So I got three messages, one from a social worker with whom I work, one from a colleague keeping me in the loop about the MOC and MOL issue elsewhere in the country, and another from one of our University of Iowa Wellness human resources. Let’s start with the one about the LiveWell newsletter, UI Wellness – liveWELL. I was pretty excited about the “Take a Stand” theme, and the story refers to the medical literature showing that “…prolonged sitting is an independent risk factor for many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, hypertension, metabolic, syndrome, and obesity”. It also does a number on your lower back.
My CME budget won’t cover that. And the person I talked to wondered whether the bookshelves might be an insurmountable installation challenge. A couple of colleagues had made their own alterations, ranging in price from about $200 to the I’m-scared-to-guess (with a treadmill!) outlay. I decided I might want to just go low-tech and simply remind myself to stand up every once in a while. No word yet on departmental or hospital support for employees who would like to make the workstation change for ergonomic health promotion reasons.
The other message I got from a hard-working social worker here (thanks, Elle!) was about “greyhound therapy”, referring to a form of patient dumping involving a Nevada psychiatric hospital improperly discharging patients and bussing them out of the state,
I’m sure that there’s more to the story than meets the eye, but it begs the question, “Who’s standing up for patients in Nevada?” How widespread is the problem in the country? How much should it cost to promote physical and mental health, and who should be the role models for how and to whom this is delivered?
And last but not least, the news from my colleague about the adopted resolutions opposing both MOC and MOL in Michigan, Michigan Medical Society Adopts Resolutions Opposing MOC & MOL – The Practical Psychosomaticist.
What do all of these have in common? They’re about making a stand.