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Study: Are clinicians undervaluing patient diagnostic feedback?

Editor’s Note Lending greater weight to patient opinions could help clinicians diagnose certain conditions, according to a study published in Rheumatology on December 18.  The study focused specifically on neuropsychiatric lupus, an autoimmune disease that is difficult to diagnose and includes symptoms such as headache, fatigue, and hallucinations that can…

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By: Brita Belli
December 18, 2023
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The Joint Commission revises definition of suicide in Sentinel Event Policy

Editor's Note Starting January 1, healthcare organizations must consider an expanded timeframe and range of care services when reporting patient suicide as a sentinel event to The Joint Commission. According to the December 13 announcement of the change to the organization’s Sentinel Event Policy, the revised definition “better reflects current…

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By: Brita Belli
December 14, 2023
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Meditation during COVID-19 led to significant benefits for frontline nurses

Editor's Note According to a new study, transcendental meditation significantly benefitted the mental health and well-being of frontline nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings were published in the Journal of Nursing Administration on December 11.  Transcendental Meditation, or TM, involves sitting with the eyes closed for 20 minutes to…

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By: Brita Belli
December 11, 2023
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Looking more closely at nurse burnout, impact on quality care

Editor's Note A recent story on PBS NewsHour has recently looked at nurses’ vulnerability to burnout, and how it is impacting quality care. The story is part of the PBS series titled, “Critical Care: The Future of Nursing,” released on November 28. According to the story: A federal study last…

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By: Brita Belli
December 5, 2023
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Study finds most nurses felt undervalued during pandemic

Editor's Note A study of nurses in the UK found that the majority of those surveyed felt undervalued and under-recognized, perceiving that they did not have a voice in higher-level decision-making, during the pandemic. The findings were published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing on October 30. Forty participants were…

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By: Brita Belli
November 9, 2023
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Burnout on the rise among anesthesiologists since pandemic

Editor's Note A November 2022 survey of American Society of Anesthesiologists members found that, post-pandemic, anesthesiologists are experiencing unprecedented levels of workplace stress and staffing shortages. The findings were published in the November 2023 issue of the journal Anesthesiology.  The authors surveyed the US attending members of the American Society…

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By: Brita Belli
November 9, 2023
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AI tool links HCW stress during pandemic to mental health issues

Editor's Note An AI tool helped to identify signs of distress in conversations from healthcare workers (HCWs) with their therapists during the pandemic, according to a study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine, EurekAlert! October 24 reports. The findings were published in Journal of Medical Internet Research AI.  Researchers analyzed…

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By: Brita Belli
October 25, 2023
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Study IDs 10 risk factors for opioid overdose after prescription

Editor's Note A large study led by researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, identified 10 predictors of opioid overdose after prescription for chronic pain, as published by CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) on October 23. While there are screening tools to identify patients at higher risk of addiction or…

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By: Brita Belli
October 23, 2023
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Study shows link between death from heart disease and depression

Editor's Note A new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that adults with moderate to severe depressive symptoms have a higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease compared to those without depressive symptoms. The investigative study, titled "Depressive Symptoms…

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By: Brita Belli
October 12, 2023
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Physician burnout increasing in US, COVID-19 one of many factors

Editor's Note An October 2023 investigative study published by JAMA Network looked at physician burnout among US physicians over the past 5 years and found that burnout is increasing, JAMA October 6 reports. According to the study, burnout is a threat to the US healthcare system and physicians' ability to…

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By: Brita Belli
October 9, 2023
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