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Online ratings of physicians do not accurately represent quality or value of care, according ot a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Over-treating patients means wasted resources and increased exposure to harm for individuals. In a study published in PLOS ONE, researchers surveyed physicians on causes, prevalence and consequences of over-treatment.

Treating opioid addiction by combining primary care and addiction treatment leads to higher rates of drug abstinence, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Accessing medical information over the internet can be helpful to quickly gain tips in keeping healthy—but it's unknown how often these searches lead to one purchasing online prescriptions. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing examined rates of pregnant women who search online for medication advice and purchase prescriptions.

Reducing the amount of avoidable emergency department (ED) visits could save healthcare organizations money while also improving patient health. A study in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care examined the types of avoidable ED visits to provide policymakers with data to help limit unnecessary ED visits.

 

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Web-based calculator accurately predicts cancer survival

Predicting a cancer patient's chance of survival allows individuals to make informed decisions, but many techniques are not especially accurate. In a study, published in BMJ, researchers tested a new web-based survival calculator in patients with bowel cancer.

Screening tool IDs patients at risk for malnutrition

Malnutrition in surgical patients raises mortality rates, readmissions and poor outcomes while also reducing recovery time and quality of life. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) in Baltimore have published a study in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery evaluating a new screening tool capable of identifying patients at risk for malnutrition.

Home glucose monitoring fails to improve control of type 2 diabetes

Patients with type 2 diabetes not treated with insulin were unable to improve glycemic control after a year by self-monitoring blood glucose levels, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Daily texts help patients manage type 2 diabetes

Researchers are taking advantage of the reach of smartphones to help type 2 diabetes patient manage their condition. A study, published in Diabetes Care, evaluated the use of text messages in improving diabetic patients' blood sugar management.

New alarm system challenges auditory standards

Physicians can have difficulty distinguishing the multitude of alarms going off at any one time. Repeated exposures can also lead to critical errors or delays. In order to address such problems, researchers developed a new alarm system, explained in Human Factors, to deter repeat exposure and improve patient outcomes.

Online reviews of physicians don't equate to real-life quality of care

A physician's Yelp rating doesn't help patients find quality care, according to research conducted by ConsumerMedical. The study compared top-rated physicians on different review websites with actual performance based on medical specialty.

At-home blood pressure monitors inaccurate 70% of the time

Precision in medical devices, especially those used at home, are critical in ensuring patients are able to manage chronic conditions. In a study, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, researchers from the University of Alberta evaluated at-home blood pressure monitors for accuracy.

Electronic patient-reported outcomes extend lives of those with metastatic cancer

Researchers are hoping to improve engagement with electronic patient-reported outcomes (PROs) to increase survival rates in those with cancer. A study published by JAMA reported the integration of electronic PROs into routine care was able to improve outcomes in those with metastatic cancer.

6 findings from HIMSS 2017 Precision Medicine Study

The combination of precision medicine and information technology (IT) has the potential to improve patient outcomes. But many healthcare organizations are slow to pursue integration. A recently released report, “2017 Precision Medicine Study," from Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) outlines how healthcare organizations view the expansion and improvement of IT with precision medicine.

Shut it! Keeping OR door closed reduces infections

Preventing surgical site infections could be as easy as shutting the door. Researchers testing air quality in operating rooms (ORs) found that repeatedly opening and closing the OR door increased particle distributions and the risk of contamination.

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