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Direct observation of medical residents

James A Town, Paul A Bergl, Akhil Narang, John F McConville
BACKGROUND : The long-term retention of knowledge and skills in bedside ultrasound by internal medicine residents after ultrasound training is not well understood. OBJECTIVE : We sought to determine whether knowledge and skills acquired from focused training in bedside ultrasound are retained over time, and whether retention is related to independent practice. METHODS : We conducted a prospective observational trial of 101 internal medicine residents at an academic medical center who participated in a bedside ultrasound workshop followed by 12 months of independent practice...
October 2016: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
Austin F Mount-Campbell, Michael F Rayo, James J OʼBrien, Theodore T Allen, Emily S Patterson
Handover communication improvement initiatives typically employ a "one size fits all" approach. A human factors perspective has the potential to guide how to tailor interventions to roles, levels of experience, settings, and types of patients. We conducted ethnographic observations of sign-outs by attending and resident physicians in 2 medical intensive care units at one institution. Digitally audiotaped data were manually analyzed for content using codes and time spent using box plots for emergent categories...
October 2016: Quality Management in Health Care
Nader I Al-Dewik, Hisham M Morsi, Muthanna M Samara, Rola S Ghasoub, Cinquea C Gnanam, Subi K Bhaskaran, Abdulqadir J Nashwan, Rana M Al-Jurf, Mohamed A Ismail, Mohammed M AlSharshani, Ali A AlSayab, Tawfeg I Ben-Omran, Rani B Khatib, Mohamed A Yassin
BACKGROUND: Despite the revolutionary success of introducing tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), such as imatinib mesylate (IM), for treating chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a substantial proportion of patients' treatments fail. AIM: This study investigates the correlation between patient adherence and failure of TKIs' treatment in a follow-up study. METHODS: This is a follow-up study of a new cohort of CML patients. Adherence to IM is assessed using the Medication Event Monitoring System (MEMS 6 TrackCap, AARDEX Ltd)...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Oncology
R Douglas Wilson, Isabelle De Bie, Christine M Armour, Richard N Brown, Carla Campagnolo, June C Carroll, Nan Okun, Tanya Nelson, Rhonda Zwingerman, Francois Audibert, Jo-Ann Brock, Richard N Brown, Carla Campagnolo, June C Carroll, Isabelle De Bie, Jo-Ann Johnson, Nan Okun, Melanie Pastruck, Karine Vallée-Pouliot, R Douglas Wilson, Rhonda Zwingerman, Christine Armour, David Chitayat, Isabelle De Bie, Sara Fernandez, Raymond Kim, Josee Lavoie, Norma Leonard, Tanya Nelson, Sherry Taylor, Margot Van Allen, Clara Van Karnebeek
OBJECTIVE: This guideline was written to update Canadian maternity care and reproductive healthcare providers on pre- and postconceptional reproductive carrier screening for women or couples who may be at risk of being carriers for autosomal recessive (AR), autosomal dominant (AD), or X-linked (XL) conditions, with risk of transmission to the fetus. Four previous SOGC- Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) guidelines are updated and merged into the current document. INTENDED USERS: All maternity care (most responsible health provider [MRHP]) and paediatric providers; maternity nursing; nurse practitioner; provincial maternity care administrator; medical student; and postgraduate resident year 1-7...
August 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
Christopher Watling, Kori A LaDonna, Lorelei Lingard, Stephane Voyer, Rose Hatala
CONTEXT: Direct observation promises to strengthen both coaching and assessment, and calls for its increased use in medical training abound. Despite its apparent potential, the uptake of direct observation in medical training remains surprisingly limited outside the formal assessment setting. The limited uptake of observation raises questions about cultural barriers to its use. In this study, we explore the influence of professional culture on the use of direct observation within medical training...
