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Dyslexia Could Affect Pass Rates In UK GP Clinical Skills Exam

Trainee doctors who have dyslexia, and who declare this prior to taking the clinical skills component of the licensing exam for general practice, are less likely to pass than their counterparts, new research has shown.

The Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) is a scenario based clinical exam designed to test a doctor's ability to gather information, make evidence-based decisions, and communicate effectively with patients and colleagues. The test is part of the three part qualification to become a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) which licenses doctors to practice independently as GPs.

The study led by researchers from the Community and Health Research Unit (CaHRU) at the University of Lincoln, UK in collaboration with the MRCGP, examined pass rates of 20,879 candidates who had taken the exam from 2010 to 2017 of whom 598 declared dyslexia. Findings showed that

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Training Teams For Timely NICU Evacuation

In late August 2011, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake - the strongest east of the Mississippi since 1944 - shook Washington, D.C., with such force that it cracked the Washington Monument and damaged the National Cathedral.

On the sixth floor of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children's National in Washington, D.C., staff felt the hospital swaying from side to side.

After the shaking stopped, they found the natural disaster exposed another fault: The unit's 200-plus staff members were not all equally knowledgeable or confident regarding the unit's plan for evacuating its 66 newborns or their own specific role during an emergency evacuation.

More than 900 very sick children are transferred to Children's National NICU from across the region each year, and a high percentage rely on machines to do the work that their tiny lungs and hearts are not yet strong enough to do on their own.

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Death Rate Of Critically Ill Children Linked To Hospital Preparedness For Pediatric Emergencies

Critically ill children brought to hospital emergency departments that are ill-prepared to care for pediatric emergencies have more than three times the odds of dying compared to those brought to hospitals well-equipped to care for them, according to an analysis led by University of Pittsburgh and University of California-Los Angeles physician-scientists.

The findings, published today in the journal Pediatrics, are the first to provide evidence from multiple states linking the readiness of hospital emergency departments to care for critically ill or injured children with outcomes, and could guide a variety of policy responses.

“Pediatric care requires specialized equipment, training and protocols to provide the best care to children. Obtaining that kind of preparedness is costly and time-consuming,” said senior author Jeremy Kahn, M.D., M.S., professor in the Department of Critical C

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Parent-Targeted Interventions In Primary Care Setting Improve Parent-Teen Communication On Alcohol Use, Sexual Behavior

New research shows that brief parent-targeted interventions in the primary care setting can increase communication between parents and their teens about sexual and alcohol-related behavior. This method may serve as an important strategy for parents to influence adolescent behaviors and health outcomes.

Researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia published the study today in JAMA Network Open.

“Community, school and home-based interventions involving direct contact between staff and parents or caregivers can favorably influence parent-teen communication and a wide range of adolescent risk-associated behaviors,” said Carol A. Ford, MD, an adolescent medicine physician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and lead author of the study. “The purpose of this study was to see if these interventions could be shaped to also work out of a busy pediatric clinic.”

This randomized, c

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