Category Archives: Healthcare reform

A Call for Professional Translators and Interpreters for Non-Native US Speakers

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89ny6vtP4gQ&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] Video by the Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters and Translators, Houston, TX How many times have you been to the emergency room or doctor’s office where people who speak limited English are having difficulty communicating what’s wrong? Have you … Continue reading

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An Update: The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Meeting in New York

After urging readers to attend the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) daytime meetings in New York on Monday and Tuesday of this week, I have to say that after attending day 1, I was disappointed. That’s because it turned out … Continue reading

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Reminder: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Seeks Public Comment on What Matters to Patients

Designing healthcare research with what matters to patients is a relatively new concept in healthcare research. If the healthcare reformers who envisaged what is called “patient-centered outcomes research” truly want to hear from patients and the public, then tomorrow’s meeting … Continue reading

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Clarification: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Meeting Set for Two Days, One Evening

My earlier post neglected to mention that this meeting will take place on Monday, May 16th and May 17th. Unfortunately, the Discussion Forum was on a separate announcement. It will still take place, but you may want to attend all … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event: Putting the Patient in the Center of Health Care Research

Has health care research seemed removed from you, as if it happens from the top down? That’s understandable. Health policy people and reformers often lament that they exist in a separate world, wondering what the heck matters to patients. So … Continue reading

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The Incredible Shrinking Oncology Workforce

LC1, the insured lung cancer patient whose search for an oncologist described in last week’s post, is not alone. If more Americans realized that they might not find an oncologist or other specialist provider, they could help drive changes that … Continue reading

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