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Merete L Hetland, Niels Steen Krogh, Kim Hørslev-Petersen, Berit Schiøttz-Christensen, Inge Juul Sørensen, Jensen Dorte Vendelbo
OBJECTIVES: Electronic platforms have been developed to help the clinician monitor disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to support at treat-to-target strategy. We present an initiative to interactively improve disease control in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS: In patients who presented with one or more swollen joints AND moderate/high disease activity (i.e. either CDAI≥10.1 and/or DAS-28CRP>3.2, which is automatically calculated in the DANBIO registry), a red alert was shown, which activated a pop-up: "This patient has at least one swollen joint AND either CDAI≥ 10...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Amy Blake, Bryan T Carroll
OBJECTIVE: This paper analyses how game theory can provide a framework for understanding the strategic decision-making that occurs in everyday scenarios in medical training and practice, and ultimately serves as a tool for improving the work environment and patient care. Game theory has been applied to a variety of fields outside of its native economics, but has not been thoroughly studied in the context of health care provision. METHODS: The paper discusses four of the most common 'games' and applies each to a scenario in medicine to provide new insight on the incentives and drivers for certain types of behaviour and a deeper understanding of why certain results are valued more strongly than others...
November 2016: Medical Education
Julie R Taylor, Pamela J Thompson, Jonathan R Genzen, John Hickner, Marisa B Marques
BACKGROUND: The 2015 Institue of Medicine report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care highlighted that diagnostic errors cause patient harm and that improvement in the diagnostic process requires better collaboration among physicians and laboratory professionals. The purpose of this study is to understand why physicians do not contact laboratory professionals when facing diagnostic challenges and identify opportunities for laboratory professionals to become more recognized members of the clinical care team...
October 15, 2016: Laboratory Medicine
Jaskaran S Kang, Maria C Bennell, Feng Qiu, Merril L Knudtson, Peter C Austin, Dennis T Ko, Harindra C Wijeysundera
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease is costly, and annual expenditures are projected to increase. Our objective was to examine the variation in patient-level costs and identify drivers of cost in patients with stable coronary artery disease. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study using administrative databases in Ontario, Canada, we identified all patients with stable coronary artery disease after index angiography between Oct. 1, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2011. We excluded patients with a myocardial infarction within 90 days before the index, with normal coronaries, or with mild coronary disease...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
Tim Blake, Andrew Whallett
Medical registrars have been described as the 'workhorses' of National Health Service hospitals, being at the interface of acute and chronic health services. They are expected to demonstrate effective leadership skills. There are concerns from the Royal College of Physicians that medical registrars are being overwhelmed and unsupported by organisations, and are struggling in their ability to provide safe, high-quality patient care. Junior colleagues are also being deterred by general medical specialties by the prospect of becoming the 'Med Reg'...
October 5, 2016: Postgraduate Medical Journal
Anahita Sadeghi, Hamidreza Aghaei Meybodi, Behrouz Navabakhsh, Ahmadreza Soroush, Masoud Mohammad Malekzadeh, Zhamak Khorgami
Quality of clinical education for medical students has always been a concern in academic medicine. This concern has increased in today's time-squeeze while faculty members have to fulfill their complementary roles as a teacher, researcher, and practitioner. One of the strategies for program evaluation is obtaining trainees' feedbacks since they are the main customers of educational programs; however, there are debates about the efficacy of student feedback as a reliable source for reforms. We gathered Likert scores on a 16-item questionnaire from 2,771 medical students participating in all clerkship programs in a multidisciplinary teaching hospital...
August 2016: Acta Medica Iranica
Catherine Picton, Claire Loughrey, Andrew Webb
The original requirement for a competency framework for prescribers was to identify the essential skills for non-medical prescribers. However, core prescribing competencies are relevant to any prescriber. The new, revised version is especially relevant for doctors/physicians. Doctors are the most frequent prescribers - prescribing is the most common therapeutic intervention. The quantity and complexity of medicine use is increasing through multiple treatment strategies/pathways for multiple comorbidities, resulting in polypharmacy - especially with long-term conditions...
