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Terminally ill who request doctors make decisions undergo more aggressive final treatments
Terminally ill patients who request that physicians make decisions on their behalf are more likely to receive aggressive treatments in the weeks before they die, according to a Rutgers study. (2019-06-18)
What influences critical care doctors in withdrawing life support for patients with brain injury?
Decisions to withdraw life support treatments in critically ill patients with severe brain injury are complicated, are based on many factors, and are usually made by critical care physicians and families in the intensive care unit. (2019-06-17)
VA study backs use of physician assistants, nurse practitioners in diabetes care
VA patients with diabetes have similar health outcomes regardless of whether their primary provider is a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant, according to a Durham VA Health Care System study. (2019-06-07)
Race could be a determinant in physician-patient interactions and pain treatment in cancer
A 62-year-old with stage IV lung cancer that has spread to his bones, causing unspeakable pain, is trying to convince his physician to prescribe pain medicine. (2019-06-06)
Newfound autoimmune syndrome causes muscle pain, weakness
A previously unknown autoimmune muscle disease involving sudden onset of debilitating muscle pain and weakness has been identified by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2019-06-03)
Eliminating extended work shifts improves sleep duration for senior resident physicians
A new study led by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital comparing the work hours and sleep obtained by pediatric resident physicians working extended shifts with those whose scheduled shift lengths were limited to no more than 16 consecutive hours found that hours of sleep per week increased under a modified schedule. (2019-05-20)
HIV epidemic stubbornly persists despite proven tool to prevent spread
A new survey of more than 200 Internal Medicine residents indicates that more than half rated their knowledge of a proven medication to prevent the spread of HIV as only poor or fair. (2019-05-08)
Five things to know about physician suicide
Physician suicide is an urgent problem with rates higher than suicide rates in the general public, with potential for extensive impact on health care systems. (2019-05-06)
Lots of patients with cancer, cancer survivors use but don't report complementary/alternative medicine therapies
This study used data from a nationwide survey to estimate how many patients with cancer and cancer survivors use complementary and alternative medicines (CAMS) in addition to or instead of conventional therapies, and how many don't disclose that to their physicians. (2019-04-11)
How common are advanced care planning conversations with hospitalized, older patients?
A research team from Dartmouth College analyzed advanced care planning (ACP) billing at a national physician practice and found that despite incentives, the rate of ACP-billed conversations was low and varied greatly among physicians and practice sites. (2019-04-01)
Improving equity in global physician training
Large numbers of U.S. physicians and medical trainees engage in hands-on clinical experiences abroad where they gain skills working across cultures with limited resources. (2019-03-28)
Student loan forgiveness programs driving physicians to primary care
A 2016 survey of graduating osteopathic medical students showed 33 percent intended to work in primary care. (2019-03-26)
JAMA viewpoint: Physicians' trust in one another is a care safety and quality issue
While the importance of trusted relationships between patients and their physicians is taken for granted, little attention has been given to the relationships among physicians themselves. (2019-03-22)
Less burnout seen among US physicians, Stanford researcher says
The epidemic levels of physicians reporting burnout dropped modestly in 2017, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association. (2019-02-22)
Primary care physician supply and life expectancy
This study used U.S. population data to identify changes in the supply of primary care physicians across counties from 2005 to 2015 and the association with life expectancy and other outcomes. (2019-02-18)
Some primary care doctors not prepared to help with cancer treatment decisions
Research has shown patients are discussing initial cancer treatment options with their primary care doctors. (2019-02-12)
Financial relationships and prescribing practices between physicians and drug companies
In a study published in The Oncologist, physicians treating certain cancers who consistently received payments from a cancer drug's manufacturer were more likely to prescribe that drug over alternative treatments. (2019-02-06)
Are most patients with fibromyalgia misdiagnosed?
Recent studies have suggested that most people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by physicians may not actually have the condition. (2019-02-06)
Researchers find antidepressants significantly raise risk of GI, intracranial bleeding
Nearly 13 percent of Americans 12 years and older take an antidepressant, and SSRIs are among the most frequently prescribed because they are relatively low-cost, effective and safe. (2019-01-30)
Is marketing of opioids to physicians associated with overdose deaths?
