We may not understand why a patient has stopped taking their medication, or why a colleague ordered a test that we might have thought was not needed. In these and other similar situations, frequently our first instinct is to draw conclusions to explain these enigmatic actions. It's not always easy to truly understand the thinking behind their decision, but Dr. Steven Feldman believes we would all save a lot of time, hassle and money by making the effort to do so. Hosts Dr. Matt Birnholz and Dr. Michael Greenberg welcome Dr. Feldman to the show to discuss his new book, Compartments: How the Brightest, Best Trained, and Most Caring People Can Make Judgments That Are Completely & Utterly Wrong. It's a pretty familiar message that extends far beyond health care, but Dr. Feldman uses his research and experience to uniquely tailor his thoughts to our interactions as clinicians, researchers and beyond.
Dr. Birnholz and Dr. Greenberg also touch on several other interesting issues during the show: should a physician providing in-flight medical care be compensated for their efforts? It's an issue that has drawn significant attention following the decision reached in a Canadian court case. And how much money does our health care system squander annually due to poor medication adherence? Here's a clue: if we pared these reported costs by one-third, the money saved might alone come close to paying for healthcare reform legislation over the next 10 years. Tune in to find out more.