June 2020 | Volume 1
The digest this week shares important and ongoing themes about the need for our national health care conversation to acknowledge and align with the diversity of patients and patient experience. Whole health must be our goal, and we must stop merely studying and defining the flaws in our systems — in our care of the elderly and disabled and especially in the racial disparities we continue to diagnose but not cure. My wish is that we will finally commit to change.
Why Accounting for Our Differences Matter in Assessing Drug Value
One size doesn’t fit all in health care. Research reveals a long list of diseases and conditions that can have different effects on women and men, the young and the old, and people of different races and ethnicities.
In Focus: Reducing Racial Disparities in Health Care by Confronting Racism
Compared with whites, members of racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to receive preventive health services and often receive lower-quality care. They also have worse health outcomes for certain conditions. To combat these disparities, advocates say health care professionals must explicitly acknowledge that race and racism factor into health care.
AI systems are worse at diagnosing disease when training data is skewed by sex
The artificial intelligence model showed great promise in predicting which patients treated in U.S. Veterans Affairs hospitals would experience a sudden decline in kidney function. But it also came with a crucial caveat: Women represented only about 6% of the patients whose data were used to train the algorithm, and it performed worse when tested on women.
Reducing COVID-19 Deaths In Nursing Homes: Call To Action
Nursing homes are a hidden and frequently forgotten part of our health care system. They are now under attack by the COVID-19 pandemic: residents are dying, families are disconnected from their loved ones, and staff are sick and overwhelmed by work and the grief of losing so many patients in such a short time.
Fostering Human Connection in the Covid-19 Virtual Health Care Realm
As telehealth becomes more mainstream, finding ways to add compassion and understanding to your communications with patients and colleagues is increasingly important. Here are some evidence-based, relationship-centered tips for enhancing these virtual encounters.
The coronavirus crisis has revealed what Americans need most: Universal basic services
In March, Michael D. Higgins, the president of Ireland, reflected on the impact of the coronavirus on an Irish talk show. He acknowledged the pain and difficulty involved, but also expressed hope that “there will be a wonderful opportunity to do things better.”
A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic
A third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau data shows, the most definitive and alarming sign yet of the psychological toll exacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
When asked questions normally used to screen patients for mental health problems, 24 percent showed clinically significant symptoms of major depressive disorder and 30 percent showed symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

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