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Personal health

Better Out Of Hours Palliative Care Needed

In 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the World Alliance for Patient Safety to advance the patient safety agenda with the goal of reducing the adverse effects of unsafe healthcare. Palliative care is not exempt from these risks. More recently, the Universal Health Coverage draws attention to how all people and communities should have access…

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Early Palliative Care Give No Benefit For Mesothelioma Patients

Early specialist palliative care treatment does not improve the quality of life for patients diagnosed with the rare cancer mesothelioma when compared to standard care alone, new research led by Curtin University has found. The research, published in this month’s edition of Thorax, explored whether early specialist palliative care, which involves managing the physical, emotional and spiritual…

Integrative health

New Article On Integrative Health And Value Based Medicine

Two decades ago, the popular movement for integrative health practices prompted researchers to advance “whole systems research” (WSR). As dominant medical delivery moves to embrace Triple Aim outcomes, a remarkable convergence is apparent. This convergence is at the center of the philanthropically-funded Special Issue on Multimodal Approaches in Integrative Health; Whole Persons, Whole Practices, Whole…

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Media Can Improve Citizen’s Understanding Of Palliative Care

In Spain, less than 50% of people who could receive end of life care have access to it. Research shows that giving health professionals, patients and families a voice in the media can help integrate these therapies into health care. However, it is politicians who are most present in media coverage. The written media can…

Pharmacists

Pharmacists Have Wider Clinical Role In Casualty

The first evaluation of pharmacists based in accident and emergency departments has concluded; that with additional clinical skills, they are able to take on overall clinical responsibility for patients. Daniel Greenwood a Ph.D. student from The University of Manchester; studied the work of people they termed Emergency Department Pharmacist Practitioners (EDPPs); from 15 NHS Trusts…

Multiple chronic conditions

Care For Older Adults With Multiple Chronic Conditions

Caring for older adults with multiple chronic conditions can create challenging situations. For example, some treatments may be harmful to older adults who live with and manage several chronic conditions. In some cases, several treatments might be available but healthcare providers; may not know which are best for a particular individual. In other cases, older…

Patient Safety

2019 Top 10 List of Patient Safety Concerns

The ECRI Institute named diagnostic errors and improper management of test results in electronic health records (EHRs) as the top patient safety challenge facing healthcare organizations in its just-released report, “2019 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns.” This was the second year in a row that diagnostic errors were flagged as the most serious safety challenge…

End Of Life

Palliative Care Reduces Antimicrobial Consumption At End Of Life

Early palliative care consultation may reduce antimicrobial consumption in patients at the end of life, according to recently published study findings. “Physicians often choose to continue antibiotics to improve quality of life or reduce symptom burden. However, whether these outcomes are achieving is unclear, with some studies showing no difference,” Jason P. Burnham, MD, instructor in…

Medical Team

Positive Interactions Improves Medical Team Performance

The good news: A new Tel Aviv University study published in Pediatrics on March 7 finds that positive interactions with patients drive improved medical team performance under most conditions. The bad news: Positive interactions with superiors had no significant effect. Moreover, a second in-press study by the same researcher to be published in Human Relations finds that when…

Dehydration Tests

Care Home Dehydration Tests Don't Work

Standard tests used to identify dehydration are not working for older people living in care homes; according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Carers often use simple tests to see if an older person is dehydrated. These include looking at their eyes, skin, or asking if someone feels thirsty, tired or has…

Investigators

Longitudinal Cohort Studies Good Alternative For Investigators

Family physicians (FPs) provide primary medical care for patients in the community. The access of patients to this care for any health problem and the professional working relationship with patients over time (continuity of care); form the basis of FPs’ preventive and therapeutic interventions. To provide care with an eye to patients’ futures, clinicians must…

Paget Disease

Fluorouracil And Calcipotriene Helpful In Extramammary Paget Disease

In patients who fail other therapies for extra-mammary Paget disease (EMPD), palliative therapy with topical fluorouracil and calcipotriene may be an option, a small case series suggests. “EMPD occurs most frequently in the groin and genital area, and treatment is associated with a significant amount; of morbidity and high recurrence rates,” Dr. Peggy Wu of…