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  • The Stethoscope – JAMA A Piece of My Mind by JoAnne Burger, MD

    • Jul 21, 2022

    I almost didn't bring my stethoscope into the room. It was the end of the day, the end of the week, my neck ached, and I was dreading this encounter. The visit would be purely psychological, posing no diagnostic dilemma that a stethoscope might clarify. And yet, I threw it round my neck, my well-worn prop. A label and signifier, it might somehow help me traverse difficult ground and perhaps also provide permission to poke and look and ask. Maybe, to listen too.

  • What Doctors Wish Patients Knew About Using a Patient Portal

    • Jul 14, 2022

    An online patient portal is a website that is used to access personal health information. The patient portal is helpful for patients to keep track of their medical visits, test results, billing, prescriptions, and insurance writes Sara Berg, AMA Senior News Writer.

  • Long COVID: Over 200 Symptoms, and a Search for Guidance

    • Jul 5, 2022

    Long COVID poses a conundrum for physicians and researchers alike reports Jennifer Lubell, AMA Contributing News Writer. Representing a wide range of new, returning or ongoing health problems that arise about a month after initial infection, it can affect 20% to 30% of patients after recovery from even mild illnesses and about half of COVID-19 patients who required hospitalization.

  • Aspirin Use to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease - US Preventative Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

    • Jun 30, 2022

    Objective: To update its 2016 recommendation, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) commissioned a systematic review on the effectiveness of aspirin to reduce the risk of CVD events (myocardial infarction and stroke), cardiovascular mortality, and all-cause mortality in persons without a history of CVD.

  • Resident Wellness Postpandemic: How Does Healing Occur?

    • Jun 27, 2022

    Burnout, an ever-present risk in medicine, is defined as a pathological syndrome in which emotional depletion and maladaptive detachment develop in response to prolonged occupational stress.

  • Physicians Vital Role in a “Pandemic of Mistrust’ with Gerald Harmon, MD

    • Jun 21, 2022

    In a recent COVID-19 Update, AMA Chief Experience Officer Todd Unger talks with AMA President Gerald Harmon, MD, a family medicine specialist in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, about the important role physicians can play at this pivotal time in the COVID-19 pandemic. In this video interview, Dr. Harmon discusses the vital role physicians can play in countering misinformation about COVID-19, and what support physicians need to address the “pandemic of mistrust.”

  • What We’ve Learned about COVID-19, Burnout and the Doctor Shortage

    • Jun 10, 2022

    You are likely familiar with the staggering physician shortage projections made by the experts at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The nation will come up short on physicians within just a dozen years, by somewhere between 37,800 and 124,000 reports Andis Robeznieks, AMA Senior News Writer.

  • Clinical Trials Disrupted During War in Ukraine, JAMA Medical News & Perspectives

    • Jun 9, 2022

    In early April, listed nearly 400 ongoing studies with sites in Ukraine. The country has attracted pharmaceutical companies from around the globe that want to conduct clinical trials of their products. However, as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, “the clinical research has been temporarily stuck at the moment,” Lucy Lu, MA, chief financial officer of Suzhou, China–based Kintor Pharmaceutical, said in an interview.

  • One Person - JAMA A Piece of My Mind, by Wendy Stead, MD

    • May 31, 2022

    “Have you changed your mind about getting the COVID vaccine yet?” I ask her. She has arrived late for the visit. Her blood pressure is too high. She has another appointment in 20 minutes and just surprised me with the news that she was admitted to another hospital last week for uncontrolled diabetes. There is so much ground to cover in so little time that I almost don’t mention the COVID-19 vaccine again.

  • How We Will Know When COVID-19 Has Become Endemic

    • May 18, 2022

    Contributing News Writer Marc Zarefsky writes that the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Now, more than two years later, society is at a crossroads, according to AMA member Stephen Parodi, MD.

  • What Doctors Wish Patients Knew About Maintaining a Healthy Weight

    • May 11, 2022

    Losing weight is often hard enough to accomplish and maintaining a healthy weight for the long run can seem like an impossible task for many patients, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when many packed on pounds in the first year similar to the “freshman 15” in college. Many patients may expect weight loss to happen quickly, but just like weight gain, it does not happen overnight, writes Sara Berg, AMA Senior News Writer.

  • How—and Why—to Use Telehealth to Combat Mental Health Crisis

    • May 3, 2022

    Telehealth and other digital tools can help increase the overall impact of behavioral health integration (BHI) writes Tanya Albert Henry, AMA contributing news writer by expanding patients’ timely access to behavioral health treatment and enhancing your practice’s relationship with your patients, according to a recent report.

  • I Love You – JAMA A Piece of My Mind, by Cara Anne Poland, MD, MEd

    • May 3, 2022

    Mom was ill for 7 years. She died in the afternoon. That same morning, after years of fertility treatments, I’d heard my son’s heartbeat for the first time.

  • For This Emergency Doctor, the Hardest Diagnosis Was His Own

    • Apr 20, 2022

    Making snap judgments about illnesses and injuries is what he does every day. So when emergency physician Seth Trueger, MD, MPH, experienced progressive trouble walking and talking, he might have expected a quick diagnosis. What he got instead was a nine-month diagnostic odyssey that required him to use his privileges as a physician to help navigate the complex U.S. health care system writes Timothy M. Smith, AMA senior news writer.

  • Public Health Agency Outlines Guidance on Infectious Disease Risks for Ukrainian Refugees

    • Apr 12, 2022

    Citing the growing number of people fleeing the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces and seeking refuge in other European countries, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has released guidance for health officials and clinicians, targeting concerns about infectious disease vulnerabilities among the refugees.

  • Your Patient is Concerned about Caffeine – What do They Need to Know? A JAMA Patient Page

    • Apr 5, 2022

    Caffeine is a natural chemical stimulant that can also be created synthetically for consumption. This JAMA Patient Page has information you can share with patients about the effects of caffeine on health. To find this and other JAMA Patient Pages, go to the For Patients collection here.

  • What Do I Love? – JAMA A Piece of My Mind, by Deborah Edberg, MD

    • Mar 29, 2022

    In this narrative medicine essay, a family medicine physician offers a meditation on finding the elements of joy that often have been submerged while faced with all-encompassing challenges.

  • Physicians and the Great Resignation – A Great Reprioritization – AMA Moving Medicine Podcast

    • Mar 24, 2022

    In this conversation, family physician Mark Greenawald, MD, Carilion Clinic talks with AMA senior news writer Sara Berg and AMA chief experience officer Todd Unger about help-seeking in the context of the Great Resignation and what physicians are experiencing.

  • A Boost for Doctors’ Well-Being? Bring Back the Physician Lounge

    • Mar 15, 2022

    Enloe Medical Center in Chico, California, had a physician lounge. It was 550 square feet. In the basement. Dark. It lost the library space it once had and it was cramped, with about 15 chairs and offered mediocre food. It wasn’t a place physicians wanted to come to connect with one another—and it wasn’t going to reduce anyone’s stress. With thought and effort, medical center leaders transformed the space and the people who gathered in it.

  • Omicron Pushed Doctors to the Brink. 3 Keys to Get Them Back.

    • Mar 7, 2022

    With the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant came a surge in COVID-19 cases. It also placed additional strains on an already overwhelmed health care system. While physician burnout was a problem before the pandemic, Omicron has contributed to unique stressors and psychological consequences that require a shift in well-being priorities, writes Sara Berg, AMA Senior News Writer.