Medscape Reader Polls

 
 
  • Are Healthcare Unions Helpful? The stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic have spurred some healthcare workers to protest their working conditions, with the backing of their unions.
  • Are You Concerned About Shutdown-Related Weight Gain? Weight gain is emerging as one of many COVID-19-related public health concerns. Tell us about your experience.
  • How Has Your Work Changed During the Pandemic? Many healthcare workers have told stories of working outside their area of training to care for COVID-19 patients. How have you been affected?
  • What Do You Think About the Reported Rates of COVID-19? Official statistics depend on the availability -- and the reliability -- of diagnostic and antibody testing, which can’t be taken for granted.
  • What Do You Think of the Reaction to COVID-19? In response to the novel coronavirus' spread, some medical offices have converted to telemedicine visits or have closed entirely. People have also panic-bought toilet paper.
  • Do You Have PPE? Many clinicians have taken to social media to plead for donations of N95 masks and other personal protective equipment. How are you faring?
  • Is Your Practice Ready for a COVID-19 Case? Many practices may have to adjust their operations, if they haven’t already.
  • Are You Going to Skip Travel Because of Coronavirus? As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, medical societies are canceling meetings, and medical centers are asking employees to curtail travel.
  • What Do You Think About 'Surprise' Medical Bills? Members of Congress are advancing multiple, competing proposals for ending 'surprise' bills with legislation.
  • Do Clinicians Need Training to Get Along? 'Interprofessional education' programs were part of the required curriculum at 143 medical schools in 2017-2018, and national nursing organizations promote them as well.
  • What Do You Think About USMLE Step 1 Becoming Pass/Fail? The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) program has announced that the Step 1 exam will change from a scored system to pass/fail. Do you think this is a good idea?
  • Do Your Patients Know You're Burned Out? Do you think your patients have read in the news about physician burnout, and do they pick up on your professional stress and frustration?
  • Are You Ready to Handle a Coronavirus Case? Healthcare workers throughout the world face a challenge to recognize and respond to potential cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that emerged from Wuhan, China.
  • What Do You Think About Postmortem Sperm Donation? Two doctors in the United Kingdom argue that volunteering to donate sperm after death is 'both feasible and morally permissible' for men. Do you agree?
  • What Do You Think of Faster FDA Approvals? A new analysis indicates the US Food and Drug Administration is increasingly accepting less data for drug approvals and shortening its reviews.
  • Are Your Patients Taking CBD? There is not much science-based information physicians can offer patients about cannabidiol (CBD), but many may be interested in trying it.
  • Do You Skimp on Your Own Medical Care? In a survey, 35% of resident physicians reported having no routine place for medical care.
  • Do You Try to Help Patients Pay for Prescriptions? Many patients struggle with the cost of prescription drugs. Sometimes physicians can recommend financial assistance programs to help.
  • Are You Seeing Fewer Patients in Your Practice? Two new studies suggest that the number of primary care visits in the United States is decreasing.
  • Should Patients Be Able to Choose Clinicians by Race or Gender? Sometimes patient preferences to receive care from a clinician of a particular gender or nationality may be reasonable, but sometimes they may be discriminatory.