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Physicians missing opportunities to help patients with prediabetes, researchers say

Less than a quarter of prediabetes patients receive treatment from their primary care physician for the disease--despite the fact that these patients had blood glucose levels in the prediabetic range, according to a recent study.

Joseph Kvedar: Physicians must embrace patient-generated data

It took 20 years for the stethoscope to be widely accepted in clinical practice, but the industry doesn't have that time to waste before embracing patient-generated data, according to Joseph Kvedar, M.D.

Primary care patient visits more complex than specialty care

If it seems that primary care physicians have less-than-adequate time to deal with all of their patients as thoroughly as they'd like, new research suggests the increased complexity of their patients' conditions could be a factor, according to a story in  AAFP News.

3 ways to save a troubled patient relationship

With health plans increasingly holding physicians accountable for quality measures, it may be tempting for practices to dismiss patients who don't appear to comply with doctor's orders. Although there are circumstances in which a doctor and patient can't maintain a therapeutic relationship, according to experts who spoke with  Medical Economics,  it is most often possible to make it work.

Don't wait to ask patients what matters

The notion of distilling what matters and arriving at goals to preserve it has come up frequently in discussions about end-of-life care. And when patients perceive their lives as being appreciably shorter, they become much more interested in their state of  being  than what they could be  doing.  But what about patients who don't have a foreseeable finality to their conditions? What about people living with chronic or degenerative illnesses that even the best of modern medicine can't substantially alleviate? How are doctors to help people with many years ahead full of things they could be doing, despite the physical and emotional barriers in the way?

The power of facing the unfixable

Patients aren't the only ones who can feel helpless when their suffering with chronic illness persists despite treatment, according to an essay by Ronald M. Epstein, M.D., a University of Rochester professor, and Anthony L. Back, M.D., an oncologist at University of Washington, published in  JAMA.

4 areas primary care physicians need to improve for value-based care

Primary care physicians around the world struggle to coordinate patient care, according to a new survey from the Commonwealth Fund. But out of the 10 countries surveyed, doctors from the United States appear to be having some of the most trouble connecting the dots, especially when it comes to managing patients with multiple chronic conditions.

Boomers don't take full blame for lax self-care

Baby boomers admit they aren't as engaged in their health as they could be--and they blame it partly on their doctors' offices, according to a survey by concierge-health company MDVIP.

Report: IoT in healthcare could have economic impact of up to $1.7T

The Internet of Things, when used to improve healthcare and help those with chronic conditions, could have an economic impact ranging from $170 billion to $1.7 trillion a year, according to a recent report from McKinsey & Company.

Researchers fail to find savings with home telemonitoring among older adults

Home telemonitoring failed to significantly save money over usual care among older adults with multiple chronic conditions, according to a study published in  Telemedicine and e-Health.