Medical Inappropriateness Review: Appropriately Performed by a Medical Committee (Texas)

Medical Inappropriateness Review: Appropriately Performed by a Medical Committee (Texas)

INTRODUCTION The Texas Advance Directives Act (“TADA”) allows for discontinuation of life-sustaining treatment (“LST”) in individual cases if a physician determines that the treatment in question is medically inappropriate. (1) One of the provisions of the TADA’s legally-sanctioned process is that either an ethics or a medical committee must review and affirm the physician’s judgment […]

Understanding the RUC: the Ama's Multispecialty Relative Value Update Committee is Under Scrutiny (Advocacy) (Relative-Value Update Committee ) (American Medical Association)

Understanding the RUC: the Ama’s Multispecialty Relative Value Update Committee is Under Scrutiny (Advocacy) (Relative-Value Update Committee ) (American Medical Association)

For a 26-person advisory body variously described as “secretive,” “little known,” and “hardly ever heard of,” the American Medical Association’s (AMA) multispecialty Relative-Value Update Committee (RUC) has been receiving a great deal of attention in recent months. Recently, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Kaiser Health News, and the New England Journal of […]

South African Guideline for Management of Ischaemic Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack 2010: A Guideline from the South African Stroke Society (SASS) and the SASS Writing Committee (Guideline)

South African Guideline for Management of Ischaemic Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack 2010: A Guideline from the South African Stroke Society (SASS) and the SASS Writing Committee (Guideline)

Glossary ADL–activities of daily living, AF–atrial fibrillation; BMI body mass index; BP–blood pressure; CAS–carotid angioplasty and stenting; CEA–carotid endarterectomy; CI–confidence interval; CSF–cerebrospinal fluid; CT–computed tomography; CV–cardiovascular; DSA–digital subtraction angiography; DVT – deep-vein thrombosis; DWI–diffusion-weighted imaging; ECG – electrocardiography; EMS–emergency medical services; ESR–erythrocyte sedimentation rate; GCp–good clinical practice; HDL–high-density lipoprotein; HIV–human immunodeficiency virus; INR–international normalised ratio; […]

Process Error Rates in General Research Applications to the Human Research Ethics Committee (Medical) at the University of the Witwatersrand: A Secondary Data Analysis (Report)

Process Error Rates in General Research Applications to the Human Research Ethics Committee (Medical) at the University of the Witwatersrand: A Secondary Data Analysis (Report)

Anyone who joins a health research ethics committee (HREC) soon notices that few applications for ethics clearance are approved at the first evaluation. In a recent audit of a total of 1 180 applications to the HREC (Medical) of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 2003 and in 2007, 21% were approved on first […]