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‘Cultural avoidance of talking about death leads us away from living well until we die’

An interview with Lucy Kalanithi, MD

August 2, 2016

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

Lucy Kalanithi recalls the power of language when her husband Paul was dying. His nurse practitioner came to his bedside to break the devastating news that the medication he had been taking had not been effective in treating his advancing lung cancer. It wasn’t the words alone, Lucy explains; it was the way the nurse spoke them, gently and with utmost affection.

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Thousands of clinicians sign letter vowing to dismantle racial injustice in health care

July 20, 2016

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

Rachael Bedard believes that doctors as a group haven’t taken responsibility for confronting racism in the nation. Given her longstanding interest in civil rights and racial justice, and in the wake of the latest police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castile in St. Paul, and Delrawn Small in Brooklyn, the palliative care fellow at Mt. Sinai Hospital knew she had to do something to raise the issue among her peers.

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Can we improve quality and reduce costs by improving trust?

July 7, 2016

By Mark McConnell, MD, and James McCormack, Pharm D

Imagine a world where patients trust primary care clinicians, primary care clinicians trust patients, and both trust and use the best available evidence. Such a world improve quality and reduce healthcare costs.

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