For good doctors, stress is inevitable. We recognize that our decisions have high stakes, and we understand that error is unacceptable. With such a high bar of perfectionism and self-sacrifice, it’s unsurprising that so many doctors struggle with mental illness

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Putting Care Back in the ICU

December 15, 2015

Does a more humane hospital make a safer hospital? That’s a question Johns Hopkins is grappling with — and Dr. Peter Pronovost believes the answer is yes. Berman Institute faculty and staff are among the Project Emerge collaborators seeking to improve the intensive care experience

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by: Elizabeth Dzeng, As ethicists like to point out, what is the law is not always ethical and what is ethical is not always the law. Passage of the End of Life Options Act in California does not imply that we’ve resolved the debate on aid in dying, nor should it define our moral stance

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There’s a prescription drug abuse problem sweeping the United States, but fixing it will require a systematic change focused on how most health professionals prescribe drugs, rather than changing the practices of a few bad apples

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What if, in addition to an ethical duty to do what we feel is best, we also had an ethical duty to recommend the most cost-effective care?

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Snooping on celebrities has been a bane for health systems around the country for years. The proliferation of electronic medical records systems has made it easier to track and punish those who peek in records they have no legitimate reason to access

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Since 2003, strict rules have limited how long medical residents can work without a break. The rules are supposed to minimize the risk that these doctors-in-training will make mistakes that threaten patients’ safety because of fatigue. But are these rules really the best for new doctors and their patients? There’s been intense debate over that and some say little data to resolve the question

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Some patients are bringing troves of fitness-tracker data to their checkups, but the doctor might not find it all that helpful

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