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Natalia Roldan, MD: Making patient preferences primary

November 5, 2015

By: Kim DiGioia, MSPH

“We don’t get to focus on things that mean the most to the patient or help us get to know them better,” laments Natalia Rodan, MD, chief medical resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital. So she decided to do something to about it.

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Colorado doctors support RightCare Action Week

October 28, 2015

By Patricia Gabow, MD, MACP, et al

October 18-24 was RightCare Action Week. Like so many other “special weeks,” most people are probably unaware of it. But unlike many such campaigns, this one matters to every family’s wellbeing and safety. RightCare Action Week is a nation-wide activity sponsored by the Lown Institute, whose founder Bernard Lown, a prominent cardiologist, received, along with a fellow Russian physician, the Nobel Peace prize in 1985 for their establishment of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Today, Lown’s organization is aiming at a different threat—the American healthcare system’s paradoxical problem of giving many patients too much medical interventions , while also failing to give many of them the care they really need.

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Hina Mehta, MD, on Overuse and RightCare Rounds

October 15, 2015

By Kim DiGioia, MSPH

Hina Mehta, internal medicine resident at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, describes her path from being “an intern who didn’t know anything” to an expert on overuse, leading a successful RightCare Rounds and publishing Hidden Risks of Blood Transfusions: A Teachable Moment in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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