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Code status discussions are useful for understanding patients’ preferences in the case of a cardiac/pulmonary arrest. These discussions can also provide patients with a basis for informed decision-making regarding life-sustaining treatment.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in clinical practice, and its prevalence is expected to increase in the near future.
Glycaemic patterns in healthy elderly individuals and in those with impaired glucose metabolism – exploring the relationship with nonglycaemic variables
This study relates the glycation gap to lipid metabolism, low grade inflammation as evidenced by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, and kidney function as estimated by glomerular filtration rates.
The glory of the age is the wisdom of grey hair: association of physician appearance with outcomes in hospitalised medical patients – an observational study
The physical appearance of a physician may influence patients’ perception of the physicians’ quality of care. There is a lack of studies investigating whether physician appearance is indeed associated with patient satisfaction and mortality.
Improving patient safety in hospitals demands effective and reliable monitoring of adverse events (AEs). The most common method of assessing AEs is retrospective chart review; the Global Trigger Tool is a promising chart review method.
Appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing in a Swiss tertiary care hospital: a repeated point prevalence survey
Inappropriate use of antimicrobials is associated with the emergence of antimicrobial resistance and adverse events. Antimicrobial stewardship programmes may both optimise treatment of infections and reduce antimicrobial resistance.
The internal validity of double-blinding in randomised placebo-controlled trials (RCT) has become a target of criticism. In several studies, the accuracy of patients’ and physicians’ guesses as to the assigned treament was striking.
The formal diagnosis of hepatic steatosis relies on liver histology based on a liver biopsy, which is an invasive procedure that is not required in the majority of cases. Due to the high prevalence of liver steatosis, in particular in the context of an increase in NAFLD incidence, there has been renewed interest in use of non-invasive tools to assess the presence of liver disease.