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Some physicians suffering burnout over EHR mandates


Doctors burning out with this new burden. That’s a cause for concern… next
Some physicians suffering burnout over EHR mandates
In a 1,200-word story, Russel in the Chicago Tribune discussed how the Federal government’s “elaborate – or maddening and onerous – system of electronic health records” is affecting physicians. According to the Tribune, medical associations nationwide are attributing “increasing doctor burnout to the demands of clicking through page after page of records, whether the patient shows up for a physical, a quick follow-up visit, or treatment for chronic disease.” Recently, “Mayo Clinic researchers, working with the American Medical Association, found that more than half of physicians felt emotionally exhausted.” Contributing to that exhaustion are “heavier workloads and ‘increased clerical responsibilities.’”

Comment: We recently started electronic medical records in the office. I feel more like a clerk than a doctor. How this makes medical care better is a mystery to me.

Bariatric Surgery Eases Psoriatic Arthritis

A surgical procedure that might help with psoriatic arthritis… next

Bariatric surgery eases psoriatic arthritis

Patrice Wendling writing for Rheumatology News reported that bariatric surgery in obese patients may ease the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. The study, performed at New York University, involved 86 bariatric surgery patients with psoriasis alone or with psoriatic arthritis.

Comment: Interesting and certainly provocative.

Psoriasis is a risk factor for depression

Psoriasis and depression… is there a link?

Psoriasis is a risk factor for depression

Amy Karon writing in Rheumatology News reported that a study from New York University revealed that psoriasis doubled the odds for depression. The cross-sectional study involved more than 12,000 patients from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Comment: It’s been known for years that depression often accompanied psoriasis but this large study confirms it.

Chondroitin tops Celebrex in knee OA

Which works better… chondroitin or Celebrex… next

Chondroitin tops Celebrex in knee OA

Amy Karon writing for Rheumatology News reported on a study from Montreal. Patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis who received pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate for 2 years lost about 20% less cartilage volume than did patients treated with celecoxib according to a randomized double blind trial. The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.

Comment: Pretty surprising and very encouraging since chondroitin has many fewer side effects.

Obesity decrease chances for sustained remission in RA

Want a sustained remission if you have rheumatoid arthritis… then watch

Obesity decrease chances for sustained remission in RA

Amy Karon writing in Rheumatology News reported that obese patients with RA are significantly less likely to achieve a sustained disease remission than are patients who have normal weight or who are only overweight. The study was conducted at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Comment: Not new news but definitely important.

 

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