Patient Care & Outcomes

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Study examines pros and cons of online health info

Online health information is driving change in the ways patients interact with their doctors, producing both positive and negative results, according to an article at the  Journal of Medical Internet Research. 

Nonintrusive CDS tool enhances communication, improves outcomes

An integrated and workflow-aware clinical decision support (CDS) tool is "critical" to improving patient/provider communications and influencing patient outcomes, according to a new study in  eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).

5 ways medical tourism can go wrong

Medical tourism is increasingly popular among patients and health insurers, but research indicates that many patients may return from abroad with costly infections or complications.

AMA calls for more accountability on 'media doctors'

Information provided by doctors in the media has contributed to some difficult conversations with patients, according to Benjamin Mazer, a third-year student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York.

Nurses need cultural competency education to meet needs of diverse patients

Cultural competency and understanding of different cultures' perspectives on healthcare are increasingly non-negotiable for nurses, particularly in diverse areas of the country, according to a report at

Scoring system can help hospitals improve care during surges in trauma cases

A scoring system that can identify periods of high activity and increased trauma patient deaths in hospital emergency rooms may help hospitals better prepare for catastrophic events.

Cash-strapped hospitals made more progress on hospital-acquired infections

Hospitals that have made the most progress reducing hospital-acquired infections are also some of the most financially constrained, according to Medscape MultiSpecialty.

Uninsured patients turn to the ER for dental problems

Without insurance that covers dental care, more patients than ever seek care in hospital emergency rooms, according to a  USA Today  report. In fact, ER dental visits doubled from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.2 million in 2012, or 1 visit every 15 seconds, according to the publication's analysis of data from the American Dental Association.

How not to talk to patients about obesity

Despite the prevalence of overweight and weight-related disease in the United States, "most health care providers recoil when they think about counseling patients about obesity," according to Scott Kahan, M.D., medical director of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance.

HFMA ANI: Revamping doctor-patient relationship may be key to cutting unnecessary care

Academic studies have done a very good job of quantifying the fact that the U.S. healthcare system spends about $750 billion a year on unnecessary tests, procedures and other facets of care. But finding a way to actually eliminate such wasteful practices has not yet been truly investigated.