Drs. To & Vostretsova – Arthritis Care & Research
Drs. Fergus To and Kateryna Vostretsova with colleagues from Arthritis Research Canada were published in the June edition of Arthritis Care and Research. Their population-based study, Risk of Myocardial Infarction and Stroke in Newly Diagnosed Systemic Lupus Erythematosus found that the hazard ratios were highest during the first year after diagnosis, and recommend increased monitoring for the patient population.
Dr. Tsai – Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Amy Po-Yu Tsai was published with colleagues in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine for original research “Prevalence of Potential Smoking-Related Conditions Among Tobacco Users in the Emergency Department and their Perception that their visit may be Smoking-Related“. The goal of the research was to determine the prevalence of potential smoking-related conditions among tobacco users at a tertiary care, and to determine which medical conditions are more or less likely to be perceived by patients as smoking related. This is important as there are studies showing increased cessation rates for patients that perceive their ED visit to be smoking-related.
Adults who reported smoking within 30 days of their ED visit were enrolled in a randomized controlled trial, and were asked whether they perceived their visit to be related to smoking. Their study found that 13% of all visits among smokers were for a potentially smoking-related condition, of which only 38% were perceived by patients to be smoking-related. Education to increase awareness of smoking-related conditions was recommended.