Medical Staff Moving Into New Ramona Health Clinic
The North County Health Services facility will offer medical and dental services. In other health care personnel news: Some doctors in California join efforts to get children from underserved communities into green spaces; The New York Times reports on how technology and new techniques are being used to educate doctors and nurses; and clinical trials are challenged by the language barrier.
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
Doors To Health Clinic's New Offices Open Nov. 6
North County Health Services is aiming to increase its patient volume by 30 percent at its new medical office opening in Ramona on Nov. 6. (Gallant, 10/31)
Capital Public Radio:
Doctors Want To Prescribe Nature To Communities Of Color. Here's How California Might Help.
California State Parks doesn’t collect data on visitor demographics, but the most recent statistics available — a National Parks survey from 2009 — found that roughly one-third of Hispanic and African-American respondents had visited a park in the last two years, compared to more than half of white respondents. Experts say this has major implications for health, and that kids who get outside the least have the highest rates of chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and obesity. (Caiola, 10/31)
The New York Times:
Training The Next Generation Of Doctors And Nurses
For decades, medical education has followed a timeworn path — heaps of book learning and lectures, then clinical rotations exposing students to patients. But as technology explodes into patient care (surgeons can preview operations using virtual 3-D images built from a patient’s scans), the gap between medical education and real-world care has “become a chasm,” said Marc Triola, director of N.Y.U. Langone’s Institute for Innovations in Medical Education, created in 2013 to address the issue. (Pappano, 10/31)
Millions Excluded By Language Barrier From Clinical Trials
According to interviews with doctors, government officials and pharmaceutical companies, few Alzheimer's studies include medical interpreters to help patients complete the specialized neuropsychological testing component required. One of the challenges is that clinicians and researchers have strongly cautioned against using interpreters to facilitate neuropsychological testing based on clinical experiences, observations and anecdotal evidence that they affect outcomes, according to a study published in Clinical Neuropsychology. (Eibelman, 10/31)