When Words Are Not Enough

Almost 1 year into the pandemic, the day finally came when I could welcome patients back to meet in person. For a little over a decade, I have cared for the mental health of healthcare professionals. After nearly a year of telehealth, one by one I welcomed nurses, physicians, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social … Read more

Small Steps to Improving LGBTQ+ Patient Care

Legislation around LGBTQ+ education in schools made headlines recently after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis passed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, as it’s come to be called by many. The legislation bars teachers and school systems from mentioning or instructing students in kindergarten through third grade on issues around sexual orientation and gender identity. And with … Read more

Adapting a Zero Suicide Approach to Native Communities

Edwina Valdo found herself on the receiving end of a desperate phone call last year on the suicide crisis line at Acoma Pueblo Behavioral Health Services in New Mexico. Valdo, whose regular job is as a grant manager, was filling in because the pandemic had left the facility short-staffed. “I did my best to keep … Read more

The Problematic Use of Tramadol Is Increasing in France

This article was originally published in French on Univadis. Key Takeaways According to French addiction surveillance data compiled from 2013 through 2018, the problematic use of tramadol is increasing in France, even though prescription levels remain stable. The rate of dependence among patients treated for pain seems high, and tramadol could become the opioid analgesic … Read more

How Social Drivers of Health Lead to Physician Burnout

Dr Gary Price The vast majority of US physicians regularly treat patients with socioeconomic challenges — from financial instability and a lack of transmission to eviction threats and domestic problems — but are deeply frustrated by their inability to adequately address these issues, a new survey has found. The survey, conducted in February by The … Read more

Self-care Tips for Clinicians as COVID-19 Lingers

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. LAS VEGAS – While frontline health care workers may have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire workforce has experienced some level of anxiety, stress, loss, grief, and trauma, according to Jon A. Levenson, MD. Dr Jon Levenson “There … Read more

The Importance of a Post-COVID Wellness Program for Medical Staff

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. LAS VEGAS — Long after the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, the psychological sequelae and behavioral effects of persistent distress will likely persist for health care workers, according to Jon A. Levenson, MD. “We can learn from previous pandemics … Read more

The Sound of Science: ASMR’s Potential in Healthcare

Back in the ’80s, Craig Richard, PhD, would come home from school, sling off his backpack, and plant himself in front of the television to watch painter Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting. Richard soaked in the gentle sounds of paintbrush on canvas as Ross conjured clouds and mountains and of the painter’s voice as … Read more

Psychiatrist Found Guilty in $110 Million Fraud Scheme

A Florida jury has found a Palm Beach psychiatrist guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and wire fraud and 11 counts of healthcare fraud. Mark Agresti, MD, 59, was convicted of illegally billing $110 million of medically unnecessary urinalysis services for patients living at Good Decisions Sober Living (GDSL), a drug … Read more

Amazon’s Alexa Is Now a Healthcare Provider

Welcome to the world of high-tech healthcare, where hospitality reigns supreme and the days of pressing buttons and waiting for a response are becoming a thing of the past. Thanks to the emergence of digital personal assistants like Amazon’s popular Alexa device, patients can now simply use their voices to get what they need. In … Read more