Patient Relations

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POLST & Emergency Medicine: Considering the Issues

POLST & Emergency Medicine: Considering the Issues | Feature

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is increasingly being used to communicate end-of-life care preferences for the seriously ill and frail. Although designed to be as clear as possible, there may be unexpected challenges in interpreting and using POLST in the ED.

The Digital Divide in Older Patients

The Digital Divide in Older Patients | Opinion Article

Over the last several years, many resources have been invested in internet-based interventions to improve health as a result of government programs and initiatives led by healthcare providers. These resources, including tools like electronic health records (EHRs) and online health portals, are designed to help patients become more active participants in their healthcare.…

Organ Donation in the ED

Organ Donation in the ED | Feature

Emergency physicians (EPs) are at the forefront of efforts to save patients or preserve options for organ donation for those who cannot be saved. On average, 18 Americans die every day while waiting for transplantable organs. Studies suggest that identifying potential organs for donation early from the ED may help increase organ procurement.…

Physicians Underutilize Effective Screening Methods to Detect Alcohol Misuse by Patients

Physicians Underutilize Effective Screening Methods to Detect Alcohol Misuse by Patients | Medical Blog

"Together we can proactively identify signs of developing substance use disorders before the patient develops overt alcoholism or drug dependence."

Managing Older Patients With HIV

Managing Older Patients With HIV | Medical Blog

In 2015, more than half of people with HIV in the U.S. will be aged 50 or older, according to Wayne McCormick, MD, MPH. “By 2025, the median age is projected to be 60 years old.”

The aging HIV population has been due in large part to the success of antiretroviral therapy (ART).…

I Am Not a Patient Advocate

I Am Not a Patient Advocate | Medical Blog

"In the end, it’s not about the patient—it’s about the integrity of the work. The patient’s recovery is a happy side effect."

Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters | Medical Blog

She was 16-years-old, a backseat passenger in a rollover car crash. The driver died at the scene, and the front seat passenger lay in the trauma bay opposite hers. She was awake and alert and very intoxicated. Her right leg was broken between the knee and ankle, but otherwise she had no major injuries.…

IDWeek 2014: The Effect of Face-to-Face Networking on HIV Testing | Medical Blog

The Particulars: The effects of traditional HIV testing and referral programs can be limited because many people who are at high risk of HIV never take the initiative to get tested on their own. Whether or not face-to-face social networking strategies (SNS) are more effective has not been well defined.…

Achieving A1C Goals: Back to the Basics

Achieving A1C Goals: Back to the Basics | Medical Blog

Among the nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes, approximately half have not achieved an American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)-recommended A1C goal of 6.5% or less. To address this issue, AACE and the American College of Endocrinology developed the Blood Sugar Basics: Get to Your Goals program.…

A Critical View of Low-Value Medical Care

A Critical View of Low-Value Medical Care | Feature

To reduce low-value care, it is important that clinical care become patient-centered and cost-conscious within a framework of evidence-based practice.

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