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Most Patients Receive Wrong Care for Back Pain

Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting an estimated 540 million people.  Many of the patients being treated for back pain receive the wrong treatment, making the condition worse instead of curing it, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet.

Recovery Outcomes for Burns Survivors in India

The high burden of burns in India is known, and the challenges in prevention and care are recognized. However, there is a poor understanding of the factors and interrelationships for planning effective measures for improving outcomes in burns survivors in India. The aim of this study was, therefore, to identify priority policy issues and health system research questions associated with recovery outcomes for burns survivors in India.

Assessment of Ward-based Clinical Pharmacy Services

In Sri Lankan public hospitals, there are no established ward-based clinical pharmacy services. Hospital pharmacists are engaged in procurement, storage and dispensing of medicine to patients. However, we have previously identified opportunities for clinical pharmacists to contribute to the quality use of medicines.

The study evaluates the impact of a clinical pharmacy service in a Sri Lankan hospital. Researchers assessed the resolution of inpatient drug-related problems, appropriateness of medications at discharge from hospital and drug-related hospital readmissions.

Home-based Primary Care Increases Access for Rural Communities

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) introduced its home-based primary care (HBPC) program to rural communities, including American Indian reservations.

Expanding HBPC program in rural areas increases the access to long-term care (LTC) and enrollment for health care benefits within the Veterans Affairs (VA) system, according to a study published online March 12 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society