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"Globalize the evidence, localize the decision"

John Eisenberg


Australian hospital statistics: at a glance

"Australia's hospitals 2013-14: at a glance provides information on Australia's public and private hospitals. In 2013-14, there were 9.7 million hospitalisations, including 2.5 million involving surgery. Public hospitals provided care for 7.2 presentations to EDs, with 74% of patients seen within recommended times for their triage category and about 73% were completed within 4 hours. This publication is a companion to the 2013-14 Australian hospital statistics suite of publications."

Source: AIHW Australia's hospitals 2013-14: at a glance. 23 June 2015

Companion reports - Australian hospital statistics suite:

AIHW Hospital resources 2013-14: June 2015
Recurrent hospital spending in Australia in 2013-2014 was around $55 billion ($44 billion in public hospitals and over $11 billion in private hospitals).

AIHW Non-admitted patient care 2013-4: June 2015
Around 46 million occasions of service was provided for non-admitted patients by 558 public hospitals in 2013-2014.

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Informed health-care decisions: a global challenge

Authors extend the challenge that while organisations globally have invested heavily in evidence based research, the research is not always reliable and relevant, or being easily transitioned into practice. "Too much research is wasted and too many decisions are still not well informed." G Jamtvedt et al.

Source: The Lancet Responsibility and accountability for well informed health-care decisions: a global challenge 2015 (Articles in press)

(Due to a technical issue, this link directs you to the online journal  - once open, browse Articles in press using article title for full text)


Natural T Cell–mediated protection - influenza

Reporting the results of the Flu Watch Cohort Study, the authors investigate if vaccines stimulating T-cells may provide important cross-protective immunity.

Source: American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine, June 2015: 191(12) 1422-1431


Improving care of people with personality disorders - NICE

Care for people with personality disorders is often fragmented. They are frequently misdiagnosed due to comorbid conditions, and prescribed medication and therapies that are potentially unsuitable. This NICE quality standard sets out actions that health and social care services should take to ensure people with personality disorders are receiving the best care to suit their needs.

Source: NICE  June 2015


Stillbirth and neonatal death: perinatal mortality

As part of the Maternal, Newborn and Infant Clinical Outcome Review Programme, this report (based on 2013 survey), adopts a new approach to the analysis of data concerning stillbirths and neonatal deaths (1 in every 150 babies born) in the UK.

Source: Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership. National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, June 2015

Related reading:

Risk of recurrent stillbirth: systematic review and meta-analysis
Authors conclude "the risk of stillbirth in subsequent pregnancies is higher in women who experience a stillbirth in their first pregnancy. This increased risk remained after adjusted analysis. Evidence surrounding the recurrence risk of unexplained stillbirth remains controversial."

Source: BMJ 2015:350:h3080 (online first)

Perinatal data portal - AIHW
Maternal and perinatal data displays provide an overview of mothers and babies and maternal demographics for 2010, 2011 and 2012, using data from the National Perinatal Data Collection. Some trend data is also presented for the period 2002 to 2012. This release features data for the antenatal period. Source data is available for download from AIHW site.

Source: AIHW Perinatal data 17 June 2015


Surgery and bullying investigation – RACS

"Discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment are significant and persistent problems in medical work environments." Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Expert Advisory Group.
This briefing paper outlines the recurring themes identified by recent research in this area. RACS compiled this report for comment in a hope to find out what is really happening in Australian operating theatres. Submissions are open until 20 July 2015.

Source: RACS Background briefing: research summary paper


New book spotlight

New books on display

Bad medicine : doctors doing harm since Hippocrates / David Wootton. Oxford University Press, 2006.

Let me heal : the opportunity to preserve excellence in American medicine / Kenneth M. Ludmere. Oxford University Press, 2015.
A must read for training doctors "a gripping account of the residency system and its relationship to patient care that will still be read in 50 years from now." NY Times book review

Yatdjuligin : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery care / edited by Odette Best, Bronwyn Fredericks. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

eBook highlights

Campbell's core orthopaedic procedures / S. Terry Canale, James H. Beaty, Frederick M. Azar. Elsevier, 2016.
Ideal for orthopaedic surgeons who need a practical resource covering the top procedures in the field. Includes video

Kanski's clinical ophthalmology : a systematic approach / Brad Bowling. 8th ed. Elsevier, 2016.
Specialty text providing the perfect ophthalmology foundation for trainees through to experienced practitioners. The famous visually dynamic and succinct format enables easy comprehension and focused guidance in the diagnosis and management of ophthalmic disorders.


Journals spotlight

These links provide access to the current table of contents:

American journal of perinatology

Australian and New Zealand journal of public health

British journal of ophthalmology

Cognitive therapy and research

Evidence-based medicine

Gait and posture

Health care management science


Topics in stroke

Looking for the latest journal issues?
All our journal titles with electronic access are available via the A-Z Journal List
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If you require an article from a journal that is not in the A-Z Journal List, please use our online document delivery form.

Journals received in print-only format this week:

Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and prevention. Vol. 35, no. 3, May/June 2015


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