Category: Healthcare system

Higher mortality in Medicaid infants with birth defects

An observational study from the CDC using birth certificate data analyzed¬†infant mortality rate attributable to major birth defects (nearly 12 per 10,000 live births overall). Compared to infants covered by private insurance, deaths due to birth defects in Medicaid infants…

Medically complex children and transition to home

In a qualitative study from one tertiary center, 23 family members of children with complex medical conditions and 16 health professionals were interviewed to identify needs when transitioning such children from hospital to home. Families had needs in 7 domains…

The new paradigm of NICU care

A commentary argues that for too long we have thought of newborns as isolated organisms. In reality, neonates are dependent on their family for biopscyhosocial support that the medical system cannot substitute for. Over time the paradigm of neonatal care…

Shortage of doctors expected in the US

An article from the New York Times reports that, partly due to President Obama’s health care law, the US will have a shortage of over 60,000 doctors by 2015. This number will more than double by 2025. There is little…