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Editor’s Note, DCMS #161

Nov 4, 2013

Over the past few years there has been a decrease in the ability of clinicians to diagnose and treat patients. According to a study in The Lancet, this decrease in diagnostic ability can be partly blamed on the increased use of smartphones and other devices that deliver information to a prescriber. This ease of informational access has decreased the necessary "memorized" information clinicians retained in the past. In addition, as our care models have changed there is less time spent with each patient which is why we are pleased to share this week’s Clinical Text to help you develop your own diagnostic skills.

Our Homerun Slides finish up with some conclusions and last minute tips on PCMHs and ACOs, and our Disaster Averted looks at the problem that can occur when you teach patients to "dial down" their insulin pens. Our Mastery In Minutes video features Dr. Cyrus Desouza with a frank discussion about talking with patients about new medications.