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Personal preventive health practices of physicians can benefit patients
There is a direct, positive link between physicians' preventive health practices and those of their patients, found a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2013-04-08)

Clearing the air: discussing resuscitation orders in hospitals
Although most people want their physicians to discuss resuscitation or (2000-11-13)

Younger primary care physicians have greater turnover
This article appears in the July/August 2017 issue of Annals of Family Medicine. Link will go live at 5 p.m. ET, July 10. (2017-07-10)

No greater risk if physician delivers fewer babies
In their study of all single births attended primarily by family physicians at a Vancouver teaching hospital, Michael Klein and colleagues found no association between adverse outcomes for mothers or newborns and family physicians who make few deliveries. (2002-05-13)

Understanding why potentially inappropriate medications are continued at the end of life
A recent interview study has uncovered factors that may contribute to the use of potentially inappropriate medications at the end of life. (2016-10-17)

Surgeons are taller and better looking than other doctors
Surgeons are taller and more handsome than physicians, finds a study in this week's Christmas issue of the BMJ. Doctors at the University of Barcelona Hospital noticed that the tallest and most handsome male students were more likely to go for surgery, and the shortest (and perhaps not so good looking) ones were more likely to become physicians. (2006-12-21)

Doctors Missing Chance To Help Teens Who Smoke
Physicians who treat teenager smokers are missing important opportunities to discourage tobacco use among adolescents. (1999-03-05)

Survey: Most patients want to shake hands with their physicians
Most patients want physicians to shake their hands when they first meet, and about half want their first names used in greetings, according to a report in the June 11 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-06-11)

Physicians with highly educated spouse less likely to work in rural underserved areas
In a study appearing in the March 1, 2016 issue of JAMA, Douglas O. Staiger, Ph.D., of Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., and colleagues examined the prevalence of physicians with highly educated spouses and whether having such a spouse was associated with working in rural underserved areas. (2016-03-01)

Physicians and patients perceive good communication differently
Family physicians have a different view of what constitutes good communication compared to patients and trained clinical raters. (2018-07-10)

No evidence that family physicians have a lower success rate treating depression
A statement by Dr. Ronald Kessler, Ph.D, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, regarding the results of a June 16 Journal of American Medical Association article entitled 'The Epidemiology of Major Depressive Disorder.' (2003-06-19)

Burnout and scope of practice in new family physicians
Among physicians, family physicians report some of the highest levels of burnout. According to a new study, however, early career family physicians who provide a broader scope of practice report significantly lower rates of burnout. (2018-05-14)

Physicians use complex process in addressing non-patient requests
When confronted with a medical request from family or friends (non-patients), physicians follow a complex process in deciding how to respond. According to a focus group study of 33 family medicine residents and 16 senior physicians, physicians first orient themselves to the situation: who is this person; what is he or she asking of me, and where are we? (2018-01-09)

Physicians are more likely to use hospice and intensive care at end of life
New research suggests that US physicians are more likely to use hospice and intensive or critical care units in the last months of life than non-physicians. Hospitalization rates were similar. (2016-05-16)

Computer information systems in hospitals: What works and what doesn't?
Drs. Liette Lapointe and Suzanne Rivard analyze the reactions to computer information system implementation at three hospitals to understand better why physician resistance is often high and why implementations may fail. (2006-05-22)

Deprescribing in primary care runs counter to medical culture
This article appears in the July/August 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. Article link will go live at 5 p.m., ET, July 10. (2017-07-10)

Guidelines and reality
Taking the case of treatment by primary care physicians of three target diseases -- hypertension, heart failure, and chronic coronary heart disease -- in the current edition of Deutsches Arzteblatt International Ute Karbach and her coauthors investigate the relationship for physicians between knowing the guidelines and acting in compliance with them. (2011-02-25)

Family physicians in South Africa strengthen district hospital care
Family physicians in South Africa strengthen district hospital care, not community health center care. (2018-01-09)

Physicians' work should focus on personalized care, not transactional tasks
Shifting physicians' roles from transactional tasks to personalized care would best serve patients, physicians and society. (2018-03-13)

Physician approaches to palliative sedation
Physicians take two types of approaches to palliative sedation, either mild sedation or deep sedation from the start, and it is important to understand the reasons behind each approach, states an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2012-02-13)

What types of physicians are best to treat patients with HIV?
Physicians with expertise or a specialty in HIV deliver better quality of care to patients with active HIV, reports Bruce Landon, Harvard Medical School associate professor of health care policy, and colleagues in the May 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. (2005-05-25)

US study highlights earnings gap among black and white male physicians
White male physicians in the United States earn substantially more than black male physicians, even after accounting for factors such as medical specialty, experience, and hours worked, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2016-06-07)

