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FDA Calls for Patient Access to Painkillers Amidst Opioid Epidemic

July 10, 2018 - Tackling the nationwide opioid crisis requires a nuanced approach that recognizes safe prescribing protocols while still ensuring patient access to painkillers they genuinely need, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. In a statement announcing the agency’s Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting taking place on July 9, Gottlieb acknowledged that strict opioid prescribing laws...


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Can Clinicians Test Patient Health Literacy in Patient Portal Use?

by Sara Heath

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School have developed a tool to help healthcare professionals test digital patient health literacy, as reported in a new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Patient...

Patient Recall Suffers as Patients Remember Half of Health Info

by Sara Heath

Patients only remember about 49 percent of the information their doctors give them without prompting, highlighting shortcomings with patient recall that can negatively impact patient activation, shows a study out of Brown University School of...

Nurses Must Be Involved in Patient Health Literacy Support

by Sara Heath

The American Academy of Nursing is calling on nurses to better support patient education and patient health literacy as a part of the organization’s annual policy brief. “Health literacy is a precursor to health and achievement of...

How Does Social Media Impact Perceived Provider Professionalism?

by Sara Heath

As social media continues to permeate the healthcare space, providers are increasingly creating their own professional profiles to connect with patients and offer better patient education. It is important that clinicians maintain provider professionalism...

Patient Advocacy Group Creates Patient Education Tools for MS

by Sara Heath

Patients living with multiple sclerosis (MS) can now access a comprehensive set of patient education materials geared toward enhancing patient activation. The new set of patient education tools, called MS Path 2 Care, are sponsored by patient...

How VR Can Boost Individualized Patient Education, Care Experience

by Sara Heath

A new virtual reality tool at Boston Children’s Hospital aims to take patient education into the future by delivering children and their parents an individualized and immersive patient experience. In partnership with patient education technology...

Patient Education for Radiology, Imaging Exams Insufficient

by Sara Heath

Patients and family caregivers are not receiving adequate patient education and preparation prior to an imaging exam, according to research from the Radiology Society of North American (RSNA). The research, published in the journal Radiology,...

Healthcare Pros Expand Patient Navigators for Continuity of Care

by Sara Heath

The American College of Cardiology will be expanding its resources to build an effective patient navigator program, helping to support continuity of care for myocardial infarction (MI) patients. The Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI Quality...

Closing Mental Health Care Disparities by Targeting Cultural Needs

by Sara Heath

A culturally-sensitive care intervention that addresses the social determinants of health can reduce the care disparities that often arise between sociocultural groups accessing mental health treatment, according to a group of researchers from...

Patient Education, Scheduling Fixes Shrink Patient No-Show Rates

by Sara Heath

A federally-qualified health center (FQHC) reduced patient no-show rates by 14 percent by implementing a four-pronged intervention that prioritized patient education, practice communication, and better appointment scheduling processes. The intervention,...

How to Incorporate Family Caregivers in Chronic Care Management

by Sara Heath

During chronic care management and other health episodes, the role of the family caregiver is increasingly recognized and incorporated into care plans. Many healthcare organizations are tapping family members to inform their treatment protocol,...

Health Org Offers Patient Education Tools for Brain Tumor Therapy

by Sara Heath

The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) has created a set of patient education tools and initiatives to help equip brain tumor patients and their family caregivers with the information necessary to make informed healthcare decisions. “The...

Simple Patient Education Tools Key for Correct Opioid Disposal

by Sara Heath

Straightforward and actionable patient education tools increase the likelihood that a patient will dispose of her left-over pain medications properly, according to a new study published in Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Opioids...

Using Patient Education to Enhance ICU Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

The ICU is a scary place for patients and their family caregivers. Patients are a mess of wires and medications, facing what is often a life-threatening condition. Providers are working to treat patients to save their lives in a way that will...

Using Bedside Tablet Technology for Patient Education, Experience

by Sara Heath

At the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, pediatric patients can flip through nearly 160 channels on their hospital room television, or play Xbox throughout their stay. These amenities cast on a 65-inch television screen...

Optimizing Patient and Family Education Resources for the ICU

by Sara Heath

An integrated, centralized, and digital platform is best suited for patient and family education efforts within the intensive care unit (ICU) and for overcoming patient barriers to obtaining key ICU information, according to a recent study published...

3 Key Traits of a Positive Patient-Provider Relationship

by Sara Heath

As healthcare continues to take a consumer-centric turn, patient needs have evolved. Patients are not simply looking to visit their doctors to cure a disease, and now also want a positive patient-provider relationship that yields a positive patient...

mHealth Games Can Improve Patient Education about Health Payers

by Sara Heath

mHealth games may help support patient education about health payers and insurance plans, helping to close a gap in patient understanding, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Patient understanding of health...

Patients Given Lacking Info for Making Healthcare Decisions

by Sara Heath

Most states do not offer adequate information to assist patients in making healthcare decisions, according to a joint report from Altarum and Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR). The report includes data about state policies on patient-facing price...

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