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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Low back, multiple site pain increases risk for chronic opioid use

December 17, 2018
While chronic opioid use among patients with musculoskeletal pain declined overall, the risk for chronic use was highest among those with low back…
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AMA: Only 15% of physicians practice telemedicine

December 4, 2018
Only 15.4% of physicians worked in practices that utilized telemedicine for patient interactions, such as diagnosing or treating patients, managing…
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Hospital readmission more likely in patients with serious mental illness

November 26, 2018
Using 2014 nationwide readmissions data, researchers found that patients with serious mental illnesses were nearly twice as likely to have an…
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AAP updates guidance on sport-related concussions in youth

November 12, 2018
Up to 1.9 million children are estimated to have concussions in the United States each year, and these injuries may be underreported among young…
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Patient education does not improve pain outcomes

November 5, 2018
Adding 2 hours of intensive patient education — which researchers said consists of several in-depth meetings with a
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ACP issues new recommendations to reduce gun violence

October 31, 2018
ACP updated its policy recommendations for reducing gun-related injuries and deaths in the United States by building on, strengthening and expanding…
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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…