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Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose, he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life, that one exists for other people.

Albert Einstein


Health care quality, access, efficiency and equality

International study compared 11 nations (including Australia) on health care quality, access, efficiency and equality. Included is information from the most recent 3 Commonwealth Fund international surveys of patients and primary care physicians about medical practices and views of their countries' health systems (2011-2013).

Australia ranked 4th overall; 2nd in the area of Quality - Chronic care, reflecting a high focus on management of patients experiencing chronic illness.

Source: Mirror, mirror on the wall: how the performance of the U.S. Health Care System compares internationally, 2014


Brown adipose tissue – a new link in the treatment of obesity & diabetes?

Endocrinologist - Dr Paul Lee - Garvan Institute of Medical Research has found "... improvement in insulin sensitivity accompanying brown fat gain may open new avenues in the treatment of impaired glucose metabolism in the future. On the other hand, the reduction in mild cold exposure from widespread central heating in contemporary society may impair brown fat function and may be a hidden contributor to obesity and metabolic disorders,"

Source: Temperature-acclimated brown adipose tissue modulates insulin sensitivity in humans. Diabetes, June 22, 2014.

Note:  Users outside of Austin Health will require a Library barcode no. and PIN for access.


Atrial fibrillation (AF) – new guidelines and research to reduce the burden of stroke

"Ensuring people with AF are properly assessed and offered the right anticoagulation if they have a higher risk of stroke is just one of a number of important aspects of the management of AF covered by the new guideline." Professor Mark Baker, NICE Director of Clinical Practice

Source :(NICE guidelines CG180) "Thousands of strokes in people with common heart rhythm disorder are avoidable".

Further reading:

Atrial fibrillation (AF) causes a third of all strokes, but often goes undetected before stroke.

Newly published research in Australia has investigated reducing the stroke burden through the early detection and subsequent treatment of incidentally detected ambulatory atrial fibrillation (IA-AF) or unrecognised AF.

Source: Feasibility and cost-effectiveness of stroke prevention through community screening for atrial fibrillation using iPhone ECG in pharmacies. The SEARCH-AF study.

Source : Adverse prognosis of incidentally detected ambulatory atrial fibrillation. A cohort study.


Patient-centred care

Mercy Grand Round (potential background reading)

Patient-centred care [electronic resource]: improving quality and safety through partnerships with patients and consumers. Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care

The Library has a wide range of Patient-centred care resources available


New books on display @ Austin

Mayes' midwifery / edited by Sue Macdonald and Julia Magill-Cuerden. 14th edition. Bailliere Tindall Elsevier, 2012

Urogynaecology for the MRCOG and beyond / Natalia Price and Simon Jackson. 2nd edition. RCOG Press, 2012

Wiley international handbook of clinical supervision / edited by C. Edward Watkins, Jr., and Derek L. Milne. Wiley Blackwell, 2014

New books on display can be reserved by contacting the library.


Print journals received and currently on display

Note:  the links below provide access to the tables of contents, not necessarily the full text.  Full text may be retrieved from the A-Z Journal list (outside of Austin Health you will need your Library barcode no. and PIN)

Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica.  Vol. 93, no. 6, June 2014

American journal of cardiology.  Vol. 113, no. 12, 15 June 2014

American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine.  Vol. 189, no. 9, 1 May 2014

Annals of internal medicine.  Vol. 160, no. 12, 17 June 2014

Best practice & research. Clinical endocrinology & metabolism.  Vol. 28, no. 3, June 2014 (Pharmacological treatment of dyslipidaemias)

BMJ.  Vol. 348, no. 7961, 7 June 2014

Breastfeeding review.  Vol. 22, no. 1, March 2014

Computerized medical imaging and graphics.  Vol. 38, no. 4, June 2014

European journal of gynaecological oncology.  Vol. 35, no. 3, 2014

Health care for women international.  Vol. 35, nos. 1-3, 2014

Journal of psychosomatic obstetrics & gynecology.  Vol. 35, no. 2, June 2014

Journal of reproductive medicine.  Vol. 59, no. 5-6, May-June 2014

Journal of sexual medicine.  Vol. 11, no. 4, April 2014; Vol. 11, no. 5, May 2014; Vol. 11, suppl. 4, May 2014

Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  Vol. 63, no. 20, 27 May 2014

Lancet.  Vol. 383, no. 9934, 14 June 2014

New England journal of medicine.  Vol. 370, no. 26, 26 June 2014

Nursing times.  Vol. 110, no. 24, 11 June 2014; Vol. 110, no. 25, 18 June 2014

Physiotherapy.  Vol. 100, no. 2, June 2014 (Noncommunicable diseases)

Physical therapy.  vol. 94, no. 6, June 2014

Practising midwife.  Vol. 17, no. 6, June 2014