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Mei-Jun Deng, Chun-Yan Liu, Yu Xie, Jie-Bin Zhu, Zhen-Hua Xu
OBJECTIVE: To summarize the regularity of application of Lianquan (CV 23) in clinical practice in Chinese ancient times through analysis of ancient traditional Chinese medical (TCM) literature. METHODS: A total of 60 books involving CV 23 from the 1 156 ancient TCM books listed in the fifth edition of Encyclopedia of Traditional Chinese Medicine were collected by using CV 23 as the main keyword and "Sheben" "Benchi", and "Jieben" (the other names of CV 23 in TCM)as the supplementary keywords and analyzed systematically...
March 25, 2018: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Bisher Sawaf, Fatima Abbas, Amr Idris, Tareq Al Saadi, Nazir Ibrahim
BACKGROUND: Little research addresses how medical students develop their choice of specialty training in crisis and resource-poor settings. The newly graduated medical students determine the future of the healthcare system. This study aims to elucidate the factors influencing Syrian medical students' specialty selection and students' intentions to study abroad. METHODS: A cross-sectional study carried out at the universities of Damascus, Al-Kalamoon and the Syrian Private University in Syria using self-administered questionnaire to investigate medical students' specialty preferences and plans for career future...
March 16, 2018: BMC Medical Education
Nadine Oppermann, Jürgen Weitz, Christoph Reißfelder, Sören Torge Mees
In Germany, medical students in their final year will work in hospitals or medical offices to gain clinical experience. The final year is designed to prepare medical students for their work as junior doctors. It is divided into three parts and includes internal medicine and general surgery as mandatory parts. Many students develop enthusiasm or lack of enthusiasm while working in specific disciplines and often apply for jobs based on their experience in their final year. Despite the importance of this educational phase, the 36 medical faculties have implemented several different curricula and there is significant heterogeneity...
March 16, 2018: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
Oren Schwartz, Boris Kanevsky, M A J Sergey Kutikov, Cara H Olsen, Israel Dudkiewicz
Introduction: Attrition from training is associated with substantial financial and personnel loss. There is a plethora of medical literature and research of attrition rates related to initial/phase 1 training (basic combat training); however, the analysis of second phase training (commanders training, consisting of schools that qualify junior commanders and officers for infantry and non-infantry combat units) is limited. The purpose of this study is to perform a comprehensive survey regarding to medical attrition from commanders training in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) in order to present the commanders of the IDF a detailed situation report that will serve as an evidence-based platform for future policy planning and implementation...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Stephen J Kaplan, Heather M Seabott, Erika B Cunningham, James D Helman, Alvin Calderon, Richard C Thirlby, Kimberly D Schenarts
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to develop and generate validity evidence for an instrument to measure social capital in residents. DESIGN: Mixed-methods, phased approach utilizing a modified Delphi technique, focus groups, and cognitive interviews. SETTING: Four residency training institutions in Washington state between February 2016 and March 2017. PARTICIPANTS: General surgery, anesthesia, and internal medicine residents ranging from PGY-1 to PGY-6...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Surgical Education
Alfred Burger, Chad Miller, Bradley A Sharpe, Rachel E Thompson
BACKGROUND: Hospital Medicine has a widening scope of practice. This article provides a summary of recent highimpact publications for busy clinicians who provide care to hospitalized adults. METHODS: The authors reviewed articles published between March 2016 and March 2017 for the Update in Hospital Medicine presentations at the 2017 Society of Hospital Medicine and Society of General Internal Medicine annual meetings. Nine of the 20 articles presented were selected for this review based on the article quality and potential to influence practice...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Huachan Gan, Jinxuan Lin, Zhi Jiang, Qicheng Chen, Lixing Cao, Zhiqiang Chen
BACKGROUND: Most patients who undergo abdominal surgery recover bowel movements within a week; however, some suffer prolonged intestinal paralysis or postoperative ileus (POI) leading to complications, such as infection and intestinal adhesions, which can extend hospitalization and increase readmission rates, and consequently increasing healthcare costs. Chinese medicine is effective for accelerating the recovery of gastrointestinal function after abdominal surgery. Xiangbin prescription (XBP) is the standard prescription for this purpose in our hospital; however, randomized controlled trials of it have not yet been conducted...
