Many physicians are frustrated by financial incentives that conflict with their professional ethics. A 1998 study found that many primary care physicians who received bonuses linked to their productivity were concerned about compromising patient care. A 1995 survey of over 1,700 physicians found that one-third were dissatisfied with medical practice. Geographic areas with high penetrations of managed care have a higher percentage of dissatisfied physicians. Many physicians look for non-clinical work as administrators or teachers and others join unions. It is unclear how this frustration will affect the quality of medical care.
Publication Name: The New England Journal of Medicine
Cuts and scrapes: when to see a doctor
Some minor cuts may be treated at home by stopping the bleeding, keeping the wound clean, applying antibiotic ointment and covering the wound. A doctor should be seen if a cut is 1/8 inch or more deep, if it is over a joint, if foreign matter is embedded, if it is caused by animal or human bite, if bleeding can't be stopped, if it happened in a contaminated environment or if it has been more than 5 to 10 years since last tetanus shot.
Publication Name: Mayo Clinic Health Letter
Time to ice
Rehabilitation experts stress that 25 min. of icing is sufficient to reduce swelling and treat damaged ligaments, tissues and bones. Experts note that ice should be applied to injuries immediately and that prolonged icing causes disorders in nerve function.
Publication Name: Joe Weider's Muscle & Fitness
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