Entries by Casey Quinlan

Outlook for Cancer Clinical Trials While the Pandemic Still Rages

2021 has already been “a lot” in internet meme-speak, and we’ve only just seen the end of January. In all of the digital exhaust on COVID vaccination(s), insurgency at the […]

We survived 2020! Now what?

I may be tempting fate by saying we survived 2020 when there are still 10 days left in the year as I write this, but I’m willing to take the […]

Health Equity: Is There a Paradigm Shift Underway?

Spurred by the most recent PEN #PatientChat on Twitter, on Nov. 13, 2020, it felt like a good time to explore what appears to be a paradigm shift in the […]

Growing Up (As a Patient)

For people who find themselves on the receiving end of a diagnosis – a chronic condition, or cancer, or a rare disease – during childhood, the transition from “kid” to […]

The Nitty Gritty on Care Partnering

For those of us who are sometimes patients, and at other times care partners, it can be useful to have a checklist to make helping a friend or family member […]

It’s a Misinfo-demic Out There

In the months since the WHO said that SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19, was causing a global pandemic – that happened on March 11, 2020, for those of you keeping […]

Dealing with a Cancer Diagnosis During COVID-19

There’s never a good time for a cancer diagnosis. Getting a cancer diagnosis, or dealing with ongoing treatment for cancer, during a global pandemic makes a hard thing feel almost […]

Social Determinants of Hope

Back in April, I talked about the COVID19 pandemic, sharing some of the reliable sources I track for science and evidence-based information on the virus, its spread, and how public […]

Uncertainty, Science, and You

Feeling uncertain, or even frightened, in our current COVID-19 global reality? You’re not alone. Uncertainty reigns pretty much everywhere these days, despite confident pronouncements of one kind or another from […]

Cutting Through the Panic in a Pandemic

It’s been an interesting year so far, 2020. We – as a nation, as a global tribe, as a species – find ourselves on the front lines of what feels […]

Checklists Aren’t Just For Clinicians

Checklists – lists of requirements for completing tasks without errors or omissions – are common in many industries. Aviation, software engineering, litigation, manufacturing all rely on the use of checklists […]

Surprise Billing, Cancer, and You

One of the most nagging issues patients face in the American healthcare system is the risk of what are called “surprise bills,” billing for procedures or treatments that are provided […]

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Ready for its closeup, or not ready for primetime? Headlines about the advent of artificial intelligence, AI, in pretty much every sector of human life or enterprise seem to be […]

All I Want for Christmas … Is a Better Scientific Publishing Model

Scientific publishing is broken. That may sound like hyperbole, but it’s not – there’s a rising tide of voices, in academic and policy circles, as well as from the general […]

Cyber Hygiene – Peer Support in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Unless you’re a visitor from another planet, you’ve probably seen or heard some news about the internet being a giant privacy sinkhole. Between the stories that first started to break […]