Medical decision making and diabetes: Mon Oct 20 2:45-4:15p Eastern

I have organized a symposium at an upcoming conference in Miami. The topic is medical decision making in diabetes, and the focus is on incorporating diversity. Mila Ferrer is one of our speakers, and we have some very exciting(1) academic speakers as well. “Medical decision making” is academic speak for everything from “helping people with [...]


Why you want patient partners on your research team

Last night, I glanced at twitter just before going to sleep. (Rarely a good idea, I know.) I noted a tweet posted by the account of the editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, a high impact and generally (no pun intended) excellent journal: Simple experiment in #JGIM finds that #diabetes feedback using grades, [...]


What Do You Mean, I Can’t Have It All?

Note: I originally wrote this post for Emmi Solutions, and it was also picked up by Kevin MD. ~~~~~~~~~ My first week at my new job at a French-speaking university in a city of 95% francophones, I learned a useful new expression: vouloir le beurre, et l’argent du beurre. This translates literally as, ‘to want [...]


Health Literacy, Numeracy and Risk 1

I’m keenly interested in the design features of online health applications and the way people respond to different aspects of presentation and interaction. One of the things that triggered a set of questions for me was one of the websites I analyzed in my dissertation research, which offered detailed estimates of risks related to prostate [...]


Data, Information and Knowledge 2

I’m at a conference in LA at the moment; it feels so lovely and strange to be able to walk around outside in short sleeves. I took a really excellent short course on Sunday afternoon about the psychology of decision-making, led by Alan Schwartz. At one point, he was talking about the gist paradox. There [...]


The Psychology of the B Lane Swimmer 2

A number of years ago, I joined a Master’s swim team. I was doing triathlons at the time, and the swim was my weakest leg. The team I joined divided the pool into four lanes: A (fastest swimmers), B (next fastest), C (next fastest) and D (slowest.) Workouts were organized accordingly; faster swimmers were assigned [...]


Power and Responsibility

I’ve been thinking a great deal lately about the close relationship between power and responsibility. It keeps coming up in my research. It has shown itself in three different projects/papers I am working on, and I’m attending a workshop soon on the idea of the flip side of empowerment: a shifting burden of work. It’s [...]


Recent Reading: Brief Reviews Part 1 1

I recently began reading for pleasure again when I realized that denying myself one of my deepest pleasures for so long had ceased to help my productivity. Rather the opposite, in fact. Also, I took a long overdue unplugged holiday over the Christmas break and I recently contracted pneumonia again, both of which offered opportunities [...]


InaDWriMo 1

How have I never heard of this? (Apparently I do not spend enough time on the right places on the Web.) Better late than never, I say. I’ve already had a writing-heavy month, and I had some loose goals for next month, so I’m firming them up. By Dec 20 (conveniently: one month from now, [...]


Zotero

Papers changed my life. I have used it to organize the 1200+ (and counting) pdfs that I have collected and cited in the course of my time in grad school. I love: the autofill on the metadata (I wish it worked better on some of my areas of interest — I rarely get more than [...]