“Cosmetic psychopharmacology,” a big hit for the NNT, and our first regional conference: RightCare Weekly
October 16, 2014
In order to bring you more of the news you want to read, RightCare Weekly summarizes and interprets three important articles and provides headlines linking to the many other articles and editorials you’ll find interesting. As always, RightCare Weekly presents articles related to moving our healthcare system toward the right care for all patients.
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This past weekend the Lown Institute successfully launched its first regional conference at the University of Colorado Medical School, organized by Do No Harm Project co-founder and Lown Institute Fellow Brandon Combs, MD. With more than 50 attendees and many presenters, the conversation was all about RightCare. We look forward to working with the numerous leaders who emerged from this conference, to begin to change the culture of medicine in Colorado and nationwide. If you missed the meeting, check out our Storify of what the conference looked like on social media.
Lown Institute Advisory Council member David Newman, MD, was interviewed for Wiredabout the web site he founded, theNNT.com, which gives clinicians and patients information to help them make decisions based on evidence, not biases, habits, or tradition. Newman and dozens of site contributors have analyzed available studies for a variety of tests and treatments, crunched the numbers on benefits and harms, and then posted the results, including numbers needed to treat. We’ve written aboutthe NNT before. It’s the number of people who need to use a test or treatment in order for one of them to get the benefit. Lown Institute President Vikas Saini, MD, is quoted in the piece. Article author Andrew Hetherington speculates, “If the NNT were included with every published article about a treatment, the result would be happier, healthier patients and less waste in our healthcare system.”
Road to RightCare: Early bird registration closes in two weeks! October 31 is the last day to save $150 on registration for the 2015 Lown Conference, March 8 – 11 in San Diego. If you’re curious about what the conference will be like, check out these video highlights from last year’s conference!
The Best Care Possible: The Right Care at the Right Time in the Right Way:This conference, co-hosted by the Family Medicine Education Consortium and the Lown Institute, is bringing together leaders in healthcare from the DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area next Thursday, October 23 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. Registration and information about the conference are here. On-site registration is available.
The Dartmouth Center for Health Policy & Clinical Practice is conducting a national study with individuals who have been treated for depression and clinicians who treat patients with depression. The goal of the project is to identify ways to better engage individuals with depression in their care, in an effort to reduce unnecessary treatment. To learn more and to participate in the study, take the clinician survey.