Sandra G. Boodman
Role Name Type Last Updated Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Washington Post Source Oct 27, 2009
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Oct 27, 2009 A dubious alternative: There's no evidence that homeopathic products can prevent flu
QUOTE: Unlike vaccines or prescription or over-the-counter drugs, homeopathic medicines, which account for annual U.S. sales of more than $200 million, do not need to demonstrate safety or effectiveness...
Washington Post Jul 21, 2009 Doctor's Orders: Want Treatment? Just Sign This No-Complaint Contract . . .
QUOTE: As a defensive measure, some physicians are requiring patients to sign broad agreements that prohibit online postings or commentary in any media outlet "without prior written consent." Critics call the documents gag orders. Many experts say they are both unethical and unenforceable.
Washington Post Oct 21, 2008 Being Difficult: For Some Patients, It's a Coping Mechanism
QUOTE: "I tried being the 'good patient,' " said Mayer, who until illness forced her to retire was an assistant research professor in the school of public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Becoming difficult -- some, she said, might call it "empowered" -- was her "natural reaction" to doctors who were "incompetent, rude or domineering."
Washington Post May 01, 2007 Who Gets Stuck? Doctors, Patients Want Insurers to Pay More for Vaccine
QUOTE: Pincered by rising costs and eroding reimbursements, and resentful of what they regard as a long-standing and unfair financial burden, some doctors, especially pediatricians and gynecologists who are most likely to be asked for the vaccine, are refusing to buy it or restricting who receives the shots.
Washington Post Nov 14, 2006 For Smokers, a Tough Call
QUOTE: "because lung cancer is such a major killer, there's going to be a lot of interest in moving [aggressive CT scanning--Ed.] down the road" and many people who say they want the test but may not understand the pitfalls....Finding a nodule usually triggers a cascade of interventions, starting with a biopsy, which can cause infection, scarring and a collapsed lung."
Washington Post Aug 29, 2006 Operating Room: No Place for a Tantrum
QUOTE: doctors yelling at nurses or berating residents, and nurses sniping at their colleagues...such tantrums and insults negatively affect patients by impairing communication and teamwork and creating distractions that can lead to errors.
Washington Post Apr 25, 2006 Surprise Visits
QUOTE: Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)... is no longer alerting institutions weeks before a routine visit...most inspections have been regularly scheduled triennial events for which a hospital staff spent months preparing.
Washington Post Apr 11, 2006 Zicam: Smelling Trouble?
QUOTE: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched an inquiry into the advertising and promotion of Zicam Cold Remedy and half a dozen similar over-the-counter cold products manufactured by Matrixx Initiatives of Phoenix...to determine whether Matrixx engaged in "unfair or deceptive acts or practices."
Washington Post Sep 21, 2004 Insuring Controversy: When Malpractice Premiums Jump, Some Docs Ask Patients to 'Donate' to the Cause
QUOTE: "Physicians are getting crushed by the combination of malpractice cost shocks and declining reimbursement...As a result, there is great interest in surcharges or access fees."
Washington Post Jul 06, 2004 To Reduce Errors, Cut Here: New Rules Require Doctors to ID Patients, Take 'Time Outs' and Sign Their Work
QUOTE: The new rules are an effort to stem an alarming increase in the number of reports of operations conducted on the wrong body part, the wrong procedure or even the wrong patient...
Washington Post Jun 29, 2004 All in the Head: Three Approaches to Mental Health Treatment That Stretch the Boundaries -- and, Sometimes, Credulity
QUOTE: Some [alternative mental health treatments--Ed.], such as relaxation exercises and yoga...have been subjected to at least some scientific study. But others, including past life therapy and dolphin-assisted therapy, have little or no grounding in science.
Washington Post Sep 28, 2003 Va. Doctor's Misconduct Left Trail of Broken Lives: Medical System Failed to Protect Patients
QUOTE: a flawed system that purports to protect the public. His case raises questions about the speed and adequacy of discipline meted out by medical boards -- a slow process enveloped in secrecy that critics say harms vulnerable patients by allowing bad doctors to keep practicing -- and about the medical profession's ability to police itself.
Washington Post Feb 25, 2003 Lack of Reporting Thwarts Efforts to Halt Deadly Infections
QUOTE: ...these arguments (of deaths due to medical errors vs. hospital infections) obscure a more fundamental problem: the lack of mandatory reporting of hospital-acquired infections.
Washington Post Dec 03, 2002 No End to Errors: Three Years After a Landmark Report Found Pervasive Medical Mistakes in American Hospitals, Little has Been Done to Reduce Death and Injury
QUOTE: There's a lot of talk [about medical errors--Ed.], but no significant progress. The reasons, observers say, include fierce resistance by doctors and hospitals to mandatory reporting and other IOM recommendations, a lack of oversight by the federal government and the absence of an effective consumer lobby.
Washington Post Jun 05, 2001 The Legacy of Columbine
QUOTE: Blueprints enlists the entire school community: parents, teachers, coaches, staff from the principal to bus drivers as well as all students, not just bullies and their victims.
Washington Post Jun 04, 2001 Everything You Know About Bullies Is Wrong
QUOTE: Myths about bullying abound. Below some common misconceptions...
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