October 2016: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Onur Asan, Jeanne Tyszka, Kathlyn E Fletcher
OBJECTIVES: To understand (1) the perceptions of patients regarding use of EHR during clinic visits, (2) the impact of the presence of EHR on patient interactions with physicians, and (3) the ways in which EHR usage might increase patient engagement. METHODS: We conducted semi-structured interviews of a convenience sample of patients of internal medicine resident doctors from three primary care clinics. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. We used thematic analysis to identify themes from the transcripts...
November 2016: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Corinna Klingler, Georg Marckmann
BACKGROUND: With Germany facing a shortage of doctors, hospitals have been increasingly recruiting physicians from abroad. Studies in other countries have shown that migrant physicians experience various difficulties in their work, which might impact the quality of patient care, physician job satisfaction, and, accordingly, retention. The experiences of migrant doctors in Germany have not been systematically studied so far and will likely differ from experiences migrant physicians make in other contexts...
2016: Human Resources for Health
Osamu Nomura, Hiroki Mishina, Yoshinori Kobayashi, Akira Ishiguro, Hirokazu Sakai, Hiroyuki Kato
Duty hour regulations have been placed in residency programs to address mental health concerns and to improve wellness. Here, we elucidate the prevalence of depressive symptoms after implementing an overnight call shift system and the factors associated with burnout or depression among residents.A sequential exploratory mixed methods study was conducted in a tertiary care pediatric and perinatal hospital in Tokyo, Japan. A total of 41 pediatric residents participated in the cross-sectional survey. We determined and compared the prevalence of depressive symptoms and the number of actual working hours before and after implementing the shift system...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Konstantinos P Imprialos, Chrysoula Boutari, Konstantinos Stavropoulos, Michael Doumas, Vasilios G Athyros, Asterios I Karagiannis
Arterial hypertension affects more than 25% of the global population, and its prevalence is increasing with age. Arterial stiffening occurs with aging and results in a pattern of increased systolic and decreased diastolic blood pressure (BP). In the elderly population, elevated BP has been related with increased cardiovascular risk. Trials on this population have shown great benefits for morbidity and mortality from reducing systolic BP (SBP) levels to less than 150 mmHg. Most guidelines for the management of elderly hypertensive patients agree on BP reduction to less than 150/90 mmHg...
August 25, 2016: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
Mara Buchbinder, Dragana Lassiter, Rebecca Mercier, Amy Bryant, Anne Drapkin Lyerly
BACKGROUND: Laws governing abortion provision are proliferating throughout the United States, yet little is known about how these laws affect providers. We investigated the experiences of abortion providers in North Carolina practicing under the 2011 Women's Right to Know Act, which mandates that women receive counseling with specific, state-prescribed information at least 24 hours prior to an abortion. We focus here on a subset of the data to examine one strategy by which providers worked to minimize moral conflicts generated by the counseling procedure...
2016: AJOB Empirical Bioethics
Maoliosa Donald, Kerry McBrien, Wes Jackson, Braden J Manns, Marcello Tonelli, Kathryn King-Shier, Kailash Jindal, Richard Z Lewanczuk, Nairne Scott-Douglas, Ted Braun, Sharon E Straus, Christopher Naugler, Meghan J Elliott, Min Jun, Brenda R Hemmelgarn
BACKGROUND: Primary care physicians and other primary health care professionals from Alberta, Canada identified a clinical pathway as a potential tool to facilitate uptake of clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis, management and referral of adults with chronic kidney disease. We describe the development and implementation of a chronic kidney disease clinical pathway (CKD-CP; ). METHODS: The CKD-CP was developed and implemented based on the principles of the Knowledge-To-Action Cycle framework...
