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Martin Ruth (1755-1854)


Pharmacists improve discharge outcomes

The incidence of medication errors during transitions of care represents a significant threat to patient safety. Researchers found that interventions by a pharmacist (involving patient education or medication reconciliation) were effective in reducing medication errors during transitions from hospital to the community. Further, patients receiving a pharmacist intervention were less likely to visit the Emergency Department following discharge. Telephone based post-discharge interventions were as effective as in-person visits.

Source: Journal of Patient Safety 2017; online first: 30 June


Evidence based medicine manifesto

The BMJ and the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence Based Medicine have collaborated to produce The evidence based medicine manifesto for better health. The producers note that “too many research studies are poorly designed or executed … as the volume of clinical research activity has grown, the quality of evidence has often worsened”. The authors hope to focus attention on the tools and strategies most effective for improving healthcare through better quality evidence. The manifesto document and priorities are a living document and you can join the online discussion at:

Source: BMJ 2017; 357: j2973


Team communication in obstetrics & neonatology

The US Joint Commission identified ineffective communication as a contributing factor in 72% of reported obstetric sentinel events resulting in either perinatal mortality or permanent disability. Researchers examined communication between obstetric and neonatal teams finding the majority of surveyed institutions relied on nursing staff to communicate obstetric information. However, the health services that used standardised communication processes reported higher rates of information sharing and greater satisfaction with communication between services.

Source: American Journal of Perinatology 2017; online first: 20 July


Genomics research in rheumatic diseases

“Recent developments in human genome genotyping and sequencing technologies, such as genome-wide association studies and whole-genome sequencing analyses, have successfully identified several risk genes of rheumatic diseases … Disease risk genes identified by large-scale genetic studies are considered to be promising resources for novel drug discovery, including drug repositioning and biomarker microRNA screening for rheumatoid arthritis”. In this review, the authors highlight recent findings on genomics of rheumatic diseases and their application to translational research.

Source: Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America 2017; 43(3): 481-487


Patient centred care – is it enough?

In this essay by Michael L Millenson, the topic of patient centred care is discussed in light of the current shift to a digital health environment. Millenson uses the umbrella term “collaborative health” to encourage clinicians to partner with patients in a manner that encompasses all aspects of sickness and wellbeing. The essay outlines three core principles of collaborative health: shared information; shared engagement; and shared accountability.

Source: BMJ 2017; 358:j3048

Further reading
Can patient involvement improve patient safety? A cluster randomised control trial of the Patient Reporting and Action for a Safe Environment (PRASE) intervention
The PRASE intervention was examined across 5 UK hospitals. The authors could not recommend the wide uptake of this intervention as they were unable to demonstrate any overall effect on patient safety measures.
Source: BMJ Quality & Safety 2017; 26(8): 622-631


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Austin Health Research Online - recent submissions

Cerebral quantitative susceptibility mapping predicts amyloid-β-related cognitive decline
Ayton S, Fazlollahi A, Bourgeat P, et al. Brain 2017; 140(8): 2112-2119

Long-term health status and trajectories of seriously injured patients: a population-based longitudinal study
Gabbe BJ, Simpson PM, Cameron PA, et al. PLoS Medicine 2017; 14(7): e1002322

Poor employment conditions adversely affect mental health outcomes among surgical trainees
Kevric J, Papa NP, Perera M, et al. Journal of Surgical Education 2017; online first: 17 July

Sandostatin LAR therapy differentially alters 68Ga-DOTATATE uptake in normal tissues compared to primary tumors and metastatic lesions
Ayati N, Lee ST, Zakavi SR, et al. Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2017; online first: 20 July

Weight management strategies for those with chronic kidney disease - a consensus report from the Asia Pacific Society of Nephrology and Australia and New Zealand Society of Nephrology 2016 renal dietitians meeting
Lambert K, Beer J, Dumont R, et al. Nephrology 2017; online first: 25 July

See more at AHRO, Austin Health Research Online


eBooks Spotlight

Clinical trials : study design, endpoints and biomarkers, drug safety and FDA and ICH guidelines / Tom Brody - 2nd ed. - Elsevier, 2016.
This is a practical guide from the US for researchers and clinicians who design and conduct clinical trials. Examples of actual decisions from FDA reviewers are included to better inform trial design.

Stoelting's anesthesia and co-existing disease / edited by Roberta L. Hines and Katherine E. Marschall - 7th ed. Elsevier, 2018.
Providing information on the care of the patient in the perioperative period, this updated edition includes new chapters on sleep-disordered breathing and critical care medicine along with revised chapters on geriatric and cancer medicine.

Print books on display

Healthcare reform, quality and safety : perspectives, participants, partnerships and prospects in 30 countries / edited by Jeffrey Braithwaite, Y. Matsuyama & J Johnson - Ashgate, 2015.
This book offers a global perspective on healthcare reform and its relationship with efforts to improve quality and safety. It looks at the ways reforms have developed in 30 countries, and specifically the impact national reform initiatives have had on the quality and safety of care. It explores how reforms drive quality and safety improvement, and equally how they act to negate such goals.


Journals Spotlight

These links provide access to the current table of contents:

American Journal of Surgical Pathology

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

Blood Pressure Monitoring

Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation


Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine

Journal of Nursing Care Quality

Kidney International


Neonatal Network

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