16
Jan

In defence of thongs … and science

“A recent article in The Age advised against wearing thongs. It stated that thongs lead to poor joint alignment that damages joints; and damaged joints require surgery. The reality is that wearing thongs is just fine, and most damaged joints do acceptably well without surgery.” Read the full story in Professor Rachelle Buchbinder‘s The Age article, In...
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13
Dec

60 Seconds with …. Sharon Sanders

How would you describe your research? I am doing research in the area of overdiagnosis, specifically overdiagnosis in non-cancer conditions.  Overdiagnosis happens when a person receives a diagnosis they don’t need. In other words, they receive a diagnosis that ends up causing more harm than good. The idea that a diagnosis is not necessarily “good”...
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4
Dec

New study on children’s acute abdominal pain care points to deviations from established best practices

A child suffering from acute abdominal pain may receive notably different care based on where he or she is taken for medical attention. This is a finding at the heart of a new study by the PCHSS’ Associate Professor Yvonne Zurynski, Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite and colleagues — in collaboration with CareTrack Kids—published in BMJ Quality...
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27
Nov

Digital scribes may soon change how doctors take notes, but there are still hurdles to overcome: New paper

From electronic health records to more advanced forms of testing and beyond, new technologies are increasingly reshaping the practice of medicine. Among the tools on the horizon are “digital scribes”, which will have the capacity to automatically generate medical notes based on a patient-clinician conversation. In a new paper published in NJP Digital Medicine, researchers...
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27
Nov

60 seconds with… Emma Gearon

How would you describe your research? My research is part of the Partnership Centre for Health Systems Sustainability, and we’re looking at alternative models of healthcare that are equally or more effective for patients, but lower cost. The model that I’m looking at is “Early Supported Discharge and Hospital in the Home”. This model of...
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20
Nov

Have we over‐egged the pudding? Addressing the challenge of medical overuse in musculoskeletal healthcare

Over eight million Australians suffer from musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis and back pain. Collectively, these conditions account for 12% of the total disease burden in Australia. While it is important to treat these conditions, it is also possible to overtreat people, leading to healthcare waste and potential harms. Getting this balance right is a...
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14
Nov

Greater consideration of real-world application in development of AI technologies for health urged: New paper

In the latest edition of the Journal for Medical Internet Research, PCHSS investigator Professor Enrico Coiera argues that the creation and implementation of artificial intelligence in the health field should be driven by human needs rather than simply by what is technologically achievable. In “The Last Mile: Where Artificial Intelligence Meets Reality”, Professor Coiera writes that “only the...
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