Emergency doctors and paramedics commonly misinterpret documents for end-of-life care choices

I wasn’t too surprised to learn that a pair of new studies finds that emergency care providers vary in their understanding of a type of medical order intended to communicate seriously ill patients’ choices for life-sustaining treatments. Coincidentally, part two of my extensive interview with Nancy Berlinger, Ph.D., a research scholar at The Hastings Center, appears today in Covering Health. Berlinger stressed… Read More Emergency doctors and paramedics commonly misinterpret documents for end-of-life care choices

Conference message to health journalists: be skeptical.

Day One at the Association of Healthcare Journalists conference in Boston and I already feel like a better journalist. Today focused in part on skepticism. This morning, Marshall Allen of ProPublica helped us make more sense of hospital ratings. When an organization or facility pronounces a “tops in…” or “ranked one of the best in…”… Read More Conference message to health journalists: be skeptical.