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"What is research but a blind date with knowledge?"
Will Harvey


Major statin review quells misinformation

"Australian heart and vascular specialists have hailed a major review on statins published in the Lancet as a benchmark for ending ‘fear-mongering' about the medication." The Lancet editor commented that "controversy over the safety and efficacy of statins has harmed the health of thousands of people and the review, which is based on evidence amassed over 30 years, should help doctors and patients make informed decisions."
This comprehensive study outlines the limitations of observational studies and case reports, in contrast to randomised controlled trials, as reliable sources of evidence when identifying treatment related adverse health outcomes.

Source: Lancet 2016; online first: 8 September


Female doctors' suicide rate tops non-doctors

A 12 year study from 2001-2012, of suicide in the health professions is a pertinent reminder that those providing care for others are not only at risk of mental health issues themselves, but might also be more reluctant to talk. This study "also highlights that certain groups, including women in both the medical and nursing professions, as well as men in the nursing profession, have a higher suicide rate than their peers working in non-health care occupations."

Source: Medical Journal of Australia 2016; 205(6): 260-265


Telemedicine - remote orthopaedic consultations

Using videoconferencing is one way that outpatient clinics may reduce both costs and patient travel. This randomised controlled trial conducted in Norway "investigated the quality of remote orthopaedic care using videoconference by comparing with standard consultations in an outpatient clinic. The results support the argument that remote consultations via videoconference are a safe mode of consultation."

Source: BMC Health Services Research 2016; 16: 483


State of vaccine confidence 2016: global insights

This global survey interviewing 65,819 respondents across 67 countries, builds on previous studies of vaccines' perceived importance, safety, effectiveness, and religious compatibility. Researchers found "a worrying gap between high confidence in vaccine importance yet lower confidence in safety, identifying at-risk countries whose vaccine acceptance may be more precarious than previously thought." In Australia however this pattern was not evident as 75% of respondents indicated vaccines were safe and important for children to receive.

Source: EBioMedicine 2016; online first: 13 September

Further reading
Recognising the importance of vaccine confidence
Further discussion on the sentiments towards vaccination as described in the State of vaccine confidence 2016 survey with a focus on result variations from country to country and what it may mean. For example, 41% of respondents in France indicated they do not believe vaccines are safe and this attitude has the potential to spread to other francophone countries, resulting in an overall decline in vaccination confidence.
Source: EBioMedicine 2016; online first: 2 September


Did you know?

The National Asthma Council Australia website has resource pages for patients and carers which present brochures, charts, factsheets, and materials in languages other than English. There are also resources for health professionals including a collection of information papers and links to asthma infographics.

ResearchFest App now live
ResearchFest have announced that they have a mobile guide for you to use on Guidebook. Download the app to access the most up-to-date information about ResearchFest 2016, including schedules, maps, and much more.

Android and iOS users:
1. Tap the "Download" button to download the free Guidebook app
2. Open Guidebook and you can find the "ResearchFest 2016 October" guide


Austin Health Research Online - recent submissions

The receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) is associated with persistent atrial fibrillation
Lancefield TF, Patel SK, Freeman M, et. al. PLoS One 2016; 11(9): e0161715

Travel vaccination recommendations and endemic infection risks in solid organ transplantation recipients
Trubiano JA, Johnson D, Sohail A, et. al. Journal of Travel Medicine 2016; online first: 13 September

Infective complications after retrograde intrarenal surgery: a new standardized classification system
Berardinelli F, De Francesco P, Marchioni M, et. al. International Urology and Nephrology 2016; online first: 21 July

Unequal representation of genetic variation across ancestry groups creates healthcare inequality in the application of precision medicine
Petrovski S, Goldstein DB. Genome Biology 2016; 17(1): 157

Use of bacterial whole-genome sequencing to understand and improve the management of invasive Staphylococcus aureus infections
Giulieri SG, Holmes NE, Stinear TP, et. al. Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy 2016; online first: 14 September
Full text available for Austin & MHW Heidelberg staff via document delivery

See more at AHRO, Austin Health Research Online


eBooks spotlight

Measuring the impact of interprofessional education on collaborative practice and patient outcomes / Committee on Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Collaborative Practice and Patient Outcomes, Board on Global Health, Board on Global Health, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies - National Academies Press, 2015.
This report presents a conceptual model for evaluating inter-professional education and addresses the current lack of broadly applicable measures of collaborative behaviour.

Nunn's applied respiratory physiology / Andrew B. Lumb - 8th ed. Elsevier, 2017.
A concise, one stop guide to all aspects of respiratory physiology in health, disease, and physiologically challenging situations and environments.

New books on display
Confidence : sell yourself in medical interviews / Jane Anderson - The Author, 2016.
This book provides a framwork to build effective answers to medical behavioural, scenarios and ethical questions. Includes techniques to increase your confidence, how to anticipate questions the panel might ask and how to practice in the lead up to the interview.

Helping kids in crisis : managing psychiatric emergencies in children and adolescents / edited by Fadi Haddad, Ruth Gerson - American Psychiatric Publishing, 2015.
This book is a symptom based guide to help non-psychiatric clinicians more effectively treat this challenging population.

West's respiratory physiology : the essentials / John B West, Andrew M Luks - 10th ed. Wolters Kluwer, 2016.
Includes "additional multiple choice questions, updated information on key topics in respiratory physiology, such as blood flow and metabolism, gas transport by the blood and the physiology of high altitude."


Journals spotlight

Looking for the latest journal issues?
These links provide access to the current table of contents:



Depression and Anxiety

Investigational New Drugs

Journal of Nursing Administration

Journal of the American Pharmacists Association

The New England Journal of Medicine

Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

Sleep Medicine Clinics


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