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April 11, 2013
It can be very overwhelming to deal with a serious illness. As you are researching potential treatments, you can find an endless amount of information on-line. It can be stressful to figure out what clinical trials are are underway at facilities throughout the U.S. and the world. Now there is a My Clinical Trial Locator – a free, easy to use site to search for information on clinical trials. You can search: For information on clinical trials, clinical research and observational studies in the U.S. and world – even those that are not open to new patients – learn: eligibility guidelines contact information Search by disease, condition, or location Find information on many types of clinical trials, including: drugs and medications medical devices medical procedures and interventions lifestyle/behavioral studies, such as those evaluating diet and exercise Visit www.MyClinicalTrialLocator.com for plenty more »
March 22, 2013
It is common to assume that “no news is good news” when it comes to medical test results. Don’t count on it! A study published March 4, 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine found that some doctors are so overloaded with abnormal test result alerts, that they sometimes overlook important alerts. This is clearly a major health issue. The study was conducted at the VA Medical Center in Houston, and involved a survey of 2,590 primary care practitioners. A summary of the findings: Median number of alerts was 63 per day/per doctor. 86.9% of the doctors felt this was an “excessive” number of alerts. 69.6% stated that they felt they were receiving more alerts than they could effectively manage. 29.8% reported that they had personally missed abnormal test result alerts that led to delays in patient care. What can you more »
Category: Communicating with Your Healthcare Team
January 30, 2013
When you (or a loved one) are being discharged from the hospital, there is a lot to keep track of, including medications, home care needs, follow up appointments, etc. Unfortunately, there is frequent misunderstanding regarding which medications to take and how to take them. A recent study led by Dr. Leora Horwitz at Yale-New Haven Hospital reviewed 377 patients (age 64+) who had been admitted with heart failure, acute coronary symptoms or pneumonia, who then were discharged to home. Findings: 81% experienced a medication error due to provider error, or because the patient had no understanding of at least one intended medication change. 24% of the medication errors were due to provider error. 60% did not understand at least one of their medication changes (a new or altered prescription, or a discontinuation of a medication, based on their recent hospitalization). more »
January 17, 2013
It’s every patient’s worst nightmare – a surgeon makes a mistake, a big mistake. The wrong operation is preformed. Something is left inside. The wrong body part is operated on. Think it rarely happens? Not so. A recent study led by Dr. Marty Makary at Johns Hopkins (published in Surgery) estimates that these so-called “never events” occurred in U.S. hospitals over 80,000 times in 20 years (1990-2010). They actually believe their estimates might be low. What did they find? The researchers found that surgeons, as a group, in the United States: Leave a foreign object (sponge, etc) inside a patient’s body 39 times/week Perform the wrong procedure 20 times/week Operate on the wrong body part 20 times/week Luckily, the affects of these mistakes are generally not fatal. However, they did find that: Death occurred in 6.6% of the cases Permanent more »
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