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Dr. Anupam B. Jena on Decoding the Hidden Factors in Healthcare

Dr. Anupam B. Jena joins host John R. Miles on the Passion Struck podcast to discuss his research on natural experiments and their impact on healthcare outcomes. Dr. Jena’s studies provide valuable insights into the effects of being a world leader on health, the consequences of playing professional football, and even the influence of birth month on ADHD diagnoses. Dr. Jena is the co-author of the new book, “Random Acts of Medicine: The Hidden Forces That Sway Doctors, Impact Patients, and Shape Our Health.”

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Unlocking the Secrets of Healthcare Outcomes: Insights from Natural Experiments with Dr. Anupam B. Jena

In this episode of the Passion Struck podcast, host John R. Miles interviews Dr. Anupam B. Jena (Bapu Jena), a physician, and economist, about his research on natural experiments and their insights into healthcare outcomes. Dr. Jena shares fascinating findings from his studies, including the impact of being a world leader on health, the effects of playing professional football, and even the influence of birth month on ADHD diagnoses. Listeners will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of medical decision-making and the need to consider various factors in delivering optimal patient care.

Dr. Jena’s research highlights the importance of thorough and unhurried patient care, as well as the benefits of considering non-direct costs and obstacles that may affect healthcare decisions. Healthcare providers and professionals seeking to improve patient outcomes will find this episode particularly insightful and relevant to their work. Tune in to gain valuable insights from Dr. Jena’s research and enhance your understanding of healthcare outcomes.

By listening to Bapu and John, you will be able to:

  • Uncover the fascinating intersection of economics and medical science and its implication in healthcare research.
  • Explore the insightful world of Natural experiments and their transformative impacts on healthcare outcomes.
  • Understand the critical role played by randomization in improving the success rate of clinical trials, especially for cancer patients.
  • Dive into the influence of external factors on healthcare decision-making processes and their consequential effects on patient outcomes.
  • Learn how timing and response times play a crucial part in shaping the quality of medical care.
  • And much, much more!
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More From My Conversation With Dr. Anupam B. Jena

Dr. Anupam B. Jena’s journey into the world of natural experiments began rather unexpectedly, sparked by a seemingly insignificant comment his wife made during a marathon in Boston. As a medical doctor and economist, Dr. Jena was always intrigued by the intricate interplay between health and economics. He was particularly interested in how various factors such as proximity to a hospital or insurance status could impact a person’s health. Yet, the idea of examining the impact of large-scale events on healthcare outcomes was novel and unexplored.

Driven by curiosity, Dr. Jena delved into the research, uncovering startling data about the increase in mortality rates during large events like marathons. This not only provided profound insights into healthcare but also served as a powerful reminder of the intricate, often overlooked factors that significantly impact our health.

Impact of Marathons on Healthcare Outcomes

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High-impact sports events like marathons bring their own set of challenges for healthcare systems. They often lead to immediate health scares as well as long term implications for participants and spectators. However, it’s the surrounding audience and non-participant residents that often go unnoticed when assessing health outcomes. In his conversation with John, Dr. Jena spotlighted the overlooked impact of marathons on residents living in the vicinity. He explained how road closures due to marathons affected response times for acute emergencies, leading to observable changes in patient outcomes. He also raised questions about balancing the societal, economic, and health impacts of such large-scale events, stressing their significance in shaping healthcare policies.

Improved understanding of the impact of natural experiments on healthcare outcomes.
When we think about improving patient care, we often refer to factors directly related to the healthcare system such as thorough diagnosis, proper medication, cutting-edge equipment, and well-trained medical staff. But, have we ever stopped to ponder the influence of random, everyday life occurrences? That’s where the importance of natural experiments in healthcare surfaces.

These are unplanned events that surprisingly, can result in changing health outcomes. During the conversation with John R. Miles, Dr. Anupam B. Jena shed light on this intriguing concept. He described how his observation of better cardiac patient outcomes during annual cardiology conventions led him to delve deeper into the subject. This seemingly strange correlation between medical staffing levels and patient outcomes posed a compelling argument about the role of ‘doing less’ in certain scenarios to improve patient care.

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  • Check out Dr. Bapu Jena’s Ted Med Talk from 2020 to gain insights into the intricacies of the healthcare system.
  • Listen to the Freakonomics MD podcast hosted by Dr. Jena to uncover the hidden side of healthcare.
  • Dive into Dr. Jena’s newly launched book, Random Acts of Medicine: The Hidden Forces that Sway Doctors, Impact Patients, and Shape Our Health, to explore the impact of behavioral science, health, and medicine on our lives.
  • Discover the hidden truths that shape our wellbeing through natural experiments by reading Dr. Jena’s book.
  • Learn about the unexpected and predictable events that influence our health, such as the impact of annual events and the presence of cardiologists at national conferences.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the intricate world of medicine and its impact on all of us by joining the thought-provoking conversation with Dr. Bapoo Jena.
  • Explore the intersection of economics and medicine by delving into Dr. Jena’s research on how economic principles and big data insights can improve healthcare.
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About Today’s Guest, Dr. Anupam B. Jena

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Charting a unique path in the healthcare industry is Dr. Anupam B. Jena, an inspiring figure in both medicine and economics. His role as an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School gives him a depth of clinical insight, which, when combined with his economic acumen, shapes a fascinating perspective. Always keen to share his knowledge, Dr. Jena hosts the Freakonomics MD podcast. His novel approach has the capacity to transform our understanding of the healthcare system, making him a figure to definitely watch.

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