Coprescription of naloxone for acute use in case of overdose may benefit primary care patients taking opioids for chronic pain
Receiving a naloxone prescription corresponded to a 47% reduction in opioid-related ED visits per month 6 months after getting the prescription.
There are 24 total measures, including 6 performance measures (3 inpatient and 3 outpatient) and 18 quality measures (10 inpatient and 8 outpatient), all designed to assess care quality for inpatients and outpatients with atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.
A 62-year-old man is evaluated for declining exercise capacity over the past year. He was diagnosed with moderate COPD 3 years ago. His symptoms had previously been well controlled with tiotropium and as-needed albuterol. He has not had any hospitalizations. He is adherent to his medication regimen, and his inhaler technique is good. Following a physical exam and review of previously performed chest radiographs and pulmonary function testing, what is the most appropriate management?
Physicians in practice may not know what to make of this newly defined disorder, which may be challenging to detect because of the shame that is often involved, according to an editorial.
This year's theme is “Individualized Guidelines and Clinical Performance Measurement in an Era of Personalized Medicine.”