This isn’t the first study to report that politics can have an effect on our mental health, but it is one of the few to trace that effect to specific political events.
In the study, the youngest patients (aged 18 to 29) and the oldest (aged 85 and older) had the highest proportion of appointment no-shows.
The organizations urge public officials to implement a number of steps to reduce gun violence, including background checks for all firearm purchases and the elimination of “physician gag laws.”
The findings are provocative, for this is not the first study to suggest that appointment times affect physician behaviors.
In two surveys, the people most likely to say they had failed to disclose medically relevant information to their health care providers were women, younger people, and those who reported that they were in poor health.
Earlier this month the NRA admonished doctors to “stay in their lane” when it comes to issues regarding guns and gun violence.
The opioid epidemic now raging across the U.S. — which has claimed more than 350,000 lives since 1999 — is being driven by the use of both prescription and illicit opioids.
Among some groups of Medicare patients, the rate at which opioid prescriptions are being handed out by doctors is actually higher than it was 10 years ago.
Even when patients in the study were given the chance to talk, they were interrupted by the doctors seven out of 10 times — and after a median of only 11 seconds.
Doctors who report symptoms of burnout — overwhelming exhaustion, feelings of cynicism and detachment from the job — are twice as likely to make a major medical error as their non-burned-out peers, the study found.
“The consumer needs to be aware when they’re reading these things, is this one review [of the physician] or 30 reviews?” said Mayo’s Dr. Sandhya Pruthi. “That’s the take-home for the consumer.”
Medical students who are significantly engaged in the arts tend to have higher levels of empathy, emotional intelligence, tolerance of ambiguity and other traits considered positive in a doctor.
Fair-skinned people — those with ivory or pale skin, light hair, light eye color and freckles or who sunburn easily — are at particularly high risk of developing skin cancer.
The current study is apparently the first one to ask a large, nationwide group of physicians from a range of specialties their thoughts about overtreatment.
In Minnesota and other Midwestern states, five climate-change-related factors are particularly putting people’s health at risk, according to the consortium’s report.
“America has a history of attracting the best and brightest from around the world and that appears to be true in medicine as well,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, the study’s senior author.
Advice on such issues as marijuana use, gun safety and sexual behavior varied, depending on whether a physician was a Republican or a Democrat.
Children who live in homes where gun safety isn’t practiced are not only at a significantly increased risk of accidentally shooting themselves, but also of shooting others.
Even receiving a single free meal increased the physicians’ prescription rates of the four drugs in the study.
Yet, few physicians broach the subject, either because they don’t know how to go about it or because they wrongly believe that it is illegal.