Susan A. Glod, MD
Requests for Single Reprints: Susan A. Glod, MD, Division of General Internal Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Mail Code H106, 500 University Drive, PO Box 850, Hershey, PA 17033-0850.
Glod S.; The Cost of Quality. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158:135. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-158-2-201301150-00011
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(2):135.
“May I come in? There's something very important that we need to talk about.”
It was my first time on the wrong side of the prerounding ritual. I had plenty of firsthand knowledge about how unpleasant the intern experience could be, but I had never before played the role of patient, and I quickly decided that it was much worse. I fought against a sleepless night and several doses of oxycodone, too frightened and tired to be embarrassed by the fetid smell of plastic sheets, stale povodine-iodine, and unwashed human that pervaded my hospital room. All I knew was that my doctor had said that something was very important and that I had to somehow get myself awake enough to talk about it. I eased upright in bed and tried my best to look alert. The intern spoke again. “What do you plan to use for contraception when you go home?”
QEII HSC Halifax Nova Scotia
January 15, 2013
Guidelines: An inadequate substitute for judgement
In submitting to quality control guidelines, physicians and other health care workers are expected to relinquish judgement. Unfortunately, there is no substitute for judgement, which is why its absence is often so glaring.
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