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Online ratings of physicians do not accurately represent quality or value of care, according ot a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Over-treating patients means wasted resources and increased exposure to harm for individuals. In a study published in PLOS ONE, researchers surveyed physicians on causes, prevalence and consequences of over-treatment.

Treating opioid addiction by combining primary care and addiction treatment leads to higher rates of drug abstinence, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Accessing medical information over the internet can be helpful to quickly gain tips in keeping healthy—but it's unknown how often these searches lead to one purchasing online prescriptions. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing examined rates of pregnant women who search online for medication advice and purchase prescriptions.

Reducing the amount of avoidable emergency department (ED) visits could save healthcare organizations money while also improving patient health. A study in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care examined the types of avoidable ED visits to provide policymakers with data to help limit unnecessary ED visits.

 

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Bayer receives FDA approval for myBETAapp and BETACONNECT Navigator

Bayer has received approval for a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in regards to their myBETAapp™ and the BETACONNECT Navigator™. These platforms utilize software to allow patients with multiple sclerosis to auto-administer BETASERON.

Factors identified leading to hospital discharges against physician’s advice

Leaving the hospital against the advice of physicians is a rising trend with negative consequences. In an effort to understand why patients chose to leave hospital care early, researchers have published findings in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society to assist in further research and provide answers on how healthcare providers can stop this trend.

Web-based calculator accurately predicts cancer survival

Predicting a cancer patient's chance of survival allows individuals to make informed decisions, but many techniques are not especially accurate. In a study, published in BMJ, researchers tested a new web-based survival calculator in patients with bowel cancer.

Screening tool IDs patients at risk for malnutrition

Malnutrition in surgical patients raises mortality rates, readmissions and poor outcomes while also reducing recovery time and quality of life. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) in Baltimore have published a study in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery evaluating a new screening tool capable of identifying patients at risk for malnutrition.

Home glucose monitoring fails to improve control of type 2 diabetes

Patients with type 2 diabetes not treated with insulin were unable to improve glycemic control after a year by self-monitoring blood glucose levels, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Daily texts help patients manage type 2 diabetes

Researchers are taking advantage of the reach of smartphones to help type 2 diabetes patient manage their condition. A study, published in Diabetes Care, evaluated the use of text messages in improving diabetic patients' blood sugar management.

New alarm system challenges auditory standards

Physicians can have difficulty distinguishing the multitude of alarms going off at any one time. Repeated exposures can also lead to critical errors or delays. In order to address such problems, researchers developed a new alarm system, explained in Human Factors, to deter repeat exposure and improve patient outcomes.

Online reviews of physicians don't equate to real-life quality of care

A physician's Yelp rating doesn't help patients find quality care, according to research conducted by ConsumerMedical. The study compared top-rated physicians on different review websites with actual performance based on medical specialty.

At-home blood pressure monitors inaccurate 70% of the time

Precision in medical devices, especially those used at home, are critical in ensuring patients are able to manage chronic conditions. In a study, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, researchers from the University of Alberta evaluated at-home blood pressure monitors for accuracy.

Electronic patient-reported outcomes extend lives of those with metastatic cancer

Researchers are hoping to improve engagement with electronic patient-reported outcomes (PROs) to increase survival rates in those with cancer. A study published by JAMA reported the integration of electronic PROs into routine care was able to improve outcomes in those with metastatic cancer.

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