In Praise of CDC’s “Hear Her” Campaign

A woman is getting her breast checked by an anesthetist.

One of the first things a first-year medical student learns is the importance of taking a patient’s history because if you listen carefully, you will figure out the diagnosis. Yet it is often the failure to listen that leads healthcare professionals down the rabbit-hole of misdiagnosis that frequently leads to preventable death.

Each year, 700 U.S. families lose a wife, mother, girlfriend, daughter, cousin, niece, neighbor, or friend to a pregnancy-related death, and one of the most common refrains repeated over and over again is “they wouldn’t listen to her.â€

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has taken those words to heart and initiated a public service campaign to raise awareness regarding the importance of healthcare professionals listening to the complaints and concerns of pregnant women and postpartum patients.

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