Infectious Disease

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.

The Burnout Paradox: Why Are We Still Surprised? | Feature

If you go to medical school, you will be stressed—bigly. It should not come as a surprise. Two posts on the Kevin MD website highlight the problems

Three Effective Ways to Pick Quality Improvement Targets | Feature

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.

Going off the deep end about water | Feature

The latest water craze has generated a lot of discussion. The New York Times reported that some people in California [where else?] have started drinking “raw water”

You Don’t Need a Wizard | Feature


#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.

ICAAC 2015 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at ICAAC 2015, the American Society for Microbiology’s annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, from September 17 to 21 in San

Surgeon sued for talking on cell phone during an operation | Feature

A surgeon took a Spanish language proficiency test while performing varicose vein surgery on a 70-year-old woman. The doctor said he had to take the test during

CDC: 2015 to 2016 Saw Drop in Life Expectancy in United States | News Brief

Increase in rate of age-adjusted drug overdose deaths observed during same time period

Swelling, Infection Most Common Side Effects of Injectable Fillers | News Brief

More serious adverse events include vascular compromise resulting in necrosis, blindness

CME/CE: Changing Behaviors in HIV-Infected Smokers | News Brief

A meta-analysis suggests that targeted behavioral smoking cessation interventions appear to help HIV-infected smokers kick their habit. Patients who attend more sessions are more likely to succeed in quitting smoking.

Why Doctors Are Losing the Public’s Trust | Feature

"The public is losing their trust in us. They see us as driven for profit. They feel we don’t listen to their concerns anymore and don’t care what they want or need."

Filing a Claim | Feature

“Press 1 to file a new claim. Press 2 to check on a claim. Press 3 to re-file a claim. Press 4 to scream in frustration about

CME/CE: Age, Race, & Gender Differences in Pneumococcal Disease | Feature

Study results suggest that gender differences exist in rates of invasive pneumococcal disease among adults. These differences remain following the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.

Changing Behaviors in HIV-Infected Smokers | Feature

A meta-analysis suggests that targeted behavioral smoking cessation interventions appear to help HIV-infected smokers kick their habit. Patients who attend more sessions are more likely to succeed in quitting smoking.

CRP Levels Potentially Useful in Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria | Feature

Elevated levels appear clinically relevant in patients with condition

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