November 2019, Volume 112 - Issue 11

Provider Practice and Perceptions of Pediatric Obesity in Appalachian Kentucky

Timothy S. Thornberry, PhD, Valery R. Bodziony, MS, David A. Gross, MPA

Abstract: Objectives: This study assessed providers’ present practices and perceived needs in Appalachian Kentucky to identify the standard of care and implementation of expert recommendations for managing pediatric obesity.Methods: Questionnaire data were gathered from 28...

(pp 553-559)

Commentary on “Provider Practice and Perceptions of Pediatric Obesity in Appalachian Kentucky”

Inés María Anchondo, DrPH, RD

Abstract: In this issue of the Southern Medical Journal, Thornberry and colleagues asked 28 physicians and nurses in Kentucky’s Appalachian region to answer a 69-item questionnaire1 about the Expert Committee recommendations regarding the prevention, assessment, and treatment of...

(pp 560-561)

Teen Driving Education in a Pediatric Emergency Department: Effectiveness of a Toolkit

Zoza Grace Spears, MD, Brittany Schoen, BSN, RN, Tiffany Thompson, RN, BSN, Michele Nichols, MD, William King, MPH, DrPH, Kathy Monroe, MD

Abstract: Objectives: In the United States, the leading cause of death for adolescents aged 16 to 24 years is motor vehicle crashes, with Alabama ranked as the second-worst state in the nation for teen driving deaths. We sought to determine the efficacy of teenage driving education...

(pp 562-565)

Role of Physician Gender in the Modern Practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Do Obstetrician-Gynecologists Perceive Discrimination from their Sex?

Mark Turrentine, MD, Mildred Ramirez, MD, Lauren Stark, MPP, Carrie Snead, MA, Jay Schulkin, PhD

Abstract: Objectives: It is unclear whether obstetrician-gynecologists (OBGYNs) experience gender discrimination as a result of patient and organizational gender preferences. Our objective was to evaluate whether the gender preference for OBGYNs resulted in perceptions of...

(pp 566-570)

Curriculum Enrichment Across the Medical Education Continuum Using e-Delphi and the Community Priority Index

Hamisu M. Salihu, MD, PhD, Deepa Dongarwar, MS, Erik D. Malmberg, PhD, JD, Toi B. Harris, MD, Jennifer G. Christner, MD, William A. Thomson, PhD

Abstract: Objective: To describe the use of the e-Delphi combined with the Community Priority Index (CPI) to support medical curriculum enrichment.Methods: This mixed-methods study was conducted from December 2017 to May 2018 at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. First, a...

(pp 571-580)

Patients and Guns: Florida Physicians Are Not Asking

Melanie G. Hagen, MD, Babatunde Carew, BS, Marie Crandall, MD, MPH, Zareen Zaidi, MD, PhD

Abstract: Objectives: The number of deaths from gun violence continues to increase in the United States. Despite multiple studies demonstrating that counseling patients leads to safer gun storage, it is not routinely practiced by physicians. There are multiple barriers to discussing...

(pp 581-585)

Frequency of β-Blocker Use Following Exacerbations of COPD in Patients with Compelling Indication for Use

Nathan Pinner, PharmD, Wesley Oliver, PharmD, MS, Tara Veasey,mD, Jessica Starr, PharmD, Sarah Eudaley, PharmD, Amber Hutchison, PharmD, Kurt Wargo, PharmD

Abstract: Objective: To assess the current use of β-blockers in patients with compelling indications for use, following the acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).Methods: We performed a multicenter retrospective observational study using data from all of...

(pp 586-590)

CME Article: Impact of β-Lactam Allergies on Antimicrobial Selection in an Outpatient Setting

Rachel A. Ness, PharmD, BCPS, Jessica G. Bennett, PharmD, Whitney V. Elliott, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, Amanda R. Gillion, PharmD, BCPS, Debendra N. Pattanaik, MD, MBBS, FACR, FAAAI

Abstract: Objective: The primary objective of this study was to determine whether patients prescribed nonpreferred antibiotics received appropriate alternative antibiotics.Methods: This was a retrospective observational analysis of military veteran patients with a β-lactam allergy...

(pp 591-597)

Scratching the Surface of the Antivaccination Phenomenon

Faysal Alhasan, MD, Leen Makki, MD, Steven Lippmann, MD

Abstract: To the Editor: Refusals and doubt about vaccine safety and/or effectiveness is not a recent problem. It has been present since the advent of smallpox vaccinations in the 18th...

(pp 598)