Study determines most effective ways for hospitals to reduce medication errors

A new study from researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a founding member of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system, has shed new light on the best strategies hospitals can use for medication reconciliation, the critical and difficult task of updating and verifying a patient’s medication lists and orders, regardless of where they are in the health care system. The study, published […]

‘MyDiaMate’, an app to strengthen mental health for adults with type 1 diabetes

International researchers –from the Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, and Spain– work together to develop an app that improves physical and emotional well-being in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D). The result will be the app ‘MyDiaMate’, a self-management support tool to strengthen mental health in adults living with this disease, seeking to improve their quality of life. The University […]

Health researchers launch ‘first’ Long COVID resource for patients and health care professionals

The first resource of its kind to support those living with Long Covid and the healthcare professionals involved in their care, has been launched by experts from the University of Stirling. Led by Professor Kate Hunt, a specialist in behavioural sciences and health at the Institute for Social Marketing and Health (ISMH), the new online resource ‘Long Covid in Adults’ was developed by […]

Nursing student highlights important role school nurses can play in identifying and supporting young people with eating disorders

The vital role school nurses can play in addressing the rising number of eating disorders among children and young people has been outlined by a Kingston University student in a leading nursing journal. Third year children’s nursing student Emmie Hopkinson’s evidence and practice article in Nursing Children and Young People has drawn on current research and her own clinical experience from placements […]

Skilled nursing facilities continued to provide high quality care for those hospitalized during the pandemic

Older adults who entered skilled nursing facilities (SNF) for care after hospitalizations after the pandemic received rehabilitation care comparable to the levels of care that were provided pre-pandemic, according to research published in the JAMA Health Forum. Despite exceptional challenges during the pandemic, SNFs provided post-acute rehabilitation with only a modest decline in intensity, said the researchers. This suggests that SNFs […]

Study: More paid sick leave results in more cancer screenings

For most Americans, the two major obstacles to proper medical care are time and money. And while insurance can sometimes reduce healthcare costs, having time to visit the doctor is just as important. Now, a new Tulane University study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that more people get screened for cancer when employers are mandated to provide […]

Frequent GP visits improve health outcomes for children with asthma but are often irregular and inconsistent

Frequent GP visits improve health outcomes for children with asthma, however they are often irregular and inconsistent leading to an increase in hospital readmissions, new research has found. Two studies, led by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, have highlighted the gaps and opportunities across the primary care network in childhood asthma care to ensure services remain accessible in the wake of GP […]

Flu vaccination rate holds steady but misinformation about flu and Covid-19 persists

Although the public had been alerted that this winter could be a potentially bad flu season, barely half of Americans said in January that they had received a flu shot, a vaccination level unchanged in a representative national panel from the comparable period last year, according to a new Annenberg Science Knowledge (ASK) survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the […]

Hospital Pharmacy services in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian

John A. Armitstead is the System Director of Pharmacy at Lee Health in Fort Myers, Florida. During the past five years, Fort Myers has twice been hit by major hurricanes (Irma in 2017, Ian in 2022), making him possibly the most hurricane-experienced pharmacy director in the United States.  In this series of short videos, he describes the preparations that the […]

Remote symptom reporting systems for patients may reduce outpatient waiting lists

Digital systems for patients to monitor and report symptoms remotely may offer a solution to reduce outpatient waiting lists, according to a new review published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The review, led by researchers from the Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes Research (CPROR), Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham, looked at international […]