6 great podcasts for primary care

 

6 great podcasts

Here are six free podcasts made with tender loving care by a variety of people and organisations. I enjoy listening to these online broadcasts because they are relevant to my daily work in general practice. I download the episodes on my iPhone at home when I’m on WiFi – and listen on the way to work.

The first two podcasts are aimed at health professionals and mainstream audience, the others are more suitable for health professionals only. There are many other awesome podcasts out there; if you know of any in particular, please share your tip in the comment section below.

Do you want to know how to set up podcasts or how to get started recording your own? Here is a good explanation by GP Dr Tim Leeuwenburg.

#1: Health Report (ABC)

In-depth quality reports by Norman Swan and other ABC reporters on topics such as breast cancer & screening, contraceptive options other than the pill and science topics like the future of DNA-sequencing. Well put together with often several national and international experts in one episode.

Audience: Mainstream and health professionals. Episode duration: 28 minutes. Download on iTunes

#2: Inside Health (BBC)

Inside Health
Inside Health with UK GP Dr Mark Porter

Great podcast discussing a few topics per episode – with UK GP Dr Mark Porter. Demystifying myths about vitamins, glucosamine, testosterone, statins, e-cigarettes and much more. One episode about the doctor’s gut feeling inspired me to write this blog post.

Audience: Mainstream and health professionals. Episode duration: 28 minutes. Download on iTunes

# 3: Broomedocs Podcast (Dr Casey Parker)

High quality grassroots podcast by Australian GP & ED Doctor Casey Parker. All sorts of topics relevant to general practice and emergency medicine, such as resuscitation techniques, snake bites, vitamin D deficiency, contraception, overdiagnosis and suicide. The podcast could do with a professional iTunes logo to make it stand out on mobile devices amid other podcasts.

Audience: Health professionals. Episode duration: 15-50 minutes. Download on iTunes

#4: Best Science Medicine Podcast – BS without the BS (Dr James MCormack and Dr Michael Allen)

Entertaining Canadian show discussing evidence-based drug therapy. Lots of myth busters and many topics relevant to general practice such as vaccines, osteoporosis and the treatment of common cold.

Audience: Health professionals (GPs). Episode duration: 20-40 minutes. Download on iTunes

#5: Australian Family Physician Audio (RACGP)

Interesting interviews with authors of articles in Australian Family Physician, the journal of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. The podcast is a great way to follow the journal if you don’t have the time to read everything, or if you want to hear more from the authors. Episodes are presented by various AFP editors, and include topics like multimorbidity, systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple myeloma, SSRIs & adolescents, and obesity in general practice.

The quality of the recordings varies between episodes. It is occasionally necessary to read the article to gain full understanding of the topic. The podcast needs a professional iTunes logo to make it recognisable on mobile devices amid other podcasts.

Audience: Health professionals (GPs). Episode duration: 10-30 minutes. Download on iTunes

#6: HBR Ideacast (Harvard Business Review)

HBR IdeacastManagement and business skills are not taught sufficiently during the medical training, even though doctors often find themselves in leadership positions. The Harvard Business Review podcast features tips and ideas by inspirational leaders – ready to be implemented at work. Food for thought for business owners and (practice) managers.

Listen to topics like: how to spread excellence when opening another practice, and online training videos for new staff members. Want more tips? Download the free Harvard Business Review management tip of the day app on your phone.

Audience: Managers & business owners. Episode duration: 10-20 minutes. Download on iTunes

Should we trust the doctor’s gut feeling?

I enjoy listening to the BBC podcast Inside Health with GP Dr Mark Porter.

One of the recent topics on the show was ‘gut feeling’. Dr Porter interviewed GP Dr Ann Van den Bruel who has done some fascinating research on this topic.

In one study, published in BMJ, Van den Bruel was able to calculate the diagnostic accuracy of the doctor’s instinct and found that it is one of the most powerful predictors of, for example, serious infections in children. One of the recommendations of the authors is:

We should certainly make clear when teaching that an inexplicable (or not fully explicable) gut feeling is an important diagnostic sign and a good reason for seeking the opinion of someone with more expertise or scheduling a review of the child.

Invaluable advice, and something most experienced GPs will do routinely. Van den Bruel: “It’s not a hundred per cent right but the chance that something serious is going on is much higher when a doctor has a gut feeling.”

It’s good to know that trusting our gut instinct may not be unscientific after all, and will add to the quality of patient care.