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    • Nurses Are Caretakers, Not Scientists, Right? Wrong
      Posted by (Erica Bettencourt) on October 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Science and Nursing have always gone hand-in-hand. You can’t be a Nurse without taking all of those science classes. Do you know you can be a Nurse and work as a researcher? Perhaps there’s a malady you want to learn more about and in researching it, you find new discoveries that will help eradicate it. […]

    • A Woman Who Was Called 'Just a Nurse' Sparks Online Conversation Around the World
      Posted by Pat Magrath on October 18, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      We here at have the greatest respect and appreciation for what Nurses do in their profession every day. We value your education, experience, compassion, kindness, great advice and appreciate you being there when your patients need you. The healthcare system couldn’t exist without Nurses. You make the hospitals, clinics, out-patient centers, schools and insurance companies be able to do what they are in business to do. In short… you are amazing! […]

    • 13-Year-old Wins Google Science Prize for Medical Solution
      Posted by Pat Magrath on October 12, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      It’s fascinating how people’s minds work. Some people take something that is very complicated to most, and break it down in very simple terms so it’s easy to understand. And some people see a problem and figure out a way to fix it or make what currently exists better. Right now, we’re hearing about Nobel prize winners who have done something amazing in their field. There are also young people doing very interesting things to help their fellow man as well. […]

    • Third-shift Nurses offer their perspective on work/life balance
      Posted by (Erica Bettencourt) on October 11, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Perhaps you work the 3rd shirt or are thinking about it. Some Nurses love it for various reasons. Usually because they are married with children and working this shift can provide time with them. Of course it’s helpful to have a partner that can share in the household and child responsibilities. […]

    • Man Writes Letter To Hospital Staff That Treated His Wife
      Posted by Pat Magrath on October 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      This is a beautiful tribute to Nurses and the work you do every day. The compassion and understanding you show your patients and their loved ones is amazing. Nursing is truly a calling because most people wouldn’t have the patience and sensitivity you have to do your job well. Before you read this story, grab a tissue, because I think you’ll need it. The young husband of a dying patient, has written a beautiful tribute and thank you note to the Nurses and medical staff who cared for his wife the seven days she was in the hospital […]

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    Physicians Outperform Online Symptom Checkers in Diagnosis Accuracy


    Though symptom checking apps and websites have been touted by some as the future of clinical diagnostics, a recent study has found that they are far less accurate than actual physicians at identifying the correct diagnosis when given a clinical vignette. The results of the study, published in a research letter in JAMA, compared the performance of physicians and online symptom checkers in diagnosing hypothetical clinical situations.

    Lead author Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, of Harvard Medical School, and colleagues had previously assessed the accuracy of 23 web- and app-based symptom checkers in a 2015 BMJ study, finding that the computer algorithms identified the correct diagnosis just 34% of the time. The 45 clinical vignettes used to test these symptom checkers provided the patient’s medical history and symptom presentation, but did not include physical examination or test findings.

    In this study, the researchers distributed the same 45 clinical vignettes to physicians participating in Human Dx, an online platform where doctors generate differential diagnoses based on such vignettes. The doctors did not know which cases were part of this research study.

    The 234 physicians who assessed the study vignettes determined the correct diagnosis first 72.1% of the time, which was more than double the accuracy rate of the symptom checkers. They were also significantly more likely (84.3% vs 51.2%) to have listed the correct condition in their top 3 diagnoses. Diagnosis accuracy was similar whether the physician was an attending, a fellow or resident, or an intern.

    Accuracy also varied based on the acuity and prevalence of the conditions described in the vignettes. Physicians had an accuracy rate of 79.1% when diagnosing high-acuity situations for which urgent care would be required, compared to the 24.3% of symptom checkers that listed the correct diagnosis for these emergent conditions. In addition, 75.5% of physicians correctly identified an uncommon condition (defined as diagnoses that accounted for less than 0.3% of ambulatory visits in the US in 2009 to 2010) as opposed to 28.1% of symptom checking apps or websites.

    The study authors acknowledged that although the symptom checkers had much lower accuracy rates, future research might examine whether these technologies could help support the diagnosis of a physician instead of replacing it.

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