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February 22, 2019

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Electronic Tool Has Potential to Improve Asthma Care

Feb. 14, 2019 — 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

June 8, 2018 — 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

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

Apr. 30, 2018 — 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

Apr. 30, 2018 — 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

Mar. 23, 2018 — 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?

Mar. 16, 2018 — 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

Mar. 9, 2018 — 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

Feb. 27, 2018 — 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

Feb. 2, 2018 — 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

Jan. 10, 2018 — 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?

Nov. 30, 2017 — 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

Nov. 28, 2017 — 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

Nov. 20, 2017 — 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

Oct. 16, 2017 — 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

Oct. 16, 2017 — 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

Sep. 13, 2017 — 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

Sep. 6, 2017 — 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

Major Communication Gaps Between Doctors, Home Health Care Nurses Revealed

July 19, 2017 — Serious gaps in communication have been found between physicians and home health care agencies responsible for caring for often elderly patients discharged from hospitals. The problem, the study ... read more

What Patients Value About Access to Their Visit Notes

July 18, 2017 — New findings shed light on what patients value about having access to their visit notes and being invited to participate more actively in the safety of their ... read more

Opioid Tapering May Improve Outcomes for Chronic Pain Sufferers

July 11, 2017 — Dose reduction may improve pain, function, and quality of life for patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain, report ... read more

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