“Intention to Treat,” hosted by health care journalist Rachel Gotbaum, draws on the world-class expertise of the New England Journal of Medicine to present breaking news and incisive analysis of critical and timely issues in medicine and health care. Through interviews with NEJM editors, specialized experts, physicians, and affected patients, each episode explores a story-behind-the-story, giving listeners needed context and a deeper understanding of complex research, cutting-edge medical interventions, and urgent health policy debates that affect patients and the clinicians who care for them. Practicing clinicians, biomedical researchers, medical trainees, patients, and anyone with an interest in health will find unique insights in “Intention to Treat.”
Race Relations and the First Paramedics
This episode of “Intention to Treat” tells the story of the Freedom House Ambulance Service — a group of Black laypeople in Pittsburgh who underwent intensive training to become the first paramedics in the United States. [Originally aired on May 4, 2023.]
A full transcript of this episode is available at nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2303614.
Why Doctors Need to Talk about Death
Highlighting gaps in communication near the end of life, this podcast episode explores a new approach to preparing patients with serious illness and their families for all possible outcomes.
A full transcript of this episode is available at nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2314001.
Investigating Injustices in the Journal's History, Part 2
In the second half of our podcast series on historical injustices, guests Evelynn Hammonds and David Jones examine the racism of post-World War II American medicine and its lessons for the present day.
A full transcript of this episode is available at nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2314000.
Investigating Injustices in the Journal's History
Over its 200-plus years, the Journal has sometimes published articles that have perpetuated injustices against various groups of people. A new Perspective series explores that history and its lessons.
A full transcript of this episode is available at nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2311329.
This episode examines Covid-19 variants that are currently circulating, recommendations for booster shots, and new treatments in the pipeline.
A full transcript of this episode is available at nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2311327.
Is Xenotransplantation Ready for Prime Time?
This episode examines the need for and promise of xenotransplantation, considering first the plight of patients and then the progress being made by researchers.
A full transcript of this episode is available at nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2309946.