When a person opts for a surgical procedure, such as one that calls for the implantation of a medical device, they assume that it will improve their health.
Bringing a child into the world is one of the greatest joys a person can experience.
Were you recently involved in a car accident? Are you assisting a loved one in this position?
Do you have reason to believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice?
Do strong malpractice laws impact the quality of care that patients receive? At least in one area -- post-surgical complications -- they don't. That was the finding of a recent study by Northwestern University's medical school.
If you or a family member relies on a hospital run by the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical care, you now have access to ratings for the 146 VA medical centers across the country. The VA has always rated its facilities on a one-to-five scale in order to determine which ones need improvement, with five being the best. However, late last year, the VA began publishing the information on its website.
Everyone wants to have the best possible doctor, whether for annual check-ups, treatment of a serious or chronic condition or major surgery. A doctor's gender should be irrelevant. However, a recently-published study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found that outcomes for patients with female doctors were better than for those with male doctors.
Multiple studies have shown that young doctors working long hours with no breaks put their patients as well as themselves at risk. For that reason, work hour restrictions were put in place in 2011. These limited first-years residents' shifts to no more than 16 hours.
Sometimes good investigative reporting can bring a widespread problem to light and catch the attention of lawmakers who have the power to do something about it.
Many people assume that surgeons and medical specialists are the subject of medical malpractice suit, many internists are also the subject of lawsuits. Many primary care physicians are internists.