For years, Christopher P. Austin has been trying to develop a way for science to build a better partnership with patients. Dr. Austin and the Journal’s Amy Dockser Marcus are answering questions now. […]
Physician pay accounts for about 20% of total health-care spending, and in many specialties it has increased much faster than inflation in recent years. Some critics say that’s because most doctors get paid for every service they perform, which creates an incentive to order unnecessary tests and hospitalize people who don’t need it. That critique is the basi […]
One of the big problems in the U.S. health-care system is the shortage of primary-care physicians, especially in rural areas. And the shortages may worsen as more patients seek care under the Affordable Care Act. One candidate to help fill that shortage: nurse practitioners. Nurse practitioners are trained to perform clinical care, including ordering lab wor […]
Proponents of organic food extol its health virtues. One example: a finding that children who switched from conventional to mostly organic produce had no traces of pesticides in their urine within a matter of five days. But organic food is typically more expensive and harder to find than traditional food. And skeptics say the health benefits haven’t been dem […]
Patients' complaints about doctors are finally being taken seriously, as poor communication is increasingly understood to be at the root of many of health care’s failures—and a leading culprit in rising costs. Research shows that when doctors don’t listen to patients, they miss important health cues and misdiagnose illness. Meanwhile, patients who don’t […]
Changing recommendations for when women should get mammograms have created conflict and confusion. Not only do recommendations from different sources vary, but some have moved in opposite directions. […]
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