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Duke Neurology in the News, April 2019: Improving stroke care, narrative medicine, and social media

Monday, April 29, 2019
Mantri Graffagnino Spector

April has been a busy month for members of our Department in the media. The non government organization IntraHealth published an article on improving stroke care co-written by Carmen Graffagnino, MD, while Neurology Today’s latest issue included articles focusing on how Sneha Mantri, MD, and Andrew Spector, MD, are using narrative medicine and social media, respectively, to provide better care, reduce their own burnout, and improve inclusion within the field of neurology. Read more about each of these articles below.

  • A prompt response is critical for stroke care--every minute delay between a stroke and treatment can mean the loss of a million brain cells. But a prompt response shouldn’t depend on luck.  dealing with a stroke and other acute events. But survival rates shouldn’t be determined by luck. Carmen Graffagnino, MD, co-wrote an article for IntraHealth detailing how projects like IMPROVE Stroke Care are working to change outcomes at the systems level. Read that article here.
  • In the latest issue of Neurology Today, Sneha Mantri, MD, discusses how she first became interested in medical narratives as a medical student, and how her master’s degree in narrative medicine helps her become a more attentive listener, understand the limits and power of her interactions with patients, and better cope with the mortality that is an inherent part of providing clinical care. Read that article here.
  • In the same issue of Neurology Today, Lola Butcher talks to several neurologists who are using social media to improve diversity and inclusion, gender parity, and specialty educational opportunities--including Andrew Spector, MD, who co-created the Society for Black Neurologists Facebook group, which recently welcomed its 50th member. Read that story here.