Mutual Matters

Hall B. Whitworth, Jr., MD

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Case Study: Wrong Site Surgery

Posted by Hall B. Whitworth, Jr., MD on Oct 3, 2017 12:08:00 PM

A 49-year-old man underwent a colonoscopy by a colorectal surgeon who identified a large, firm tumor causing partial narrowing, approximately 60-70 cm from the entry site. Pathology of this tumor was suspicious for carcinoma. In addition, a polypectomy was performed at a different location, and the site was tattooed. Pathology of this second site was consistent with tubulovillous adenoma.

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Topics: Patient Safety

The Challenge of Noncompliance with Medical Recommendations Part 2

Posted by Hall B. Whitworth, Jr., MD on Sep 21, 2017 1:00:00 PM

 

The assessment of patient compliance is very difficult. Many patients may not want to disappoint their physician and will not be completely accurate about their degree of compliance. Other patients are not able to accurately evaluate or do not know their degree of compliance. In one study, 10% of patients reported that they were 100% compliant with their medication use. Using pill count methods, however, the use of the prescribed medications ranged from 2% to 130% of the prescribed pills.

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Topics: Legal and Regulatory

The Challenge of Patient Noncompliance with Medical Recommendations

Posted by Hall B. Whitworth, Jr., MD on Aug 15, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Part 1: Clinical impact, incidence, and potential causes

Noncompliance (non-adherence) to medical recommendations can have a significant impact on a patient’s overall health quality, resulting in decreased opportunities for prevention, delayed diagnosis, and incomplete or ineffective treatment. 

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