Hospital Competition Can Impact Your Health

From Healthcare Triage. It turns out, hospital and health system consolidations can result in worse outcomes for patients. These mergers reduce competition, and it turns out that hospitals compete more often on quality than they do on prices. The result is that quality suffers in markets with less competition Check out the Healthcare Triage Podcast!…

How Accurate are Mail-in DNA Tests?

From Healthcare Triage. Mail-in DNA tests have been in the news recently. Test results can be over the map, with even identical twins getting some widely variable results. What’s the deal with that? The Vox article: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/1/28/18194560/ancestry-dna-23-me-myheritage-science-explainer Subscribe to Healthcare Triage! https://bit.ly/2GlEYWG Aaron has a book out now! It’s called The Bad Food Bible: How…

Suicide Rates and Insights from Medical Sociology – Healthcare Triage

From Healthcare Triage. Check out this podcast in podcast form: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/healthcare-triage-podcast/id999134849 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4r5rS3juitsNp8HSky0smw?si=F9hX2bLMStOc7dwlahscWw Or search “Healthcare Triage Podcast” wherever you get your podcasts! Aaron’s guest this month is Dr. Bernice Pescosolido, who is a medical sociologist at Indiana University. Dr. Pescosolido studies the environments, neighborhoods, and connections that contribute to patients’ identities, and looks…

Sleeping in a Hospital is Just Awful

From Healthcare Triage. Being sick enough to go to the hospital is not a great experience. You know what’s worse? Staying overnight in the hospital. There’s a very good chance you’re going to get your sleep interrupted frequently, and that’s not going to speed up recovery. Let’s look at the research. Subscribe to Healthcare Triage!…

Money Isn’t the Only Thing That Can Bias Research

From Healthcare Triage. Recent news articles have brought renewed attention to financial conflicts of interest in medical science but that should not lead us to ignore other conflicts that may be equally or even more important. Career advancement and reputation are real things that can drive people to make surprising choices in research and publication.…