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News and commentary from Karen A. Friedman, MD and Sara L. Merwin, MPH, authors of The Informed Patient

Incremental risk amid covid-19 re-openings: what do we value most?

With editorial assistance from Matthew Lumpkin   Julian (his real name) has been extremely careful for many months, working from home, foregoing seeing friends and avoiding stores. But his new puppy Rufus requires “socialization” so by his own admission he is...

Who Should Advocate for Older Patients in the Hospital?

This is an article that Bonnie Friedman (AKA The Hospital Warrior) and I wrote last summer.  It was published on KevinMD.com, a widely read website aimed at medical professionals.   Although the principles of advocacy in the hospital remain the same, this article was...

COVID-19 elective surgery delays give patients time for “prehab”

COVID-19 elective surgery delays give patients time for “prehab”

As non-emergency surgeries resume, co-author of “The Informed Patient” offers tips to improve recovery Hospitals across America are scheduling elective surgeries postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sara L. Merwin, MPH, co-author of “The Informed Patient: A Complete...

Preparing for elective surgery in the hospital…Part II: Logistics

Preparing for elective surgery in the hospital…Part II: Logistics

Like anything else in life, advance planning pays off. Particularly in the case of surgery, the fewer surprises the better. In a previous post, we focused on how people can get ready physically and mentally to be in the best possible state of health for surgery.  In...

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