Anecdotal evidence: what’s the harm?

In Editorial, Opinion by Shahbaz Syed5 Comments

Anecdotal evidence is data garnered from stories or experiences. In a medical context it is often based on one (or more) patient interactions [1]. After seeing a rare disease, or missing a potentially dangerous diagnosis, we are naturally inclined to over-investigate that entity, regardless of what the evidence would suggest we do.

Patient Satisfaction: Who Really Matters?

In Editorial, Opinion by Shahbaz SyedLeave a Comment

Does patient satisfaction matter? If you’re a healthcare administrator you’re likely to believe so, as demonstrated by patient satisfaction surveys, hospital greeters and increased vigilance on ensuring enhanced patient satisfaction at all levels of healthcare. While well intentioned, the premise behind this sentiment may be misguided. There is an idea that enhanced patient satisfaction correlates to better patient care, however, we’re merely muting more deeply seeded issues. By employing measures to enhance patient …

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Counterpoint: SHPOS…we haven’t heard of it

In Counterpoint, Editorial by Eve Purdy3 Comments

This Counterpoint is an open letter from a group of Canadian learners and physicians that was written in response to a recent National Post Article (How a SHPOS is born: What doctors call their very worst patients) which described a phrase  the author suggested is “commonly” used in medicine.  Our work was submitted as a letter to the editor in response to the article but we have not received any correspondence from the National Post. We are publishing this on a …