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Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database

After a lengthy legal battle, the Washington Post has finally been granted access to the DEA Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS). This database has tracked the movement of every single oxycodone and hydrocodone pill in the nation, from manufacturer to pharmacy. Our very own Norton City, distributed 8,263,510 prescription pills from 2006-2012. Sufficient to supply each resident with 305 pills per year.

Check out the DATABASE for a more detailed look at your county/state.

Kaiser Health News: Never Say ‘Die’: Why So Many Doctors Won’t Break Bad News

A 2016 Study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, found that “only 5% of cancer patients accurately understood their prognoses well enough to make informed decisions about their care.” Take a look at how an internist received the delivery of his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, and why his reflections have led him to advocate for an improvement in communication skills. How the focus can be shifted from trying to “cure a disease to healing a person physically, emotionally and spiritually.”

To read the full article, click HERE.

The Health Care Blog: The Patient Explanatory Model

“The vast majority of patients are not from the culture of biomedicine… Routine clinical encounters are often the times when they are being asked to make major lifestyle changes.” Namratha Kandula, MD delves into Arthur Kleinman’s ‘Patient Explanatory Model’ in this older, but relevant article for all healthcare professionals. Kleinman’s ‘Eight Questions’ will get the insight for how patient’s see themselves, their bodies, and their health.

To read the full article, click HERE.