New research

Here is a snapshot of some of the latest research that may be of interest to the CIPHER network.

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One in 10 older patients experience safety incidents

Older patients with multi-morbidity and depression are more likely to report experiences of patient safety incidents, according to a UK study that suggests improving support and involvement of patients in their care may reduce the risk. The researchers said despite patient safety being a serious concern for older patients with long-term … Continue reading

Early treatment reduces sepsis deaths: study

Earlier administration of antibiotics, but not intravenous fluids, reduces the risk of patients with suspected sepsis dying in hospital, a US study finds. The researchers studied data from 49,331 patients with sepsis and septic shock treated at 149 hospitals in New York State. The care protocol involved a three-hour bundle of … Continue reading

Respiratory infection causes dramatic rise in heart attack risk

The risk of having a heart attack is 17 times higher in the seven days following a respiratory infection, a new Australian study shows. Researchers from the University of Sydney said their findings highlighted the need for preventive measures to avoid respiratory infection and greater awareness of the risks following such … Continue reading

Study urges better diabetic eye screening programs

An integrated diabetic eye screening service is needed across Australia, according to a new study that finds concerning gaps in adherence to recommended screening programs for diabetic retinopathy. The researchers analysed data from the National Eye Health Survey in 30 randomly selected geographic sites across five mainland Australian states and the Northern Territory. The … Continue reading

Study shows benefits of surgery recovery program

An enhanced recovery after surgery program that was implemented across 20 US hospitals cut patients’ length of stay in hospital as well as reducing rates of postoperative complications. The US study evaluated the outcomes of an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program with a particular focus on perioperative pain management, mobility, … Continue reading

Modelling tool gives insights into suicide prevention

Greater GP training could prove one of the most effective ways to prevent suicide, according to researchers who used an innovative modelling tool to predict the impact of a range of interventions, new research shows. The researchers, who outlined their work in a paper in Public Health Research & Practice, said that the … Continue reading

Benefits of team-based care after hospital discharge

Patients enrolled in team-based primary care are less likely to end up in the emergency department and have lower mortality rates after discharged from hospital compared to those attending traditional primary care practices, a new study finds. The researchers analysed 620,656 admissions involving 312,377 older or chronically ill patients between … Continue reading

Dengue fever often missed in Australian travellers

Researchers have urged greater awareness of the signs and symptoms of dengue fever, after finding that two in five returned Australia travellers hospitalised with the infection had warning signs linked to life-threatening complications. The researchers analysed 208 confirmed cases of dengue between 2012 and 2015 across four healthcare networks: three … Continue reading

Drought impacts on health revealed

Drought has a significant impact on health, according to new research that shows a link between severe drought and mortality risk in older adults. The US researchers said that while Australian research had found links between drought and mental health, there had been little research into its other health impacts. Their study looked … Continue reading

PTSD a “systemic disease”, study in veterans finds

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been linked to a number of physical comorbidities and should be seen as a systemic disorder rather than a purely psychological disorder, Australian-first study suggests. The study, which involved 298 male Australian Vietnam War veterans, highlights the need for a more comprehensive approach to the healthcare of … Continue reading