Ethics

The Use of Medical Credit Cards

Practices may benefit from accepting medical credit cards, but patients who use them can experience drawbacks.


The Softer Side of Practicing Medicine

A growing body of research shows clinicians with a high level of emotional intelligence not only provide a benefit to their patients, they also help protect themselves from the stresses of the medical profession.


Valuing Emotional Intelligence in Medicine — and Overcoming Barriers to It

Emotional intelligence (EI) brings an added dimension to health care that makes a crucial difference in patient outcomes, according to physicians and other experts.


Sexual Harassment’s Toll on Staffing, Collaboration

Sexual harassment of physicians significantly affects whether they remain in their positions and are able to work collaboratively.


Rotating Inspectors at Medical Device Plants May Reduce Recalls

Less familiarity between FDA investigators and management at medical device manufacturing plants may mean fewer recalls down the road, research in the journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management suggests.


Sitting: A New Growth Industry in Liability?

With extended periods of sitting being associated with a range of health issues, healthcare facilities may risk future liability if they do not provide options that get more employees on their feet.

Researchers at Drexel University argue that permitting employees to have a cause of...


Apps Pose Challenge to Protecting Patient Data

Health and wellness apps add layers of complexity to efforts to protect personal medical information, according to a medical media expert at Rice University.


Physician Assertiveness and Empathy: Strangers in the Night?

A Journal of Contemporary Medical Education study reveals that pediatric and med-peds residents generally have higher emotional intelligence (EI) scores than members of the general population. As residents progress through their training, however, scores for key subcategories, such as empathy and assertiveness, start to change.


Findings on Physician-assisted Suicide Suggest Need to Address Depression in MS Patients

A survey of people with multiple sclerosis reveals significant interest in physician-assisted suicide — findings that highlight the value of dealing with mental health issues among this population, according to researchers.


Medicaid Acceptance May Be Declining

A survey of cardiology, OB/GYN, dermatology, orthopedic surgery and family medicine practices in 15 metropolitan areas across the United States suggests average Medicaid acceptance has dropped in those specialties since the 2010 enactment of the ACA.

Dallas-based physician recruitment...