Tag: disparities

Study: Female, minority surgeons experience greater distress after adverse events

Editor's Note Surgeons and surgical trainees who are female or from minority racial or ethnic backgrounds report higher levels of negative emotions and self-doubt after adverse events, according to a recent study in JAMA Network Open. According to a June 5 report in MedPage Today, the single-site, mixed-methods study found…

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By: Matt Danford
June 18, 2024
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COVID-19 pandemic erased decade of global progress on life expectancy

Editor's Note A nearly 2-year drop in global life expectancy from 2019 to 2021 indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic effectively erased decade of progress, according to The World Health Organization’s 2024 World Health Statistics report. According to May 24 Healio report on WHO’s findings, global life expectancy dropped by 1.8…

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By: Matt Danford
May 30, 2024
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How awareness evolves to action on surgeon, patient gender gaps

Takeaways Although women comprise half the population, they were left out of medical research on major causes of death for both women and men—cancer, heart disease, and stroke—until 1990. Using surgical tools designed by men, for men can impact every aspect of a woman surgeon’s work, from learning new procedures…

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By: Brita Belli
May 24, 2024
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Study: Surgical team diversity improves patient outcomes

Editor's Note The more diverse the surgical team, the better the outcomes for patients and the lower the cost of care, according to a study of more than 700,000 operations at 88 hospitals in Ontario, Canada. Published May 15 in the British Journal of Surgery, findings show that surgeon-anesthetist teams…

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By: Matt Danford
May 15, 2024
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Premature mortality rates higher for lesbian, bisexual female nurses

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Editor's Note Sexual orientation has a significant impact on all-cause mortality rates among female nurses, according to a study published April 25 in Jama. The prospective cohort study focused on 90,833 women initially recruited in 1989 for Nurses’ Health Study II whose sexual orientation had been identified in 1995. Of…

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By: Matt Danford
May 7, 2024
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Unveiling ECRI’s 2024 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns list

From integrating new technology to navigating shifts in care delivery and mitigating burnout, the most pressing challenges for healthcare organizations tend to be multifaceted problems that demand multifaceted solutions. For evidence of that, look no further than the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns 2024 list from ECRI. For every risk…

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By: Heather David, MSN, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, CSSYB
April 19, 2024
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Updated physician shortage projections smaller but still significant

Editor's Note The gap between demand and supply could result in a shortage of 13,500 to 86,000 physicians by 2036, according to updated projections published March 21 by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Although these figures are smaller than projections in the last report, published in 2021, they…

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By: Matt Danford
April 3, 2024
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Study: Postop emergency appendectomy complications more likely for Black children

Editor's Note In a recent study, black children undergoing emergency appendectomy had a four times greater risk of postoperative complications than white children, independent of socioeconomic status or type of appendicitis. Anaesthesia, the journal of the Association of Anaesthetists, published the findings February 22. Researchers note that this is the…

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By: Matt Danford
February 26, 2024
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UChicago Medicine receives 2023 Tyson Award for healthcare equity program

Editor's Note The University of Chicago Medicine has been awarded the 2023 Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity for the success of its Systematic Treatment and Management of Postpartum Hypertension (STAMPP-HTN) program, The Joint Commission October 25 reports. According to The Joint Commission news…

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By: Brita Belli
October 27, 2023
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Disparities in access to elective surgical procedures during recovery phase of pandemic

Editor's Note This study from the University of California, San Francisco, finds that patient access to elective surgical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic recovery phase was limited by disparities based on age, language, marital status, insurance, socioeconomic status, and distance from care. Among the findings: The number of patients with…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 5, 2023
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