Consumer Reports' tool on hospital aggressiveness

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Consumer Reports this week launched a new online "compare your hospital" tool. CR states:

"The data you'll see here, from The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, shows that not every hospital practices conservative care. Many patients with these long-term serious illnesses are repeatedly hospitalized and seen by many different physicians. The Dartmouth research has shown that aggressive care does not necessarily improve patient outcomes and can sometimes shorten life. That's because it exposes people to a greater risk of hospital-acquired infections and the medical errors that can occur when too many doctors test and treat patients in an uncoordinated way.

It's important to understand that the distinction between aggressive and conservative care does not apply to medical emergencies such as a heart attack, stroke, broken hip, or inflamed appendix. All hospitals everywhere address these conditions immediately and with the full arsenal of treatments at their command."

See how a Seattle newspaper localized the story. Nice job.

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The term, "aggressive CARE" is a misnomer. It would more accurately be described as aggressive medical treatment.

Care connotes the professional services provided by registered nurses who aim to restore or preserve health function and to support a peaceful death for those at the end of life. Aggressive CARE would be those services which support people at the end of life, and those would not necessarily be correlated with the services provided in aggressive medical treatment.

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