Habit Forming by Jock Hoffman

According to one study, a New Year’s Day resolution to change or establish a habit may not really take hold until mid-March, even for people fully committed to their resolutions.
But, for individuals who are contending with weight, fitness, or substance use issues—and begin the year with the determination to change their behavior—the odds of maintaining that commitment into February are dismaying. Nevertheless, finding ways to help your patients persevere could also help reduce the risk of diagnostic, treatment, or medication-related errors.

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Newsletter 6_How Residents Learn from Their Mistakes

Every July, the latest class of physicians in training begins to apply the wisdom of “learn from your mistakes” in situations with dramatically elevated consequences. Embracing the upside of one’s inexperience is decidedly more daunting when you’re in a new environment and striving to prove you belong there. When things do go wrong, residents need reassurance that they are part of a team, not alone. And supervising attendings and other team members should lead trainees from any missteps toward learning opportunities.

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Malpractice Risks at the Front Line of Cancer Detection

Primary care clinicians who see patients ages 40–70 are at the front line of cancer detection and, thus, at risk of an allegation that they failed to make a timely cancer diagnosis. Practices that may help primary care providers reduce their risk of being sued include routinely updating family histories, recognizing cancer risks for younger patients with certain histories and symptoms,1 and coordinating care with other providers who share a patient’s diagnostic process.

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