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UCSF Study: Primary Care Doctor Shortage Looms In California

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – California could soon be dealing with a severe shortage of primary care doctors, according to a new report from UCSF.

“The forecast that we put together suggests that by 2030, our shortage of primary care physicians is going to be somewhere about 12 to 17 percent,” said Joanne Spetz, associate director for research at the UCSF Healthforce Center and the study’s co-author.

Spetz said part of the problem is our medical school capacity.

“California has a lot of excellent medical schools, some of the best in the country,” Spetz told KCBS. “But given the size of our population, it isn’t enough to produce the number people that we need.”

It’s not just the schools, it’s also the number of available residency slots.

“A lot of people finished medical school and then go somewhere else for their residency training,” Spetz said. “So we need to have enough space for our residency training, that when people finish medical school, this is an attractive place to do the rest of their training and their career.”

On the other hand, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are more likely to be educated here and then stay. A growing number of patients are seeing a nurse or physician’s assistant instead of the doctor, and data show the quality of their care is about as good as a physician’s.

Doctors Rarely Clean Potentially Virus-Carrying Stethoscopes, Study Finds

CBS Local– Stethoscopes can transmit more to your body on contact than just a cold shiver, as they can carry viruses when not cleaned. According to a study from the Yale School of Medicine, doctors rarely, if ever, sterilize their stethoscopes between uses. Over a four week stint, researchers studied one medical staff’s tendencies with their instruments. Researchers found that stethoscopes weren’t sterilized even one time while observing medical students, attending physicians and resident physicians. “Stethoscopes are used repeatedly throughout the day and become contaminated after each patient exposure, so they must be treated as potential vectors of transmission,” said Linda Greene, researcher and president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, via a press release. “Failing to disinfect stethoscopes could constitute a serious patient safety issue similar to ignoring hand hygiene.” After the initial observation, researchers lectured the staff on the importance of cleaning their instruments. The researchers then found that few changed their ways in a follow-up. “Standard education may not be the answer to this problem,” the study read. “Behavioral and cultural modification to improve hand hygiene still remains a challenge, despite being studied in large randomized trials. Stethoscope hygiene implementation will need more consistent efforts to change culture and habits.”

Doctors Rarely Clean Potentially Virus-Carrying Stethoscopes, Study Finds

CBS Local– Stethoscopes can transmit more to your body on contact than just a cold shiver, as they can carry viruses when not cleaned. According to a study from the Yale School of Medicine, doctors rarely, if ever, sterilize their stethoscopes between uses. Over a four week stint, researchers studied one medical staff’s tendencies with their instruments. Researchers found that stethoscopes weren’t sterilized even one time while observing medical students, attending physicians and resident physicians. “Stethoscopes are used repeatedly throughout the day and become contaminated after each patient exposure, so they must be treated as potential vectors of transmission,” said Linda Greene, researcher and president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, via a press release. “Failing to disinfect stethoscopes could constitute a serious patient safety issue similar to ignoring hand hygiene.” After the initial observation, researchers lectured the staff on the importance of cleaning their instruments. The researchers then found that few changed their ways in a follow up. “Standard education may not be the answer to this problem,” the study read. “Behavioral and cultural modification to improve hand hygiene still remains a challenge, despite being studied in large randomized trials. Stethoscope hygiene implementation will need more consistent efforts to change culture and habits.”

Doctors Rarely Clean Potentially Virus-Carrying Stethoscopes, Study Finds

CBS Local– Stethoscopes can transmit more to your body on contact than just a cold shiver, as they can carry viruses when not cleaned. According to a study from the Yale School of Medicine, doctors rarely, if ever, sterilize their stethoscopes between uses. Over a four week stint, researchers studied one medical staff’s tendencies with their instruments. Researchers found that stethoscopes weren’t sterilized even one time while observing medical students, attending physicians and resident physicians. “Stethoscopes are used repeatedly throughout the day and become contaminated after each patient exposure, so they must be treated as potential vectors of transmission,” said Linda Greene, researcher and president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, via a press release. “Failing to disinfect stethoscopes could constitute a serious patient safety issue similar to ignoring hand hygiene.” After the initial observation, researchers lectured the staff on the importance of cleaning their instruments. The researchers then found that few changed their ways in a follow up. “Standard education may not be the answer to this problem,” the study read. “Behavioral and cultural modification to improve hand hygiene still remains a challenge, despite being studied in large randomized trials. Stethoscope hygiene implementation will need more consistent efforts to change culture and habits.”