This study examined the association between pharmaceutical company marketing of opioids to physicians and subsequent death from prescription opioid overdoses across US counties. (2019-01-18)
Characteristics of physicians excluded from public insurance programs
This study examined the characteristics of physicians excluded from Medicare and state public insurance programs for fraud, health care crimes or unlawful prescribing of controlled substances. (2018-12-14)
Houston Methodist launches real-time flu tracker website
Pathologists at Houston Methodist developed a real-time website to track flu cases, just in time to assist physicians, the CDC and patients for the fall 2018 flu season. (2018-12-06)
Stress from using electronic health records is linked to physician burnout
Researchers found that health information technology-related stress was most common among primary care doctors. (2018-12-05)
Tele-ERs can help strengthen rural hospitals
A new study from the University of Iowa finds rural hospitals that use tele-medicine to back up their emergency room health care providers save money and find it easier to recruit new physicians. (2018-12-03)
Female representation in the CHEST Fellowship on the rise
Achieving fellow status in medical societies is an important benchmark for academic success. (2018-10-04)
How do minority resident physicians view the role of race/ethnicity in training experiences?
Workplace experiences of minority resident physicians in training are described in a new study. (2018-09-28)
Do rates of burnout, career-choice regret vary by specialty among resident physicians?
Burnout is common among physicians. But do rates of burnout symptoms and career-choice regret vary among physicians in training by clinical specialty? (2018-09-18)
The physician's white coat: Iconic and comforting or likely covered in germs?
A new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has found that although the physicians' white coat is one of the most iconic symbols of the trade, whether or not they wear it, doesn't impact patients' satisfaction. (2018-08-09)
Pediatric telemedicine services can work well under the right conditions
Doctors who provide pediatric care over the telephone -- known as 'telemedicine' -- face a range of challenges that do not come with traditional face-to-face contact. (2018-08-06)
If you're a woman having a heart attack, insist on a female physician
Of more than 500,000 heart attack patients admitted to hospital emergency departments in Florida between 1991 and 2010, females treated by male doctors were less likely to survive. (2018-08-06)
Video recordings spotlight poor communication between nurses and doctors
Communication breakdown among nurses and doctors is one of the primary reasons for patient care mistakes in the hospital. (2018-07-30)
Mandate patient access to primary care medical records
Canada's provincial governments should mandate patient access to their electronic medical records, argue authors of a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2018-07-23)
ACP Says genetic testing to reunite separated families should meet ethical principles
In a new policy issued today, the American College of Physicians (ACP) stated that immigrant families who have been separated at the border should be reunited as expeditiously as possible. (2018-07-11)
Physicians and patients perceive good communication differently
Family physicians have a different view of what constitutes good communication compared to patients and trained clinical raters. (2018-07-10)
Physician views of self-monitoring blood glucose in patients not on insulin
Physicians continue to recommend routine self-monitoring of blood glucose for patients with non-insulin treated type 2 diabetes, in spite of its lack of effectiveness, because they believe it drives the lifestyle change needed to improve glycemic control. (2018-07-10)
What is the role of the physician when a patient discloses intimate partner violence perpetration?
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is prevalent and has lasting impacts on the health and well-being of the entire family involved. (2018-07-10)
As asylum requests rise, doctors have important role
With applications for asylum in the United States increasing sharply, a new paper from a team of asylum medicine and law experts is highlighting physicians' important role in evaluating refugees' claims of torture and persecution. (2018-06-28)
Should pharmacists be allowed to write prescriptions?
Prescribing of medications has traditionally been restricted to physicians, but there is growing support to allow pharmacists to do so as well. (2018-06-20)
American College of Physicians urges federal court to reject lawsuit seeking to overturn essential patient protections
The American College of Physicians, together with the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the case of Texas vs. the United States. (2018-06-14)
ACP calls for continued efforts in reducing physician burdens in Red Tape Roundtable
Excessive administrative tasks divert physicians' time and focus away from patient care, the American College of Physicians (ACP) told a panel of members of Congress this afternoon. (2018-06-14)
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