Archive for 2015

Doctors Aren’t Top Opioid Prescribers in NH

New Hampshire Union Leader – Quotes Seddon Savage, adjunct associate professor of anesthesiology and a member of the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, about how doctors at specialty pain clinics usually concentrate on treatments and procedures, while nurse practitioners and physician assistants handle medications and prescriptions. “Prescribing opioids, particularly prescribing them well, is very time-consuming,” says Savage. “I think everyone needs more training.”

Presenteeism More Costly Than Absenteeism

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Quotes Scott Wallace, visiting professor of community and family medicine, about how employees who regularly engage in “presenteeism,” or going to work while ill, is more costly than absenteeism and is detrimental to employees and employers alike. “Unhealthy workers are unproductive workers—and they’re expensive,” says Wallace. “The impact on employees is tremendous when they show up at work sick. The stress makes them sicker, and their performance level at work is in the gutter.”