PRACTICE NEWS
AMA Calls for Inclusive Family, Medical Leave Policies
 

The American Medical Association (AMA) calls for inclusive family and medical leave policies to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) workers who care for relatives, spouses, and partners. The association says there are clear health benefits when family and medical leave policies are inclusive of LGBTQ workers.


Wed, 11 Jul 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
AMA: Docs Declare Drug Shortages Public Health Emergency
 

At the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA), physicians adopted policy declaring drug shortages an urgent public health crisis. Many of the drugs currently in shortage are required for patient care in all medical settings, including sterile intravenous products containing saline or other fluids.


Thu, 28 Jun 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
AMA President Calls Physicians to Lead in Addressing Gun Violence
 

The issue of gun violence must be addressed by the physician leadership scientifically, in an evidence-based manner, according to remarks issued by the president of the American Medical Association (AMA) at the organization’s annual meeting.


Fri, 15 Jun 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers
 

(HealthDay News) Physicians can help prevent caregiver burnout by recognizing symptoms such as stress, anxiety and depression. A guide for physicians published by the American Medical Association (AMA) recommends conducting systematic assessments of patient caregivers to identify caregiver needs.


Thu, 07 Jun 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
Prompts May Up Goals-of-Care Dialogues at Outpatient Visits
 

A patient-specific pre-conversation communication-priming intervention targeting patients and clinicians is associated with an increase in goals-of-care discussions among patients with serious illness, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.


Fri, 01 Jun 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
Patients Cite Top Reasons for Not Showing Up
 

Aside from forgetfulness and logistics, the top three reasons patients don't show up are: 1. Emotions: Anxiety or fear of bad news. 2. Perceived disrespect of patient's time or intelligence. 3. Scheduling confusion: A misplaced sense that not coming will relieve the clinic.


Mon, 16 Apr 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS