PRACTICE NEWS
Patients Prefer Face-to-Face Communication, No Computer
 

Patients perceive that physicians who communicate face-to-face without a computer have more compassion, better communication skills, and are more professional, according to research presented at the 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium.


Fri, 27 Oct 2017 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
Rate of Non-Health Care Facility Medication Errors on the Rise
 

The rate of serious medication errors has doubled since 2000, and the majority of these errors occur when patients take the wrong prescription or over-the-counter medications at home. One-third of these cases resulted in a hospital stay, and four out of 10 mistakes involved cardiovascular medications, analgesics, or hormones/hormone antagonists, including insulin.


Tue, 11 Jul 2017 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
AMA: Two Internet Tools Can Help Educate Patients
 

The American Medical Association recommends two government and non-profit websites for educating patients, including myhealthfinder on healthfinder.gov. Myhealthfinder offers personalized recommendations for preventative services. Prevent Diabetes STAT at preventdiabetesstat.org offers information on local diabetes prevention programs and prediabetes testing.


Fri, 14 Apr 2017 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
Rx Adherence Reminders No More Effective at ‘Fresh Start’ Dates
 

A recent study in JAMA Cardiology shows that patient reminders, mailed to increase medication adherence and sent around certain dates (a patient's birthday or New Year's day, for example), don't succeed in raising rates of compliance. “Contrary to our expectations, sending reminders following fresh-start dates was not associated with increased medication adherence,” the authors write.


Tue, 14 Feb 2017 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS