TV Medical Drama Accuracy FAIL! (In 3 Categories)

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“It must be true…I saw it on TV,” many non-medical professionals exclaim, after catching some insights on a procedure or disease during a modern medical drama episode.

It’s a refrain heard over and over again, and while many entertaining depictions of life from the ER to the OR employ consultants in the medical industry, there’s no rule that says their advice has to be obeyed.

From entire series’ to reoccurring myths to specific (sometimes brutal) technical blunders, here are a few of the glaring accuracy fails we’ve spotted in three cringe-inducing categories…
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20 of the Best Cities in America to Practice Medicine

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Finding the perfect hospital, clinic or other institution to work at is crucial to a medical professional’s job success and satisfaction. But another factor – the city you’ll live in to practice at that institution – is often second, third or not even on the checklist for workplace utopia.

Just in case you were wondering which ones offer the most opportunities for your career and overall happiness in the workplace (and out), here below are 20 of the best U.S. cities to practice medicine in and the reasons they rock to work there:

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Hospitals Doing More with Less

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A compelling PubMed article entitled “Retooling Without Layoffs” highlighted the great need of hospitals to intelligently cut expenses while maintaining their greatest strength: people.

What’s interesting is that the article was written in 1996, before either recession hit (the aim then was to retool in preparation for expected restrictions in the growth of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.)

What the successful hospitals in the article learned was that the pink slip usually isn’t the best way to achieve cost reductions.

With the medical industry once more in a severe crunch to reduce operating costs, hospitals are again looking to do more with less.

Hospitals doing more with less

A compelling PubMed article entitled “Retooling Without Layoffs” highlighted the great need of hospitals to intelligently cut expenses while maintaining their greatest strength: people.

What’s interesting is that the article was written in 1996, before either recession hit (the aim then was to retool in preparation for expected restrictions in the growth of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.)

What the successful hospitals in the article learned was that the pink slip usually isn’t the best way to achieve cost reductions.

With the medical industry once more in a severe crunch to reduce operating costs, hospitals are again looking to do more with less.

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Can Your Religion Influence Your Treatment?

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More than anything else, people who pray, pray for good health. But are religion and spirituality relevant to treatment? If so, do they have a positive or negative effect?

religion_healthcare_faith_spiritual_soliantMore than anything else, people who pray, pray for good health. But are religion and spirituality relevant to treatment? If so, do they have a positive or negative effect?

A recent study published in the November 2009 issue of the journal Social Problems suggested that religion can be both a bridge and a barrier when it comes to medical treatment. (source)

According to the study, for every case where religion was a barrier (i.e. religious belief prevented consent for a proven treatment), there was another instance where it was a bridge – for example, a case where the family of a terminally-ill child could suggest answers where medicine couldn’t.

Another study, this one by Zogby International, suggested that born-again Christians were 14% less likely to get the H1N1 vaccination than people who did not identify themselves as such. (source)

Can religion make you healthy?

So does being religious help or hinder your health?

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Differences in Rural vs Urban Healthcare

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While 20% of Americans live in rural areas, only 9% of America’s doctors practice there. Oddly enough though, patients of urban physicians often have longer wait-times.

soliant_rural_vs_urban_healthcareSo which medical environment is better? Rural or urban?

Though there’s an urge to discover whether people in cities or the countryside have it better when it comes to access to medical professionals, statistical differences between states and the way people in both areas use healthcare make a definitive winner-loser comparison impossible.

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A Look at the Effects of Social Media on Healthcare

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According to a 2008 report by the California Healthcare Foundation, 34 percent of Americans searching for health information online go directly to social media sites, behind only health portal sites and general search engines.

Healthare portals like Webgo Health provide patient information

So what does the healthcare industry become when information for patients and practitioners is measured by Tweets and views, by fans and followers? Continue reading “A Look at the Effects of Social Media on Healthcare”

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