News roundup: Gawande and SciFri

Local doc and NewYorker writer Atul Gawande made the NPR rounds on his story about end of life care. The strongest parts of the story talk about how hard it is for a doctor to tell a patient he or she is dying. When he told a patient with metastatic colon cancer that he could offer treatments to “prolong her life,” she and her husband later described that term as “blunt” and “harsh.” He makes the point that doctors need to do better in dealing with dying patients.

He was on Fresh Air and NPR news.

Speaking of NPR, Science Friday may as well have broadcast from Boston this week

One segment featured Tom Delbanco and Sara Fazio, two BI docs who are involved in the “Open Notes” project. More than 100 doctors in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Washington will invite their patients to read their visit notes.

 Opening documents that are often both highly personal and highly technical is anything but simple; the implications are broad and filled with uncertainty, the two recently wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Another  featured Gerald Koocher a Simmons College psychologist, on his research paper on the role peers play in policing scientific misconduct.




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