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BACKGROUND: The central venous pressure (CVP) is commonly estimated at the bedside by measuring the height of the jugular venous pressure (JVP) relative to the sternal angle. Determining the CVP from this measure requires that the distance from the sternal angle to the level of the mid-right...
The emotional investment required to construct a caring doctor-patient relationship can be justified on humane grounds. Can it also be justified as a direct physiologic intervention? Two lines of evidence point in this direction. People in an empathic relationship exhibit a correlation of...
OBJECTIVE: To profile patients likely to have unmet expectations for care, examine the effects of such expectations, and investigate how physicians’ responses to patients’ requests affect the development of unfulfilled expectations. DESIGN: Patient and physician questionnaires were...
OBJECTIVE: Greater participation in medical decision making is generally advocated for patients, and often advocated for those with diabetes. Although some studies suggest that diabetic patients prefer to participate less in decision making than do healthy patients, the empirical relationship...
CONTEXT: Communication of bad news to patients or families is a difficult task that requires skill and sensitivity. Little is known about doctors’ formative experiences in giving bad news, what guidance they receive, or what lessons they learn in the process. OBJECTIVE: To learn the...
OBJECTIVES: To identify the life events that older persons experience as most stressful, to evaluate older persons’ perceptions of the consequences of these stressful events for their lives, and to evaluate the relationship of demographic factors and measures of health and functional status to...
OBJECTIVE: To explore the diagnostic thinking process of medical students. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Two hundred twenty-four medical students were presented with 3 clinical scenarios corresponding to high, low, and intermediate pre-test probability of coronary artery disease. Estimates of test...
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the extent of coronary obstructive disease is similar among black and white patients with acute coronary syndromes. DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. PATIENTS: We used administrative discharge data to identify white and black male patients, 30 years of age or...
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