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No 'weekend admission effect' for the elderly sustaining broken hips in the NHS
New research has found NHS patients admitted to hospital at the weekend with a hip fracture are at no greater risk of death compared to weekdays. (2017-03-27)

A little nudge may provide a big boost to flu vaccination rates
Currently, only 44 percent of adults in the United States receive an annual flu vaccination. But, a new study suggests that a simple behavioral economics technique may be able to help. In the study, researchers programmed electronic health records (EHR) to alert care providers when a patient was eligible, and prompt them to choose to 'accept' or 'decline' a flu vaccination order. Results showed a 37 percent relative increase in vaccinations from the prior year. (2017-03-27)

The need to reinvent primary care
Primary care is 'first-contact, continuous, comprehensive, and coordinated care provided to populations undifferentiated by gender, disease, or organ system.' High-quality primary care has been associated with improved population health, lower costs, and greater equity. Despite this evidence, primary care has been consistently under-resourced, accounting for just six to eight percent of US health care expenditures. A special issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, just published, takes a look at primary care today. (2017-03-24)

After a clinical trial on Midazolam for seizures, emergency use of the drug rises
A new study investigated if previous research on midazolam's efficacy as a seizure treatment affected whether ambulances nationwide were choosing the drug over other benzodiazepines for seizure patients. (2017-03-23)

New era in precision medicine for pancreatic cancer
The development of new treatments for pancreatic cancer is set to be transformed by a network of clinical trials, aiming to find the right trial for the right patient, after a £10 million investment from Cancer Research UK today. (2017-03-23)

Largest survey to date of patient and family experience at US children's hospitals
A survey of more than 17,000 parents of hospitalized children, conducted by the Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement at Boston Children's Hospital, gives mixed responses about the quality of the inpatient experience at 69 US children's hospitals. (2017-03-22)

Penn researchers call for better laws covering patient incentives to improve care
Current federal anti-kickback laws prohibit pharmaceutical companies and providers from bribing patients to seek their goods and services. Unfortunately, the laws also prevent hospitals from offering services that could potentially benefit patients, such as free rides to elderly or disabled patients to help them get to their appointments. In an essay published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers call for a recrafting of these laws to permit more sensible health-promoting initiatives. (2017-03-22)

Use of mobile app reduces number of in-person follow-up visits after surgery
Patients who underwent ambulatory breast reconstruction and used a mobile app for follow-up care had fewer in-person visits during the first 30 days after the operation without affecting complication rates or measures of patient-reported satisfaction, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery. (2017-03-22)

Study finds tube placement may not be necessary for treating upper GI bleeds
For many of the millions of patients treated annually in hospitals for upper gastrointestinal bleeding, there is little value in placing a nasogastric tube in patients to determine the source of that bleeding or size of a lesion, report investigators at the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the University of Florida at Jacksonville in an article published online ahead of print by the Journal of Investigative Medicine. (2017-03-20)

End-of-life planning talks often fail to communicate goals
Too few older adults plan ahead for end-of-life medical decisions. Even when they do identify a loved one to make decisions for them, their preferences are not always communicated or understood, according to a new study led by a Yale researcher. (2017-03-20)

Pharmacist medicines reconciliation reduces likelihood of patient harm
A pilot study, published today in British Medical Journal Open, demonstrates that medicines reconciliation provided by pharmacists can significantly reduce medicine discrepancies and may be associated with reductions in length of hospital stay and readmission. (2017-03-17)

Routine blood tests can help measure a patient's future risk for chronic disease, new study finds
A new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City finds that combining information from routine blood tests and age of primary care patients can create a score that measures future risk of chronic disease. (2017-03-17)

Minneapolis Heart Institute physician receives American College of Cardiology top honor
Cardiologist will receive the Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award for his commitment to improving patient care. His achievements will be recognized Sunday at the American College of Cardiology conference in Washington, DC. (2017-03-17)

Happy spouse, happy house
Achieving marital quality could seem daunting, even impossible to any couple, let alone a couple in which one of the partners is dealing with a serious illness. But a new study by Megan Robbins, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, may hold the answer. (2017-03-17)

William J. Robb III, M.D., receives American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' highest honor
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons today presented the 2017 William W. Tipton, Jr., M.D., Leadership Award to William J. Robb III, M.D., from Glenview, Ill., at the Academy's 2017 Annual Meeting. (2017-03-16)

Delirium is associated with 5-fold increased mortality in acute cardiac patients
Delirium is associated with a five-fold increase in mortality in acute cardiac patients, according to research published today in European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care. Delirium was common and affected over half of acute cardiac patients aged 85 years and older. (2017-03-16)

Detecting blood clot risk using biomarkers
Researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) aim to increase survival rates among these patients by identifying new and validating existing biomarkers. (2017-03-15)

Shared doctor-patient orthopaedic treatment decisions improve outcomes, patient experience
Well-informed patients who decide with their orthopaedic surgeon what treatment is best for them have better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction rates, according to new study presented today at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). (2017-03-14)

No evidence that 2014 insurance expansions strained access to primary care
Contrary to widespread concern, researchers find no evidence as of mid-2014 that the millions of individuals newly covered through Medicaid and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act strained primary care capacity. (2017-03-13)

Accountable Care Organizations reduced medical costs without increasing drug costs
A key component of the Affordable Care Act successfully saved Medicare $345 per person in medical costs in its first year without driving up prescription drug coverage costs, according to an analysis led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. (2017-03-13)

Is higher health care spending by physicians associated with better outcomes?
Higher health care utilization spending by physicians was not associated with better outcomes for hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries in a new article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2017-03-13)

