Docs’ Bad Behavior Seen at Work, Online by Colleagues: Survey

It seems that everyone’s nerves are on the edge right now, and people are often behaving in surprising ways. Physicians are no exception. “The days of surgeons throwing retractors across the OR and screaming at nurses and medical students are hopefully gone now,” said Barron Lerner, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at New York University … Read more

Racism Tied to Later Life Cognitive Dysfunction

It is generally understood that racism, whether structural or personal, harms the well-being of the individual who experiences it. It has harmful health effects, and it contributes to ethnic inequality. New evidence shows that the experience of racism is associated with worse cognitive function in later life. That was the fundamental message behind two studies … Read more

Addressing Disparities at Psychiatry’s Biggest Meeting

This year’s 2022 American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting was the first since the pandemic to be in-person. It had a virtual component also, but it wasn’t live, so the meeting wasn’t a truly hybrid meeting. The virtual attendees were given access for 1 week in early June, a few weeks after the live meeting. … Read more

AMA Debates Racial Reparations as a Health Initiative

CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA) discussed the issue of racial reparations ahead of its annual House of Delegates meeting this week. A resolution written by the AMA’s Medical Student Section proposed that the AMA study potential mechanisms of national economic reparations as well as reparations by the organization itself. It also proposed that … Read more

What Can We Do About Mass Shootings?

“It must be mental illness. My mind cannot possibly conceive of an alternative. A rational healthy mind cannot be capable of this, Doc.” These were the opening words of one of many discussions that I had with patients in the wake of yet another gut-wrenching tragedy where we saw innocent children and their teachers murdered … Read more

APA Targets Structural Racism, Offers Solutions

The negative consequences of structural racism on mental health, and opportunities for change, are the focus of a special theme issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP), released to coincide with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting. The hope is this special issue will “motivate clinicians, educators, and researchers to take actions that … Read more

Higher ‘Chemical Restraint’ Rates in Black Psych Patients in the ED

Black patients presenting with psychiatric disorders to hospital emergency departments (EDs) across the US have significantly higher rates of chemical restraint than their white counterparts, new research shows. Results of a national study showed Black patients presenting to the ED were 63% more likely to receive chemical sedation than white patients. The investigators also found … Read more