Group releases recommendations for better post-discharge care | Incorporating health literacy may bolster patient engagement | Advocacy group releases electronic tools guide for cancer treatment
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February 14, 2013
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Group releases recommendations for better post-discharge care
The American Medical Association has released five patient safety principles for transitioning patients from inpatient to outpatient care. "[P]atients leaving the hospital too often return to ambulatory care settings that are not well connected to the hospital team and this can result in inefficient, confusing and sometimes unsafe conditions," the report's authors wrote. Evaluating patient health, setting goals, supporting self-management and managing medications were among the responsibilities outlined in the report. HealthLeaders Media (2/11)
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Incorporating health literacy may bolster patient engagement
A commentary in Health Affairs suggests hospitals that make health literacy a priority may improve patient engagement. Researchers outlined a model that incorporates the six structural aspects of the Care Model with 20 strategies from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/8)
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Advocacy group releases electronic tools guide for cancer treatment
The Health IT Cancer Resource Guide has been released by the eHealth Initiative to help patients and providers learn about electronic tools, such as mobile applications and social networks, that they can use for cancer management. The advocacy group uses five categories -- information and treatment management, decision making, social support, lifestyle management and education -- to explain the 76 tools in the guide. Health Data Management (2/12)
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Health group, firms start SMS system for prostate cancer patients
The Prostate Cancer Foundation, Mobile Commons and Sanofi unveiled a text messaging system called Prost8Care to aid patients with prostate cancer as they cope with the advanced stages of the disease. The program sends patients text messages with health tips, such as ways to manage side effects of chemotherapy. MobiHealthNews.com (2/6)
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Cancer Research & Health Policy
Biennial mammograms for older women backed by large study
The risk of having breast cancer detected at a late stage was no higher for older women who received mammograms every two years rather than annually, according to a study of more than 140,000 women ages 66 to 89. Annual mammograms were associated with an increased risk of false positives. The study appeared online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. WebMD/HealthDay News (2/5)
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Analysis: Stress at work not tied to increased cancer risk
A meta-analysis of 12 studies involving 116,000 17- to 70-year-olds found that job stress was not significantly associated with higher odds of developing breast, colorectal, lung or prostate cancers. Finnish scientists said that research that has shown a link between work stress and cancer could have done so by chance or because of factors not involving work stress. The findings appear in the journal BMJ. HealthDay News (2/7)
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