Faculty News Weekly Round-Up: October 20

October 20, 2017 by   |   Leave a Comment

UVA School of Medicine Faculty News Weekly Round-Up
October 20

• Inpatient Satisfaction Improved by Five-Minute Intervention, Study Finds

A study at the University of Virginia School of Medicine recently found that a daily five-minute conversation that focused on hospitalized patients “as people” significantly improved their satisfaction with their medical care.

The findings of the study have been published in the journal Family Medicine.

Claudia Allen, PhD, JD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine at UVA School of Medicine, contributed to the paper.

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• New Plan Aims to Slash Unnecessary Medical Testing

Researchers at top hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, including UVA, have developed an ambitious plan to eliminate unnecessary medical testing, with the goal of reducing medical bills while improving patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction.

The researchers are urging physicians and other care providers to reconsider the use of routine daily lab tests performed on hospitalized patients. Automatically performing such tests without determining they are important to the patient’s treatment is a “wasteful clinical practice that threatens the value of health care,” the researchers warn in a new paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association.

“Despite strong evidence for the negative effects of routine daily laboratory testing on patients, there remains a need for improved implementation of this high-value measure,” said the paper’s senior author, Andrew Parsons, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at UVA School of Medicine. “Our aim is to assist other institutions that would like to promote this high-value practice as a quality-improvement effort.”

George Hoke, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, at UVA School of Medicine, also contributed to the study.

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• NBC 29 House Call: Dr. Brian Behm on Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Brian Behm, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, at UVA School of Medicine.

Watch the interview:

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