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Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, August 3, 2004
The topics covered by the American College of Physicians tip sheet for August 3, 2004 include: elderly benefit from early, aggressive management of C.A.D., female physicians in academic medicine earn less than male counterparts, Netherlands study examines practice of terminal sedation in the care of dying patients, and ACP cites 8 principles to heal ethnic disparities in health care. (2004-08-02)

End-of-life treatment decisions might not be consistent with patients' advance directives
In a study using hypothetical cases, physicians commonly made end-of-life treatment decisions that were not consistent with patient preferences stated in explicit advance directives, according to an article in the July 26 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2004-07-26)

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for July 6, 2004
Highlights include: 1.) Ginseng reduces blood thinner's effect; 2.) An average of 57 percent of doctors followed handwashing rules; 3.) ACP updates guidelines for treating chronic stable angina. (2004-07-05)

Despite legislation, prompt payment for radiology services 'elusive goal' in New Jersey
Medical providers in New Jersey are continuing to experience payment delays even after the state has implemented prompt payment laws, a situation that could have relevance across the U.S., says a new study published in the July 2004 issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR). (2004-07-01)

First Annual Medical Education Leadership Institute
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the nation's largest, independent medical student organization and Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM) today announced the (2004-06-14)

Many physicians misperceive radiation risks to developing fetuses from X-rays and CT scans
Physicians who care for pregnant women perceive the risks to developing fetuses in early pregnancy from abdominal X-rays and CT scans to be unrealistically high, says a new study from researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto in Canada. (2004-05-18)

Regional review boards improve liver transplant allocation
A new study shows that regional review boards fairly and accurately distinguish between high and low risk patients. Their denials of physicians' requests for accelerated listings do not increase mortality for those patients. (2004-05-17)

Tackling medical schools' informal curriculum
Medical educators report on their efforts to change the informal curriculum of a medical school--the affect that students' interactions with peers, faculty, and others in the academic medical center, has on their qualities as future physicians, their values, and how they interact with others. (2004-05-11)

Patients report high levels of trust in medical specialists
Most patients report having high levels of trust and confidence in their specialist physicians after an initial visit, according to an article in the May 10 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2004-05-10)

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, May 4, 2004
Titles from the May 4, 2004 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine include screening people with hypertension for diabetes is cost-effective but universal screening for diabetes is not (Article, p 689; Editorial, p. 756) and U.S. task force: Not enough evidence to recommend for or against lung cancer screening (Guideline, p. 738; Evidence Paper, p. 740). (2004-05-03)

ACP announces international medical fellowship
The American College of Physicians announces the launch of a new international exchange program that will bring physicians from around the world to the United States and Canada to participate in observational, short-term medical fellowships under the mentorship of senior physicians. (2004-04-20)

Office spirometry significantly improves early detection of COPD
Spirometry testing in a primary care setting significantly improves early identification of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), says a study published in the April issue of Chest, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians. The study found that by using spirometry, the gold standard for diagnosing COPD, primary care physicians nearly doubled the number of (2004-04-12)

OHSU researchers, collaborators make recommendations to self-treating physicians
There are both distinct benefits and problems when physicians decide to treat their own illnesses. This clashes with the long term belief that doctors should never self-treat. (2004-04-12)

Sights set on reporting of gunshot wounds
Ontario is considering introducing legislation that would require hospitals and physicians to report gunshot wounds and knife-related injuries. A commentary in CMAJ argues, however, that physicians will simply be seen as an extension of the police, hindering patient-physician trust. (2004-04-12)

Drug companies are top health care lobbyists
Pharmaceutical companies spend more money lobbying Congress than other health care organizations, according to a new study in the April 1, 2004 issue of the American Journal of Medicine. Meanwhile, lobbying by physicians lagged behind, suggesting a decline in their political influence. The investigators found that health care lobbying expenditures totaled $237 million in the year 2000. This was more than the lobbying expenditures of every other industry, including agriculture, communications, and defense. (2004-03-26)

Study suggests better use of web could improve infectious disease reporting
Better disease reporting information on state health departments' Web sites could help physicians more quickly and easily determine how, when and where to report infectious diseases that may represent outbreaks or bioterrorism-related events, according to a study by Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Pennsylvania Department of Health researchers. (2004-03-02)

ACP Annual Session April 22-24, 2004
More than 6,000 doctors of internal medicine will attend the ACP Annual Session in New Orleans, Thurs.-Sat., April 22-24, 2004, to learn the latest on the diagnosis and treatment of illness in adults and adolescents. (2004-02-12)

Study questions premise of impending US physician shortage
New research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the current U.S. physician supply is large enough to meet the needs of patients. A comparison of the current supply of physicians with staffing at several large medical group practices that treat HMO patients was completed. (2004-02-04)

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Jan. 20, 2004
Highlights include (2004-01-19)

Malpractice reform must focus on reducing patient injury, not just limiting awards
Reducing medical injury is essential to solving the current medical malpractice crisis, and physicians must play an active role in developing and implementing systems to improve patient safety--rather than just focusing on capping malpractice awards, say Stephen C. Schoenbaum, M.D. of The Commmonwealth Fund and Randall R. Bovbjerg of the Urban Institute in an article published in the January 6th issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. (2004-01-05)

Parents' vaccine concerns on the rise, making accurate information crucial
Children's doctors are hearing more concerns from their patients' parents about vaccines, and occasionally encountering parents who refuse some or all recommended vaccines for their children because they fear known or alleged effects, according to a new study. As a result, the researchers urge doctors to be understanding of parents' concerns, and equipped with the latest information on vaccine safety. (2003-12-16)

