Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Barbados Tightens up the Practice of Medicine

Yesterday's report in the Brigetown Barbados newpaper, the Daily Nation brought attention to plans for change being proposed by that islands' Ministry of Health. The Government is planning to tighten up the practice of medicine in two respects:
Minister of Health Donville Inniss stated it would soon become mandatory for doctors to continue their medical education to stay on the register and continue practicing medicine.
"Medicine is a very dynamic field and one has to continue to read, research and analyse matters in order to keep abreast..."
In conjunction, "We are going to establish, for the first time, a specialist register which will indicate who qualifies to be registered as a specialist in the medical profession," Inniss stated. Click on the title for the full news report.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

What is Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)?

Evidence-based practice is
"the integration of best research evidence
with clinical experience
and patient values and circumstances."
EBP is like a three legged tripod. Just as a tripod needs all three legs to stand, EBP needs all three components to really succeed!

Thank you Janet Wale from CCNet for sharing this in the Cochrane Collaboration 'Consumer Digest' Vol.556(1), Feb 14, 2010.

Straus S, Richardson SR, Glasziou P, Haynes BR. Evidence-Based Medicine. How to practice and teach EBM. 3rd ed. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. 2005.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Is Health Care Policy-Making Facilitated or Trapped by EBM?

Has the Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) movement "driven the study of health care policy-making into a conceptual cul-de-sac"?
The goal of EBM has always been to find and implement the best medical research evidence to ensure best patient outcomes. In effect 'bridge the know-do gap'. A smooth unimpeded path for new research knowledge to be translated to patient care and beyond to health care policy, has been the default expectation.
Should this be, or does this have to be a 'cul-de-sac' situation? This has been a growing argument in some circles (no pun intended), and one put forward by an interdisciplinary research group based out of the UK. Studying the science and nature of evidence with a wide-angle lense, this group takes policy studies in general and health care policy-making in particular, beyond simple 'decision science'.
"...we have argued that it is time to problematize the notion of 'evidence' in the heath care policy-making process and to legitimize rather than devalue the place of practical judgement."
Login to the EBSCO database for the full text of this interesting article from the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy (UK) .
Russell, J., Greenhalgh, T., Byrne, E., & McDonnell, J. (2008). Recognizing rhetoric in health care policy analysis. (pp. 40-46). doi:10.1258/jhsrp.2007.006029.
This all brings to my mind the infamous word's of Inspector Clouseau, "Facts Hercule, nothing matters but the facts..."

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Cancer Incidence and Death Rates Declining

The 2009 Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2006 has been released. The American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) collaborate annually to provide updated information regarding cancer occurrence and trends in the United States.
Highlights from this years report are:
1) overall cancer rates continue to be higher for men than for women.
2) men experienced the greatest declines in incidence (new cases) and mortality (death) rates.
3) For colorectal cancer [the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in both men and women, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States] overall rates are declining but with increasing incidence in men and women under 50 years of age.

Click on the title to access the full report.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

AMSA Skill Builder Suture Clinic Lecture

Date: February 12th
Time: 4-6 pm
Venue: Auditorium, UMHS Campus
Note: A Suture Clinic Lab is scheduled for February 24th @ 4-6 pm in the Sim Lab. You must attend both sessions. Please RSVP EeeLN Buckarma (ebuckarma@umhs-sk.net ) if interested, first come first serve.
ASMA members:Free, Non Members: $20 EC.

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Guest Lecturer on Campus

Dr. Cal Robinson, a medical psychologist, will present a Brown Bag Lecture on Thursday, FEBRUARY 11 at 12:40PM in the Eastern Classroom. The subject of his lecture is:
Primary Care, Behavioral Medicine and Chronic Pain:
An Ideal Marriage!
Dr. Robinson hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he worked as a Medical/Health Psycologist at the The NeuroMedical Center.
You are invited to attend and bring your lunch!

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Monday, February 08, 2010

Student's Videomicrography Work Recognized

The Scientist 2009 Video Awards, an annual international competition of the life sciences magazine The Scientist, has honored the videomicrography work of Arjumond Khan (currently studying medicine at UMHS-SK) and Benjamin Woodhouse.
The two students conducted their work in videomicrography as part of their senior research project at Western Connecticut State University. Their video captures the microscopic time-lapse progression of the life cycle of the slime mold species Dictyostelium discoideum.
The video was named one of three runners-up in the competition's Individual Category division.

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Take a Break ~ Boost Your Memory!

According to new research conducted by The New York University & the University of South Florida Center for Aging and Brain Repair [published Jan 28, 2010 in the journal Neuron], "active rest" was found to actually strengthen memory. The finding suggests that having a rest period after learning new information may be valuable.
Dr. Paul Sanberg, Prof. of Neurosurgery added, "By keeping on doing many different tasks [after learning new information], you may interrupt the memory you want to strengthen,..."

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