Are military physicians ready to treat transgender patients?
A small survey of military physicians found most did not receive any formal training on transgender care, most had not treated a patient with known gender dysphoria, and most had not received sufficient training to prescribe cross-hormone therapy, according to a new research letter published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2017-03-13)

For hospitalized patients, spending more on care doesn't buy better health
Hospitalized patients treated by physicians who order more or more expensive tests and procedures are just as likely to be readmitted or to die as patients treated by doctors who order fewer or less expensive tests, according to research led by Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. (2017-03-13)

Doctors and patients often disagree on pain treatment goals
Disagreements between doctors and patients over the priorities of pain treatment are common during primary care office visits, new research from UC Davis Health shows. Patients hope to reduce pain intensity and identify the cause, while physicians aim to improve physical function and reduce medication side effects, including dependency. (2017-03-10)

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and AGA announce conference partnership
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and the American Gastroenterological Association announced today that they are partnering to co-sponsor the first-ever 'Crohn's & Colitis Congress,' which will take place in Las Vegas in January 2018. The Crohn's & Colitis Congress will be the premier conference for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) health-care professionals and researchers. It will bring state-of-the-art comprehensive care together with the latest research to advance prevention, treatment and cures for IBD patients. (2017-03-09)

ACR: AHCA does not go far enough to help Americans with rheumatic diseases
American College of Rheumatology President Sharad Lakhanpal, MBBS, M.D., released a statement this morning expressing concern about the American Health Care Act's (AHCA) proposed tax credits system and its failure to include a repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. (2017-03-09)

Microwave helmet yields fast and safe evaluation of head injuries
Health care professionals get vital information and can quickly decide on appropriate treatment if patients affected by traumatic brain injury are examined using a microwave helmet. This is the result from a recent clinical study performed in Gothenburg, Sweden. Previously, microwave measurements have been used to distinguish stroke caused by bleeding in the brain from stroke caused by cloth. The new study shows that the technology also applies to patients affected by traumatic brain injury. (2017-03-09)

Research into palliative care top priority for cancer patients
How and when people are referred to palliative care should be prioritised according to cancer patients, a new study in the Oncology Nursing Forum has found. (2017-03-06)

Widespread conflicts of interest among patient-advocacy organizations uncovered in study
Over the past few decades, hundreds of patient-advocacy organizations have emerged in the United States, promoting disease research and influencing FDA and health insurer policies. Now, a new study reveals a large proportion of these organizations have funding or other connections with drug or medical device makers, yet do not adequately disclose the details of these connections or have publicly accessible policies in place describing how they manage them. (2017-03-03)

Study finds not all women get appropriate care for cervical cancer
Fewer than three out of five women with cervical cancer received guideline-based care, a new study finds. For black and Hispanic women, it's just over half, which could help explain why cervical cancer outcomes tend to be worse for these women. (2017-03-02)

Call for nurses to employ ethical framework during new administration's policy adjustments
Article petitions nurses to turn to the profession's founding ethical frameworks and principles in order to shape care and emerging policies. As advocates for quality, safety, and access to care, nurses have an ethical obligation to address issues that adhere to standards of care and the values of the profession. (2017-03-02)

Cost of managing actinic keratosis varies; opportunity to improve value
Actinic keratoses -- or AK -- are skin growths that most commonly appear on sun-exposed areas. These growths require regular management because a small proportion of them can progress to squamous cell skin cancer. (2017-03-01)

Neither increased access to surgery nor reduced costs achieved in states that 'opt-out' of requiring physician supervision for anesthesia
'Opting-out' of the Medicare rule that requires anesthesia to be administered with physician supervision has little or no impact on access to either inpatient or outpatient surgery, according to a study published in Health Economics Review. Researchers also found the opt-out policy does not reduce costs, and in some cases may be associated with higher costs related to inpatient surgical care. (2017-03-01)

What happens when patients access their mental health providers' notes?
Thanks to electronic health records and online portals, more and more patients have access to the notes their clinicians write about their health care visits. A study from one Veterans Affairs medical center offers insight into the potential for this feature, known as OpenNotes, to help -- or hurt -- patients' trust in their mental health clinicians. (2017-03-01)

Concerns over inconsistent palliative care provision across England
Palliative and end-of-life care are not being considered as core services by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in some parts of England, with a vast degree of variation across different services and regions, reveals an analysis published in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. (2017-02-28)

Care by physicians & non-physician clinicians does not differ in community health centers
A new study examining patient health outcomes in community health centers found that nurse practitioners and physician assistants delivered care that was equivalent to care delivered by physicians. (2017-02-27)

Collaborative diabetes clinic lowers health care costs
Researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego are running a Diabetes Intensive Medical Management (DIMM) 'tune up' clinic for complex type 2 diabetes patients. In a study published in the March 2017 issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, the researchers report the clinic's economic benefits, which include an estimated cost avoidance of $5,287 per DIMM clinic patient over three years. (2017-02-27)

The potential consequences for cancer care and cancer research of Brexit
Cancer leaders highlight main fears for patient care, treatment and research in a post-Brexit world. (2017-02-24)

Dying patients who received palliative care visited the ER less
WASHINGTON -- Community-based palliative care -- care delivered at home, not the hospital - was associated with a 50 percent reduction in emergency department visits for patients in their last year of life. The results of an Australian study were published online February 3rd in Annals of Emergency Medicine ('The Association of Community-Based Palliative Care with Reduced Emergency Department Visits in the Last Year of Life Varies by Patient Factors'). (2017-02-21)

Novel breast tomosynthesis technique reduces screening recall rate
A new digital breast tomosynthesis technique has the potential to reduce the rate at which women are called back for additional examinations without sacrificing cancer detection, according to a new study. (2017-02-21)

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