Here is a fascinating study that compares the United States to 11 other countries regarding factors associated with primary care coordination. Unfortunately, the US had the highest rate of poor primary care coordination. It is no surprise that adults with poor primary care coordination are more likely to be hospitalized and to visit the ER.
Are we too clean for our children’s good? This fun article takes a closer look.
How Social Isolation is Killing Us seems to be a fitting article to read as we think about all kinds of relationships in our lives.
The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness. As men grow older, they tend to let their friendships lapse. But there’s still time to do something about it.
Of course, there has been a lot of attention paid in the media to what a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would mean. For more on the topic, I recommended this article regarding the impact on Black Lung Benefits, and this one regarding the Donut Hole, Medicaid/Long Term Care and limiting the cost of insurance premiums.
In my work with clients, I interact with phenomenal healthcare workers of multiple ethnic backgrounds, many of whom immigrated to this country. This article, As New England Ages, Immigrants Make Up A Growing Share Of Health Workers, describes how as New England’s baby boomers grow older and live longer, the need for healthcare workers also increases.
This incredibly moving article about palliative care and dying helped me to work through some unresolved feelings about our recent work with a dying client.
I just loved this article!: The Mistrust of Science. During a commencement speech at the California Institute of Technology this year, Atul Gawande described the educational credentials the graduates received (regardless of discipline) and encouraged them to remember what real truth-seeking looks like.
As Gawande says, it is the effort not of a single person but of a group of people – the bigger the better – pursuing ideas with curiosity, inquisitiveness, openness and discipline. As scientists, in other words.
This is a wonderful article about being an organ donor, even at an older age.