Patients Need Physicians, Not Technocrats: Part 2

By Brittany | March 09, 2012 | Category: Practice management in ObGyn
Patients Need Physicians, Not Technocrats: Part 2
By Mary Jane Minkin, MD
Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Menopause Physician, PC, New Haven, CT.

I have never minded spending any amount of time when a patient needed me or to do anything that bettered patient care. I am sure that none of you have ever minded being awakened at night by a patient who was ill and needed attention: hey, we’re ObGyns. I would not object to spending any amount of time on the conversion to an electronic medical records (EMR) system if I thought it would really benefit patient care. But I am convinced that it does not.

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"Take Two Prozac and Call Me in the Morning"

By Brittany | February 10, 2012 | Category: Depression, Mood disorders, Pharmacotherapy
"Take Two Prozac and Call Me in the Morning"
By Ralph Tarantino, PhD
Pharmaceutical Consultant and Principal, SteriTech Solutions, LLC
Middletown, NJ
 

A recent analysis of the CDC’s National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys (Health Aff. 2011;30:1434) showed that 4 out of 5 prescribers of antidepressants are not psychiatrists. Alarmed? You should be.

White, female patients over the age of 50 with some form of health coverage are the usual recipients of this treatment. Frequently, they have other chronic illnesses, and for many no true diagnosis of depression exists. As a culture we have been bombarded with the warning that “depression is a serious medical condition”; it’s a warning that should be heeded. The costs of depression with regard to human life, the health care system, and the economy in general are enormous.

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