When should patients not follow the advice of their doctors?

Question — When should patients not follow the advice of their doctors? Answer — Most of the time. Or, at least, that’s what the recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine seems to have found. As Dr Timothy Quill, author of an accompanying editorial in the journal, says: It’s a pretty clear message: There’s a discrepancy … Continue reading

Can communities promote better healthcare outcomes?

A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, “Effectiveness of a Barber-Based Intervention for Improving Hypertension Control in Black Men” is a great example of the power of communities to promote better healthcare outcomes. In this study, the researchers led by Dr. Ronald G. Victor (Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Los Angeles) and Dr. Robert Haley (University of … Continue reading