In Switzerland, it is now mandatory for medical staff to act according to patients’ advance directives. Unfortunately, even though many people know about their existence, only a small minority actually draft them.
This review focuses on currently approved immunotherapy for head and neck cancer, and promising immunotherapeutic approaches under clinical investigation.
Conventional clinical studies have a number of shortcomings such as restictive exclusion criteria and failure to address patient-relevant outcomes. Recent developments in society and technology could help to overcome some of these problems.
Pregnant women are daily exposed to potentially harmful agents, such as food products and household chemicals, as well as medications. Affected women and health professionals are still often unsure about how to react.
A potentially avoidable readmission is an unplanned readmission occurring within 30 days of discharge. As 20% of hospitalised elderly patients are rehospitalised as an unplanned readmission, it is necessary to identify those at risk.
The value of breast cancer screening programmes is a matter of debate because of the limited effect on mortality, false-positive findings requiring diagnostic workup and possible overdiagnosis and overtreatment.
In Switzerland, laboratories and physicians have been obliged to notify the Federal Office of Public Health of individual cases of hepatitis since 1988. This is the first comprehensive analysis of nationwide mandatory hepatitis C surveillance.
Coercion rates differ between and within countries and sometimes between wards of the same hospital. Previous research found inconsistent characteristics of individuals who underwent coercive measures during psychiatric treatment.
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