him a home.
Instead of opioids, an ER in New Jersey now treats many pain patients with alternatives like laughing gas, trigger-point injections and even a therapy harp.
Rothman adds: Lewis Nelson, who gave an excellent Grand Rounds here on opioids in June of 2013, “The New Opium War: The Epidemiology of Prescription Opiod Misuse,” is mentioned. (Click the link for full video)
“St. Joe’s is on the leading edge,” said Dr. Lewis S. Nelson, a professor of emergency medicine at New York University School of Medicine, who sat on a panel that recommended recent opioid guidelines for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “But that involved a commitment to changing their entire culture.”