Here are 10 things you may not know about Tarascon:
- The Tarascon Series is named after the Tarascon castle in France where the original author was visiting when he decided to turn his “cheat sheet” of drug information into a published book.
- Every year we include a trivia question in the Classic and Deluxe books. The first 25 people who find it and respond with the correct answer get a prize.
- You can now find Tarascon Pharmacopoeia drug information in EvidenceCare's unique online decision support tool for providers
EvidenceCare, a Nashville-based decision support tool for healthcare providers, announces the integration of drug information from Tarascon Pharmacopoeia, the most popular and trusted source of portable drug information since 1987. The integration provides EvidenceCare the opportunity to deliver content that has been relied upon by Providers worldwide for nearly three decades. EvidenceCare presents the information in a format that is easy-to-access and is personalized to each unique patient.
The Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2015 Editions continue the tradition as the leading pocket drug reference packed with vital drug information to help clinicians make better decisions at the point of care.
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We're pleased to announce that our Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2014 Disease Edition authored by Mark A. Davis, MD, MS earned 5 stars and a perfect score of 100 from Doody's Review Service. Reviewer Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences writes that this book "is about the most user-friendly of all of the references on the market for looking up medication information."
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Rare diseases are notoriously difficult to diagnose. According to the FDA, one-third of people with a rare disease will wait one to five years before receiving a correct diagnosis. A new search engine created by researchers at the Technical University of Denmark, FindZebra, is aiming to change that.
"Zebra" is a medical slang term for a surprising diagnosis. The term derives from the aphorism "When you hear hoofbeats behind you, don't expect to see a zebra", which was coined by a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine to describe unexpected diagnoses. This term is widely used in medical communities, and refers to diseases occurring in less than 1 in 2000 of the population.
The FindZebra website states that it aims to "[address] the task of searching for relevant rare diseases given a query of patient data. The patient data is given as free text, which means that the queries do not have to use a controlled vocabulary or specific query language restrictions as in conventional diagnostic assistance systems. The patient data submitted as a query to the information retrieval (IR) system could consist of patient age, gender, demographic information, symptoms, evidence of diseases, test results, previous diagnoses, and other information that a clinician might find relevant in the differential diagnosis."
Topics: physicians, patient education, Diagnosis, findzebra, General Medicine, rare disease, Technical University of Denmark, zebras, Hospital Medicine Blog, hospital medicine, patient education, search engine for rare disease
The Physicians Foundation has compiled a survey of America’s Physicians to examine professional morale, practice patterns and perspectives on today’s physicians. The results have been aggregated by age, gender, primary care vs. specialist and practice owners vs. employees (or hospital-based practitioners).
The survey was sent to over 630,000 physicians (over 80% of physicians in active patient care) and 13,575 physicians responded.
Responses to the survey combined with some 8,000 written comments submitted by physicians reflect a high level of disillusionment among doctors regarding the medical practice environment and the current state of the healthcare system. How physicians will respond to ongoing changes now transforming healthcare delivery varies. Many physicians plan to continue practicing the way they are, but over half of physicians surveyed have reached a tipping point and plan to make changes to their practices. Many intend to take one or more steps likely to reduce patient access to their services, limiting physician availability at a time when doctors already are in short supply.
Key findings of the survey include:
- Over 84% of physicians agree that the medical profession is in decline.
- 57.9% would not recommend medicine as a career to their children or other young people.
- Over one third of physicians would not choose medicine if they had their careers to do over.
- Physicians are working 5.9% fewer hours than they did in 2008, resulting in a loss of 44,250 FTEs from the physician workforce.
- Physicians are seeing 16.6% fewer patients per day than they did in 2008, a decline that could lead to tens of millions of fewer patients seen per year.
- Over 59% of physicians indicate passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e. health reform) has made them less positive about the future of healthcare in America.
- Close to 92% of physicians are unsure where the health system will be or how they will fit into it three to five years from now.
Physicians are working fewer hours on average and seeing fewer patients than four years ago. If these patterns continue, over 44,250 full-time-equivalent (FTE) physicians could be lost from the workforce in the next four years.
Survey respondents share some of the characteristics of the population of all practicing physicians but are different in several ways:
- The physicians sample is disproportionately older than the national population, with the sampled physicians plausibly experiencing profound changes in the medical practice environment during the course of their careers.
- The sample is also significantly more male and rural than the total physician population, and is more likely than the population to operate a solo practice or be an AMA member.
The survey clearly shows a pattern of older physicians, practice owners, specialists and male physicians being more pessimistic about the medical profession and in general more negative about the current state the healthcare system than are younger physicians, employed physicians, female physicians and primary care physicians.
Topics: physicians, Affordable Care Act, healthcare reform, primary care, FTE, General Medicine, healthcare system, Patient Protection, Survey of America's Physicians, The Physicians Foundation, medical practice, patient relationships, primary care