U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" rankings list the top 10% of facilities in best nursing care, based on patient satisfaction surveys, with the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix and New England Baptist Hospital in Boston topping the list. The report also lists the hospitals judged to be the worst 10% for nursing care.
More hospitals are investing in new technologies to improve care, reduce errors and promote patient healing in an effort that ultimately should help facilities keep people healthy at home. Some features include robots that make patient visits, RFID tags that track people and equipment, and smart beds that monitor a patient's vital signs.
The ratio of primary care physicians to residents decreased in 46 of 100 North Carolina counties from 2001 to 2005, a study found, part of a trend seen across the U.S. Experts said a big reason fewer physicians choose primary care and fewer generalists practice in rural areas is the appeal of bigger paychecks in urban settings and in specialty areas.
Doctors of osteopathy make up 11% of practicing physicians in Arizona, and by 2012 the state is expected to graduate more D.O.s than M.D.s. The surge of graduates from the state's two private osteopathic medical schools could help improve the state's poor ratio of primary care doctors per resident.
A survey of 1,000 adults showed 20% of women checked prices for physicians and medical procedures compared with 15% of men. The survey also found 79% of women bought less expensive generic drugs over brand-name drugs, compared with 69% of men.