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Medscape's Ninth Annual Physician Compensation Report Shows Wider Gender Pay Gap As Administrative Burden Grows
The gender gap in physician compensation grew this past year, with male physicians earning 25% more than women (up from 18% in 2018), according to the results of the 2019 Medscape Physician Compensation Report. While the report found that women see patients an average of four hours less per week, and gravitate towards the lower paid specialties, those factors do not fully explain the pay differences.
Meanwhile, hours spent on bureaucratic tasks, which are often cited as one of the key factors in physician burnout, tripled from 2012, with nearly 75% of physicians spending 10 hours or more on paperwork and one-third spending more than 20 hours.
The Report is the most comprehensive and widely used physician salary survey in the U.S., assessing compensation, hours worked, time spent with patients, and what they find most rewarding -- and challenging -- about their jobs. More than 20,0
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Mental Health Needs Of Children, Youth On The Rise
Over the last several years, providers saw a marked increase in mental health diagnoses, use of psychiatric medications, and outpatient care for mental health conditions among the diverse population of children in the Military Health System (MHS), according to a new study published by researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). These findings suggest the mental health care needs of children and youth are increasing and more child health care providers may be needed in both the military and civilian health care system. The study, “Mental Health Trends in Military Pediatrics,” was published in Psychiatric Services on April 10.
Using a Military Health System database of patient records, the team of USU researchers retrospectively reviewed trends in mental health conditions, treatment, and psychiatric medication prescriptions from 2003 to 2015 in childre
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The Value Of Vaccinations: Separating Facts From Myths
One of the greatest medical breakthroughs of modern civilization — vaccinations — has become increasingly controversial in recent years.
Parents are urged to give their children vaccinations soon after birth and throughout adolescence. And though vaccines are usually part of a routine doctor’s visit, some parents question their value.
Johan C. Bester, UNLV School of Medicine Bioethics Director, said vaccinations, quite simply, protect us from vaccine-preventable diseases that are extremely dangerous.
Outbreaks of preventable diseases have been occurring nationwide and are steadily increasing. From 2017 to 2018 — the course of just one year — the number of measles cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than tripled from 120 to 372.
In 2019, confirmed cases have already surpassed last year’s total, with 465 reported cases to date. This is the second
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Most Adults Dying Prematurely Of Natural Causes Did Not Seek Medical Help, Report Reveals
About two-thirds of the adults dying prematurely from natural causes did not seek medical help within the 30 days preceding their death, reported forensic researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (IFS).
The research, published recently in PLOS One, discovered key factors relating to premature adult deaths by analyzing autopsy reports and medicolegal death investigation records of 1,282 people between the ages of 25 and 59 who died in Harris County in 2013.
According to landmark research published in 2015, there has been a dramatic surge in the mortality rate of middle-aged white Americans since 1999. Premature adult deaths are defined as deaths before the expected mortality age.
“I had noticed younger people dying when I worked at the IFS, so I set out to identify the causes in Harris Coun