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New Gene Tests Can Predict if a Drug Will Work for a Patient

What if there were tests that could tell you whether the following drugs were a good match for your patients: Antidepressants, statins, painkillers, anticlotting medicines, chemotherapy agents, HIV treatments, organ transplant antirejection drugs, proton pump inhibitors for heartburn, and more? That’s quite a list. And that’s pharmacogenetics, testing patients for…
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Advancing Evidence-based Medicine with Clinical Decision Support

AHRQ’s ongoing research investments in clinical decision support (CDS) and its potential to help clinical teams recommend the latest evidence-based medicine to patients is the subject of a new AHRQ Views blog post. AHRQ’s Digital Healthcare Research Program has supported CDS research, implementation, and demonstration projects throughout its 20-year history.…
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The Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center is excited to announce a new collaboration with Stratis Health.

Stratis Health is a trusted expert in leading health care transformation and quality improvement to make lives better in Minnesota and nationwide. Its thought leaders deliver data-driven insights, evidence-based interventions, and leading-edge improvement methodologies that inspire organizations and communities to achieve solutions to their most complex and diverse health improvement challenges. We have joined forces to enhance care coordination and patient outcomes for individuals with multiple chronic conditions.

This collaboration brings together the expertise of both organizations to develop innovative strategies and solutions to address the challenges faced by individuals with complex health needs. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting partnership.

Medication Safety

Patients have long associated trust and respect with nursing. However, recent incidents of nurses delivering inappropriate medications (wrong drug, wrong dose) have led to catastrophic consequences. Most notoriously, former nurse RaDonda Vaught was stripped of her nursing license and charged with reckless homicide and abuse of an impaired adult.

Anticholinergics, widely used in clinical practice for an extensive range of diseases, exert effects on circulation, respiration, alertness, and vision by blocking the action of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) within the choli­nergic sys­tem.

Providers prescribe benzodiazepines (BZDs)—also known as anxiolytics, hypnotics, muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants, and amnestic medications—to manage several symptoms and conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, sedation, muscle spasms, agitation, and seizures.

To ensure safety and effective care, nurses must maintain their knowledge and understanding of opioid pharmacologic properties and best practices when caring for patients with acute and chronic non-cancer pain.

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News and Updates for the Patient and Family

How to Manage or Donate Unused Medical Supplies

Once a patient no longer requires at-home care, families are left with the task of determining what to do with leftover medical supplies. These items often require specific disposal practices. Without instructions on how to carry that out, families may throw them in the trash or follow unsafe disposal practices.
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Senior Living Resources

As a front-line treatment for type 2 diabetes, metformin is among the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States. In 2021 alone, clinicians wrote more than 91 million orders for the medication — up from 40 million 2004.
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Multivitamins and Cognition: New Data From COSMOS

New data from the Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) suggest that a daily multivitamin may help protect the aging brain. However, at least one expert has concerns about the study’s methodology and, as a result, the interpretation of its findings.
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Dr Kim Kuebler Implementing Palliative Care in Multiple Chronic Conditions in the U.S.

Dr Arlene Bierman MD, MS, Director of Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Dr Joanne Lynn MD, MA, MS, Director Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, Altarum Institute

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What are the 4 M’s?

The Hartford Foundation, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, American Hospital Association, and the Catholic Health Association among other agencies are promoting a healthcare system that we want for ourselves and others. Recognizing the need for improved care for the nation’s largest patient population – those living with 2 or more chronic…
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Branding problem with palliative care

There is a branding problem with palliative care in that it is associated with end of life, hospice or serious illness. Palliative care is also symptom management – skilled clinical decision making that improves patient quality of life – allowing for greater physical functioning and engagement in meaningful activities. Palliative…
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HealthCom Media announces new and exciting changes for the Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center in 2024.

DOYLESTOWN, PA — HealthCom Media (HCM), a leading information, marketing services, content development, and healthcare publishing company recently added Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center (MCCRC) to its many resources, which include American Nurse Journal, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Nurses Association. This acquisition expands access to clinical resources…
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U.S. Senate Defeats The Deadly Palliative Care Bill for The Third Time

Hospice supporters have been pushing for the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act since 2017. Defeated for the 3rd time December 2022. The recent ProPublica and the New Yorker investigation on fraud and abuse by U.S. Hospice care has pushed legislators and Government Agencies to re-evaluate regulatory changes for…
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