Monthly Archives: October 2011

The effect of rate control on quality of life in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation: data from the RACE II (Rate Control Efficacy in Permanent Atrial Fibrillation II) study

CONCLUSIONS: Stringency of heart rate control does not influence QOL. Instead, symptoms, sex, age, and severity of the underlying disease influence QOL. (Rate Control Efficacy in Permanent Atrial Fibrillation; NCT00392613). Continue reading

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Is screening effective in detecting untreated psychiatric disorders among newly diagnosed breast cancer patients?

CONCLUSION: Given the high rates of existing treatment, screening may not be efficient for identifying untreated disorder. Almost two-thirds of patients with treated disorders remain symptomatic. Use of symptom scales might reasonably be expanded to surveillance of treatment response or ruling out disorder. Substantial resources would likely be required to coordinate or manage psychiatric care among patients, as would a willingness to intervene in existing relationships with other providers. Continue reading

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