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Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Dr Lockwood, Editor-in-Chief, is Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and Senior Vice President of USF Health, University of South Florida, Tampa. He can be reached at [email protected]
What to do about the swine flu
Help combat the H1N1 flu epidemic with use of online resources and organizational information.
Opinion: Metabolic syndrome: What the ob/gyn should know
Ob/gyns are in the best position to make an early diagnosis. Patients not responding to lifestyle adjustments may require lipid-lowering or antihypertensive agents.
Opinion: Obesity in pregnancy really is a weighty issue
It's time to challenge our patients to achieve their ideal body weight in the preconceptional period, encourage them to exercise regularly, and to take a more restrained approach to maternal weight gain if they are obese. Of course it helps if the counselor heeds his or her own advice!
Editorial: Web Exclusive: Health-care reform: Learning from Massachusetts's mistakes
Massachusetts was the ideal setting to attempt universal coverage, but the influx of newly insured strained the system's ability to provide care and drove up costs. Dr. Lockwood offers his perspective on lessons to be learned from their mistakes.
Opinion: Diagnostic errors, or why we need to be more humble
Dr. Lockwood discusses several cognitive errors that can hinder a physician's ability to make an accurate diagnosis. Among the mistakes, which are outlined in Jerome Groopman's How Doctors Think, are confirmation bias, the denial of uncertainty, and "diagnosis momentum."
Future of health care: capitation or specialized teams?
Will capitation make a comeback via large, integrated health-care delivery systems, asks Dr. Charles Lockwood? Or will specialized medical teams win out in the coming sea change? This expert gives the pros and cons of each key contender for fixing our broken health-care system—and suggests how ob/gyns can prepare their practices.
Opinion: Competitive approaches to health-care reform
Finding the best way to fix our broken health-care system remains one of our major challenges. Dr. Charles J. Lockwood summarizes two competing approaches, one championed by Michael Porter, which revolves around integrated practice units (IPU), and one recommended by Alain Enthoven, which hinges on the use of large integrated health-care delivery systems (IHS).
Health-care reform: What shape will it likely take?
The looming health-care crisis will bring about a sea change in the practice of medicine, predicts this expert. He assesses whether specialized teams or a return to capitation will likely win out and gives tips on preparing your ob/gyn practice for an uncertain future.
Opinion: Patient Safety Update, or why a WWII bomber can save patients' lives
The practice of medicine has become too complex for ob/gyns to rely solely on their memories to keep patients safe. A mishap during the test flight of the B17 bomber taught its designers the value of a preflight checklist, and clinicians can likewise benefit from preprocedure checklists.
Opinion: The financial crisis: How will it affect ob/gyn practices?
The economic meltdown will likely cause birthrates to decline, increase the number of uninsured patients you see, and perhaps raise malpractice insurance premiums.