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FMDA Journal Club

FMDA’s new “virtual” Journal Club is a means for busy clinicians to maintain proficiency with ever-evolving medical science. Today, more than 5,000 biomedical publications appear every day and, as a result, keeping current has not become any easier. Developing a skill set to find, appraise, and implement practice-changing advancements in the medical literature is fundamental.

This virtual Journal Club is designed to develop a learner-based community of those seeking to improve health care and health through enhanced care in the post-acute and long-term care continuum (PA/LTC). It is a forum where people who care can meet, share, learn, and create change.

FMDA’s Journal Club helps you stay current with the latest evidence-based clinical information relevant to PA/LTC medicine. Journal Club participants will share in reviewing articles that are interesting, provide relevant takeaways, and highlight best practices. It will be an effective way to gain new knowledge.

The Journal Club will be scheduled for 30-minutes, once a month, via conference call, and could be hosted by rotating club members. During these meetings the group will critically analyze recent literature using evidence-based medicine principles including: patient preferences, clinician expertise, and scientific findings, each weighted equally.

We will quickly review two to three papers and present highlights and takeaways in a concise, high-yield manner. Each paper will be reviewed in 10-15 minutes, and discussion will be encouraged. We look forward to your interest and participation.

The Co-chairs of this exciting new committee are Marianne Novelli, MD, FACP, FHM and Diane Sanders-Cepeda, DO, both with OPTUMCare. Dr. Novelli can be reached at mnovelli@optum.com and Dr. Sanders-Cepeda at diane.l.sanders@optum.com.

The FMDA Journal Club’s telephonic meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

Dial-in Number: (641) 715-3580 Access Code: 959-979

Past Journal Clubs

These were the four published articles that we reviewed on February 2017. The titles include,

  1. Stopping antibiotics after 5 days in clinically stable community-acquired pneumonia was noninferior to usual care
  2. Duration of Antibiotic Treatment in Community-Acquired Pneumonia A Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial
  3. Duration of Antibiotic Treatment in Community-Acquired Pneumonia A Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial
  4. Management of Adults With Hospital-acquired and Ventilator-associated Pneumonia: 2016 Clinical Practice Guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Thoracic Society

These were the three published articles that we reviewed on January 2017. The titles include,

  1. Association of β-Blockers With Functional Outcomes, Death, and Rehospitalization in Older Nursing Home Residents After Acute Myocardial Infarction
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  3. Appropriate use of serum troponin testing in general practice: a narrative review

These were the five published articles that we reviewed on November 15th 2016. The titles include,

  1. Cranberry for Prevention of Urinary Tract Infection?
  2. Effect of Cranberry Capsules on Bacteriuria Plus Pyuria Among Older Women in Nursing Homes
  3. Medications Associated with Geriatric Syndrome (MAGS) and their Prevalence in Older Hospitalized Adults Discharged to Skilled Nursing Facilities
  4. Medications Associated with Geriatric Syndrome (MAGS) and their Prevalence in Older Hospitalized Adults Discharged to Skilled Nursing Facilities
  5. Medications Associated With Geriatric Syndromes and Their Prevalence in Older Hospitalized Adults Discharged to Skilled Nursing Facilities

These were the five published articles that we reviewed on October 15th 2016. The titles include,

  1. Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes: How Do We Advance the Field of Elder Justice?
  2. Preoperative Frailty Assessment and Outcomes at 6 Months or Later in Older Adults Undergoing Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  3. Frailty and Surgical Decision Making
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  5. The Prevalence of Resident-to-Resident Elder Mistreatment inNursing Homes

These were the three published articles that we reviewed on August 24th 2016. The titles include,

  1. 6-PACK programme to decrease fall injuries in acute hospitals: cluster randomised controlled trial
  2. Comparative Survival among Older Adults with Advanced Kidney Disease Managed Conservatively Versus with Dialysis
  3. Does the Evidence Support Conservative Management as an Alternative to Dialysis for Older Patients with Advanced Kidney Disease?

These were the 2 published articles that we reviewed on July 13th 2016. The titles include,

  1. Efficacy and Harms of Direct Oral Anticoagulants in the Elderly for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation and Secondary Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism
  2. Intensive vs Standard Blood Pressure Control and Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes in Adults Aged ≥75 Years

These were the three published articles that we reviewed on June 15th 2016. The titles include,

  1. Importation, Antibiotics, and Clostridium difficile Infection in Veteran Long-Term Care
  2. Effect of Dextromethorphan-Quinidine on Agitation in Patients With Alzheimer Disease Dementia A Randomized Clinical Trial
  3. Dextromethorphan and Quinidine for Treating Agitation in Patients With Alzheimer Disease Dementia

These are the three published articles that we reviewed on May 16 2014 and they are all from JAMA Internal Medicine. The titles include,

  1. Safety and Benefit of Discontinuing Statin Therapy in the Setting of Advanced, Life-Limiting Illness: A Randomized Clinical Trial
  2. Hip Fracture: A Trigger for Palliative Care in Vulnerable Older Adults
  3. Survival and Functional Outcomes After Hip Fracture: Among Nursing Home Residents

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Best Care Practices in the Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Continuum 2017 is October 12-15, 2017 at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL.


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