February 27, 2018: Trials
Roger Jelliffe, David Bayard
The healing professions have only about four main therapeutic tools at their disposal-surgery, drugs, physical therapy, and psychotherapy. For the general profession of internal medicine, drug therapy is its primary tool. Providing an understanding of the state-of-the-art in therapeutic methods, grounded in solid scientific and mathematical rigor, is therefore of the utmost clinical importance for both physicians and clinical pharmacists. This is particularly true where rapidly evolving scientific changes require an up-to-date education upon which students can rely...
February 26, 2018: AAPS Journal
Michael O Ogundele
Mental health problems in children and adolescents include several types of emotional and behavioural disorders, including disruptive, depression, anxiety and pervasive developmental (autism) disorders, characterized as either internalizing or externalizing problems. Disruptive behavioural problems such as temper tantrums, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional, defiant or conduct disorders are the commonest behavioural problems in preschool and school age children. The routine Paediatric clinic or Family Medicine/General Practitioner surgery presents with several desirable characteristics that make them ideal for providing effective mental health services to children and adolescents...
February 8, 2018: World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics
Marisa Rosimeire Ribeiro, Antonio Abílio Motta, Luiz Augusto Marcondes-Fonseca, Jorge Kalil-Filho, Pedro Giavina-Bianchi
OBJECTIVE: To assess the risk factors, incidence and severity of adverse drug reactions in in-patients. METHODS: This prospective study evaluated 472 patients treated at a teaching hospital in Brazil between 2010 and 2013 by five medical specialties: Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Geriatrics, Neurology, and Clinical Immunology and Allergy. The following variables were assessed: patient age, gender, comorbidities, family history of hypersensitivity, personal and family history of atopy, number of prescribed drugs before and during hospitalization, hospital diagnoses, days of hospitalization...
2018: Clinics
Peter Vermeir, Sophie Degroote, Hanne Van Tiggelen, Dominique Vandijck, Renaat Peleman, Rik Verhaeghe, An Mariman, Hubert Vermeersch, Dirk Vogelaers
Objectives To explore patient perceptions on personal comfort with participation in their own care process and on support of this patient participation through electronic health record (EHR) accessibility. Methods Explorative quantitative questionnaire study in ambulatory patients visiting the departments of General Internal Medicine or Head, Neck and Maxillo-Facial Surgery of a Belgian tertiary referral center. Results Patients were recruited by convenience sampling of 438 out of the total of 1270 patients visiting either one of these departments within a time period of two weeks...
February 12, 2018: Acta Clinica Belgica
Sandro Hodel, Björn-Christian Link, Reto Babst, W H Mallee, Philippe Posso, Frank J P Beeres
INTRODUCTION: Despite the frequent use of external fixation, various regimes of antibiotic prophylaxis, surgical technique and postoperative pin care exist and underline the lack of current evidence. The aim of the study was to assess the variability or consensus in perioperative protocols to prevent implant-associated infections for temporary external fixation in closed fractures of the extremities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 26-question survey was sent to 170 members of the Traumaplatform...
February 7, 2018: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
Sameer Avasarala, Elizabeth Thompson, Sarah Whitehouse, Sean Drake
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine whether the timing of an interview relative to the recruitment season was associated with being ranked or matched at an academic medical center. METHODS: Eleven specialties (anesthesiology, diagnostic radiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics-gynecology, orthopedic surgery, and psychiatry) that participated in the National Resident Matching Program were included in the study...
