Rates of colonoscopies boosted by text reminders, instructions

Having simple text conversations with patients one week before they are scheduled for a colonoscopy dramatically decreased the “no-show” rates, according to a recent study conducted by Penn Medicine researchers. Through sending reminders and instruction, opening the door for patients to ask questions, and sharing helpful links, the team increased Continue Reading

Two hospital infection rates tumbled after move to single-patient rooms

The move to single-patient rooms at the McGill University Health Centre’s (MUHC) Glen site in 2015 resulted in significantly reduced rates of hospital-acquired infections, suggests a study published today in the highly respected journal JAMA: Internal Medicine published by the American Medical Association. A team at the Research Institute of Continue Reading

Opioid prescribing rates higher in US compared with other countries

Physicians in the United States may prescribe opioids more frequently to patients during hospitalization and at discharge when compared to their physician peers in other countries, according to a recently published study led by researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The study reviewed prescribing practices at 11 Continue Reading