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Influenza Vaccination Rates May Increase With Reminder, Recall Systems

Influenza Vaccination Rates May Increase With Reminder, Recall Systems

Patient reminder and recall systems seem to be effective for improving receipt of immunizations.

Patient and Provider Experiences With Electronic Communication

Patient and Provider Experiences With Electronic Communication

Providers who give patients their e-mail addresses have higher satisfaction, but this does not appear to affect patient satisfaction.

Researchers Publishing "Unfavorable" Results May Face Legal Action From Pharmaceutical Companies

Researchers Publishing "Unfavorable" Results May Face Legal Action From Pharmaceutical Companies

Researchers continue to be the targets of legal action from pharmaceutical, medical device, and nutraceutical companies when their studies frame products in an unfavorable light.

Homeopathic Products Will Undergo New FDA Regulations

Homeopathic Products Will Undergo New FDA Regulations

The FDA announced a new enforcement strategy to regulate drug products labeled as homeopathic.

Practicing Defensive Medicine to Avoid Litigation: How Far Should We Go?

Practicing Defensive Medicine to Avoid Litigation: How Far Should We Go?

Evaluating the pros and cons of defensive medicine, the practice of recommending tests or treatments for the purpose of avoiding or mitigating litigation.

Solving Medical Problems Using Conscious and Unconscious Thinking

Solving Medical Problems Using Conscious and Unconscious Thinking

Evaluating the difference between unconscious and conscious problem solving in medicine.

Wearable Fitness Technology: One Tool Among Many for Better Health

Wearable Fitness Technology: One Tool Among Many for Better Health

Evaluating the benefits of wearable fitness technology.

Computerized Decision Support Systems Aid Clinicians in Initial Diagnoses

Computerized Decision Support Systems Aid Clinicians in Initial Diagnoses

Evaluating the use of computerized decision support systems in medical practice.

Complying With Law Enforcement While Also Protecting Patient Rights

Complying With Law Enforcement While Also Protecting Patient Rights

Healthcare professionals must be well versed in law and institutional policy when complying with law enforcement demands for evidence from patients.

Adult Vaccinations: Improving Public Perception and Awareness

Adult Vaccinations: Improving Public Perception and Awareness

Educational campaigns regarding the value of vaccines should integrate social psychological considerations with health communication principles.

Addressing Healthcare Inequalities in the United States

Addressing Healthcare Inequalities in the United States

Evaluating contributing factors to healthcare inequality in the United States.

Medical Research Set to Comply With New Code of Ethics in 2018

Medical Research Set to Comply With New Code of Ethics in 2018

Clinical trial research is set to comply with a new code of ethics in 2018.

Patient Satisfaction Affected by Clinician Denial of Certain Requests

Patient Satisfaction Affected by Clinician Denial of Certain Requests

Patient satisfaction was reportedly worse when clinicians denied certain requests.

Older Patients Often Experience Hospital Discharge Discrepancies

Older Patients Often Experience Hospital Discharge Discrepancies

Frequent discrepancies between the electronic discharge summaries and the discharge prescriptions were found at a regional hospital in Australia.

Hospital Readmissions May Be Predicted by Reported Post-Discharge Symptoms

Hospital Readmissions May Be Predicted by Reported Post-Discharge Symptoms

Post-discharge symptoms self-reported by frail, elderly adults may predict 30-day hospital readmission visits.

Precision Medicine May Pave the Way for Better Treatment in Asthma, COPD

Precision Medicine May Pave the Way for Better Treatment in Asthma, COPD

At a research seminar held by the European Respiratory Society in February 2017, a group of investigators discussed how precision medicine may improve treatment in asthma and COPD.

US Physician Salaries and Rising Healthcare Costs

US Physician Salaries and Rising Healthcare Costs

Evaluating US physician salaries and their effect on rising healthcare costs.

Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program: First Year Results

Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program: First Year Results

Almost 30% of eligible practices failed to register and report data in the first year of the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier program.

Pharmacist Presence in Medical Home Practices May Improve Patient Outcomes

Pharmacist Presence in Medical Home Practices May Improve Patient Outcomes

Integrating clinical pharmacists into primary care medical home practices helps patients achieve better disease management for high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus.

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