Hospitals Have Circadian Rhythms, Too

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First, as usual, a smattering of book news:

Hospital Rhythms

Back in the Before Times (you know, back in February or so), I came across a fascinating study. In hospitals, researchers found, medications tend to be dispensed on predominantly in the mornings, a schedule that isn’t necessarily in sync with our bodies’ daily rhythms. As I write in a new story for The Atlantic:

This schedule—what the researchers call a “systemic bias in the timing of medicine”—may be convenient for clinicians, but it’s not necessarily best for patients or consistent with their biological clock.

Hospitals run all day and night, and in theory medications could be doled out whenever they’re needed. “Our findings challenge this notion,” the study’s authors write, “and reveal a potential operational barrier to best clinical care.” For busy doctors, time is a scarce resource—and hospitals are generally designed to deliver care as quickly and efficiently as possible. But the human body keeps its own time, so optimal care may be less of a race than a chronologically choreographed dance.

Read the full story here.

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April 14, 2020

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