In June 2019, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued an A recommendation (the highest level) to offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to persons at high risk of HIV acquisition, and the September issue of the Ochsner Journal includes a timely article by Halton, Roberts, and Denton entitled “Factors associated with discussions of human immunodeficiency virus pre-exposure prophylaxis in men who have sex with men.” In addition to providing background on PrEP and its efficacy, the authors present their findings from a medical record review undertaken to determine the factors associated with whether Ochsner providers discuss PrEP with at-risk HIV-negative patients.
Another well-timed article, given the focus on burnout among healthcare workers, is the paper by Musso et al entitled “The relationship between grit and resilience in emergency medical service personnel.” The idea behind the work is to attempt to identify personal characteristics that may enhance an individual’s ability to cope with traumatic and stressful work conditions.
Several prominent Ochsner physicians are authors on two other original research articles in the fall issue of the Journal: “Fortification of preservation solution with nitroprusside does not alter lung allograft survival in clinical human lung transplantation” and “Right heart failure in different left ventricular assist devices: single-center experience.”
Four other research articles round out the issue offerings. They explore cognitive dysfunction in patients with diabetes, the responsibility for ensuring that patients with irritable bowel disease receive the appropriate vaccinations, fertility after isthmocele surgery, and the use of risk estimation techniques to investigate the source of a disease outbreak.
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