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June 16, 2019

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New Clinical Guide Helps Physicians Identify Risk, Talk With Patients About Firearm Safety and Injury

Experts have developed a clinical guide to help providers recognize a patient's risk of firearm injury or death, talk with patients about firearm safety and intervene in emergency ... read more

Unequal Pain Relief at Home for Dying Patients

Pain relief and end of life care is not being provided equally to people with advanced progressive diseases who were at home during their last three months of life, according to a study of 43,000 ... read more

Electronic Tool Has Potential to Improve Asthma Care

A new electronic decision support tool for managing asthma has the potential to improve the quality of asthma care in primary care settings, suggests a new ... read more

Reducing Opioids Not Associated With Lower Patient Satisfaction Scores, Study Finds

A study of nearly 2,500 patients who used high doses of opioids for at least six months showed that reducing their opioid use did not lower their satisfaction with ... read more

The Digital Doctor's Visit: Enormous Potential Benefits With Equally Big Risk

One out of at least 10 patients records doctors' visits, usually on a cell phone; Apple recently released a new Health Records feature built into the Health app as part of iOS 11.3. No longer a ... read more

Better Care of Sickest Patients Can Save Hospitals Money, Says Largest Study of Its Kind

Palliative care -- which better aligns medical treatments with patients' goals and wishes, aggressively treats distressing symptoms, and improves care coordination, --is associated with shorter ... read more

New Strategies Needed to Help Healthcare Providers Gain Knowledge to Counsel Patients on Diet

Healthcare providers are willing to counsel heart disease patients on diet but need more educational ... read more

Care Providers' Understanding of Obesity Treatment Is Limited

Despite the high prevalence of obesity among US adults, provision of recommended treatments for obesity remains ... read more

Which Skills Will Help Patients With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex psychological condition, and those who suffer from it experience severe reduction in their quality of life. A new study now shows that OCD sufferers ... read more

Emotional Support Is Key for Stroke Patients, Research Suggests

Doctors caring for severe stroke patients need to take account of their psychological needs and help prepare families for the possibility that they may not recover, a study ... read more

Shared Decision-Making Between Patients and Clinicians Can Result in Better Choices

As more and more older patients are offered advanced treatments for chronic diseases, including surgeries and implantable devices, new questions have arisen over how these decision are ... read more

Better Support Needed for Thousands of Informal Dementia Carers

Directly involving the thousands of family members and friends who serve as 'informal carers' for people with dementia in the evaluation of patients' symptoms and behavior could offer ... read more

Patients React Better When Doctors Imply Uncertainty, Rather Than State It Directly

Choice of words might matter when doctors communicate uncertainty of diagnosis to their patients. A new article shows that the parents of pediatric patients may react more negatively to doctors who ... read more

Does Physician Age Influence the Likelihood of Patient Complaints?

Older ophthalmologists were less likely than younger colleagues to be associated with patient complaints, a new study has ... read more

Denying Patient Requests Lowers Physician Ratings

Patients who ask for specialist referrals, laboratory tests or certain medications and don't get them tend to be less satisfied with their doctors than those whose requests are fulfilled, new ... read more

Patient-Centered Medical Home Model Improves Chronic Disease Management

Data from more than 800 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) primary care clinics revealed that national implementation of a patient-centered medical home model was effective at improving several ... read more

Family Members Play Important Role in Managing Chronic Illness

Family members often play an important role in managing chronic illnesses, and a family approach may produce more effective, long-term benefits for the patient, according to a ... read more

Inpatient Satisfaction Improved by Five-Minute Intervention, Study Finds

As hospitals seek to improve inpatient satisfaction, one effective way takes only a few minutes and no expensive equipment. A study recently found that a daily five-minute conversation that focused ... read more

Treating Acute Pain in Opioid-Dependent Patients

As healthcare providers see more patients with opioid abuse and dependence, they face a difficult challenge: What's the best way to manage acute pain without contributing to the patient's ... read more

Patient Satisfaction With Pain Management Linked to Nurse Staffing

Hospital patients' satisfaction with pain management is linked to nurse staffing, according to an article authored by nurse researchers from the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College and ... read more

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