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December 10th, 2015

Podcast 192: Are we too sweet on HbA1c testing?

Over half the patients with Type 2 diabetes have their HbA1c measured too frequently — i.e., at least three times a year. Why is that a bad thing? Dr. Rozalina McCoy, the lead author of a paper in The BMJ explains. Using claims data, her group followed over 30,000 patients with stable HbA1c levels and […]


July 30th, 2014

Podcast 172: Listening for the Diagnosis, a Conversation with Danielle Ofri

Running time: 15 minutes Dr. Danielle Ofri, author and internist (as well as an aspiring cellist), is writing a book about how patients and clinicians hear each other. Our discussion centers on that, and on her request that you contact her if you can put her in touch with great diagnosticians (and maybe even their patients). […]


June 25th, 2014

Podcast 171: PTSD Treatment Effects Remain Largely Unmeasured By the Military and the VA

Running time: 10 minutes The Institute of Medicine’s report on treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder finds that active military and veterans with PTSD aren’t always getting evidence-based treatments. And when those treatments are used, they’re too often not used according to protocols and the results aren’t measured. The upshot? The agencies with responsibility for treating […]


June 5th, 2014

Podcast 170 — An Emergency Physician Has the Tables Turned On Her and Returns with Lessons for All Clinicians

Dr. Charlotte Yeh was crossing the street in Washington, D.C., on her way to dinner when a car hit her. She ended up in a Level I trauma center, and the experience was sobering for its reminder that in our drive to measure quality indicators, the patient may end up ignored or forgotten. Running Time: 10 minutes […]


September 25th, 2013

Podcast 168: The Camden Coalition’s work on alleviating the discontinuity of medical care

Running time: 10 minutes The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers formed about 10 years ago as a quarterly breakfast club of primary-care providers who were frustrated in their attempts to bring care to comprehensive care to their patients in Camden, N.J. The Coalition’s found and executive director, Dr. Jeffrey Brenner (himself a family physician) has just […]


September 14th, 2013

Podcast 167 — The polypill: adherence at last?

Running time: 7 min The recent JAMA article examining the effects of the “polypill” on adherence and clinical benefits in patients with (or at high risk for) cardiovascular disease, is our topic. The polypill in this trial contained fixed doses of four separate drugs: aspirin, a statin, lisinopril and one other blood-pressure-lowering drug — either […]


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