Physician suicide: 4 ideas to address the public health epidemic

Two of the men Pamela Wible, M.D., a family practice physician, dated in medical school took their own lives. Eight physicians in her small town committed suicide. Writ large, physician suicide is a public health issue: More than one million patients lose their physicians each year because those physicians take their own lives. In a recent interview with Christine Sinsky, M.D., from the American Medical Association, posted on the KevinMD blog, Wible offered several steps the medical community can take to help prevent additional physician suicides.

How docs' emotional intelligence affects outcomes

While medicine clearly requires a high intellect and vast clinical and technical knowledge, emotional intelligence plays a critical role in how effectively physicians communicate and establish relationships with patients, Alan H. Rosenstein, M.D., an internist, educator and consultant in healthcare management, said during a Nov. 17 webinar reported by Becker's Hospital Review.

Engage patients to better manage chronic conditions

You've seen the same patients year in and year out, and you've given them the same round of warnings and advice every year, but you can't seem to get them to do anything about it. Increased emphasis on how your patients can improve their lives rather than dire warnings about why they ought to change course could be a deceptively simple way to improve the odds of success, according to an article at PennLive.

3 ways docs can help prevent gun-related harm

Although physicians can't solve the problem of firearm violence, they can be part of the solution, according to a Boston-based emergency physician, who spoke to Medscape Medical News following a presentation on the subject at the American Public Health Association 2015 Annual Meeting.

Docs must be more leery of off-label prescribing

Off-label prescribing is a common practice for physicians, particularly when treating some of their sickest patients for whom other remedies have failed, according to an article from the Wall Street Journal. But the incidence of side effects also rises sharply when drugs are given to patients for other than their intended purposes, new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed, spurring a call for physicians to monitor their off-label prescribing more closely.


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