In this week's News Roundup:
- How Empathy Keeps People Out of the Hospital
- Gender Bias Diminishes Women's Health Concerns
- University of Chicago Reopens Trauma Center
- Black Patients with Heart Failure Less Likely to See Cardiologists
How Empathy Keeps People Out of the Hospital
Growing evidence shows that more empathetic care can keep people healthier and reduce hospital visits. A new piece by NPR's Marketplace profiles Philadelphia's Penn Center for Community Health Workers, which pairs community health workers with patients who frequent hospitals due to chronic illness, poverty, or mental health problems. The community health workers visit patients at their homes and help them navigate their health issues. The Penn Center makes an effort to match its staff with patients who share a similar background, in order to inspire trust. A randomized, controlled study showed the Center reduced hospitalizations by 30%.