Aliti et al compared the effects of a fluid- and sodium-restricted diet with the effects of no such restrictions on weight loss and clinical stability in 75 patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure. Cheitlin provides an invited commentary.
Hogg and coauthors measure the quality of life in the health states relating to thromboembolism cost-utility analyses. Also see the Invited Commentary by Owens and Shekelle.
Auerbach et al examined the relationship between perioperative administration of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and adverse outcomes of surgery (mortality, bleeding, length of stay, readmission, and ventricular arrhythmia). An invited commentary by Mrkobrada and Hackam follows.
To detail the activities performed during internal medicine rounds, Stickrath et al observed attending rounds of inpatients. An invited commentary by Amoss follows.
Schwartz and Pearson analyzed publicly available clinical guidance documents and methodological statements produced between 2008 and 2012 by the 30 largest US physician specialty societies. See the invited commentary by Drozda.
Kuye and coauthors examine why take-up of the Medicare Part D low-income subsidy by eligible beneficiaries is low despite the attractive drug coverage it offers at no cost to beneficiaries and outreach efforts by the Social Security Administration. Also see the Invited Commentary by Margolis.
Balboni et al examine how provision of spiritual care by religious communities influences patient quality of life and medical care at the end of life, particularly among high religious coping and racial/ethnic minority patients. Ellison and Benjamins provide an Invited Commentary.
Mallen and coauthors investigate whether a brief set of generic prognostic indicators can predict the outcome of musculoskeletal pain in older primary care patients. See also the Invited Commentary by Von Korff.
To assess the yield of routine provocative testing in an ED–based chest pain unit, Hermann et al examined a prospectively collected database of patients tested for possible acute coronary syndrome between 2004 and 2010. All patients were evaluated by exercise stress testing or myocardial perfusion imaging. See the Invited Commentary by Goldman.
Goldin et al examine the patterns of use, as well as disease control and morbidity outcomes, of intensity-modulated radiotherapy compared with conformal radiotherapy in men with prostate cancer who had undergone prostatectomy. See the invited commentary by Cooperberg.