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 […]

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…” […]

Expanding horizons

Change is good. Over these past few weeks, I have thought about how to add more value and insight to The Human Factor. You will see some new ideas and content on this blog as 2012 progresses. Healthcare, like every policy process, is never a stand-alone social interest. Health is intricately entwined with issues as diverse…