Primary Care

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.

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”

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 P our live, interactive tweetchat with Linda Girgis, MD, on the biggest predictions and expectations in healthcare for

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.

Advancing Genomic Tests in Cardiovascular Medicine | Medical Blog

We can “scarcely imagine a more exciting time to be engaged in translational research” in cardiology. This is the opinion of the authors of a recent American

CME/CE: The Overuse of NSAIDs | Medical Blog

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.

CME/CE: Guidelines for Managing Breast Cancer Survivors | Medical Blog

Experts have issued guidelines for managing the care of women with a history of invasive breast cancer. The recommendations can help clinicians increase awareness of and better manage potential long-term and late effects of the disease as well as assist with providing timely and appropriate screening and surveillance.

OTC Medications for Diabetics: 7 Considerations | Feature

Many over-the-counter medications contain carbohydrates that can affect blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes. When recommending OTC medications to this patient population, clinicians can consider seven key points.

CME/CE: 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.

#PWChat – Exercise as Medicine: PART III | Feature

Join us Wednesday, January 10 at 3:00pm ET for Part III of our live, interactive tweetchat series with Greg Wells, PhD, on how to help patients make

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.

CME/CE: COPD & Provider Accessibility | Feature

Research from the CDC indicates that although the vast majority of patients with COPD reside within close proximity to a primary care physician, many lack such access to pulmonologists. Even in some urban areas, pulmonologists are outnumbered by COPD patients at a rate of 1,600:1.

CME/CE: A Closer Look at Leftover Pain Drugs | Feature

A survey has found that many parents hold onto their child’s leftover pain drugs. The findings highlight the need for healthcare providers to talk with parents and guide them on what to do with these medications after they are no longer needed.

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

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

Statin Continuation Following an Adverse Event | Feature

Study results indicate that the benefits of statin therapy appear to outweigh the risks among high-risk patients. These agents should be continued even in the face of an adverse reaction in this patient population.

Key Changes to Biosimilar Reimbursement Policy | Feature

Smart changes to Medicare Reimbursement will mean a more competitive market and more options for patients.

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

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

CME/CE: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Older Cancer Patients | Feature

New research indicates that stereotactic body radiation therapy appears to be safe and effective in older patients with cancer.

CME/CE: Addressing Sugar Intake to Achieve Weight Loss | Feature

Researchers have detailed the dangers of fructose, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, in the diet. They note the benefits of even small, short-term changes to fructose intake.

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