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August 12, 2020



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Social Distancing and Dying Alone

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to drastic changes in how hospitals provide end-of-life care to patients and their families. With strict no-visiting limitations in place in an effort to stem contagion, ...

Study Seeks to Optimize Comfort for Patients Removed from Ventilators at End of Life

A recently published paper reports on a study of the palliative ventilator withdrawal (PVW) procedure performed in intensive care units (ICU) at end of ...

Moral Distress of Physicians Who Care for Older Adults

Researchers report that about four of 10 doctors caring for older adult patients who require a surrogate decision-maker experienced moral ...

Insufficient Home Care the Biggest Challenge to Overcome After Release from Hospital

Ontario patients and caregivers reported not enough home care to meet the need, that home care support was not in place when patients arrived home from the hospital, and that they had to advocate for ...

Machine Learning Can Help Us Understand Conversations About Death

Researchers have used machine learning and natural language processing to better understand what end-of-life conversations look like. Borrowing techniques used to study fiction, where machine ...

Study Finds Public Support for Health Care Providers Talking About Gun Safety

Most Californians, including most gun owners, agree that gun safety conversations between health care providers and patients are appropriate when there is a gun in the home and risk of injury is ...

Pharmacists Provide Patient Value in Team-Based Care

As part of an innovative model, pharmacists manage the care of patients with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and ...

Some ICU Admissions May Be Preventable, Saving Money and Improving Care

Many admissions to the intensive care unit may be preventable, potentially decreasing health care costs and improving care, according to new ...

Addressing Serious Illness With a Serious Question to Clinicians

A question: 'Would you be surprised if this patient died in the next month?' -- posed to elicit a clinician's overall impression of a patient -- produced a strong correlation. If a ...

OB-GYNs Hesitate to Talk About Fertility

A new study shows many OB-GYNs are uncomfortable counseling their patients on fertility at a time when more women are delaying pregnancy and needing their doctors to be more vigilant about this ...

Reducing Secondary Cardiac Events With Virtual Cardiac Rehab

Researchers have demonstrated promising results in reducing secondary cardiac events and re-hospitalizations by creating a virtual cardiac rehabilitation program that fits seamlessly into ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Physician's White Coat: Iconic and Comforting or Likely Covered in Germs?

A new study has found that although the physicians' white coat is one of the most iconic symbols of the trade, whether or not they wear it, doesn't impact patients' ...

Wait, Just a Second, Is Your Doctor Listening?

On average, patients get about 11 seconds to explain the reasons for their visit before they are interrupted by their doctors. Also, only one in three doctors provides their patients with adequate ...

Patients Don't Mind If Doctors Sport Tattoos or Piercings

Patients don't mind if their emergency care doctors sport tattoos or piercings, or both, suggests an observational ...

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 ...

Limited Health Literacy Is a Major Barrier to Heart Disease Prevention and Treatment

Limited health literacy is a major barrier to heart health and managing heart disease and stroke. Health literacy is essential to navigate the health care system, use medication effectively and ...

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 ...

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