Read article – An opinion piece by Kathy Kirkland, professor of medicine and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in which she discusses President Donald Trump’s condolence call to Myeshia Johnson, the young widow of a serviceman killed in Niger. “A condolence call should be less about talking and more about listening, about being present. The only way to know the right thing to say is to listen for clues,” says Kirkland. (Kirkland is participating in this year’s Dartmouth Public Voices project.)
Read article – Quotes Lisa Marsch, director of the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health and professor of psychiatry and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about President Donald Trump’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency.
Read article – An opinion piece by Julie Kim, assistant professor of pediatrics, in which she discusses managing the pain of one of her 14-year-old cancer patients, and how pediatric patients are overlooked in the fight against opioid addiction. (Kim is participating in this year’s Dartmouth Public Voices project.)
Read article – Features research conducted by Carrie Colla, associate professor of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; and Alexander Mainor, a research project coordinator at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; for the Choosing Wisely campaign, whose goal it is to raise awareness among physicians and patients about avoiding unnecessary tests, treatments, and procedures. In their study, Colla and Mainor evaluated telephone surveys of physicians, administered in 2014 and 2017 by the American Board of Internal Medicine, to examine physicians’ attitudes toward and awareness of the use of low-value care. (Similar coverage in The American Journal of Managed Care.)
Read article – Quotes John Naslund, a PhD student in health policy at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about how young adults with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can also find social support via social media. “It’s definitely real that there’s hostility online,” Naslund said. “But we’ve found that comments related to mental health are overwhelmingly positive. People can learn how to cope with symptoms and how to find the right support.”
Read article – Cites comments by Lisa Schwartz, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about how overzealous screening for cancers of the thyroid, prostate, breast and skin, leads many older people to undergo treatments unlikely to extend their lives, but which can cause needless pain and suffering.
Read article – Quotes Stewart Tepper, professor of neurology, about how neuromodulation devices work by turning down brain activity, not stimulating it. “Neuromodulation devices can be electrical, temperature-altering, or magnetic,” says Tepper, adding that there are some devices which require surgical implant. “Right now there are three [non-surgical] neuromodulation devices that have been approved by the FDA and are no longer considered experimental.”
Read article – Lisa Marsch, director of the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health and professor of psychiatry and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, is quoted in an article about New Hampshire’s high opioid death rate. “It’s a terrible combination of factors,” including the types of drugs that permeate the state, geography and limited addiction resources, says Marsch. “My hope is that we can think of a more coordinated and multifaceted approach where we can reduce barriers” to treatment, instead of the “siloed responses that we’re seeing.”
Read article – Features research conducted by Glyn Elwyn, professor and senior scientist at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about how patients may be recording doctors office visits. “Patients are beginning to understand that they have a legitimate right to request a recording,” says Elwyn.
Read article – Melissa Masaracchia, assistant professor of anesthesiology, is quoted about an extensive quality assurance investigation at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center that subsequently revealed that multiple patients would not repeat a regional nerve block for post-op pain control if additional surgery was needed. According to Masaracchia, this quality assurance gap prompted an interdisciplinary improvement project comprising nurses, surgeons and anesthesiologists.