Practice Management

Cannabinoid-Associated Analgesia May Be Mediated Through Modulation of Affective Processes

Cannabinoid-Associated Analgesia May Be Mediated Through Modulation of Affective Processes

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The analgesic effects of cannabinoid drugs may be mediated by a modulation of affective vs sensory processes.

Are Physician-Patient Relationships Ethical? Ethicists Say No, But Some Docs Disagree

Are Physician-Patient Relationships Ethical? Ethicists Say No, But Some Docs Disagree

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According to the American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics, romantic or sexual relationships between physicians and patients are unethical.

Make the Most of Employment: Guidelines for Evaluating Physician Employment Contracts

Make the Most of Employment: Guidelines for Evaluating Physician Employment Contracts

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Physician employment contracts include a number of bonuses and benefits that can be included or negotiated.

Using Data to Address Shortcomings in the US Physician Training System

Using Data to Address Shortcomings in the US Physician Training System

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Current data on the state of undergraduate and graduate medical education must be rigorously evaluated rigorously to influence change in the current medical education system.

Residents Should Take Advantage of Paid Time Off

Residents Should Take Advantage of Paid Time Off

Although there are many demands on residents, taking advantage of paid vacation time is one of the perks and should be maximized.

Clinical Practice Guidelines Establish Norms of Practice But Must Reduce Risk for Bias

Clinical Practice Guidelines Establish Norms of Practice But Must Reduce Risk for Bias

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Clinical practice guidelines are an important part of medical practice, but scarce funding for updates and the risk for bias have raised challenges.

Turning Your Passion Into a Side Hustle: Tips for Physicians

Turning Your Passion Into a Side Hustle: Tips for Physicians

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Whether you're interested in writing for healthcare blogs or dabbling in a subject outside the realm of medical care, there's something for anyone with an interest in a side hustle.

FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding Pen Needle Use

FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding Pen Needle Use

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Standard pen needles have an outer cover and removable inner needle cover, while safety pen needles have an outer cover and a fixed inner needle shield that is not removed before an injection.

Benefits and Ethical Considerations of Using AI for Predicting Incapacitated Patients' Consent

Benefits and Ethical Considerations of Using AI for Predicting Incapacitated Patients' Consent

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The use of an artificial intelligence algorithm could become valuable for medical decision-making processes.

Most Surgical Residents Want Financial Education

Most Surgical Residents Want Financial Education

Surgical residents feel strongly that personal financial education should be offered during medical training.

Examining the Ethical Considerations of Grateful Patient Fundraising

Examining the Ethical Considerations of Grateful Patient Fundraising

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Grateful patient philanthropy — donations often made "in response to excellent medical care" — comprises approximately $10 billion in charitable giving to health care centers per year.

Tips for When It's Time to Go: How to Leave Your Practice

Tips for When It's Time to Go: How to Leave Your Practice

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It's not unusual for physicians to move between practices or to leave an established practice to start their own.

Risks Associated With Diclofenac Initiation

Risks Associated With Diclofenac Initiation

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Patients initiating diclofenac may have an increased risk for cardiovascular events compared with individuals using paracetamol, other traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or those not taking NSAIDs.

Doctors and the D Word: Talking About Death Is an Essential Skill — and One Often Lacking

Doctors and the D Word: Talking About Death Is an Essential Skill — and One Often Lacking

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The reasons for physicians' discomfort with conversations about dying are as much cultural, social, and systemic as they are personal.

Patient Health Information Often Shared Electronically

Patient Health Information Often Shared Electronically

The most common electronically sent and received types of patient health information (PHI) include laboratory results and medication lists.

Physician Burnout Linked to Practice Size in Independent Urban Practices

Physician Burnout Linked to Practice Size in Independent Urban Practices

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A recent study found that practice size can play a role in whether or not a physician experiences burnout.

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

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A flexible overall performance score that can be modified in real time by users may be the most optimal method for generating relevant reviews for specific patient interests.

The Gamification of Medical School is Well Underway

The Gamification of Medical School is Well Underway

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Gamification approaches may have benefits that supplement those of traditional classroom learning.

Opioids Often Prescribed in the Absence of Pain Diagnosis

Opioids Often Prescribed in the Absence of Pain Diagnosis

Many outpatient opioid prescriptions have no documented medical indication.

Many Opportunities for Doctors Using Twitter

Many Opportunities for Doctors Using Twitter

Doctors can use Twitter to build networks and learn more about research in real time.

Physician Specialty Influences Rates of Burnout

Physician Specialty Influences Rates of Burnout

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Interested in specializing in critical care? You may want to reconsider.

Incorporating Guidelines Into Clinical Practice: An Interview With Gary L. LeRoy, MD

Incorporating Guidelines Into Clinical Practice: An Interview With Gary L. LeRoy, MD

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Despite their advantages, many clinicians do not necessarily agree with the centrality or content of CPGs. Others — especially primary care physicians (PCPs) — are overwhelmed by the vast and ever-increasing numbers of guidelines issued by multiple societies.

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

Disaster Preparedness 101: Physician Resources for Patients

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The American Heart Association has updated their disaster resources page with the latest tips to keep in mind when counseling patients ahead of a natural disaster.

Medical Practices Should Address Negative Online Reviews

Medical Practices Should Address Negative Online Reviews

Medical practice staff can effectively handle negative online reviews by staying calm and positive, looking for solutions, apologizing, and thanking the reviewers.

Achieving Proper Recognition for the Accomplishments of Women in Medicine

Achieving Proper Recognition for the Accomplishments of Women in Medicine

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Although the conversations may be difficult, residency program leadership must do its part to elevate the voices of female trainees.

KaPow: Using Medical Comics as a Tool for Patient Education

KaPow: Using Medical Comics as a Tool for Patient Education

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Medical comic books may be an acceptable form of patient education material, but clinicians should assess and honor patient preferences before providing these materials.

Four Homeopathic Products Recalled Due to Possible Microbial Contamination

Four Homeopathic Products Recalled Due to Possible Microbial Contamination

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Tests revealed Neuroveen to be contaminated with Staphylococcus saprophyticus and Burkholderia cepacia. Compulsin was also tested and found to contain B. cepacia.

Can Chaplains Guide Clinical Decision Making? An Ethical Assessment of Spirituality in the Exam Room

Can Chaplains Guide Clinical Decision Making? An Ethical Assessment of Spirituality in the Exam Room

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Medical teams that are willing to engage with and be informed by patients' religious worldviews are able to more effectively make clinical decisions.

Concierge Medicine Is Changing the Physician Practice Landscape

Concierge Medicine Is Changing the Physician Practice Landscape

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In addition to a better work-life balance, concierge medicine can reduce the number of patients a physician needs to see in order to make a living.

National Provider Identifiers Are Vulnerable to Theft

National Provider Identifiers Are Vulnerable to Theft

National Provider Identifiers are vulnerable to identity theft.

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