October 2016: Medical Education
M Seijo-Martinez, J M Cancela, C Ayán, S Varela, H Vila
BACKGROUND: Information relating the severity of cognitive decline to the fall risk in institutionalized older adults is still scarce. This study aims to identify potential fall risk factors (medications, behavior, motor function, and neuropsychological disturbances) depending on the severity of cognitive impairment in nursing home residents. METHODS: A total of 1,167 nursing home residents (mean age 81.44 ± 8.26 years; 66.4% women) participated in the study. According to the MEC, (the Spanish version of the Mini-Mental State Examination) three levels of cognitive impairment were established: mild (20-24) "MCI", moderate (14-19) "MOCI", and severe (≤14) "SCI"...
September 8, 2016: International Psychogeriatrics
Neil R Orford, Sharyn L Milnes, Nigel Lambert, Laura Berkeley, Stephen E Lane, Nicholas Simpson, Tania Elderkin, Allison Bone, Peter Martin, Charlie Corke, Rinaldo Bellomo, Michael Bailey
OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence, characteristics, long-term outcomes and goals-of-care discussions of patients with objective indicators of life-limiting illnesses (LLIs) referred to the intensive care unit. DESIGN, SETTING AND PATIENTS: A prospective, observational, cohort study of all adult inpatients referred to the ICU by the medical emergency team or by direct referral, during the period 30 August 2012 to 1 February 2013, at a tertiary teaching hospital in Australia...
September 2016: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
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We are revising the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals to implement changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems for FY 2017. Some of these changes will implement certain statutory provisions contained in the Pathway for Sustainable Growth Reform Act of 2013, the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implications for Care Eligibility Act of 2015, and other legislation...
August 22, 2016: Federal Register
Kristen C Iniguez, Rachel V Stankowski
BACKGROUND: Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including emotional abuse, substance abuse in the household, separation or divorce, physical abuse, violence between adults, mental illness in the household, sexual abuse, or incarceration of a household member, have the potential to profoundly impact health and well-being in adulthood. To assess whether previously reported relationships between ACEs and health outcomes withstand validation, we conducted a community-based ACE study with the unique capacity to link self-reported ACEs and other survey results to validated health data in an electronic medical record (EMR)...
August 8, 2016: Clinical Medicine & Research
Steven van Welie, Linda Wijma, Tim Beerden, Jasperien van Doormaal, Katja Taxis
OBJECTIVES: Residents of nursing homes often have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), which complicates the administration of solid oral dosage formulations. Erroneously crushing medication is common, but few interventions have been tested to improve medication safety. Therefore, we evaluated the effect of warning symbols in combination with education on the frequency of erroneously crushing medication in nursing homes. SETTING: This was a prospective uncontrolled intervention study with a preintervention and postintervention measurement...
2016: BMJ Open
Shea C Gregg, Daithi S Heffernan, Michael D Connolly, Andrew H Stephen, Stephanie N Leuckel, David T Harrington, Jason T Machan, Charles A Adams, William G Cioffi
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist on how to develop resident leadership and communication skills during actual trauma resuscitations. METHODS: An evaluation tool was developed to grade senior resident performance as the team leader during full-trauma-team activations. Thirty actions that demonstrated the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education core competencies were graded on a Likert scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (exceptional). These actions were grouped by their respective core competencies on 5 × 7-inch index cards...
October 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Donna P Phillips, Joseph D Zuckerman, Adina Kalet, Kenneth A Egol
The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education requires that residency programs teach and assess trainees in six core competencies. Assessments are imperative to determine trainee competence and to ensure that excellent care is provided to all patients. A structured, direct observation program is feasible for assessing nontechnical core competencies and providing trainees with immediate constructive feedback. Direct observation of residents in the outpatient setting by trained faculty allows assessment of each core competency...
September 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Rafael Kmiliauskis Santos Gomes, Fabio Antero Pires, Moacyr Roberto Cuce Nobre, Mauricio Felippi de Sá Marchi, Jennifer Cristina Kozechen Rickli
INTRODUCTION: There are few studies that carried out a descriptive and trend analysis based on available data from the Unified Health System (SUS) between pre- and post-free dispensing of pharmacological treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) from the perspective of the public health system, in terms of the direct cost of the disease among adults and elderly residents of the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. This study aims to characterize the direct cost of medical and surgical procedures before and after the dispensing of drugs in this state...
