At Penn’s fourth annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Health Equity Symposium, keynote speaker Howard Koh, MD, MPH, former Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), shared a motivating quote by Dr. King: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
In an inspiring perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine, new LDI Senior Fellow Atheendar Venkataramani and Alexander Tsai of Harvard explain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and urge medical and public health professionals to counter the threat posed by the program’s rescission.
[reposted: Vidya Viswanathan, Matthew Seigerman, Edward Manning, and Jaya Aysola. Examining Provider Bias In Health Care Through Implicit Bias Rounds, Health Affairs Blog, July 17, 2017. http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2017/07/17/examining-provider-bias-in-health-care-through-implicit-bias-rounds/: Copyright ©2017 Health Affairs by Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.]
[cross-posted from the Health Cents blog on philly.com]
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Training social work students to recognize later-life depression: Is standardized patient simulation effective?
In Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, Zvi Gellis and Eunhae Grace Kim assess the affect of an educational intervention on social work students' understanding of later-life depression. The authors note that, although social workers are the largest provider of mental health services in the nation, they receive little coursework or clinical training in late-life depression unless they are in a gerontology specialization. The authors developed and completed a Standardized Patient Simulation course with 104 students, and assessed whether the simulation improved student knowledge...
Where you end up may depend on where you start. That’s the perspective taken by LDI Senior Fellow Said Ibrahim in the New England Journal of Medicine, as he discusses how shared decision-making tools and increased patient knowledge affect treatment choice. Specifically, Ibrahim looks at elective joint replacement, and examines how increased use of decision aids affects the choice to pursue either conservative management or total joint replacement.
Economic evaluation of a behavioral intervention versus brief advice for substance use treatment in pregnant women: results from a randomized controlled trial
In BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Xiao Xu and colleagues, including Jennifer Ruger, assess the economic impact of motivational enhancement therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (MET-CBT) among substance-using pregnant women. The study was performed alongside a clinical trial that compared the intervention to brief advice about the risks of substance use and found no significant differences in the outcomes such as drug and alcohol use. As such, the authors conducted a cost minimization analysis, from the perspective of the health system. They found that, while the intervention...
In a recent report, the CDC tracks drug overdose deaths in the US between 1999-2015. The trends are not exactly what you might expect.
[This post originally appeared on the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia blog.]
Should a patient’s level of cognitive function be considered when allocating scarce organs for transplantation? In a recent perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), LDI Senior Fellows Scott Halpern and David Goldberg weigh in on the highly charged debate about organ allocation to cognitively disabled people.