Archive for July, 2008

40% of new doctors feel unprepared for job

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

A study in the May 9, 2003 British Medical Journal says that 40% of recent medical school graduates felt that their education had inadequately prepared them for their jobs as doctors. (more…)

Parents Not Told Of Errors

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

The Alternative Health Newsletter reports on November 21, 2000 that the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood found that almost half of the parents of children in hospitals who received the wrong medication or dosage were never informed of the mistakes.

The study was done at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, Scotland. The hospital specializes in taking care of children and babies that require risky and complex treatment. (more…)

Managed care forcing doctors to treat cases beyond their abilities

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

A report in the December 23, 1999 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that nearly 1 out of 4 primary care physicians feel that they are not qualified to perform the level of care their managed care arrangements expect them to. (more…)

MDs don’t provide patients enough information to make good decisions

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

The December 22/29, 1999 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that primary-care doctors seldom provide patients with enough information to make an informed choice about their treatment. (more…)

Chiropractic risks: What does the evidence say?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Ian Coulter, Ph.D. is the author of an article in the September 1998 issue of the journal Integrative Medicine that examines the risks associated with Chiropractic care. The article, entitled “Efficacy and Risks of Chiropractic Manipulation: What Does the Evidence Suggest?” points out some interesting facts: (more…)

Chiropractic malpractice: fewer claims than MDs

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

A study in the November 11, 1998 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that the number of malpractice claims made against chiropractors is much less than that of medical practitioners.

In 1990, there were 2.7 claims for every 100 chiropractic malpractice policy holders in the United States. In that same year, (more…)

Editorial Defining “Alternative”

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

More and more the tide is turning. Everyday more people look to other Health Care systems for answers that the Medical Sick Care system cannot deliver. There’s lots of talk in the media these days about “Alternative” health care. Dr. David Eisenberg of Harvard University defines “Alternative” health care as those disciplines that are not taught at Medical Schools or available in hospitals. This is a pretty good definition but it does raise a communications problem in people’s minds. (more…)

Why patients use alternative health care

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

A study in the May 20, 1998 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association finds some very interesting reasons why people are willing to go outside the standard medical sick care system and pay for these services out of their own pocket without benefit of a third party payor. (more…)

Lung Function Improves With Chiropractic Care

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

A study presented in the September, 1997 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research finds that patients in the study experienced “significant positive changes” in breathing capacity and lung function under chiropractic care. (more…)

Claritin Maker Accused Of False Advertising

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Reuters Health news service reports on August 9, 2001 that The Prescription Access Litigation Project (PAL), a Boston advocacy group, announced that it has filed a class action lawsuit against Claritin maker Schering-Plout over deceptive direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising. (more…)