Editor's Audio Summary by Robert M. Golub, MD, Deputy Editor, the Journal of the American Medical Association, for the December 04, 2013 issue
Starmer and coauthors conducted a before-and-after intervention to determine whether a computer tool and other modifications could reduce medical errors resulting from handing off patient records at shift change. In an Editorial, Horwitz discusses the evidence that improving handoffs can reduce harm to patients.
In a randomized trial evaluating the effects of a communication skills intervention for internal medicine and nurse practitioner trainees, Curtis and coauthors measured patient- and family-reported outcomes including quality of communication. In an Editorial, Verghese and Chi discuss the findings in the context of improving communication with patients.
Deane and Murphy report on student attendance and academic performance in undergraduate obstetrics/gynecology clinical rotations.
Warner and coauthors conducted a retrospective cohort study of 44 612 physicians in anesthesiology residency programs to describe the incidence and outcomes of substance use disorder among a subset of US physicians.
In a secondary analysis of the Association of American Medical Colleges Faculty Roster, a database of US medical school faculty, Guevara and colleagues assess minority faculty development programs for effectiveness in increasing representation, recruitment, and promotion of minority faculty at US medical schools.