Closing the Gap Between Expectation and Experience: How Patients Can Collaborate With Health Care Providers

The health care system and how the general public perceives it can be influenced by many information sources—or in some cases, sources of misinformation. For example, researchers of a 2018 study on patient and family member expectations found that television portrayals of patients in medical dramas may affect how people perceive care for traumatic injuries. Misconceptions around factors such as recovery time, need for long-term care and success rates of treatment can lead patients to perceive their quality of care as lacking.  “Trauma patients as depicted on television dramas typically go from [the emergency department] to [the operating room], and survivors usually […]

Addressing the Rural Nursing Shortage

Rural communities are deeply affected by the national nursing shortage. Health organizations, hospitals, and nursing schools are working to bridge the gap.