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'Inspired to Change,' illustrates patient-centered care
'Inspired to Change,' one of the most valuable texts of 2014, looks at health care delivery from the patient's perspective. (2015-03-17)

Patients' health service use
Primary care physicians Johannes Hauswaldt, Eva Hummers-Pradier, and Ulrike Junius-Walker address the question of how frequently different patient groups attend doctor's appointments in this issue of Deutsches Ă„rzteblatt International. (2012-12-10)

Robust monitoring is crucial to patient choice
The monitoring of care provided under the new patient choice scheme in England is poorly structured and variable, warn two ophthalmologists in this week's BMJ. (2006-01-12)

Quality, experience of outpatient care in US for adults with or without primary care
Adults who have primary care receive similar amounts of care as adults who don't, but they receive more high-value care, similar low-value care, and report better access and patient experiences. In this analysis, researchers used data from an annual nationally representative survey to compare 49,286 adults with primary care to 21,133 adults without primary care. Health care systems in many countries are organized around primary care, whereas health care in the US is organized around hospitals and specialty care. (2019-01-28)

Dental care may benefit patients scheduled for cancer surgery
Preoperative oral care by a dentist may help reduce postoperative complications in patients who undergo cancer surgery, according to a new BJS (British Journal of Surgery) study. (2018-08-08)

Hospitals introduce family-activated rapid response programs
Kent and Women & Infants hospitals, both members of the Care New England health care system, recently unveiled programs designed to empower patients and families to call for immediate action if they have concerns about the care being given to a patient. (2010-11-17)

New tool measures primary care as a whole
There are a number of measures to assess aspects of primary care, but a new measure breaks new ground by combining experiences of patients, clinicians, and payers and allowing the most informed reporter -- the patient -- to assess vital primary care functions that are often missed. (2019-05-14)

Health care providers' approach to patient care linked to successful physician-patient relationships, study finds
The way in which a health care provider organizes patient care has been linked to successful patient-physician relationships in a study published in the current issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study involved 1,205 primarily low-income African American women living in Washington, DC. (2002-01-14)

Six ways primary care "medical homes" are lowering health care spending
New analysis of 394 U.S. primary care practices identifies the aspects of care delivery that are associated with lower health care spending and lower utilization of emergency care and hospital admissions. (2020-11-10)

Problematic behaviour of dementing patients exacerbated
Dutch researcher Marjolein de Vugt has found that carers of dementing family members can exacerbate the dementing patient's problematic behaviour. If they cannot accept the behavioural problems and express this irritation towards the dementing patient then the patient can become more restless. (2004-10-11)

ACP endorses National Priorities Partnership goals
Continuing its commitment to reforming the US health care system, the American College of Physicians has endorsed the National Priorities Partnership's goals to eliminate harm, eradicate disparities, reduce disease burden and remove waste. (2008-12-18)

Canadian provinces need to adopt a patient charter of rights
Canadian provinces should adopt a patient charter of rights with independent enforcement as part of the move to patient-centered care, argues an analysis article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2012-04-23)

Report shows use of care plans in UK is rare with limited benefits
The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, measured the adoption of care plans and care planning, and explored the relationships with patient outcomes, using a controlled prospective cohort study. The study was conducted before new contractual obligations to offer care plans to the most vulnerable 2 percent of patients came into operation. (2014-09-01)

Respecting families' religious belief after brain stem death, an ethical dilemma
What should doctors do when a patient in intensive care is declared brain stem dead, but according to their family's religious beliefs is still alive and must continue to be given treatment? Two UK intensive care specialists describe how they resolved the difficulty in this week's BMJ. (2000-05-04)

$1 million awarded to Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing-led research team
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing professor, Dr. Diane Doran, was awarded more than $1 million for research that will help protect the safety of over 900,000 Canadians who receive health care services in their homes every day. (2010-09-23)

Trouble getting a doctor's appointment may drive Medicaid enrollees to opt for the ER
The expansion of Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, gave millions of low-income Californians access to health insurance, but this study conducted in Northern California found that new patients may have to wait up up to a month for an appointment with a participating primary care provider, depending on their county of residence. It is not uncommon for Medi-Cal enrollees to visit emergency rooms if they require more immediate care. (2020-05-12)

Factors associated with high performance improvement in VA primary care settings
VA researchers whose aim was to identify organizational and contextual factors associated with greater use of patient engagement processes found that high performing clinics were more likely to have fully-staffed primary care teams, clearly defined roles for team members, leadership responsible for implementing team-based care, and team meetings to discuss performance improvement, compared to clinics that performed poorly with regard to use of patient engagement processes. (2020-09-15)

Improved patient outcomes linked to specific health IT resources in hospitals
The number of health information technology vendors has increased from 60 to more than 1,000 since 2008. However, many scholars have expressed concerns that such services are flooding the market without proper development, making hospitals more susceptible to adopting dysfunctional IT systems that are not geared toward the original goal of improving patient care. Now, a University of Missouri School of Medicine researcher has identified three IT capabilities hospitals should have that increase employee productivity. (2016-03-31)

