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Shifting the ‘more is better’ medical paradigm is focus of 4th annual Lown Institute conference

January 27, 2016 (Boston, MA)—Hundreds of clinicians, researchers, patient advocates, medical, nursing and public health representatives will attend the 4th annual Lown Institute Conference, April 15-17 at the JW Marriott Hotel Chicago. The Lown Conference focuses on the epidemic of unnecessary care in the U.S. health care system, the root causes of this overuse, and ways in which it exacerbates lack of access to needed care.

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‘How many of you expect to die?’ Joanne Lynn on the importance of honesty and agency in care for elders

January 6, 2016

By Kim DiGioia, MSPH

I first met Joanne Lynn, MD, Director of Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness at a conference a few years ago. Already aware of her impressive body of work and recently floored by her impassioned participation in a panel at the conference, I approached her to ask the secret to rallying audiences around a cause. Her response? “I usually ask them ‘How many of you expect to die?’”

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‘Cowboys,’ chemicals, and babies

December 15, 2015

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

Just when you think you’ve heard all there is on medical overuse, an article explodes on the front page of the New York Times last week chronicling the story of an 18-month old who had been prescribed an antipsychotic medication after he became violent. As if that one incident wasn’t bad enough, we learn that drugs like these given to babies aren’t all that uncommon. Last year there were 20,000 prescriptions for antipsychotics written for American children, ages 2—and younger. While these drugs are normally prescribed for adults, no published research exists regarding their effectiveness or potential harms in children so young.

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Doctors take to the streets to learn from patients

by Felice J. Freyer Boston Globe October 24, 2015 Hae Kyung Chung encountered a surprising sight on Boston Common the other day: two guys in white coats, holding notepads, regaling passersby. “We’re collecting stories about health care,” Dr. Aaron Stupple called out to each person walking the diagonal path to the State House. Chung stopped. The […]

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Are You Getting the Health Care You Deserve?

by Frank Lalli Parade Magazine October 30th, 2015 The next time you’re leaving the doctor’s office, ask yourself whom you want to thank for your visit. The receptionist who treated you kindly? The nurse who took a little extra time? The doctor who patiently answered question after question? Or none of the above? “If you […]

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