Boston Hospital Comes Out of The Closet About Medical Mistakes

The front page of the Boston Globe, April 10,2013 had an article by Liz Kowalczyk,  “Airing Medical Mistakes.” http://bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2013/04/09/brigham-and-women-publishes-stories-medical-errors-focus-staff-attention-solutions/heFVdgGnLc2O9QqL1eiMnN/story.html Thank you Liz!  This is a great article about the steps Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has taken to come out of the closet about medical errors.  The hospital started a staff only intranet newsletter called,  Safety…

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Nursing Home Use Of Antipsychotics: A Boston Globe Series

I want to thank the Boston Globe writers, Kay Lasar and Matt Carroll, for doing the series on the use of anti-psychotic medications to treat Alzheimer’s disease  and persons without a mental illness called “A Rampant Prescription, A Hidden Peril.”  I applaud them for their research and investigation into the over use of these drugs in…

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A Mother’s Journey With Hemophilia, Autism and Sickle Cell Anemia

Last night on my radio show, The Empowered Patient, my guest was Towanna Lowe-Harris, mother of three.  Her oldest son has hemophilia and autism.  Her youngest son has sickle cell anemia.  Her story is one of courage and love. Hemophilia is most commonly, a genetically inherited male blood clotting disorder.  In her son’s case, it…

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Does The Role Of the Primary Care Provider Need Changing??

I find myself thinking about the changing role of the primary care provider (PCP).  What will the role be as the healthcare landscape changes?  Do you PCPs feel their roles are changing?  Does the role need revamping? As a nurse practitioner, I have always had the highest regard for the PCP role.  Most of my…

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