Despite its current prevalence in the care of patients, the Pap smear has been used for less than 100 years. A major advancement in the field of screening came in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the identification that the human papilloma virus (HPV). Since the year 2000, there have been multiple progressive cycles of updates to both screening and management guidelines as the result of our rapidly evolving understanding of HPV.
The United States is at a challenging and possibly dangerous crossroad as the desire for speedy development of a COVID-19 vaccine might be pushing political concerns ahead of safety, efficacy, and the regulatory process, bioethicists and researchers say.
Many clinical calculators use race as a predictive variable to assess risk for outcomes. Although most of the tools assume a genetic disposition for these outcomes, other factors, such as health disparities and other potential confounders, are more likely to be the underlying reasons for any race-related differences in outcomes.
“Big data” is a buzzword in healthcare these days. The term refers to the vast amount of electronic data healthcare providers have accumulated over the years. While the concept can seem pretty abstract, big data is more relevant than ever and potentially at every case manager’s fingertips if provided with the right tools to harvest it.
Medical institutions didn’t always understand the importance of ethics to physician training, notes Timothy Lahey, MD, MMSc, chair of the clinical ethics committee at Lebanon, NH-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and associate professor at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine.
The Admission Department at Washington, DC-based Sibley Memorial is very involved in the hospital’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program, a patient safety-focused change model developed by The Johns Hopkins Hospital.