Category: Patient’s Perspective

15 Years with My Pain Dr. and My Last Appointment Became My Final Appointment – National Pain Report

Editor’s Note: John Sandherr is a 58-year old man who lives near Pittsburgh, Pa. He has suffered from chronic pain for thirty years and has undergone 10 surgeries. . He is an arachnoiditis survivor and is an outspoken chronic pain advocate.

How a startup hopes to treat the rural opioid epidemic, at a profit

When Elizabeth Zeinner turned 18, she used her savings to buy a run-down house on Conwell Street in Aurora, Indiana, a town of just under 4,000 residents on the edge of the greater Cincinnati area. Located on the banks of

Urgent Care Centers Are More Popular Than Ever, Study Says | Time

Urgent care centers are increasingly becoming Americans’ go-to option for certain health problems, according to a new study. Visits to urgent care clinics increased by 119% among commercially insured Americans between 2008 and 2015, according to new research published in JAMA Internal

Study: Trips to ERs down, urgent care centers up for minor ills

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston analyzed 2008-2015 data from Aetna, the commercial health insurance company. “The drop in emergency department visits is quite striking and represents a substantial shift in where patients go to get care for conditions such

Hospitals using alternative for Morphine due to shortage | wwltv.com

Eyewitness News recently got calls and e-mails from some concerned hospital patients wanting to know if they were getting the right pain medication alternative, since morphine is in short supply. When a recent hospital patient was at Tulane Medical Center last

Only 3.3% of emergency room visits are ‘avoidable,’ 

Only 3.3 percent of emergency room visits are avoidable, according to a study published Thursday in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. https://academic.oup.com/intqhc/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/intqhc/mzx081 This is because those visits deemed ‘avoidable’ involve mental health or dental care, issues with

Can Comfort Care At The ER Help Older People Live Longer And Suffer Less?

A man sobbed in a New York emergency room. His elderly wife, who suffered from advanced dementia, had just had a breathing tube stuck down her throat. He knew she never would have wanted that. Now he had to decide

Hospital ERs play vital role in reducing youth violence in urban communities

Thirty minutes of counseling during an emergency room visit can decrease a young person’s involvement in future violent behaviors, researchers at the University of Michigan have found. Researchers from the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center and the U-M Injury Center

I told my doctors my drug history. They still gave me opioids without counseling.

It was roughly halfway into a Saturday evening flight from Miami to Boston when I began to wonder if I was going to survive the night. What had started as a sharp pain on the right side of my abdomen

HIPAA Privacy Regulations Didn’t Need to Be Waived After Orlando. Here’s Why They Were Anyway | WIRED

IN THE EARLY hours of Sunday morning, dozens of people shot at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub—wounded, dying, dead—began streaming into Orlando Regional Medical Center. The situation was chaotic and confusing enough that the federal government took an unusual step: waiving a

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