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Palliative Care For Seniors With Dementia

A study aims to provide guidance to health care providers as well as government and health system planners, based on recent evidence. Community-based health care providers, such as physicians, nurse practitioners, and others, should be aware of services and resources to help people living at home with dementia as well as their caregivers. The study was published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

New Insights On Brain Activity During General Anesthesia

Researchers have gained new information on brain activity during general anesthesia by recording changes in the electrical activity of the brain. They discovered that changes in electroencephalogram correlated with the loss of consciousness itself and also by the non-specific effects of the drugs. Nearly all participants recalled dreaming during unresponsiveness and, somewhat surprisingly, words presented during anesthesia were still processed in the brain even though the participants were unable to recall them later.

Patients In The Emergency Department Return To The ER

People walk into an emergency room because something is wrong. It might be life-threatening or benign. It could cause long-term damage if ignored, or it may be fine to wait out the symptoms. The study primary goals when we see patients in the emergency department are to assess whether the patient is in immediate danger, to stabilize the patient, and then to diagnose if possible.

But sometimes achieving these goals is not enough to meet a patient's expectations. The study was published in the Annals of Emergency MedicineTo better understand the reasons for patient dissatisfaction with ER visits, and to address whether ER physicians are providing care that meets the patients' needs. Researchers engaged 30 individuals who recently visited the ER in open-ended phone discussions and then analyzed their responses by identifying emerging themes.

Investigation Of Patient Satisfaction Receiving Labor Neuraxial Analgesia

Researchers aim to investigate clinical covariates that are associated with low patient satisfaction in parturients receiving labor neuraxial analgesia. Epidural analgesia is a popular choice for labor pain relief. Patient satisfaction is an important patient-centric outcome because it can significantly influence both mother and child. However, there is limited evidence in the correlations between clinical determinants and patient satisfaction.