The National Quality Forum announced the winners of its Innovation Challenge, which sought ideas to improve quality measures within the health care industry. The winners include Charlotta Lindval of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who proposed the use of electronic health record data in developing quality measures in palliative surgery.
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The servant leadership model is appropriate for palliative care because it fosters values such as listening, empathy, healing and stewardship, write experts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Implementing a servant leadership model requires listening, communication and a willingness to give others power.
Women over age 50 often leave the workforce because of caregiving duties at home, and study data show taking care of a parent makes it less likely that women in their 50s and 60s are working, writes Caregiver Action Network CEO John Schall. Caregiving can have a big financial impact in addition to the emotional and physical stress it can cause, Schall writes.
Japanese researchers examined the glycoalbumin/HbA1C ratio of type 2 diabetes patients to determine blood glucose fluctuation and found an association between the ratio and the risk of developing dementia among older patients. The study was published in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications.
Pregabalin provided pain relief for just 1 in 10 patients with moderate to severe fibromyalgia, but those patients experienced strong pain relief quality, as well as better sleep and quality of life, researchers reported in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. The review included eight studies, and 70% to 90% of patients in all treatment groups reported adverse events.
Most immunotherapy clinical trials exclude participants who have already tried another immunotherapy in an effort to reduce confounding the results. The policy means late-stage cancer patients who want to participate in a trial must choose from about 40 ongoing trials, and many patients are unprepared to make such a decision.
An aging population and a lack of coordination among prescribers contributes to polypharmacy, or the use of five or more drugs by patients. Some physicians and pharmacists are calling for more attention to the need to screen medication use and "deprescribe" as necessary.
Medical malpractice insurance rates dropped 0.1% from last year, according to the 2016 Medical Liability Monitor Annual Rate Survey. "The stability of medical malpractice premium rates is a stark contrast to the tumult occurring in other segments of the US health care delivery system," said Medical Liability Monitor editor Michael Matray.
Researchers said more than half of almost 7,000 multiple sclerosis patients surveyed said they would consider physician-assisted death in response to at least one of five hypothetical scenarios. The results were presented at European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis 2016.
The third and final call for proposals for the 2017 Annual Assembly is now open. Share and disseminate best practices in the field by submitting a proposal for a 20-minute case study presentation. The call closes Nov. 1 at noon Pacific Time. Gather your research and submit today.
AAHPM is in its fourth month of their video series called HPMQ, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Questions. These quick, monthly videos help address difficult topics that you may face in your organization. This month's video discusses "How do we manage decision-making and palliative care for patients with mental illness?" presented by Stephanie Harman, M.D., FACP. Watch the video now.
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