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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. February 2014, Volume 16, Number 2: 89-152.

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February 2014 Contents

Unwarranted Variation in Health Care

Ethics Poll

Increasing attention is being paid to regional differences in the type and amount of medical care that people receive. Which of the following do you think is the greatest cause of such differences?
Have you ever changed physicians because the physician you were seeing refused to provide a service, treatment, or prescription you requested?
Have you ever moved to or visited a city because treatment was available there and not in your home locale?
Has a physician ever asked whether or not you have been exposed to toxic chemicals in the soil, air, or water in places where you have lived?

From the Editor

Unwarranted Variations in Care: Searching for Sources and Solutions
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Elizabeth Miranda
Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:91-93.

Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

The Importance of Quality of Life to Patient Decision Making in Breast Cancer Care
Commentary by Heather Macdonald
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:94-97.

Presenting Unwelcome Research Findings
Commentary by Steven J. Ralston and Hilda Bastian
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:98-102.

Is More Screening Always Better?
Commentary by Michael LeFevre
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:103-106.

The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinion on Pay for Performance
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:107.

Medical Education

Teaching Quality Improvement and Health Care Systems at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine
Greg Ogrinc
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:108-110.

Journal Discussion

A Resource-Based Locality Rule
Stuart P. Swadron, Peter Milano, and Anne M. Milano
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:111-114.

State of the Art and Science

Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans: A Clinician-Led Approach to Unwarranted Practice Variation
Michael Farias and Rahul H. Rathod
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:115-119.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Lack of Standardized Informed Consent Practices and Medical Malpractice
Richard Weinmeyer
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:120-123.

Policy Forum

The Complex Relationship between Cost and Quality in US Health Care
Leah A. Burke and Andrew M. Ryan
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:124-130.

Limiting Low-Value Care by “Choosing Wisely”
William L. Schpero
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:131-134.

Medicine and Society

Place: The Seventh Vital Sign
Bill Davenhall
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:135-137.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

Does Location Determine Medical Practice Patterns?
James Reschovsky
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:138-141.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:142-149.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:150-152.