From Health Leaders: Shame, fear and medical errors

From a recent talk at Harvard by Danielle Ofri, MD, author of What Doctors Feel. Ofri's talk centered on one emotion, shame, which she said overwhelms many doctors and is a major reason many medical errors go unaddressed. When errors are not acknowledged, even those without bad outcomes, no one learns from them, she said. … Continue reading From Health Leaders: Shame, fear and medical errors

Globe: BWH surgeon sues BWH over wife’s post-#hysterectomy #cancer diagnosis

The Globe's play on this story should say something -- Metro front rather than 1A.  Malpractice stories are tricky-- serious charges and a response penned by a lawyer, not a doctor.  (At 8 a.m., a complete version of the story was lingering on White Coat Notes, outside the paywall.) Note the Brigham's carefully worded statement … Continue reading Globe: BWH surgeon sues BWH over wife’s post-#hysterectomy #cancer diagnosis

Obesity surgeon — with support from colleagues — kept practicing despite complaints, via Boston Globe

Another reason to subscribe to the Globe: This Sunday story about how hard it is to get the knives out of the hands of potentially dangerous surgeons. The piece talks about  the state medical licensing board's slow process for reviewing complaints against practitioners like high-profile obesity doc Dr. Sheldon Randall. The story is behind the pay … Continue reading Obesity surgeon — with support from colleagues — kept practicing despite complaints, via Boston Globe

Globe: New approach to medical errors takes hold

Doctors generally don't admit to or apologize for even the most obvious medical mistakes. For the most part, they've never been allowed to. Blame it on those nasty malpractice lawyers who will use it against the doc in court. Or blame it on the hospital lawyers, who need to protect the institution, even if it means not sharing the facts with patients. … Continue reading Globe: New approach to medical errors takes hold

Health Wonk Review: Wearing the Green for the St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Here in Boston, researchers have looked into that most pressing of St. Patrick’s Day health questions: Is Guinness really good for you? Red wine gets all the press, but Tufts researchers found a positive association between beer and bone density. For this edition of the Health Wonk Review, we take a a look at the Irish Times and … Continue reading Health Wonk Review: Wearing the Green for the St. Patrick’s Day Edition