COVID-19 coverage to help you and your patients

This issue offers tips on physician wellness and infection control, as well as a focus on addiction in inpatients.


Congratulations! If you're reading this, you pushed through to the second half of 2020. I'm sure it wasn't easy. Recognizing that, this month's main story focuses on physician well-being. Hospitalists and other experts from the front lines offer their tips for taking care of yourself during this lengthy crisis. There are a lot of inspiring anecdotes about positive interventions for both patients and clinicians embedded in these 10 recommendations.

Speaking of interventions, two of our articles focus on addiction in the hospital. A feature story describes programs that employ people in recovery to assist inpatients who are undergoing addiction treatment. These peers have served as a bridge between clinicians and patients, one that the pandemic may make only more crucial, as a sidebar to the article explains. Also in this issue, a Perspectives article by a hospitalist explains how a neuroscience journalist taught him to better connect with patients with addictions.

Of course, we've also got some COVID-19 coverage for you. Experts I interviewed about face shields for the article explained how they believe these could be used in addition to masks and respirators in the hospital and instead of a cloth mask in the community. This month's Q&A looks at how COVID-19 and the rush to find a solution to it has affected medical journals, including ACP's own Annals of Internal Medicine.

Finally, we have another Perspectives article on COVID-19. It makes the case that hospitalists and hospital administrators face a choice about whether the pandemic unites or divides them. It sure would be nice if there were some good solutions we could all unite behind soon. In the meantime, please feel free to get in touch at acphospitalist@acponline.org.

Sincerely,
Stacey Butterfield
Editor-in-Chief