The Dorsal View

The case of the psychiatrist who wasn’t

An unqualified disaster — the case of the psychiatrist who wasn’t A case was reported in UK news recently that may serve as a warning about the usefulness of box-ticking exercises as a means of assessing the quality of a process or a professional healthcare provider. In a hugely embarrassing episode for the NHS, and…

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White coats and little white lies

White coats and little white lies — having patience with your patients I’ve always believed that the effective physician also needs to be part-detective. Part Joseph Lister, part Hercule Poirot. But even the most newly-qualified doctor may be able to spot when a patient is being economical with the truth, or even telling you big…

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To not sleep, perchance to misread your patients

A round-up of medical news and oddities from left field To not sleep, perchance to misread your patients We’re all well aware of the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation on performance, mood, general overall health and a range of other functional parameters. The dogs on the street also know that a significant, if not predominant,…

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Home truths on ‘medicine’s dirty secret’

A round-up of medical news and oddities from left field Home truths on ‘medicine’s dirty secret’ In a recent Dorsal View focused on the wisdom of Dr Paddy Barrett and his endeavours to improve the wellbeing of physicians under pressure, I touched on the disturbing rates of suicide among the medical profession. Doctors are far…

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Cows kill more than 20 people each year…

A round-up of medical news and oddities from left field Cows kill more than 20 people each year… Why is this relevant? Well, obviously it’s relevant if you work in close proximity to these animals, and it’s no laughing matter that a significant proportion of workplace-related injuries and deaths in Ireland relate to farms, as…

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Are you suffering from burnout without realising it?

Burnout is no joke and in all probability, most of us have suffered from it at some intermittent stages in our lives. The consequences for ourselves, the people closest to us and ultimately the patients you care for are significant and there is an onus on every healthcare professional to be aware of the sometimes…

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Don’t forget your shovel if you want to go to work…

It’s an age-old question: Who, or what group of people, are most full of BS? Okay, so it’s politicians, we all know that, but let’s take a closer look at why and more specifically, what type of person is more likely to distribute the verbal fertiliser. Well, some ‘research’ from University College London in the…

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