Rates of infection vary between hospitals, but these differences aren’t picked up in the accreditation process.
Each year, inspectors visit Australian hospitals. But they're less like secret shoppers who identify flaws, and more like guests of a carefully orchestrated performance. This needs to change.
New electronic devices are being used by people of all ages to track activity, measure sleep and record nutrition.
There were 325,000 mobile health apps available in 2017. But while the digital health revolution is exciting, its rate of development is posing challenges for patients and healthcare professionals.
‘I’m still me inside’.
Comics often portray those with dementia as abnormal or less than human.
Nearly every Canadian family has a wait time story. This is because our system is not designed to provide optimal care for patients with multiple chronic diseases.
To improve wait times for surgery, Canada needs to fix its health-care system. Developing a national seniors' strategy would be a good place to start.
End of life care isn’t just about dying, it’s about living too.
Half of all patients diagnosed with cancer in the UK still die of the disease.
Good appointment schedules keep physicians busy and minimize patients’ waiting. (Shutterstock)
Creative appointment scheduling minimizes in-office waiting for physicians and patients.
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We need to ensure cancer research addresses what matters most.
Poor food safety at home could lead to serious consequences for those with suppressed immune systems.
Already suffering debilitating side effects, chemotherapy patients could be made seriously ill by the food they eat.
Some nurses report being reduced to tears on a daily basis.
Shortages negatively affecting ability to care for patients
Melanoma transfer tattoo.
Doctors are taught how to treat skin cancer – but not necessarily how to empathise with those who have it.
Many people are crowdfunding to be able to meet the high costs of health care.
Many Americans unable to afford health expenses are raising funds through medical crowdfunding. What are the risks?
Both GPs and patients need to wake up to the immediate risk that antibiotic misuse poses.
Doctors can be struck off for having sexual contact with their patient, but where are the sanctions for patients?
An epidural takes up to 45 minutes to work, so if the baby’s coming it could be too late.
Epidurals were developed for pregnant women to address the severe pain of labour. In Australia approximately one in three pregnant women in labour has an epidural for pain relief.
Weighing up the evidence for surgery is just one thing to consider before going under the knife.
There's often limited evidence for many common types of surgery. Understanding what makes good evidence is the key to deciding what's best for you.
Looking for a more personal experience.
One of the UK's most senior nurses has been forced to apologise after publicly attacking professional practice. Here's the case for the defence.
Ask and you shall learn.
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Noisy bedtimes and MRSA – how patient experiences can address issues during hospital stays.
The wrong prescription.
We more readily trust medical treatments but not the people who treat us.
I’d rather be at home.
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Discharging hospital patients sounds easy so why do we get it so wrong?
Kate Granger started the #hello my name is … campaign.
A terminally ill doctor has started a campaign to encourage healthcare staff to introduce themselves to patients. Kate Granger initiated the “Hello my name is …” campaign while she was hospitalised and…