Emergency Medicine

CME/CE: Follow-Up & Drug Adherence After Acute Myocardial Infarction

Older patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) appear to have poorer adherence to their post-discharge medication regimens if they go longer periods of time before being followed up. Delaying outpatient follow-up after AMI may worsen outcomes for this patient group.

Patients Treated by Male vs Female Physicians: Who Fares Better?

Do patient outcomes differ between those treated by male and female physicians? In a cross-sectional study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers examined nationally representative data of

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: IDWeek 2017

New research was presented at IDWeek 2017, the combined annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, HIV Medicine Association, and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, from October 4 to 8 in San Diego. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.

Three Effective Ways to Pick Quality Improvement Targets

Many quality improvement (QI) programs are less effective than they could be, because they have difficulty in selecting intervention targets that are meaningful to staff and which set achievement targets that do not seem to be arbitrary and imposed from above. This post sketches three approaches to initiating QI initiatives, and wraps them together in a way that staff may applaud.

Examining Dietary Supplement Use | Feature

A study suggests that many clinicians do not ask hospitalized patients questions about dietary supplement use. A formalized approach should be established to document use of these agents in order to help prevent potential adverse reactions and drug interactions.

Dutch physician Lars Brouwers driving to Africa to deliver 3D printed hands | Feature

3Ders.org spoke with PW blogger Lars Brouwers back in December about his upcoming trip to bring 3D prints to underserved populations throughout northwestern Africa. Check back here soon for a recap of Dr. Brouwers's full trip!

#PWChat: Healthcare Predictions/Expectations for 2018 | Feature

Join us Wednesday, January 31 at 3:00pm ET for our live, interactive tweetchat with Linda Girgis, MD, on the biggest predictions and expectations in healthcare for 2018.

Three Ineffective Institutional Approaches to Quality Improvement in Healthcare | Medical Blog

Three of the leading organizational obstacles to effectiveness of quality improvement in healthcare are related to lack of internalization, lack of management support, and a punitive management attitude toward error.

CDI: A Shifting Paradigm? | Opinion Article

The incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has tripled over the past decade despite most hospitals making CDI prevention and transmission a top priority. Considering the magnitude

Filling Prescriptions After Opioid-Related Hospitalizations | Feature

New data suggest that greater efforts are needed to ensure that patients who are hospitalized for opioid addiction or misuse receive recommended services for post-treatment.

CME/CE: The Overuse of NSAIDs | Feature

Research suggests that despite widespread use, NSAIDs appear to be associated with several side effects when misused or overused that may make use of these medications dangerous in certain populations and in combination with other drugs.

Continuing Life Sustaining Therapy in the Face of Futility | Medical Blog

One of the most difficult challenges physicians encounter is assisting terminally ill patients who are nearing the ends of their lives. These patients and their families are

Making Patient Education a Two-Way Street | Medical Blog

With the increased focus on patient engagement to improve outcomes, we as clinicians must think hard about the efficacy of an important step in patient engagement: education.

2017 HIV/AIDS Statistics – Facts on Rates, Cost & More | Medical Blog

In the 1980s, at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, more than 59,000 Americans lost their lives to this brutal disease. The $146.6 billion that federal funding

Conference Highlights: ACEP17 | Medical Blog

New research was presented at ACEP17, the American College of Emergency Physician’s annual scientific assembly, from October 29 to November 1 in Washington, DC. The features below highlight some of the studies and new information emerging from the conference.

#PWChat – Why Doctors Are Losing the Public’s Trust | Medical Blog

Join us Wednesday, December 13 at 3:00pm ET for PART II of our live, interactive tweetchat with Linda Girgis, MD, based on her blog post on why

#PWChat Recap – Pseudoscience in Medicine: Steering Patients Toward Reliable References, Part II | Medical Blog

Dr. Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP joined Physician’s Weekly to co-host Part II in our #PWChat series, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, on how to steer patients toward reliable resources when

Hospitals, Third Parties, and Physicians: Opposing Roles in Containing Healthcare Costs | Feature

Patients do not have carte blanche when it comes to decisions about their medical care. The type of insurance they have dictates which hospitals they must use,

3D Printing Shows Talocalcaneal Joint Very Well! | Medical Blog

A surgical resident used the above 3D-printed calcaneal fracture to gain more insight in the fracture pattern during preoperative evaluation. Using this 3D printed model, the surgical

#PWChat – Ketamine for Depression: Exciting but Controversial | Medical Blog

Join us Thursday, November 16 at 9:00pm ET for a live, interactive tweetchat with Steven P. Levine, MD, on the use of ketamine to treat depression. Topics

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