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Can We Design Our Way to Better Health? Some Vermonters Think So – Seven Days

Read article – Quotes James Rustad, assistant professor of psychiatry, in an article about user-experience designer Katie McCurdy and her startup Pictal Health, which helps people suffering from chronic illness create visual depictions of their symptoms to share with their doctor. Rustad says he’s interested in pursuing long-term research on the effects of design work such as McCurdy’s. He treated 10 veterans who had worked with McCurdy to map their health problems. “I think the patients found the process of working with her quite therapeutic,” Rustad said. “I thought she was really able to capture the breadth and depth of their life experience.”

The Downside of Strong Growth in Health Care Jobs: Higher Costs – STAT News

Read article – Quotes Jonathan Skinner, the James O. Freedman Presidential Professor in Economics and professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, and Carrie Colla, associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, in an article about how job growth in the health care sector is leading to higher costs. “It is unlikely that health care cost growth will moderate without a corresponding moderation in the growth of health care employment,” said Skinner and Colla. (The quote comes from Skinner and Colla’s new book, titled The Trillion Dollar Revolution.)

‘Baby-Friendly’ Hospitals Reportedly Encourage Babies to Breastfeed – Baby Gaga

Read article – Cites comments by Alison Volpe Holmes, associate professor of pediatrics, medical education, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, which encourages hospitals and birthing centers to promote breastfeeding in response to plunging breastfeeding rates worldwide.

Do ‘Baby-Friendly’ Hospitals Work for All Moms? – The New York Times: Parenting

Read article – Quotes Alison Volpe Holmes, associate professor of pediatrics, medical education, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about the effectiveness of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, which encourages hospitals and birthing centers to promote breastfeeding in response to plunging breastfeeding rates worldwide.

Thanks, a Lot – AAMC

Read article – Quotes Catherine Pipas, professor of medical education, community and family medicine, and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about how students and doctors can learn to practice gratitude to ward off burnout and rekindle their love of medicine. Pipas encourages medical students and physicians to practice gratitude by building quiet time into their daily routines, regularly calling out people at meetings for things they did well, forming coffee groups with colleagues to share appreciations, and looking for opportunities to practice kindness to others. “We need to have the time, the tools, and the permission to use these,” says Pipas.