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Concierge Medicine Is Here and Growing!!

An increasing number of primary care physicians are downsizing to a concierge medical practice (also termed “retainer-based medicine”). In a concierge medical practice, the physician limits the number of patients in his practice and offers exclusive services for an annual fee. The patient pays a surcharge for increased access and additional services from their physician.1 […]

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Humanizing the Electronic Medical Record with the Personal Fact

The current model of patient care promotes a system wherein patients are viewed as diseases with treatment plans rather than individuals with a lifetime of experiences. This is further exaggerated by the electronic medical record, wherein streams of impersonal data are presented above the patient narrative. Quantitative data are crucial for medical management, but it […]

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How Well Are Pulses Measured?

Although taking a radial pulse is considered to be an essential clinical skill, there have been few reports on how well it is measured in clinical practice, and how its accuracy and precision are influenced by rate, rhythm, and blood pressure. Methods This study is a retrospective quality audit carried out as part of a […]

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The Intention-to-Treat Analysis Is Not Always the Conservative Approach

The randomized trial design can be thought of as a means to answer 2 types of general questions: 1) what is the effect of assigning a treatment?; or 2) what is the effect of receiving a treatment? In public health, we are normally concerned with the first question—the effect of assigning a treatment. If we […]

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Mindfulness-Based Laboratory Reduction: Reducing Utilization Through Trainee-Led Daily ‘Time Outs’

Overuse of laboratory investigations is widely prevalent in hospitalized patients, leads to discomfort, and increases direct and indirect costs. Objective We implemented a simple, inexpensive, mindfulness strategy on our inpatient medical clinical teaching unit to reduce unnecessary laboratory orders through education, a forcing function, and daily structured laboratory “time outs.” Methods On a 26-bed unit […]

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