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A Team-Based Approach to Improving Opioid Management in Primary Care

New NIH reference book is one-stop resource for diabetes medical information

“Diabetes in America” sheds light on national burden of diabetes.

Notification of patient overdose deaths reduces clinician opioid prescriptions

NIH-funded study shows clinicians reduced prescriptions following behavioral “nudge”.

NIH expands program that conducts large-scale clinical trials in real-world settings

Ongoing studies focus on many different diseases, including colon cancer, chronic pain and kidney failure.

Can 'Social Determinants' Data Really Improve Patient Care?

Population-level research supports the concept, but benefit for individual patients less clear Fictional TV doctor Gregory House routinely ordered his team to break into patients' homes to find clues to their mystery ailments, perhaps revealing behaviors their patients failed to share. "Everybody lies," House often said. In what some suggest is another ethically questionable version of medical sleuthing, companies are now scanning public records that provide clues to individuals' "social determinants of health," or SDOH -- such as arrest records, bankruptcy filings, voter registration, address changes, and marriages and divorces -- that, in combination with traditional prognostic tools, may predict an individual's likelihood of future healthcare needs and costs.