Perspectives and suggestions in caring for high-need, complex patients
High-need high-cost patients, many of whom are experiencing poverty, use a large portion of health care resources. Despite receiving more care, such patients often experience poor health outcomes. (2019-11-12)

Patients and caregivers value caring, continuity, and accountability in care transitions
In the transition from hospital to home, patients and caregivers seek clear accountability, continuity, and caring attitudes across the care continuum. One-hundred and thirty-eight patients and 110 family caregivers participating in focus groups and interviews identified three desired outcomes of care transition services: feeling prepared and able to implement care plans, unambiguous accountability from the healthcare system, and feeling cared for and cared about by clinicians. (2018-05-14)

New patient safety website launched
More people die as a result of medical errors than from other common causes of death including motor vehicle crashes, breast cancer, and AIDS. (2005-08-04)

Treat me as a person not just a number, say patients
Not being able to see a doctor who knows you or with whom you have developed a relationship could have an impact on your personal care, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2003-06-12)

Can email help doctors use their time more productively?
In almost every era doctors have perceived themselves as (2001-08-02)

Comparison of primary care in hospital- and community-based practices
Understanding the strengths of each practice type with respect to patient experience may inform future efforts to improve the patient experience overall. (2020-02-18)

The dilemma of screening for prostate cancer
Primary care providers are put in a difficult position when screening their male patients for prostate cancer -- some guidelines suggest that testing the general population lacks evidence whereas others state that it is appropriate in certain patients. Now a new perspective piece offers some guidance on when to screen patients and how to involve them in decisions about screening and treatment. (2015-10-14)

Society for Vascular Nursing releases patient care guideline
The Society for Vascular Nursing has released the first in a series of guidelines being developed that will focus on the nursing care of patients with vascular disease. Working as a collective group of experts, members of SVN have developed guidelines based on the latest available evidence supporting patient care, 2009 Clinical Practice Guideline for Patients Undergoing Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms, which appears in the June issue of the Journal of Vascular Nursing published by Elsevier. (2009-07-06)

Informing partners can help cut sexually transmitted infections
Doctors should encourage patients with sexually transmitted infections to tell their partners to seek treatment and, in some cases, provide home testing kits or drugs to help reduce infection rates, says a new study in BMJ. (2007-01-19)

The HIV-infected health care worker and patient safety
The balance between patient protection and health care workers' rights is one theme that emerges from Irving Salit and coauthors' review of the evidence for risk of HIV transmission from health care workers, particularly dentists, to patients. (2001-06-11)

Murali Rao, M.D., receives Innovation in Patient Care Award
Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist Murali Rao, M.D., has won the 2016 Innovation in Patient Care Award from the Illinois Psychiatric Society for his efforts to provide better care, smarter spending and healthier people. (2016-01-26)

ACC: A catalyst for change in reducing the global cardiovascular disease burden
Please join the American College of Cardiology, with the support of the United States Department of Commerce's International Trade Agency, for a discussion on the ACC's global mission to advance cardiovascular health and improve patient care. (2016-03-08)

Doctors' religious beliefs strongly influence end-of-life decisions
Atheist or agnostic doctors are almost twice as willing to take decisions that they think will hasten the end of a very sick patient's life as doctors who are deeply religious, suggests research published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics. (2010-08-25)

GW Cancer Institute receives $97,000 grant to address barriers to cancer care
The George Washington University Cancer Institute received a $97,000 grant from Genentech to address health disparities in cancer care. (2015-01-28)

Warning over polyclinics and super-surgeries
Research carried out at the University of Leicester by Carolyn Tarrant and Tim Stokes, of the Department of Health Sciences, and Andrew Colman, of the School of Psychology, suggests that polyclinics and super-surgeries are likely to undermine trust and cooperation between patients and their GPs. (2008-09-22)

Insured patients have limited access to behavioral health care
This article is published in the July/August 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. Article link will go live at 5 p.m. ET, July 10. (2017-07-10)

Early palliative care improves coping, quality of life for patients with incurable cancers
A randomized clinical trial found that introducing palliative care shortly after a diagnosis of certain metastatic cancers greatly increases a patient's coping abilities, as well as overall quality of life. (2016-09-06)

China Event: Reducing the Global Cardiovascular Disease Burden
Please join the American College of Cardiology, with the support of the United States Department of Commerce's International Trade Agency, for a discussion on the ACC's global mission to advance cardiovascular health and improve patient care. (2016-03-18)

Patients in primary care networks had fewer visits to ED, shorter stays
Patients receiving care from physicians in primary care networks were less likely to visit emergency departments, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2018-03-12)

Communication of patient information in hospitals warrants rethink
The handover of patient information during nursing shift changes is a key area under investigation in a national effort to improve patient safety in hospitals. (2007-09-03)

Align funding with innovations in health care to improve patient outcomes
To encourage innovation in health care, governments need to move away from current siloed funding to funding that encourages collaboration among providers in managing patients who need care in a variety of settings, argue the authors of an analysis in CMAJ. (2018-08-13)

Health care reform and EHR design should be built around patients' goals
Meaningful reform of primary care should not only address the provision, documentation and payment of care; it should be based on patients' goals for their lives and health, with corresponding redesign of electronic health records. (2018-03-13)

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