Tool for identifying frail patients to reduce surgical risk works in health system setting

PITTSBURGH, March 2, 2020 – Frail patients in private-sector, multi-hospital health systems may benefit from a tool that can quickly predict their risk for poor outcomes following surgery, including postoperative mortality, readmission and extended hospital stays. New research from UPMC — published recently in the Annals of Surgery — demonstrated that this prospective assessment index,…

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OHSU-led evidence review shows new therapy for Hepatitis C is highly effective

New direct-acting antiviral therapies are highly effective at eliminating the Hepatitis C virus infection, according to a systematic evidence review by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University. The review, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, informed a new recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Health Task Force for universal screening of…

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‘Start low, go slow’ still applies for pain management, especially for older patients

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Chronic pain affects a large proportion of older adults and most long-term care residents. Managing chronic pain effectively is essential but challenging, and it has been complicated by concerns about opioid abuse. Pain management can be safely optimized with a plan that balances the risks and benefits of treatments, according to a…

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Indigenous-led health care partnerships flourishing in Canada

Innovative, Indigenous-led health care partnerships and cultural healing practices have shown improved health outcomes and access to care, and have become important features of the medical landscape in Canada, according to a new analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Indigenous-led heath care partnerships incorporate traditional Indigenous knowledge as key in their approach to treatment…

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