Is Return To Work the Best Measure of Healthcare Outcomes?

As a relative newcomer to the field of occupational medicine, I’ve become fascinated with the significance of return to work from an illness or injury. When an employee returns to work, especially on a timely basis, most observers would agree that this constitutes a “good outcome.” But that raises a question: what other broadly applicable … Continued

If Docs Had More Time, They’d Ask About Patients’ Work

Today’s New York Times ran an excellent article by Julie Weed titled If All Doctors Had More Time to Listen.  The article puts forth substantive evidence that giving physicians enough time to spend with patients saves healthcare costs in the long run by emphasizing preventive care that cuts emergency room visits and by reducing diagnosis/treatment … Continued