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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.”
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.
In early April, ClinicalTrials.gov 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a new year comes more opportunities for change, especially to reduce physician burnout and improve well-being, writes Senior News Writer, Sara Berg. Many people have already started to reprioritize what they want to be doing with their lives.
As a physician, you know that research shows having social support and personal networks makes getting regular physical activity, eating healthy, losing weight, reducing stress, and quitting smoking easier. The NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute encourages everyone to join their campaign #OurHearts. It is an inspiring way for The Heart Truth® to encourage and motivate your patients to adopt heart-healthy behaviors.
You can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in your patients by encouraging proven, achievable lifestyle changes—such as losing a small amount of weight and getting more physically active—even if they are at high risk. Read on to find out about CDC’s lifestyle change program and how you can encourage your patients to join.
Falls are the most common cause of injury among older adults; more than 1 in 4 adults over age 65 years will have a fall in any given year. A quarter of falls lead to serious injury, including broken bones, head injury, and even death. Falls can lead to a fear of falling, which can limit usual activities, lead to a loss of independence, and increase the risk of needing to live in a nursing home.