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January 6, 2017
They both had shoulder pain, persistent despite weeks of physical therapy. Both received MRI examinations at reputable radiology facilities, looking for things like rotator cuff tears, labral disruptions and other anatomical abnormalities. What was different was the price they paid … Continue reading →
The post Are Your Healthcare Prices Outrageous? Here’s What Happens When Prices Come Out Of The Dark appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
November 18, 2016
A friend of mine recently had a very sore throat. She knew how to manage her symptoms–lozenges, warm tea and the like. But she was worried she might have strep and would therefore need antibiotics. That should be a simple … Continue reading →
The post 6 Tips for Determining if a Doc-in-the-Box Is Right for You appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
October 7, 2016
A recent study of men with early-stage prostate cancer found no difference in 10-year death rates, regardless of whether their doctors actively monitored the cancers for signs of growth or eradicated the men’s cancers with surgery or radiation. What does … Continue reading →
The post Don’t Let Your Physician Tell You What To Do Without Finding Out Your Goals appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
July 22, 2016
My father is 92 years old, and I am beginning to wonder whether the best thing for his health would be to stay away from doctors. That’s because well intentioned physicians often expose their elderly patients to harmful and unnecessary … Continue reading →
The post Out of Control Physicians: Too Many Doctors Doing Too Many Things to Too Many Patients appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
July 17, 2016
It is notoriously difficult to change physician behavior. When it’s discovered that primary care physicians are, say, prescribing too few cholesterol pills or too many antibiotics, it will not be easy to change those behaviors. Physicians are strong-willed people, with … Continue reading →
The post What Behavioral Economics Get Wrong About Improving Healthcare appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
June 24, 2016
Patients often rely on physicians for information about their treatment alternatives. Unfortunately, that information is not always objective. Consider a man with early stage prostate cancer interested in surgical removal of his tumor, but uncertain whether it is better for … Continue reading →
The post Doctors Can’t Be Trusted to Tell Patients Whether They Should Receive Robotic Surgery appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
May 19, 2016
Very interesting article in the Lancet recently, from the nudge unit in the United Kingdom. They give physicians feedback on how much they prescribed antibiotics compared to their peers, and found that such feedback reduced antibiotic prescriptions. I hope to … Continue reading →
The post Peer Comparison Can Reduce Antibiotic Prescribing appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
May 6, 2016
Here is a write-up of a talk I recently gave at the NIH. The topic is a good one, about doctors and decision making and all that crap. But the real importance of linking you to the story is to … Continue reading →
The post Doctor Knows Best? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
April 29, 2016
Sometimes in my research on physician/patient communication, I come across a doctor who is so good with her patients, I have to share their bedside manner with you. The most recent example is a (to remain unnamed) oncologist in the … Continue reading →
The post Here’s How a Great Doctor Helps Her Patient Make a Cost-Conscious Treatment Decision appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
April 28, 2016
Here is a nice summary of our research, published by an excellent reporter at The American Journal of Managed Care: A new qualitative study of clinical meetings between physicians and patients pointed out certain behavioral concerns that stand in the … Continue reading →
The post More Coverage of Our Research on Out-Of-Pocket Cost Conversations appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
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