Monthly Archives: April 2014

Beyond the platitudes: Thorny challenges in delivering patient-centered care.

Blog post by Dr. Michael Fisch The phrase “patient-centered care” is ubiquitous in discussions of healthcare delivery. There are innumerable conceptual models for patient-centered care and even a research institute named the “Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI,” authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help […]

A Legacy of Surgical Outcomes – April 22 2014 Chat

Blog post by Thomas K. Varghese Jr. MD, MS, FACS Ernest Codman MD (1869-1940) was the prototypical genius surgeon. Graduate of Harvard Medical School in 1895, internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and eventually a member of the surgical staff at Mass General and of the Harvard faculty. His impact was in many fields – shoulder […]

The Science of Healing Places – April 15 2014 Chat

Blog post by Lisa Fields I first became interested in Esther Sternberg MD after listening to a remarkable interview by Krista Tippett’s (@kristatippett) host of On Being (@Beingtweets). “Esther Sternberg is an immunologist and a pioneer on this new frontier that’s giving rise to disciplines like neuroimmunology and environmental psychology. Architects are working with scientists to […]

Fighting the Status Quo in Healthcare – April 8 2014 Chat

Blog post by Colin Hung A story out of Halifax, Nova Scotia this week got me thinking about the fight against status quo in healthcare. Nurses in the Capital Health District walked off the job to protest what they considered to be unacceptable patient safety conditions. One of the central issues was the nurse-to-patient ratio. […]