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Urgent change needed to improve diagnosis in health care or diagnostic errors will likely worsen

Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error — an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis — in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The committee that conducted the study and wrote the report found that although getting [...]

Pioneer ACO program sees modest reduction in low-value services

The Medicare Pioneer ACO (accountable care organization) program in its first year was associated with modest reductions in low-value services that provide minimal clinical benefit to patients, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. The Medicare Pioneer ACO program puts spending for all services under a global budget with incentives to stay [...]

New guideline aims to reduce fractures in seniors living in long-term care facilities

A new guideline that aims to prevent fractures in residents of long-term care facilities is targeted at frail seniors and their families as well as health care workers. The guideline, published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), was developed with input from residents of long-term care facilities and their families, as well as researchers and [...]

Study suggests Ontario nearing UN targets to help end AIDS epidemic

A new study suggests Ontario is nearing ambitious United Nations targets for ending the AIDS epidemics: By 2020, 90 per cent of all people living with HIV should know their HIV status, 90 per cent of all people diagnosed with HIV are receiving sustained antiretroviral drug therapy and 90 per cent of people on ART [...]

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess examine the impact of OpenNotes on patient safety

Patient engagement through reading visit notes holds promise Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) are homing in on the potential benefits of allowing patients access to the notes their clinicians write after a visit. An article published in the August edition of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety suggests that [...]