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posted 09/11/2019
Those of us who think that generic drugs are interchangeable with brand-name medications because the FDA requires them to be are in for an unpleasant surprise.
posted 04/30/2019
Why employers should stop wasting precious resources on ineffective health screenings and employee lifestyle programs.
posted 02/14/2018
Victoria Sweet’s new book offers a personal take on where modern medicine went wrong, and suggests that corporate restraints stand in the way of a more thoughtful approach to care.
posted 07/14/2017
A new study finds less than 20 percent of physicians' electronic notes were made up meaningful text. The remainder — mostly auto-filled "junk" text — does nothing to help doctors understand what's going on with patients.
posted 12/14/2016
Hospitals can be dangerous, uncomfortable places. As two recent pieces in high-profile medical journals detail, the "hospital-at-home" approach can offer a better alternative for many patients.
posted 10/31/2016
Will a diagnosis of “prediabetes” motivate meaningful lifestyle changes among patients, or simply lead patients and providers to use medications rather than refocus on aggressive lifestyle changes?
posted 09/28/2016
In order to see whether heart stents actually improved patients' lives, the VA health care system decided to ask them directly, before and after surgery. But does this approach work?
posted 06/14/2016

Two physicians argue that the effort to track health care quality needs to do a better job of measuring the misuse and overuse of health care services.

posted 04/25/2016

Do patient satisfaction scores encourage doctors to deliver better care — or do they lure them into gaming the system? A recent study looked at the link between patient experiences and health care outcomes.

posted 04/04/2016

Medicare recently announced it is likely to cover a diabetes prevention program that has been shown to be highly effective. Our Slow Medicine team explains why that’s exciting news for pre-diabetic patients.

Pieter Cohen's Blog

Those of us who think that generic drugs are interchangeable with brand-name medications because... more »
posted 09/11/19
Why employers should stop wasting precious resources on ineffective health screenings and... more »
posted 04/30/19
Victoria Sweet’s new book offers a personal take on where modern medicine went wrong, and... more »
posted 02/14/18