The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care The Dartmouth Atlas Project is a great source of information about the geographic variation in the distribution and use of medical resources across the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and [...]
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice health care programs and professionals in the United States. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the NHPCO advocates on behalf of the terminally ill and their families. It also develops public and professional educational programs [...]
Patient Decision Aids What ia a Patient Based Decision Aid? The goal of patient based decision aids is to illuminate available options to patients in an unbiased way. They explain the risks and the benefits of each option based on evidence and inform patients about potential outcomes. Decision aids allow patients to think about their [...]
Health Care Blogs The Healthbeat Blog A blog written by Maggie Mahar. a fellow at The Century Foundation and the author of “Money- Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much” (Harper/Collins 2006). The KevinMD Blog The KevinMD Blog is written by physician Kevin Pho MD, a primary care physician from New Hampshire. [...]
As Need to Know reports this week, childhood obesity is a staggering problem in the U.S., with CDC stats putting the number of obese children (2-19) in America at nearly 12.5 million. In 2010, the President Barack Obama passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to combat the country’s high obesity rates among children. Under the [...]
Lt. Commander Pam Wall discusses the unique advantages nurses have when it comes to delivering mental health care to wounded veterans.
The V.A.’s deputy chief consultant for specialty mental health talks to Scott Simon about treating traumatized vets once they return home.