This study sought to quantify how frequently attending physicians lead discussion of the 5 American College of Physicians test-ordering principles during teaching rounds.
This systematic review assessed the quality of interdisciplinary team care interventions in general medical patients, and evidence suggests that these interventions have little effect on traditional measures of health care quality.
This survey study found that whereas physicians in Asian intensive care units often withheld but seldom withdrew life-sustaining treatments at the end of life, attitudes and practice varied widely across countries and regions.
Devlin et al evaluate morning handover practices of overnight trainees by assessing the frequency of omissions of clinically important issues during morning handover and identifying factors that influence such omissions. See the Editor’s Note by Katz.
Than and coauthors compared the effectiveness of a rapid diagnostic pathway with a standard-care diagnostic pathway for the assessment of patients with possible cardiac chest pain in a usual clinical practice setting. See also the Invited Commentary by Rahko.
This multicenter survey study found that hospital-based clinicians perceive the most important barriers to goals of care discussions to be factors related to patients and family members.
Torke et al describe the scope of surrogate decision making, the hospital course, and outcomes for older adults. See also the invited commentary by Schenker and Barnato.