Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Guiding Urology Care

Man on virtual visit on tabletThe Division of Urology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital provides expert, individualized care for a range of urological conditions. Because many urological treatments have similar clinical outcomes, division surgeons are gathering data called patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). They plan to use PROMs to better identify the nuances of treatment outcomes and determine how these outcomes affect quality of life for individual patients.

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Rheumatology-Dermatology Collaboration Enhancing PsA Care

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Management of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) can be notoriously complicated due to factors such as heterogeneity of disease manifestations and comorbidity considerations. Despite the emergence of promising new therapies, there remains considerable variation in quality of care from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up management.

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New Tool Speeds Diagnosis of Reflux Disease

doctor showing patient information on a tabletLaryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPR), an inflammatory condition related to the direct and indirect effects of gastroduodenal content reflux, affects up to 30 percent of otolaryngology patients worldwide. The condition leads to symptoms including chronic throat clearing and cough, excess throat mucus, postnasal drip and vocal changes, which can significantly impact the patient’s quality of life.

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New ECMO Transport Program at the Brigham

clinicians with EMCOAt Brigham and Women’s Hospital, The Lung Center has launched a new extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) Transport Program to provide lifesaving ECMO treatment to hospitalized patients at community hospitals in New England. The unique program arranges for ECMO specialists at the Brigham to travel to hospitals in the community, put patients on ECMO and bring them back to The Lung Center for complex pulmonary care.

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Focusing on Outcomes of Treatment for Shoulder Instability

shoulder x-rayShoulder instability is a relatively common concern in athletes, especially among those who play contact sports such as football, basketball and rugby. This condition has a number of treatment options, including physical therapy and various surgical procedures, but much remains unclear about how to determine the best course for each patient.

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Some Obesity-Linked Diseases May Be Related to Cholesterol

close up of cellsObesity is linked to an increased risk of many diseases, but much remains unknown about the molecular mechanisms underlying this connection. In a new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, investigators have found an unexpected role for cholesterol and its effects on the immune system in driving some of these obesity-linked diseases — in particular, with conditions characterized by autoimmunity.

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Using Nanoparticles to Target Renal Cell Carcinoma

nanoparticlesTargeted therapy has had much less success in treating renal cell carcinoma than in treating many other kinds of cancer. Physician-scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are working on several innovative approaches to address this shortfall.

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Lessons Learned From Adapting the CGA for Telehealth

People using tablet at homeThe COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a rapid shift to telemedicine across health care. Among the many challenges this new reality has created for geriatricians is how to adapt the comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) to a virtual delivery format.

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Emphasizing Prevention in Alzheimer’s Disease Trials

alzheimer's researchFor most chronic diseases, improvements in care over the past few decades have resulted from early interventions that prevent disease progression. Brigham and Women’s Hospital investigators, along with collaborators at other institutions around the world, are applying a similar approach to the early detection and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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Brigham Offers Comprehensive Approach to Afib Management

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Detailed, accurate renderings such as this one help guide operators during ablation, without use of fluoroscopy, enabling a safe, effective, and efficient ablation procedure.

The Heart & Vascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a well-established reputation for innovation in atrial fibrillation (Afib) treatment. Twenty years ago, the Brigham pioneered cryoablation therapy, which currently comprises about 20 percent of Afib ablations conducted worldwide.

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