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June 30, 2015

New Strategies for Combatting Chronic Kidney Disease, Other Long-Term Conditions

June 25, 2015 — New strategies for using electronic health records (EHRs) to treat patients with chronic kidney disease have been outlined by investigators. Their recommendations may help clinicians and hospitals ... read more

No 'Heckler's Veto' in Online Ratings of Doctors, Study Shows

June 22, 2015 — Doctors have many concerns about online crowdsourced ratings, which are intended to make patients better-informed consumers of health care, but this is a big one: They worry that complainers will be ... read more

Cancer: Economic Benefits of Early Palliative Care Intervention

June 8, 2015 — New research has been published that, for the first time, provides strong evidence on the economic benefits of early palliative care intervention for people with an advanced cancer ... read more

Doctors' Checklist Could Help Decrease Length of COPD Patients' Hospital Stay

May 29, 2015 — Patients with worsening chronic obstructive pulmonary disease spend less time in hospital when their doctors manage their care by using a checklist of steps called order ... read more

Internet Acne Education With Automated Counseling Tested in Clinical Trial

May 27, 2015 — An Internet-based acne education program that included automated counseling was not better than a standard educational website in improving acne severity and quality of life in adolescents, according ... read more

Significant Cost Savings Found in Pediatric Telemedicine Consults

May 21, 2015 — A comprehensive study has been completed to determine whether pediatric telemedicine consultations with rural emergency departments save money compared to telephone ... read more

Large Urban Hospitals Disadvantaged by Medicare/Medicaid Patient Satisfaction Rating System

May 19, 2015 — The largest urban health systems, which serve as safety nets for large patient populations with lower socioeconomic status and greater likelihood to speak English as a second language, do worse on ... read more

Medicaid Patients Need Support to Use Primary Care Rather Than Emergency Rooms

May 14, 2015 — More than half of all Medicaid enrollees prefer the 'one-stop shop' of a hospital emergency department to receive care for conditions that could be treated effectively at a primary care ... read more

Enhancing Emergency Medical Care for Seniors Could Reduce Hospital Admissions

May 4, 2015 — Applying palliative care principles to emergency departments may reduce the number of geriatric patients admitted to intensive care units, a study has ... read more

Patient Portals Could Widen Health Disparities

Apr. 28, 2015 — Online patient portals are increasingly important for doctor-patient communication and access to health care information. But patient portals could widen the gap in health disparities. Patients with ... read more

Home Skills Program for Surgical Patients Who Require Complex Wound Management

Apr. 14, 2015 — A new initiative has been launched to improve outcomes for patients requiring complex wound management. Experts note that the health care system has focused significant resources on reducing surgical ... read more

Prostate Cancer and Treatment Choices: Decision Shared by Doctor and Patient?

Mar. 26, 2015 — Doctors strive to make treatment decisions together with their patients – but is the decision really shared? According to researchers, shared decision-making isn’t easy, and clinicians need help. ... read more

Patient Satisfaction With Pain Management Relies Most on Coordination of Care

Mar. 24, 2015 — The main driver of patient experience depends less on the individual provider than on the overall coordination among the clinic, the primary care physician and all others who participate in delivery ... read more

Implementing Decision Aids Affects Care Decisions in Urology

Mar. 23, 2015 — After clinicians implemented video-based decision aids for men with two common prostate conditions, rates of elective surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia and rates of active treatment for ... read more

Stress Management Techniques Improve Long-Term Mood and Quality of Life for Women With Breast Cancer

Mar. 23, 2015 — A new study shows that providing women with skills to manage stress early in their breast cancer treatment can improve their mood and quality of life many years ... read more

Mar. 20, 2015 — The greater a director of nursing's knowledge of palliative care the lower the likelihood that nursing home patients will experience futile, aggressive end-of-life care, according to a new large ... read more

Feb. 25, 2015 — Contrary to previous reports, a new study found that patients' satisfaction scores only modestly improved based on the newly remodeled design of a ... read more

Certain Factors Influence Whether Cancer Patients Involve Family Members in Treatment Decisions

Feb. 23, 2015 — Family members often play an important role in providing care for patients with cancer, but which patients are more or less likely to involve family members in decisions regarding their care is not ... read more

Universal Access to Physical Activity Could Save Billions in Health Costs

Feb. 12, 2015 — A little more than half of family health teams in Ontario offer physical activity services such as classes or counselling to encourage exercise among patients, and new research finds that ... read more

Physician-Controlled Decisions in Cancer Care Linked to Lower Quality Rating by Patients, Study Finds

Feb. 12, 2015 — Patients who described physician-controlled decisions about their cancer care versus shared decision-making were less likely to report receiving excellent quality of care, according to a new ... read more

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