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Misperceptions of ICD performance at end of life common among recipients with HF

September 16, 2014

LAS VEGAS — Patients in Sweden with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator often have misperceptions about its function at the end of life that could influence decision-making regarding care, according to results presented at the Heart Failure Society of American Annual Scientific Meeting.

Researchers mailed the End-of-Life ICD Questionnaire, asking questions related to knowledge, experiences and attitudes regarding ICDs and end-of-life care, to 5,535 patients in Sweden with an ICD who were enrolled in the National Swedish ICD and Pacemaker Registry upon implantation. All participants had been implanted with an ICD at least 1 year before receiving the questionnaire. Patients also responded to the EuroQOL questionnaire to assess quality of life, and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale to measure symptoms of anxiety and depression.

TEDMED speaker: Physician transparency a potential curative for patient fear

September 15, 2014
It’s time for physicians to be more transparent with their patients, according to Leana Wen, MD, director of patient-centered research at George Washington…
In the Journals

Elderly asthma patients had greater airway involvement than younger patients

September 15, 2014
Elderly patients with asthma had greater involvement with small and large airways and less atopy than patients aged 65 years or younger with asthma, according to recent…

Political alignment of US physicians shifted from 1991 to 2012

September 12, 2014
Results from a recent study indicated that since 1991, US physicians have contributed increasing amounts of money to political candidates and have grown more likely to…
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Differentiating Subtypes of Apathy to Improve Person-Centered Care in Frontotemporal Degeneration

Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Online Advanced Release, September 8, 2014
Apathy, a reduction in goal-directed behavior (GDB), affects 90% of individuals with behavioral variant frontotemporal…
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Scott D. Boden, MD, expands on the increasing population of older patients' demand on orthopedic practices

August 6, 2014
LONDON — At the 15th EFORT Congress – A Combined Program in Partnership with the BOA, Scott D. Boden, MD…
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