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Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed a web-based program that uses team communication and engagement to improve patient experience and outcomes.

Medication adherence is vital for patients with an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), yet adherence remains low. A study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined if wireless technology and incentives could increase adherence and improve patient outcomes.

Advising patients on decision making with input based on evidence should be the minimum for primary care physicians. But according to a new BMJ study, only 18 percent of clinical recommendations are based on high-quality evidence.

Being woken in the middle of the night is an unpleasant experience for anyone, but especially patients in the hospital undergoing their nightly vital sign check. Researchers from Ohio State University conducted a study, published in Patient Experience Journal, on reported quality of sleep and patient’s satisfaction during as hospital stay where overnight vital signs were collected compared to when vitals were not taken.

Leaving the hospital against the advice of physicians is a rising trend with negative consequences. In an effort to understand why patients chose to leave hospital care early, researchers have published findings in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society to assist in further research and provide answers on how healthcare providers can stop this trend.

 

Recent Headlines

Nurse response times vary with pediatric monitor alarms

Reaching a patient quickly in response to a bedside alarm could be the difference between life and death. A study in JAMA Pediatrics examines the varied response times of nurses to patient bedside alarms based on differing factors.

Changes for laser-based dermatological procedures have arrived

After 40 years, changes are coming to the field of laser-based dermatological treatments. Researchers from the University of Missouri, taking into account an increased demand of minimally invasive laser-based treatments, have developed a laser light technique that transmits into the skin through direct contact.

Enhanced test detects ovarian tumors at microscopic levels

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a test capable of detecting ovarian tumors in their earliest stages, which could potentially improve patient five-year survival rates by 90 percent.

Online tool expands measurements to predict risk of heart disease, diabetes

Predicting a patient's risk for developing heart disease or diabetes can be like looking into a crystal ball. Such a tool is now an online reality thanks to a team of researchers from the University of Virginia School (UVA) of Medicine and the University of Florida.

Amazon Alexa challenge combines diabetes management, voice technology

The Alexa Diabetes Challenge, launched April 10, is searching for innovators to improve the capabilities of the Amazon Alexa voice-enabled device to assist users with type 2 diabetes. The multi-stage competition, sponsored by Merck & Co. and supported by Amazon Web Services, is offering $250,000 in total in prizes.

Contacting patients before surgery cuts cancellations in half

Cancelling a preplanned surgery, especially in ambulatory care, costs hospitals money and resources and wastes time. A recent study, published in AORN, looked at how contacting patients by phone before surgery can reduce the number of cancellations. 

Rheumatoid arthritis patients get moving, feel less fatigued when using pedometers

Providing rheumatoid arthritis patients with a simple pedometer has shown to increased daily activity and decrease fatigue, according to a study published in Arthritis Care & Research

21% of patients received different final diagnoses after second opinion

A study conducted by James Naessens, ScD, a healthcare policy researcher at Mayo Clinic, published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, showed how a second opinion can affect the final diagnoses of a patient’s condition. 

Artificial pancreas improves insulin control in children with diabetes

Researchers from the University of Virginia (UVA) have developed an artificial pancreas capable of delivering automated insulin to pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes. The study, presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting, reports the artificial pancreas is significantly more effective in diabetes management than current methods.

Behavior assessment tool measures pain in nonverbal ICU patients

Measuring pain levels in critically ill patients, especially in those who cannot communicate verbally, is crucial in administering care. A study published in PAIN introduces a new behavior pain assessment tool (BPAT) capable of evaluating pain levels through nonverbal cues.

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