In the Journals

This feature offers timely executive summaries of the most relevant journals in spine surgery. Through peer “Perspectives,” full bibliographical information and links to the original journal abstract, In the Journals are a step wider and deeper than journal reviews health care professionals may be accustomed.

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Dual-eligible Medicare, Medicaid beneficiaries subject to persistently high costs

October 4, 2018
More than half of high-cost patients who were dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid continued to have high costs over 3 years, according to…
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Parents' knowledge of concussion improves with decision aid

October 1, 2018
A decision-making aid that provides parents with information on minor head injuries through illustrations and charts helped them identify symptoms of…
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Amitriptyline may effectively treat low back pain

October 1, 2018
Although treatment with low-dose amitriptyline did not achieve a significant difference in improvement of pain or work outcomes among patients with…
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Implant infection after spinal fusion correlated with pedicle screw loosening, ongoing pain

October 1, 2018
Investigators found implant infections are correlated with pedicle screw loosening and ongoing pain that can lead to the need for revision surgery…
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Multifocal interventions significantly reduce opioid overprescribing

September 28, 2018
Interventions that addressed patient and public demand, created prescriber awareness and accountability, and established tools for clinical…
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Team-based health care improves patient outcomes, physician well-being

September 18, 2018
Implementing optimal team-based health care is associated with improvements in patient outcomes, the efficiency of care and the well-being and…
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Burnout frequency varies by specialty, but exact prevalence unclear

September 18, 2018
Symptoms of burnout and career choice regret were common among U.S. resident physicians, but differed substantially by clinical specialty, according…
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Drug prices rise twice as fast during shortages

September 17, 2018
During a shortage, drug prices increase two times as quickly as they would have in the absence of a shortage, according to findings published in…
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Increased physician awareness may decrease infection incidence, implant cost

September 13, 2018
Recently published results showed a decrease in craniotomy and ventricular shunt infection incidence, as well as significant cost savings, when…
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History of multiple concussions associated with adverse health outcomes

September 11, 2018
Three or more prior concussions were associated with adverse health outcomes in former collegiate football players without professional football…