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The medical and research staff within Hunter New England Health make a valuable contribution to national and international advances in health and medicine. Some of their recent publications can be found here.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN THE TRAINING OF PSYCHIATRISTS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF CURRENT APPROACH
A range of communication skills training programmes have been developed targeting trainees in various medical specialties, predominantly in oncology but to a lesser extent in psychiatry. Effective communication is fundamental to the assessment and treatment of psychiatric conditions, but there has been less attention to this in clinical practice for psychiatrists in training. This review examines the outcomes of communication skills training interventions in psychiatric specialty training SOURCE: Philippa Ditton-Phare, Carmel Loughland, Robbert Duvivier & Brian Kelly (2017) Communication skills in the training of psychiatrists: a systematic review of current approaches. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 51(7), 675-692

JHH STUDY : CLOZAPINE & INCIDENCE OF MYOCARDITIS & SUDDEN DEATH: LONG TERM AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE
Clozapine is the cornerstone of therapy for refractory schizophrenia; however, the potential for cardiotoxicity is an important limitation in its use. In the current analysis we sought to evaluate the long term cardiac outcomes of clozapine therapy.

SOURCE: Arshad Khan, Asma Ashraf, David Baker, Mohammed Al-Omary, Lindsay Savage, Avedis Ekmejian, Rajinder Singh Harjit Singh, Stephen Brienesse, Tazeen Majeed, Tracy Gordon, Vincent Drinkwater & Nicholas Collins (2017) Clozapine and incidence of myocarditis and sudden death – long term Australian experience. International Journal of Cardiology, 238, 136-139 Available via ClinicalKey

RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW OF CONSECUTIVE CASES OF PAEDIATRIC COMPLEX PAIN
A retrospective review of the medical records of all new patients referred to a paediatric pain specialist (January 2008–June 2013) prior to the establishment of a multidisciplinary service at John Hunter Children's Hospital. The aim was to identify the demographic and clinical characteristics of children, young people and their families (n=114, age=0-19 years), quantify anecdotal observations, determine service priorities and identify clinical improvement opportunities. The complexities encountered in this small cohort provide an indication of the time investment needed to understand and manage complex paediatric pain, especially in the contexts of complex families, time-poor general practitioners and under-resourced communities

SOURCE:Elizabeth Kepreotes & Susan Lord (2017).Retrospective review of consecutive cases of paediatric complex pain in a New South Wales tertiary children's hospital. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, Feb 2017.
Available via CIAP

LOCAL RESEARCH

IMPROVING HOSPITAL-BASED END OF LIFE CARE PROCESSES AND OUTCOMES: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF RESEARCH OUTPUT, QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS
Trends in the incidence of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) provide important information for health care providers and can allow for accurate planning of future health needs and targeted interventions in areas with an excess burden of cardiovascular disease

As in other areas of health delivery, there is a need to ensure that end-of-life care is guided by patient centred research. A systematic review was undertaken to examine the quantity and quality of data-based research aimed at improving the (a) processes and (b) outcomes associated with delivering end-of-life care in hospital settings. A total of 416 papers met eligibility criteria.
SOURCE: Amy Waller, Natalie Dodd, Martin Tattersall, Balakrishnan Nair and Rob Sanson-Fisher (2017) Improving hospital-based end of life care processes and outcomes: a systematic review of research output, quality and effectiveness. BMC Palliative Care, 16:34

DISPARITIES IN THE INCIDENCE OF
ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION:
Trends in the incidence of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) provide important information for health care providers and can allow for accurate planning of future health needs and targeted interventions in areas with an excess burden of cardiovascular disease

SOURCE: Allan Davies, Crystal Naudin, Mohammed Al Omari, Arshad Khan, Chris Oldmeadow, Mark Jones, Bruce Bastian, Rohan Bhagwandeen, Peter Fletcher, James Leitch & Andrew Boyle (2017) Disparities in the incidence of acute myocardial infarction: Long term trends from the Hunter Region. Internal Medicine Journal, May, 2017.