Physicians, nurses and other staff members at medical clinics that care for people from lower-income communities are increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, adding to evidence that the health care workforce is under stress.
Assessing the impact of outside assistance on the deployment of peer specialists in Veterans Health Administration Patient Aligned Care Teams will provide critical data to administrators and policy makers.
Interns and residents often observe unprofessional behavior, but they are less likely to speak up about it, compared with traditional patient safety threats, even when they see high potential for patient harm.
Direct-to-consumer telehealth services are touted as a convenient, cheaper way to get care for minor ailments. But telehealth prompts new use of medical services. This may drive up spending rather than trim costs.
Analysis of prescribing habits for treatment of schizophrenia suggests that some clinicians may underprescribe clozapine and overprescribe multiple antipsychotics; addressing such inconsistencies with the evidence base could improve care.
To address a perceived shortage in rural primary care providers, RAND Corporation researchers projected the effects that various policy options could have on Washington State's rural primary care workforce through 2025.
An online Delphi-based process to select criteria for defining health care quality was rated as acceptable by three groups of participants, indicating it could be used to engage stakeholders in developing performance measures.
Health care teams could use social network analysis study findings to adjust team structures to help facilitate information exchange, promote collaboration, and improve team performance and patient outcomes.
Ethnic minority participants rated communication in simulated primary care visits substantially higher than White British participants, suggesting that lower scoring from minorities on the English GP Patient Survey reflects real quality differences.
The policy environment related to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) would benefit from a discussion involving a wide range of stakeholders about how to unify definitions of CAM as a collection of treatments vs. CAM as a professional field.
RAND researchers assessed Army medical practice in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and non-Veterans Affairs civilian facilities and suggested opportunities for improving military-civilian synergies.