July 2, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Narges Hassanpour, Rebecca Chen, Masoud Baikpour, Sasan Moghimi
PURPOSE: The efficacy and sufficiency of a healthcare system is directly related to the knowledge and skills of graduates working in the system. In this regard, many different assessment methods have been proposed to evaluate various skills of the learners. Video Observation of Procedural Skills (VOPS) is one newly-proposed method. In this study we aimed to compare the results of the VOPS method with the more commonly used Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS). METHODS: In this prospective study conducted in 2012, all 10 ophthalmology residents of post graduate year 4 were selected for participation...
June 2016: Journal of Current Ophthalmology
Ellen C Rubin, Radhika Pisupati, Steven F Nerenberg
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine the accuracy of a pharmacy technician-collected medication history pilot program in the emergency department. This was completed by reviewing all elements of the technician activity by direct observation and by verifying the technician-collected medication list through a second phone call by a pharmacist to the outpatient pharmacy. METHODS: This was a retrospective, single-center study conducted from March to April 2015...
May 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
Samantha Halman, Nancy Dudek, Timothy Wood, Debra Pugh, Claire Touchie, Sean McAleer, Susan Humphrey-Murto
: Construct: This article describes the development and validity evidence behind a new rating scale to assess feedback quality in the clinical workplace. BACKGROUND: Competency-based medical education has mandated a shift to learner-centeredness, authentic observation, and frequent formative assessments with a focus on the delivery of effective feedback. Because feedback has been shown to be of variable quality and effectiveness, an assessment of feedback quality in the workplace is important to ensure we are providing trainees with optimal learning opportunities...
June 10, 2016: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
Kate L Jansen, Marcy E Rosenbaum
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Communication skills are essential to medical training and have lasting effects on patient satisfaction and adherence rates. However, relatively little is reported in the literature identifying how communication is taught in the context of residency education. Our goal was to determine current practices in communication curricula across family medicine residency programs. METHODS: Behavioral scientists and program directors in US family medicine residencies were surveyed via email and professional organization listservs...
June 2016: Family Medicine
Julia Strumiło, Sławomir Chlabicz, Barbara Pytel-Krolczuk, Ludmiła Marcinowicz, Dorota Rogowska-Szadkowska, Anna Justyna Milewska
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic overprescription is a worldwide problem. Decisions regarding antibiotic prescription for respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are influenced by medical and non-medical factors. METHODS: In family medicine practices in Białystok, Poland, family medicine residents directly observed consultations with patients with RTI symptoms. The observing residents completed a questionnaire including patient data, clinical symptoms, diagnosis, any prescribed antibiotic, and assessment of ten patient pressure factors...
2016: BMC Family Practice
David Chan, Elizabeth Ward, Brittany Lapin, Michael Marschke, Margaret Thomas, Amanda Lund, Manisha Chandar, Catherine Glunz, Valen Anderson, Peggy Ochoa, Joanna Davidson, Liza Icayan, Ernest Wang, Shashi Bellam, Jennifer Obel
BACKGROUND: Although many studies have illustrated the discomfort that resident physicians feel when discussing end-of-life (EOL) issues with their patients, fewer studies have addressed interventions to directly increase medical resident proficiency and comfort in conducting these discussions and for translating these beliefs into a formal advance care plan. OBJECTIVES: We report on an innovative curriculum conducted at The University of Chicago (NorthShore) internal medicine residency to improve residents' proficiency and comfort in leading outpatient advance care planning (ACP) discussions...
July 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Nathan J Pauly, Jeffery C Talbert, Joshua Brown
BACKGROUND: Administrative claims data are used for a wide variety of research and quality assurance purposes; however, they are prone to medication exposure misclassification if medications are purchased without using an insurance benefit. Low-cost generic drug programs (LCGPs) offered at major chain pharmacies are a relatively new and sparsely investigated source of exposure misclassification. LCGP medications are often purchased out of pocket; thus, a pharmacy claim may never be submitted, and the exposure may go unobserved in claims data...
June 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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