In an effort to help some patients regain their balance after cancer treatment, researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center are teaching them to dance. The Argentine tango, to be exact.
Setting out to isolate circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the blood of cancer patients, Cima et al . instead noticed that clusters, rather than single cells, were present in their sorting device. However, these clusters were not like others reported previously: The cells did not express the cell marker epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM), and they did not have the same mutations seen in the primary tumor—two features that are typical of CTCs. Instead, these clusters matched the expression profile and phenotype of endothelial cells, which are the cells lining the blood vessels. The authors first confirmed that these endothelial cells were shed by the tumor, through a series of experiments using patient-derived samples and in vivo studies in mice, and then demonstrated that the clusters did not form by coagulation after being shed; it was the tumor that was shedding intact clusters. Moving back to patients, Cima and colleagues also found that the presence of endothelial cell clusters correlated with early-stage disease, suggesting that these groups of cells might be a unique indicator of cancer, before treatment starts.
This issue brief describes criteria for evaluating mobile apps for high-need, high-cost populations based on their potential to improve patient engagement and on their quality and safety, as well as results of their efforts to test and refine those...
It’s been six years since I graduated from internal medicine residency. Enough time to give me some perspective, but short enough to still remember the highs and lows vividly. I recently had the opportunity to talk with a bright and energetic group of medical students. (Really, though, is there any other kind?)
The conversation turned to any advice that I had or maybe I felt obligated to give some as part of the natural discourse between the novice and the survivor. These students were smart, so they already knew to work hard, get good grades, get into a good residency.
Watching the clock is becoming an outdated part of visiting a patient in intensive care, as more hospitals ease restrictions and develop more flexible policies focused on the preferences and needs of each patient.
Patient-reported outcomes, as defined by the National Quality Forum, are "any report of the status of a patient's health condition that comes directly from the patient, without interpretation of the patient's response by a clinician or anyone else."
This analysis uses data from the Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults to investigate health care use, quality, and experiences among high-need patients in nine countries compared with other older adults.
The Young Adult and Family Center at the University of California at San Francisco’s Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics is using social networking technology to deliver mental health services to adolescents, young adults and...
Music Therapy in Hospice: A Natural Vehicle for Patient-Centered Care By Laura Kanofsky, Board Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Patients on hospice service, their loved ones and the professionals who work with them...
Randall L. Carter's insight:
A great closing thought - “Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears – it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more – it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.” Oliver Sacks, Musicolphilia.
Cancer patients who miss two or more radiation therapy sessions have a worse outcome than fully compliant patients, investigators at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care (MECCC) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine's ...
For many patients and seniors, loneliness is a significant feature of a healthcare experience that is exacerbated by exposure to the unfamiliar and which contributes to a heightened sense of vulnerability. Factors include the aseptic environment and technical language of healthcare professionals, processes and routines often far removed from daily life. The quantity and quality of social interaction are also often reduced with an impact on the quality of life of patients, older adults, families, carers and workers.
One of the main findings of the patient experience research has been that there is no “one size fits all” approach to improving experience and that what works really well in might not work so well in another. There are however, some key factors and themes that are important to consider, such as the need for an experience program to be embraced by leaders throughout your health system, the role of staff experience, the power of stories and the need to make the experience strategy central to your core organizational vision strategy, quality reporting and service improvement work.
Health IT is moving toward a consumer engagement focus to fuel population health. But despite a growing patient demand for electronic access to personal health records, technical and political barriers often limit the amount, value and accessibility of data, a recent EDM Forum report finds.
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