Tuesday, June 5, 2012


So many fascinating items related to disability and healthcare.

When Doctors Grieve
"Not only do doctors experience grief, but the professional taboo on the emotion also has negative consequences for the doctors themselves, as well as for the quality of care they provide." Read about this Archives of Internal Medicine study in the New York Times. I have plans to interview the lead researcher -- at SickKids here in Toronto -- later this month.

The Trouble With 'Doctor Knows Best'
"The participants responded that they felt limited, almost trapped into certain ways of speaking with their doctors. They said they wanted to collaborate in decisions about their care but felt they couldn't because doctors aften acted authoritarian vs. authoritative. A large number worried about upsetting or angering their doctors... Some even said they feared retribution by doctors." Dr. Pauline Chen writes about a recent study published in Health Affairs: Authoritarian Physicians And Patients' Fear Of Being Labeled Difficult Among Key Obstacles To Shared Decision Making. Have you read Dr. Chen's book: Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality? It's excellent.

Zimbabwe: Housing Stands Attract Back Errant Husbands
A man who dumped his wife for bearing him a child with cerebral palsy has returned after learning his family was among beneficiaries of residential stands in Mabvuku.

Cure Pity An interesting campaign by Gillette Children's in Minnesota. I was hoping there would be other videos that showed kids with a range of disabilities but this is the only one I saw.

Push Girls Sundance Channel says it's "bringing an uncensored glimpse at what it means to be sexy, ambitious and living with paralysis in Hollywood with PUSH GIRLS, a new original non-fiction series."

The Economic Impact of Autism on Families