In October 2016, Frontiers in Psychiatry published an online review of studies regarding cellphone addiction, some of which suggest that many people today might be a bit over-attached to those gadgets that seem to take care of more and more of our daily tasks.
Starting (and Staying) Small in Michigan
According to the numbers, small and independent medical practices are headed for extinction. But in Marquette, Michigan — on the shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula — the husband and wife team of Dr. Christopher Dehlin and Dr. Jennifer Dehlin are demonstrating that there’s a place for smaller medicine, even in an age of consolidation and managed care.
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Most doctors would never do what Dr. Todd Stivland did — move from a successful clinical practice to founding one in which the average patient is 87 years old, suffers from multiple chronic health conditions — including dementia — and has less than two years to live.
What to do when the doctor cares too much
Yes, every doctor cares about their patients. But some doctors really, really care about their patients. These are the selfless physicians who will put the practice of medicine ahead of their need for personal time, family, and the need to recharge after what can be a very long day at the office.
The results can be very bad for everyone’s health.
According to a study in the September-October 2015 Family Practice Medicine, 46% of physicians report some level of burnout, with consequences ranging from lower patient satisfaction and increased errors to higher risk for drug and alcohol abuse among providers, and even suicide.
Defying a trend
If you happen to be in the Salt Lake City area and visit any of the 18 locations run by Granger Medical Clinic, you’ll see a lot that looks familiar, including a busy front office and the range of primary and specialty services you’d expect from any growing medical facility.
Look more closely, and you’ll see an organization that’s just a bit different in key ways.
While more and more U.S. doctors are giving up owning their own practices, and joining larger, hospital-owned networks, Granger continues to proudly assert its independence.