Front page of the New York Times: Doctor’s Strive to Do Less Harm by Inattentive Care. This is as close to a headline in the Onion that the times can get!
Here is the nut sentence in the story, “The effort is driven partly by competition and partly by a realization that suffering, whether from long waits, inadequate explanations or feeling lost in the shuffle, is a real and pressing issue.” Better late than never, I suppose, but it makes one wonder about the amazing amount of Churn and hubris that goes into medical care that just now raises these issues. The doctors and hospitals interested in looking at their systems from the outside in, from the patient’s perspective, seemingly for the first time, are reducing the number of times patients are woken up in the middle of the night for unnecessary checks, giving medication during the day rather than in the middle of the night, and actually starting to use the endless survey data that has heretofore just been stuffing up databases.
Hurrah, but if they fix too much of the Matterlessness that routinely greases the medical wheels, what will we have to make fun of, just airlines?