Dubious Acronyms: Handoff Quality and Treating Depression in Cancer Patients


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Implementation of a Handoff Program in Pediatric Hospitals and Treating Depression in Cancer Patients

Nathan and Amol want you to:

1.Recognize that a standardized handoff program reduced medical errors in academic pediatric hospitals.

2. Appreciate that a targeted program to treat depression in cancer patients was more effective than usual care.

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The papers

Starmer AJ et al. Changes in medical errors after implementation of a handoff program. N Engl J Med 2014 Nov 6;371(19):1803-12. (PubMed).

Sharpe M et al. Integrated collaborative care for comorbid major depression in patients with cancer (SMaRT Oncology-2): a multicentre randomised controlled effectiveness trial. Lancet 2014 Sep 20;384(9948):1099-108. (PubMed).

Good stuff

Nathan: “Your Blood Tested Positive for Ebola. I Am Sorry.” Dr. Ada Igonoh, GatesNotes: The blog of Bill Gates. November 12, 2014.

Amol: JE Oliver and T Wood. Medical Conspiracy Theories and Health Behaviors in the United States. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(5):817-818.

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