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How You Should Be Treated in the Hospital

May 11, 2015

It turns out hospital patients get woken up all night long for tests so doctors can have them in the morning at their convenience. A recent experiment at Yale New Haven Hospital, though, showed no patient appeared worse off when staff were told to let them sleep all night. That experiment was conducted at the direction of Yale's Dr. Michael Bennick, who is in charge of determining what "patient-centered care" should look like. 

Should food be better? Are there enough doctors and nurses on each hospital floor? Should patients have teams of advocates to help when an insurance company denies a procedure as you're sitting in a hospital bed? 

And, perhaps most of all, what is "healing," no matter how sick you are? 

Dr. Michael Bennick on Suffering

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Guest:

  • Michael Bennick - Director of the Patient Experience and Associate Chief of Medicine at Yale

Music:

  • “Gne Gne,” Montefiori Cocktail
  • "My Only Swerving," El Ten Eleven
  • "Fanshawe," El Ten Eleven
  • "Number One," Manu Katché, Tomasz Stanko, Jan Garbarek, Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz

Lori Mack and Jonathan McNicol contributed to this show, which originally aired March 24, 2015.