Articles by: Geisel Communications

Study: VA Hospitals Outperform Nearby Healthcare Facilities – UPI

Read article – Continued coverage of comments by William Weeks, professor of psychiatry, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about a study he coauthored that found that U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals may provide better quality care than other hospitals in many American communities. (Similar coverage in Military.com.)

VA Hospitals Outperform Peers in Care Quality, Study Finds – Becker’s Hospital Review

Read article – Continued coverage of comments by William Weeks, professor of psychiatry, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about a study he coauthored that found that U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals may provide better quality care than other hospitals in many American communities. (Similar coverage in 2 Minute Medicine.)

U.S. Veterans’ Hospitals Often Better Than Nearby Alternatives – Reuters

Read article – Quotes William Weeks, professor of psychiatry, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in a feature story about a study he coauthored that found that U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals may provide better quality care than other hospitals in many American communities. The findings suggest that outsourcing veterans’ care to non-VA hospitals solely for patient convenience should be reconsidered, particularly in regions where nearby hospitals don’t achieve quality scores that are better than the VA. (Picked up by WSAU, WIBQ, Stars and Stripes, and New Hampshire Union Leader.)

Pilot Walk-in Clinic Improves Access to Mental Health Care – Medscape

Read article – Quotes Cornel Stanciu, assistant professor of psychiatry, about new research that shows that changing access to mental healthcare from an appointment-based model to a walk-in model increases and maintains access to care. “Individuals with addictive disorders must be in the right stage of change with sufficient motivation to be able to enter treatment effectively. During the course of addiction, motivation fluctuates and therefore timing is a main determinant in whether someone meaningfully enters treatment and ultimately succeeds,” says Stanciu.

Pediatricians Want Parents to Stop Giving Toddlers Digital Toys – New Hampshire Union Leader via Reuters

Read article – Continued coverage of comments by Jennifer Emond, assistant professor of biomedical data science and of pediatrics, in an article about a study that found that interactive digital toys and mobile apps designed for little kids get in the way of creative play and interactions with caregivers that are essential for child development.

In Appreciation: Lisa Schwartz, Expert in Overtreatment and Pathbreaking Educator, Dies at 55 – The Cancer Letter

Read article – An article remembering the life of Lisa Schwartz, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, who died on November 29 after a seven-year struggle with cancer. Schwartz and her husband and fellow Geisel professor Steve Woloshin, have been international thought leaders in research on communication of medical information for the public, health professionals, the media, and policymakers.

Dr. Lisa Schwartz, 55, Is Dead; Warned of Unnecessary Treatments – The New York Times

Read article – An obituary for Lisa Schwartz, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, who with her husband and fellow Geisel professor Steven Woloshin devoted her life to warning patients about the dangers of unnecessary medical tests and treatment and excessive diagnoses. Schwartz and Woloshin trained hundreds of journalists to become more skeptical about claimed scientific breakthroughs and miracle cures. (Picked up by WRAL.)