February 2018: Southern Medical Journal
Joan Sargeant, Jocelyn M Lockyer, Karen Mann, Heather Armson, Andrew Warren, Marygrace Zetkulic, Sophie Soklaridis, Karen D Könings, Kathryn Ross, Ivan Silver, Eric Holmboe, Cindy Shearer, Michelle Boudreau
PURPOSE: The authors previously developed and tested a reflective model for facilitating performance feedback for practice improvement, the R2C2 model. It consists of four phases: relationship building, exploring reactions, exploring content, and coaching. This research studied the use and effectiveness of the model across different residency programs and the factors that influenced its effectiveness and use. METHOD: From July 2014-October 2016, case study methodology was used to study R2C2 model use and the influence of context on use within and across five cases...
January 16, 2018: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Alexandre Gouveia, Lionel De Alencastro, Yvonne Fierz, Lionel Koehli, Alexandre Béguelin, Olivier Pasche, Kevin Selby, Patrick Bodenmann
Bariatric surgery improves glycemic control in obese patients with diabetes type 2. Dual antiplatelet therapy can be maintained beyond 12 months after a myocardial infarction. Levothyroxine is not beneficial among patients ≥ 65 years that have subclinical hypothyroidism. Prophylactic anticoagulation in lower limb immobilisation should be reserved only for patients with a high risk of thromboembolism. A diagnosis of asthma should be initially confirmed by a spirometry if clinically suspected. A proton pump inhibitor is indicated for patients ≥ 65 years that are treated with aspirin...
January 17, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
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INTRODUCTION: Worldwide, more than 20 million patients undergo groin hernia repair annually. The many different approaches, treatment indications and a significant array of techniques for groin hernia repair warrant guidelines to standardize care, minimize complications, and improve results. The main goal of these guidelines is to improve patient outcomes, specifically to decrease recurrence rates and reduce chronic pain, the most frequent problems following groin hernia repair. They have been endorsed by all five continental hernia societies, the International Endo Hernia Society and the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery...
February 2018: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
Sarah Kuhn-Régnier, Michael Stickel, Björn-Christian Link, Henning Fischer, Reto Babst, Frank J P Beeres
PURPOSE: Traditionally, in the German-speaking countries, trauma patients are treated by general surgeons specialized in trauma surgery known as the Unfallchirurg. Over the last decade, a trend towards a lower influence of surgeons and a higher influence of subspecialties in the emergency department has been noted. With additional transformations in the health care system towards highly specialized medicine and the arising of new (sub-) specialties, diversification in the management of the trauma patient appears to occur...
January 6, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Ferrán Catalá-López, Adolfo Alonso-Arroyo, Matthew J Page, Brian Hutton, Rafael Tabarés-Seisdedos, Rafael Aleixandre-Benavent
BACKGROUND: The management of comorbidity and multimorbidity poses major challenges to health services around the world. Analysis of scientific research in comorbidity and multimorbidity is limited in the biomedical literature. This study aimed to map global scientific research in comorbidity and multimorbidity to understand the maturity and growth of the area during the past decades. METHODS AND FINDINGS: This was a cross-sectional analysis of the Web of Science...
2018: PloS One
L Y Ye, C L Fan, L G Wang, T Tao, W B Gao, Y H Li
Objective: To investigate the current status of job burnout in clinical nurses in a grade A tertiary hospitalin Shaoxing,China and related influencing factors. Methods: In October 2016, the Nursing Burnout Scale (NBS)was used for the investigation of 304 clinical nurses in a grade A tertiary hospital.The contents of the investigation included general data(including age,education background,working years,marital status, frequency of night shifts,professional title, and way of employment), characteristics of working environment,burnout, personality characteristics,coping strategy,and psychosomatic symptoms...
October 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
Gizat M Kassie, Tuan A Nguyen, Lisa M Kalisch Ellett, Nicole L Pratt, Elizabeth E Roughead
BACKGROUND: Medications are frequently reported as both predisposing factors and inducers of delirium. This review evaluated the available evidence and determined the magnitude of risk of postoperative delirium associated with preoperative medication use. METHODS: A systematic search in Medline and EMBASE was conducted using MeSH terms and keywords for postoperative delirium and medication. Studies which included patients 18 years and older who underwent major surgery were included...
December 29, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
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