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet December 16, 2003
Highlights of this issue include: Two largest primary care medical organizations release joint clinical guidelines to manage common heart condition and sunscreen not linked to melanoma risk. (2003-12-15)

Parents show increased concern about vaccine safety
Four out of five doctors surveyed in 2000 reported at least one instance of parents refusing to have a child vaccinated during the previous year, according to a new study. (2003-12-15)

Medical school deans and state medical society executives see physician shortages
A perception exists among medical school deans and state medical society executives that shortages of physicians exist, particularly in the non-primary care specialties, according to an article published in the December 10 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (2003-12-09)

Whites, African-Americans better rate medical care experiences when seeing same-race physicians
White and African-American patients who see physicians of the same race rate their medical visits as more satisfying and participatory than do those who see physicians of other races, even when the nature of the conversation in both types of visits is similar, a Johns Hopkins study finds. (2003-12-03)

Elderly men receiving excessive prostate cancer screening, study suggests
Physicians are frequently recommending prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening to men ages 75 and older, despite general agreement that routine prostate cancer screening of men in this age range has little benefit, according to a study in the December 3 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2003-12-02)

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, December 2, 2003
In the December 2 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, you will find articles on a U.S. task force that recommends screening all adults for obesity and the relationship between physician-patient racial match and patient satisfaction. (2003-12-01)

More docs favor national health insurance, study reveals
Nearly half of physicians in the United States favor governmental legislation to establish national health insurance, according to an Indiana University School of Medicine study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. (2003-11-18)

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, November 18, 2003
Highlights from the Novemeber 18 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine include: 49% of American physicians support national health insurance, study finds; mammography is cost-effective beyond age 65, study finds; and intensive HIV therapy can be started later than thought, with caveats. (2003-11-17)

Respiratory health endowment to coordinate public education about asthma
The CHEST Foundation announced today that Richard J. Martin, MD, FCCP, of National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, is the first recipient of the newly endowed Distinguished Scholar in Respiratory Health Award. Presented by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP); The CHEST Foundation, the ACCP's philanthropic arm; and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the endowment is aimed at improving respiratory health for millions of children and adults. (2003-10-26)

International physician survey reveals misperceptions about the toll of stroke on women
An international survey conducted in 11 countries shows that the majority of physicians believe that men are more likely than women to die from stroke, even though stroke kills 400,000 more women than men each year. These findings are being issued today on World Heart Day 2003, which is focused on (2003-09-28)

People with chronic eye diseases not getting recommended eye exams
People with chronic diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration fall far short of having annual eye examinations. This, according to a study appearing in the October issue of Ophthalmology, points to the need for new approaches to enhancing long-term follow-up of those already in the health care system. (2003-09-22)

Most physicians willing to serve but unready for bioterrorism
Despite the terrorist attacks of September 11, the anthrax mailings, media coverage and a proliferation of programs about bioterrorist agents, a survey conducted in 2002 found that although four out of five physicians were willing to care for victims of a bioterrorist attack, only one out of five felt well prepared for such a role. (2003-09-09)

Adopting some osteopathic traits might help M.D.s boost their patient communication skills
Doctors of osteopathy appear to have a different -- in some ways more helpful -- communication style from medical doctors in discussing health issues with patients, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study suggests. (2003-09-02)

Do doctors sometimes fail their heart failure patients? New study seeks hard data
What's the best way to manage a patient who's dying of heart failure? And just how do physicians make decisions about this ever-growing population of patients, particularly those in the end stages of the disease? (2003-08-20)

Physicians and patients rarely discuss costs
Patients and physicians agree that discussion of out-of-pocket costs is important. Although 63 percent of patients expressed the need for such talks, only 15 percent of patients in this study reported that they occurred. Out-of-pocket costs create enough of a burden that many patients forgo prescribed medications. This means that patients are changing the plan of care for financial reasons without consulting their doctors. (2003-08-19)

Study shows pharmacist-physician partnership reduces health care costs, bad drug interactions
Pharmacists trained in pharmaceutical care, the practice of identifying, resolving, and preventing drug therapy problems that adversely affect patients' care, can safely solve patient medication problems, including potentially dangerous drug interactions, by using the collaborative care approach, according to the study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine. A pharmacist-physician partnership is one type of collaborative care, which is increasingly offered in health care settings. (2003-08-11)

Physicians' emotional responses to patients' deaths increase with care length, says Pitt
The longer a doctor spends caring for a patient, the more vulnerable that doctor is to feelings of loss when that patient dies -- but doctors often suffer these emotions in silence. These findings from a study by University of Pittsburgh researchers are published in this week's issue of The British Medical Journal, a theme issue entitled (2003-08-01)

Physician assistants, nurses and family physicians more likely to care for underserved, study says
A first-time look at who is providing health care to the neediest populations in California and Washington states reveals that physician assistants, nurses and family physicians are more likely than others in primary care to serve the underserved. (2003-07-29)

ACPM issues recommendations to address severe shortage of preventive medicine physicians
The American College of Preventive Medicine issued a series of recommendations today to increase the number of physicians qualified to assume leadership positions in state and local public health agencies. An article in the latest issue of Health Affairs (Prescription for Change: The Need For Qualified Physician Leadership in Public Health) calls attention to this critical shortage of public health physicians. (2003-07-22)

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