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Physicians: .25 AMA PRA Category I CreditsTM
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Release Date: October 1, 2014
Expiration Date: October 1, 2015
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Alan Ehrlich, MD
Assistant Professor in Family Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA; Executive Deputy Editor, DynaMed, Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA
Michael Fleming, MD, FAAFP
Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Comprehensive Care, LSU Health Science Center School of Medicine, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA; Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Chief Medical Officer, Amedisys, Inc. & Antidote Education Company
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Section Editor of Specialty Content
Last week 386 journal articles were evaluated via DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance and summaries of 195 articles were added to DynaMed content.
Based on criteria for selecting "articles most likely to change clinical practice," one article was selected by the DynaMed Editorial Team.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major public health problem, currently affecting 210 million people worldwide and projected to be the fourth leading cause of death by 2030 (WHO 2007 PDF). Although no existing COPD medication has been shown to modify long-term lung function, pharmacological interventions such as long-acting beta-agonists (LABAs) and inhaled corticosteroids are routinely used to manage symptoms and complications (GOLD 2013 Feb 13 PDF). A recent Cochrane review of randomized trials found LABAs plus inhaled corticosteroids reduced COPD exacerbations more than LABAs alone, although results on mortality were inconsistent (Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012 Sep 12;(9):CD006829). A recent Cochrane review of randomized trials found LABAs plus inhaled corticosteroids reduced COPD exacerbations more than LABAs alone, although results on mortality were inconsistent (Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012 Sep 12;(9):CD006829).
Now, a population-based cohort study investigated COPD hospitalizations and death in 11,872 propensity-matched elderly patients (> 66 years old) with COPD newly prescribed LABAs plus inhaled corticosteroids or LABAs alone. A cohort of 3,160 patients taking LABAs alone were matched with 8,712 patients taking combination therapy based on a propensity score, age, sex, asthma codiagnosis, and COPD duration. Patients were followed for about two and a half years. Compared to LABAs alone, LABAs plus inhaled corticosteroids were associated with a small, but statistically significant, reduction in mortality (55.3% vs. 58.6%, p < 0.001, NNT 31) and COPD hospitalizations (27.8% vs. 30.1%p < 0.001, NNT 44). No significant differences in hospitalizations for pneumonia or fragility fracture were observed.
The results of this large population-based study extend the results of previous randomized trials, showing that the addition of inhaled corticosteroids to LABAs not only decreases the frequency of COPD exacerbations, but may also decrease COPD-related hospitalizations and mortality. The patient population examined in this study matches the patients expected in clinical practice, particularly the inclusion of elderly patients and those with asthma and other comorbidities. However, these findings are limited by the observational design of the study, and a randomized trial would be optimal for confirming these findings.
For more information see the Inhaled corticosteroids for COPD and Bronchodilators for COPD topics in DynaMed.
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Family Medicine Midwest Conference: October 10-12, 2014
Deputy Editor Tom Hilts, DO, will be attending the Family Medicine Midwest Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Representatives will be available to discuss peer review, mobile access, and free trial information.
Visit the FMM website to learn more about the event and for registration information.
American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference: October 11-14, 2014
Deputy Editor Mike Woods, MD, MS, FAAP, will be attending the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference in San Diego, California. Representatives will be available to discuss peer review, mobile access, and free trial information.
Visit the AAP website to learn more about the event and for registration information
American Academy of Family Physicians Conference: October 21-25, 2014
Representatives will be available at the American Academy of Family Physicians Assembly in Washington, District of Columbia to discuss peer review, mobile access, and free trial information.
Executive Deputy Editor Alan Ehrlich, MD, will be attending and will also be presenting on Medical Marijuana: What You Need To Know on Friday at 9:15am and 2:45pm.
Visit the AAFP website to learn more about the event and for registration information.
If you would like to meet with a DynaMed representative at any of our conferences, please contact us at DynaMedCommunity@ebscohost.com.
EBSCO Health Launches Pediatric Clinical Information Mobile App
PEMSoft Now Available For iPhone, iPad, and Android Devices
A mobile app designed specifically for pediatricians, emergency department physicians, physicians-in-training and other medical providers caring for children with acute illnesses and injury, is now available from EBSCO Health, the leading provider of clinical decision support solutions for the healthcare industry.
Designed by pediatricians, emergency physicians and other medical specialists, PEMSoft is a pediatric evidence-based point-of-care medical reference tool for hospitals, emergency departments, clinics, pediatric group practices, transport services, and medical schools. The vast content in PEMSoft addresses the entire spectrum of neonatal, infant, child, adolescent and young adult health. PEMSoft authors adhere to a strict evidence-based editorial policy focused on systematic identification, evaluation and consolidation of practice-changing clinical literature.
The PEMSoft Mobile app includes explicit step-by-step emergency critical care procedures, information about common pediatric signs and symptoms and content covering pediatric injuries and management approaches. More than 3,000 evidence-based pediatric topics and a similar number of medical illustrations, clinical images and videos are also available via the mobile app.
The PEMSoft Mobile App is accessible from both Apple and Android devices.
Visit the PEMSoft page for more information.
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