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Patients Recording Surgery: Transparency or Medical Trainwreck?

2015 21 Dec

StatNews talks about the recent debate in healthcare over whether patients should be allowed to record their surgical procedures.  Jennifer Kritz, spokesperson for Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center communicates that the number of patients who wish to record their surgeries and the stages of care such as doctor instructions and physical... Read more

Shared Decision-Making in Germany: Patient and Physician Perspectives

2015 26 Oct

Shared decision making is now anchored in the Law on Patient Rights and the Professional Code for Physicians in Germany. Under this new model, both the doctor and patient will decide which treatment to perform. Both parties will exchange information about the patient's disease and treatment options and will jointly choose one treatment.  Two original... Read more

Volume 15 - Issue 3, 2015

2015 06 Oct

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Best Practices for High Patient Ratings

2015 13 Aug

A Johns Hopkins study finds that simple, low-tech practices can make a big difference in improving patient ratings for hospitals. The findings have been published in the journal Medical Care. Some of the key findings of the study include: * Hospitals can improve patient experience by ensuring they do simple things like ongoing rounds by nurses and... Read more

Do ICU Patient Diaries Promote Recovery?

2015 25 Jun

Psychological and physical sequelae are common following a stay in the ICU. Intensive care diaries are one tool that is intended to improve factual memory of the intensive care stay, and improve recovery. Diaries record the patient’s stay in the ICU and outline daily activities, but there is no standard template. Previous studies have found that they... Read more

Public Not Aware of Dangers of Overdiagnosis

2015 25 May

According to new research published in the journal PLOS ONE, only one in ten Australians report being told about the risk of overdiagnosis by their doctors. Overdiagnosis is an increasingly recognised problem. Often, healthy people are screened for diseases such as prostate or breast cancer and are victims of unnecessary labelling and treatment.... Read more

BIR Statement on NHS Seven Day Working for Diagnostic Radiology Services

2015 19 May

The British Institute of Radiology Statement Many hospitals already run six day diagnostic imaging services and offer complex imaging services in a 24 hour on-call capacity. The BIR agrees that, where appropriate, seven day working would be in the best interests of patients, but this is dependant on appropriate funding to support a multi-disciplinary... Read more

ISICEM15: Setting Research Priorities with Community Involvement

2015 20 Mar

Setting priorities for healthcare research involves a number of stakeholders, including patients and the public. Involving intensive care patients and families can be hard, but it can be done, and this was the theme of a talk by Stephen Brett (London, UK), speaking at the Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine Symposium in Brussels this week.   In the... Read more

#RSNA14: Reducing Radiation Exposure: Shield CT Patients?

2014 05 Dec

Providing shielding to patients undergoing computed tomography (CT) examinations reduces radiation exposure, offers a reasonable method, ensures maximum radiation protection and is well accepted by patients, according to a study presented by Luke Byers, DO, Imgen, at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago. Byers... Read more

Radiation Dose: Communicating With Patients

2014 08 Nov

Key Points • Radiology departments need to communicate with patients about radiation dose and contrast media to confirm with the new European directive. • Departments must track radiation dose, and be prepared for the additional workload this requires. • Radiation dose information and quality assurance can be a marketing tool for departments.... Read more