New Article on POLL, the LinkedIn Psychiatry Journal Club!

journal club imageThis is just a short announcement about a new journal article on the LinkedIn online journal club Psychiatry Online Lifelong Learning (POLL). The link to the PLoS One article is PLOS ONE: Outcomes of a Geriatric Liaison Intervention to Prevent the Development of Postoperative Delirium in Frail Elderly Cancer Patients: Report on a Multicentre, Randomized, Controlled Trial.

I introduced the article and one of the problems with the study was patient selection. Most of the patients were at lower risk for delirium, which is one of the reasons why the researchers were unable to show a significant difference between the study group and the usual care group.

They used the Delirium Observation Scale (DOS) to detect delirium. I thought it was interesting that psychopharmacologic management was allowed but I couldn’t find any details in the paper about it. See if you can find it.

POLL is the brain child of Psych Practice blogger and along with Dr. George Dawson (who blogs Real Psychiatry), we’ve been running the online journal club for a couple of months now and have 45 members. It’s our effort to show that it’s at least conceivable there might be alternatives to Maintenance of Certification (MOC). In fact, I think most doctors search the medical literature nearly every day to guide evidence-based care of patients.

Anyone with an interest in psychiatry is welcome to join POLL and we encourage active discussion in this open group.

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