Physicians have higher rate of organ donation registration than general public
A study that included about 15,000 physicians found that they were more likely to be registered as an organ donor compared to the general public, according to a study in the July 16 issue of JAMA. (2014-07-15)

Physicians' losses can contribute to burnout
This article appears in the July/August 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. Link goes live at 5 p.m. ET, July 10. (2017-07-10)

Doctors don't 'get' their patients
US physicians are often poor judges of their patients' health beliefs, according to a new study. However, physicians' understanding is better the more patients are involved by asking questions, expressing concerns, and stating their beliefs and preferences for care. Their analysis of how patients' health beliefs differ from their physicians' perception of these beliefs was just published online by Springer in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. (2010-07-26)

Treatment in hospital by older doctors linked to higher death rates
Patients in US hospitals treated by older physicians have higher mortality than patients cared for by younger physicians, except those physicians treating high volumes of patients, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2017-05-16)

Canadian-educated physicians need to practice in Canada, not the US
Phillips and colleagues report that, in 2006, one in 12 Canadian-educated physicians were practicing in the US. This accounts for just over half of the net loss of physicians from the Canadian-trained physician workforce. (2007-04-09)

More pediatric hospitalists using text messaging to communicate
More pediatric hospital physicians are communicating through cell phone text messaging, rather than the traditional pager method, according to research presented Oct. 21 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. (2012-10-21)

Indiana U. expert says nation's physicians support national health insurance
A study conducted by CHPPR at the Indiana University School of Medicine and published last year in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that 59 percent of physicians would support government legislation for National Health Insurance, a much more radical type of reform than that proposed by the Obama administration. Only 32 percent of physicians opposed national health insurance, according to the study. (2009-06-15)

Patients with immediate medical needs tend to perceive doctors as emotionless, study finds
A new study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, finds that the greater patients' need for medical care, the more likely patients will view their doctors as 'empty vessels,' devoid of emotions or personal lives of their own; at the same time, those patients expect their physicians to be able to contain the patients' emotions and experiences. (2015-08-18)

Boston Medical Center's CARE Unit receives additional NIH funding
The Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit in the Section of General Internal Medicine at BMC was recently awarded a $1,886,087 renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand its education of physicians-in-training to become sophisticated implementers of substance use screening, assessment and treatment research. (2011-02-14)

Canada must respect physician objectors who do not wish to refer patients for assisted death: Right to die
Assisted dying may become legal in Canada on Feb. 6, 2016, and we must respect physicians' conscientious objections to assisted dying if it is against their principles. Dr. John Fletcher, Editor-in-Chief of CMAJ argues that just as we allow physicians in Canada to opt out of referring pregnant women for abortion, so too must we allow a similar option in the case of referrals for assisted death. (2015-11-23)

First of its kind study in Canada looks at who is taking aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke
A new study out of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry shows a large population of healthy people are taking Aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, despite the fact that new literature shows it isn't as beneficial as once thought. (2013-03-19)

Top researcher argues most physicians aren't prepared to deal with obesity epidemic
The soaring obesity rates across the globe have been called the most critical challenge to public health of the 21st century. A top university researcher argues that most physicians are not adequately prepared to deal with this obesity epidemic. (2007-11-20)

To support lactating emergency physicians, consider these strategies
A new paper highlights strategies that emergency departments can implement to support lactating emergency physicians. (2020-06-30)

Referral decisions differ between primary care physicians and specialists
How do physicians decide which colleague to refer their patient to? It differs depending on whether you ask primary care or specialist physicians. Primary care physicians are more likely to cite reasons relating to patient access or physician-to-physician communication whereas medical or surgical specialists cite reasons related to patient experience with the chosen physician. Barnett and colleagues' work appears online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer. (2011-09-19)

After cancer: The role of primary care in cancer survivorship care
Primary care physicians are treating an increasing number of cancer survivors, yet they have no clear guidance on how best to care for such patients. This study considers how primary care physicians perceive their role in delivering care to cancer survivors. (2020-05-12)

Primary care physicians nationwide face clinical ethical conflicts with religious hospitals
Nearly 1 in 10 primary care physicians has experienced a conflict with a religiously-affiliated hospital or practice over religious policies for patient care. Most feel that when clinical judgment conflicts with religious hospital policy, physicians should refer patients to another institution. (2010-04-09)

UW study shows blacks and Latinos are more satisfied with physicians of the same race
Black and Latino patients who perceive racism in the health care system prefer and are more satisfied with physicians from the same race or ethnicity, according to a University of Washington study published in the Annals of Family Medicine. (2005-03-29)

Are Canadian physicians passing the test?
Canada is not keeping pace with countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom in revalidating the competence of its physicians, writes Dr. Wendy Levinson, chair of the University of Toronto's department of medicine. (2008-11-03)

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