Opinion

Maternal Deaths in the United States: Sounding a Call to Action

Maternal Deaths in the United States: Sounding a Call to Action

Despite multiple measures and goals to reduce US maternal mortality rates, the latest data suggest the United States is far behind the rest of the world in maternal health care.

Using Video as a Medical Educational Resource

Using Video as a Medical Educational Resource

An endocrinologist shares his experience of using concept videos to teach medical students.

Endocrinologist Offers Concrete Guidance on Mentoring Clinical Trainees

Endocrinologist Offers Concrete Guidance on Mentoring Clinical Trainees

One practicing endocrinologist ponders whether mentoring medical students requires more than imparting knowledge.

Revisiting the Legality of Curbside Consults in Clinical Practice

Revisiting the Legality of Curbside Consults in Clinical Practice

Most courts have asserted that curbside consults do not create a physician-patient relationship.

More Than A Minute: The Downside To Pharmacy-Owned Clinics

More Than A Minute: The Downside To Pharmacy-Owned Clinics

A clinician examines the downside to "minute clinics" vs traditional primary care.

A Clinician's Plea for More Pragmatic Clinical Trials in Diabetes

A Clinician's Plea for More Pragmatic Clinical Trials in Diabetes

Studies designed to address real-world challenges can potentially lead to both better-informed clinical decision making and improved outcomes.

Writing a Prescription for Compassion

Writing a Prescription for Compassion

One clinician proposes that pharmaceutical companies turn their attention to developing a compassion pill -- for fellow clinicians.

Using Analogies in Endocrinology to Better Care for Patients

Using Analogies in Endocrinology to Better Care for Patients

An endocrinologist discusses the value of using everyday analogies to explain diabetes management issues to his patients.

Fitbit Pitfalls: Electronic Tracking Devices May Not Provide Increased Weight Loss Benefits

Fitbit Pitfalls: Electronic Tracking Devices May Not Provide Increased Weight Loss Benefits

Calorie tracker apps are often superior to fitness apps when it comes to increasing weight loss.

ACA: Don't Hold Your Breath for Meaningful Health Care Reform

ACA: Don't Hold Your Breath for Meaningful Health Care Reform

One clinician reflects on the effects of "managed care" on the health care system.

Uncertainty in Medicine: An Endocrinologist's Perspective

Uncertainty in Medicine: An Endocrinologist's Perspective

The role of uncertainty in clinical practice, and its implications for physicians, is thoughtfully examined by an endocrinologist in this opinion piece.

Redefining Obesity: An Interview With Jeffrey Mechanick, MD

Redefining Obesity: An Interview With Jeffrey Mechanick, MD

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology are seeking to eliminate the stigma surrounding the term "obesity" and clarify information about obesity as a disease state.

How Can We Use the "Wow" Factor to Improve Patient Care?

How Can We Use the "Wow" Factor to Improve Patient Care?

The natural curiosity provoked by looking at research and clinical care with a sense of wonder may help us find new ways to deal with old problems.

Q&A: Maximizing Revenues and Preparing for Payor Changes

Q&A: Maximizing Revenues and Preparing for Payor Changes

Keeping abreast of changing payment models and regulations is key to maximizing your practice's finances.

A Physician's Perspective on Opting Out of Medicare

A Physician's Perspective on Opting Out of Medicare

Katherine A. Roberts, MD, FACE, ECNU, discusses her experience with opting out of Medicare and offers advice to physicians considering doing the same.

VARIATION Study: Investigator Insights

VARIATION Study: Investigator Insights

Harpreet Bajaj, MD, MPH, ECNU, FACE, offers perspective on his study of various insulin regimens in type 2 diabetes.

Optimal Diabetes Management: What's Stopping Your Patients?

Optimal Diabetes Management: What's Stopping Your Patients?

In addition to financial and time barriers, patients encounter an array of problems that interfere with their achieving optimal control of their diabetes.

Lifestyle Changes: Great Intentions...

Lifestyle Changes: Great Intentions...

Several strategies may help patients incorporate lifestyle changes into their daily lives.

The 'Artificial Pancreas' Has Arrived

The 'Artificial Pancreas' Has Arrived

FDA approval of the first closed-loop insulin delivery system is exciting for both physicians and patients. What does this mean for the future?

The Future of Diabetes: Academic and Community Physicians

The Future of Diabetes: Academic and Community Physicians

How can we encourage academic and community physicians to fill gaps in health care?

How Do We Use Technology for Diabetes Management?

How Do We Use Technology for Diabetes Management?

Edward C. Chao, DO, highlights important considerations for developing technology for diabetes management.

When HIPAA Does Not Apply: Privacy Considerations for Health Care Products and Services

When HIPAA Does Not Apply: Privacy Considerations for Health Care Products and Services

Often, patients as consumers may not be aware that the products they are using for diabetes care are not protected by HIPAA.

Implementing Diabetes Self-Management Education in Type 2 Diabetes

Implementing Diabetes Self-Management Education in Type 2 Diabetes

Joan K. Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDE, describes a joint position statement regarding implementation of diabetes self-management education.

Tackling the Obesity Epidemic

Tackling the Obesity Epidemic

Diabetes educators can help patients with obesity achieve long-term weight loss and prevent gaining it back.

Care Coordinators: A New Role for Diabetes Educators

Care Coordinators: A New Role for Diabetes Educators

The Holy Grail of health care is delivery of quality care at a reduced cost. But what exactly is quality care? How do we really know we are cutting costs?

The Need for Change in the Health Care Environment

The Need for Change in the Health Care Environment

Joan K. Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE, offers her perspective on the current state of health care and what needs to change.

AADE16: Embracing and Celebrating Change in Diabetes Education

AADE16: Embracing and Celebrating Change in Diabetes Education

Joan K. Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDE, discusses the theme of this year's annual meeting of the Association of Diabetes Educators.

Putting the Pedal to the Metal: Igniting and Sustaining Adherence

Putting the Pedal to the Metal: Igniting and Sustaining Adherence

What tools or techniques can we offer our patients to facilitate starting and sustaining adherence?

Preventing Diabetes and Complications: What Are the Challenges?

Preventing Diabetes and Complications: What Are the Challenges?

A change in how patients and physicians view diabetes may is necessary for preventing the disease and its complications.

Closing the Gap: Can Our Toughest Patients Be Our Greatest Teachers?

Closing the Gap: Can Our Toughest Patients Be Our Greatest Teachers?

Sometimes the most frustrating patients, the so-called "non-adherent" ones, can teach us how to improve diabetes care.

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