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Highlights from ACP Internist and ACP Hospitalist
ACP Hospitalist January 2018:
- Let the computer figure it out
Researchers look at how machine learning could change hospital care.
- Hospitalists weigh ethical, practical impacts of aid-in-dying laws
Early experience with California's End of Life Option Act highlights some of the challenges and concerns with allowing physicians to help seriously ill patients end their lives.
ACP Hospitalist December 2017:
- Hospitals fight back against violence
Hospitals and clinicians are increasingly recognizing workplace violence in the hospital as a problem and employing strategies to deal with it, or better yet, stop it before it happens.
- Report from Puerto Rico
José Lozada, MD, FACP, ACP Governor for the Puerto Rico chapter, described medical practice after Hurricane Maria.
ACP Internist January 2018:
- What physicians can do about ransomware
Protecting a practice doesn't always require a large investment of money, just time and employee training.
- Calculate ‘sum of the parts' to pinpoint CV risk in women
Women face a steep increase in cardiovascular risk after menopause, requiring internists to incorporate composite indicators into the annual exam at midlife.
- Headaches that should flag further attention
Every patient with a headache needs to have secondary causes ruled out, and the acronym SNOOP4 is easy to adopt and use.
ACP Internist December 2017:
- Patient-clinician intervention associated with modest improvement in knee osteoarthritis
The patient intervention was telephone-based, while clinicians received patient-specific recommendations on osteoarthritis treatment via the electronic medical record.
- Physician volume linked to diabetes care quality, study finds
Data on more than 1 million adults with diabetes indicated that higher ambulatory volume overall was associated with lower rates of appropriate eye exams, HbA1c testing, and LDL cholesterol testing, among other results.