A modified version of the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System Scale is quick and effective at assessing patients with late-stage Parkinson's disease, and reveals that they have similar levels of symptoms as their peers with metastatic cancer, show study results from Canada.
Older individuals who live at home but are dependent on healthcare services perceive their care delivery system to be effective when it involves supportive and reliable services, indicate UK study results.
Hospitalized patients over the age of 65 years feel safe in hospital when their nurses can anticipate and provide attentive care, are predictable and responsive, interact on a personal level, and advocate or intervene on their behalf, indicate study results.
Adding use of a personal digital assistant to an intensive weight-loss program results in significantly greater weight loss, as well as enabling patients to take charge of their own weight management, report US researchers.
To implement effective medication reconciliation, a definition of what the term means, as well as identification of who is responsible for the process, is necessary, show the results of a focus group-based study.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation with chest compressions only seems to be the most effective form of resuscitation when delivered by lay bystanders along with public-access automated external defibrillation, research suggests.
The introduction in 2008 of a US-based “pay-for-performance” scheme into National Health Service hospitals in the northwest of the UK resulted in a significant decrease in mortality rates, particularly for pneumonia, study findings show.
An intervention as simple as a staff discussion during a general meeting results in a large reduction in the number of unnecessary diagnostic tests ordered by emergency physicians, say Brazilian researchers.
Administrative hospital data can successfully quantify the incidence of healthcare-associated urinary tract infection, indicating the data's potential use for risk monitoring and surveillance of this frequent occurrence, show systematic review results.
Contrary to previous study findings, patients who have online access to their medical records and to medical services including appointment scheduling use more clinical services than their counterparts without access, show US research results.
Intensive care unit use varies significantly between the USA and Europe, raising important questions about approaches to the critical care of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock, say researchers.
The use of supplemental registered nurses to cover staffing shortages has no adverse effects on patient outcomes including in-hospital mortality, medication errors, falls, pressure ulcers, and patient satisfaction with nurses, show US study results.