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Quality Improvement Initiatives Raise Ethics Questions
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Over the last two decades, quality improvement initiatives have flourished among hospitals and healthcare systems. But, while enhancing the quality of healthcare is important—and often required by accrediting organizations and others—the process of improvement can raise ethical issues. [Read More]
August 26, 2010
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Nursing Work Conditions at ANCC-Rated Hospitals Studied
While American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) hospitals have been cited for promoting better patient safety and outcomes, they may not necessarily be providing better working conditions for nurses. Particularly in the area of scheduling and job demands, non-MRP hospitals are comparable to MRP designated hospitals, according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.[Read More]

Trauma Care Fragmented, Study Finds
Trauma care in the United States is so fragmented and underfunded that the survival of people who suffer major injuries often depends on where they are when they're hurt, says Brent Eastman, MD, chairman of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. [Read More]

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Fear of Falling Can Lead to Falls, Researchers Conclude
For a senior, a fear of falling can create a downward spiral. It can lead refusal to participate in activities, which can results in muscle weakening and loss of strength and balance, which increases the risk of falling.[Read More]

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Far from giving up on life, critically ill patients who were randomly assigned to receive early palliative care had less depression, and lived significantly longer than those assigned to receive standard care.[Read More]
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