The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health and environmental medicine; bioethics and medical education; and quality health care, patient safety, and best practices.

Southern Medical Journal Vol. 112 • No. 07 • June 2019

Quality Care & Patient Safety

CME Article: Retrospective Analysis of the Effect of Postdischarge Telephone Calls by Hospitalists on Improvement of Patient Satisfaction and Readmission Rates
Mengli Xiao, MS, Catherine A. St. Hill, DVM, PhD, Marc Vacquier, MS, Love Patel, MD, Pamela Mink, PhD, Karl Fernstrom, MPH, Justin Kirven, MD, Jessica Jeruzal, BA, and David Beddow, MD

Outcomes of Patients Hospitalized for Severe Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis
Leonard Noronha, MD, Erin FitzGerald, DO, and J. Rush Pierce, Jr, MD, MPH

Public Health & Environmental Medicine

OPEN: Effect of Local Smoke-Free Ordinances on Smoking Prevalence in Kentucky, 2002–2009
W. Jay Christian, PhD, MPH, Courtney J. Walker, BA, Bin Huang, DrPH, MS, and Ellen J. Hahn, PhD, RN, FAAN

Bioethics & Medical Education

The Costs of Applying to Residency: One Institution’s Efforts to Increase Transparency
Andrew W. Kuhn, BA, Ryan T. Jarrett, BA, David R. Scudder, BS, Daniel E. Pereira, BS, Amy E. Fleming, MD, MHPE, and Brian C. Drolet, MD

Women’s & Children’s Health

Healthcare Access, Pregnancy Intention, and Contraceptive Practices Among Reproductive-Aged Women Receiving Opioid Agonist Therapy in Northeast Tennessee
Edward Leinaar, MPH, Leigh Johnson, MD, MPH, Ruby Yadav, DrPH, Abir Rahman, MPH, and Arsham Alamian, PhD, MSc

Medicine & Medical Specialties

Prevalence of Systemic Hypertension Among HIV-Infected and HIV-Uninfected Young Adults in Baltimore, Maryland
Patrick Ryscavage, MD, William Still, MS, Vimbai Nyemba, MD, and Kristen Stafford, PhD

An Updated Approach to Evaluation and Treatment of Helicobacter pylori Infection
Benjamin R. Lloyd, MD, and David A. Leiman, MD, MSHP

Commentary on “An Updated Approach to Evaluation and Treatment of Helicobacter pylori Infection”
Patrick G. Brady, MD

Choice of Intravenous Crystalloid Fluid and Mortality in Critically Ill Adult Patients.
Christopher D. Jackson, MD, Shawn B. Patel, MD, Matthew B. Haltom, MD, Praneet S. Iyer, MD, Marwan A. Odeesh, MD, Robert W. Bradsher, MD, Sehrish Kamal, MD, Ankur Seth, MD

Assessing the Availability of Pharmacotherapy Options for Tobacco Cessation in Tennessee’s Substance Use Facilities.
John Boatner, DSW, David Patterson, PhD, Freida Herron, DSW, William Nugent, PhD, Timothy Rice, MD

A Dose-Response Analysis of Crystalloid Administration during Esophageal Resection.
Morgan Smith, MBBS, Bobby Nossaman, MD

Commentary on “A Dose-Response Analysis of Crystalloid Administration during Esophageal Resection”.
Kyle J. Kalkwarf, MD

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