2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Andrzej Śliwczynski, Ewa Orlewska
Precision medicine (PM) is an important modern paradigm for combining new types of metrics with big medical datasets to create prediction models for prevention, diagnosis, and specific therapy of chronic diseases. The aim of this paper was to differentiate PM from personalized medicine, to show potential benefits of PM for managing chronic diseases, and to define problems with implementation of PM into clinical practice. PM strategies in chronic airway diseases, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases show that the key to developing PM is the addition of big datasets to the course of individually profiling diseases and patients...
August 18, 2016: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
Meharban Singh
Pediatrics is a dynamic discipline and there is awareness and hope for actualizing outstanding achievements in the field of child health in 21(st) century and beyond. Improved lifestyle and quality of children's health is likely to reduce the burden of adult diseases and enhance longevity because seeds of most adult diseases are sown in childhood. Identification and decoding of human genome is expected to revolutionize the practice of pediatrics. The day is not far off when a patient will walk into doctor's chamber with an electronic or digital health history on a CD or palmtop and a decoded genomic constitution...
August 10, 2016: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Joana Vilela Da Silva, Irene Carvalho
OBJECTIVES: Physicians often deal with emotions arising from both patients and themselves; however, management of intense emotions when they arise in the presence of patients is overlooked in research. The aim of this study is to inspect physicians' intense emotions in this context, how these emotions are displayed, coping strategies used, adjustment behaviors, and the impact of the emotional reactions on the physician-patient relationship. METHODS: A total of 127 physicians completed a self-report survey, built from a literature review...
2016: Permanente Journal
Katherine Louise Welker, Mark B Mycyk
The aging population of the United States creates pharmaceutical challenges for the practicing emergency physician. Polypharmacy, drug-drug and drug-disease interactions, and other pharmaceutical complications from the pathophysiologic changes associated with aging need to be recognized in order to optimize outcomes in the elderly. Effective strategies that improve patients outcomes include a better understanding of the physiologic and pharmacologic changes that occur with aging, integrated use of clinical emergency department pharmacists, and choosing nonpharmacologic treatment options when possible...
August 2016: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Tessa van der Maaden, Jenny T van der Steen, Raymond T C M Koopmans, Sarah M M M Doncker, Johannes R Anema, Cees M P M Hertogh, Henrica C W de Vet
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the degree of implementation and barriers encountered in the use of a practice guideline for optimal symptom relief for patients with dementia and pneumonia in Dutch nursing homes. METHODS: A process evaluation included assessment of reach, fidelity, and dose delivered using researcher's observations, and dose received was addressed in a question "use of the practice guideline," which the physicians completed for each patient included in the study...
July 28, 2016: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Igor Belyaev, Amy Dean, Horst Eger, Gerhard Hubmann, Reinhold Jandrisovits, Markus Kern, Michael Kundi, Hanns Moshammer, Piero Lercher, Kurt Müller, Gerd Oberfeld, Peter Ohnsorge, Peter Pelzmann, Claus Scheingraber, Roby Thill
Chronic diseases and illnesses associated with non-specific symptoms are on the rise. In addition to chronic stress in social and work environments, physical and chemical exposures at home, at work, and during leisure activities are causal or contributing environmental stressors that deserve attention by the general practitioner as well as by all other members of the health care community. It seems necessary now to take "new exposures" like electromagnetic fields (EMF) into account. Physicians are increasingly confronted with health problems from unidentified causes...
September 1, 2016: Reviews on Environmental Health
Alessandra Marengoni, Alessandro Monaco, Elisio Costa, Antonio Cherubini, Alexandra Prados-Torres, Christiane Muth, Renè J F Melis, Luca Pasina, Tischa J M van der Cammen, Katie Palmer, Sergio Pecorelli, Graziano Onder
Poor adherence to treatment regimens has long been recognized as a substantial roadblock to achieving better outcomes for patients. Non-adherence to medications affects the quality and length of life and has been associated with negative health outcomes and increasing healthcare costs. The problem of non-adherence is particularly troublesome in older patients who are affected by multiple chronic diseases and for this reason receive multiple treatments. To date, no single intervention strategy has been shown to be effective in improving adherence across all patients, conditions, and settings...
September 2016: Drugs & Aging
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