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Guideline Adherence Impacts Mortality in Schizophrenia

Adherence to the 2009 Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) pharmacologic guidelines appears to help reduce mortality among patients with schizophrenia, according to a study from Johns Hopkins University. The authors recommend that clinicians consider adopting outcomes-monitoring systems and innovative service delivery programs to improve adherence to the PORT guidelines. Abstract: Schizophrenia Bulletin, October 30, 2012...

Assessing Heart Failure Guideline Adherence

Duke University researchers suggest that less than one half (44%) of patients with heart failure (HF) and an ejection fraction of 45% or less receive all guideline-recommended therapies for their condition. Adherence to HF recommendations for using β-blockers, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin blockers, and anticoagulants were better than adherence to recommendations for using implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy, or aldosterone antagonists. Lower New York Heart Association functional class and care by a cardiologist were linked to better guideline adherence. Abstract: American Heart Journal, November...
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