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May 1st, 2020

Podcast 265: COVID-19 in skilled nursing facilities

We (Dr. Danielle Bowen Scheurer and Joe Elia) talk with Dr. John Jernigan of the CDC COVID-19 Investigation Team, which recently published its findings on the spread of COVID-19 in a Seattle-area skilled nursing facility. Most intriguingly, over half the patients who tested positive were asymptomatic at the time of their first testing, and a few […]


March 18th, 2020

Podcast 258 — One clinician’s experience of the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic in the U.S.

We talk with Susan Sadoughi, an internist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, about how quickly things have changed over the past week. Last week, I introduced the Fauci interview by saying that I’d heard a clinician complain that she’d spent half her time answering questions about COVID-19. This week, she’s our guest, and she’s […]


February 13th, 2020

Podcast 252: We revisit our chat about chatting about guns

Back in November, Ali Raja and Joe Elia talked with Garen Wintemute about his Health Affairs paper regarding addressing the topic of guns with patients. Having encountered another of those weeks in which interviewees were either on vacation (richly deserved, we’re certain) or too busy to respond to Joe’s requests (get some sleep!), we’re going to […]


November 7th, 2019

Podcast 241: Talking about guns with patients

Running time: 18 minutes In California, Garen Wintemute and his group find evidence that people are willing to discuss gun safety with their clinicians, especially when there may be danger of harm present. That willingness extends across gun owners and non-owners. So why aren’t more clinicians doing it? The findings appear in Health Affairs. Links to the article […]


January 13th, 2017

Podcast 205: Listen to the patient!

Danielle Ofri has written a new book, “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear,” that’s full of advice on how best to listen to your patients. She also recounts her own adventures (and misadventures) in patient communication. The book is published by Beacon Press, which offers a free first chapter available for immediate electronic reading. Details are […]


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 found […]


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