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Comorbidities associated with symptoms of subjective cognitive decline in individuals aged 45–64

Zach Monahan, BS; Jacob Heath, BS; Alexis Ditren Santos, BS; Alicia Ford, PhD; and Micah Hartwell, PhD
This study examined correlations between identified dementia comorbidities and subjective cognitive decline (the self-reported presence of worsening memory loss or confusion) in individuals ages 45–64 years.
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Telehealth in opioid use disorder treatment: policy considerations for expanding access to care

Auguste Niyibizi, DO, MBA; Arman Haveric, BA; and Giselle Irio, DO
This commentary aims to provide safe and pragmatic suggestions to lawmakers in the realm of telehealth policy, with a specific focus on opioid use disorder treatment.
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The evolution of type 2 diabetes management: glycemic control and beyond with SGLT-2 inhibitors and GLP-1 receptor agonists

Thomas C. Serowik, BS, and Kevin M. Pantalone, DO, FACE
The aim of this article is to provide a broad overview of the various clinical trials and analyses that have led to current diabetes management guidelines, and ultimately, help guide primary care physicians in selecting therapies that will not only improve glycemic control and reduce the risk of microvascular complications, but also reduce the risk of macrovascular complications in their patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
J Osteopath Med; 124(3):

Evaluating attitudes among healthcare graduate students following interprofessional education on opioid use disorder

Chrissa Karagiannis, BS; Julia Liang, BS; Susan St. Pierre, DO; Carinne Brody, DrPH; and Christina Kinnevey, MD
The authors aimed to determine whether attitudes could be affected by an interprofessional education (IPE) event by assessing attitudes utilizing an adapted version of the Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Perceptions Questionnaire (AAPPQ) before and after the IPE event.
J Osteopath Med; 124(2): 85-93

The effectiveness of disinfection protocols in osteopathic family medicine offices

Riley Phyu, BS; Harrison A. Patrizio, BS; Thomas Boyle, MS; and Todd Schachter, DO
This study aims to assess the effectiveness of the current disinfection protocols in osteopathic family medicine offices.
J Osteopath Med; 123(12): 585-591

Issues of informed consent for non-specialists conducting colorectal cancer screenings

Forrest Bohler, BS; and Allison Garden, BS
This commentary highlights inequities due to the overreliance on non-specialists to conduct a colorectal cancer screenings and the ethical issues raised by nondisclosure of elevated risks.
J Osteopath Med; 124(1): 39-42

Preventing quality improvement drift: evaluation of efforts to sustain the cost savings from implementing best practice guidelines to reduce unnecessary electrocardiograms (ECGs) during the preadmisison testing evaluation

Rabeel Ahmad, BA; Ellen Hauck, DO, PhD; Huaging Zhao, PhD, MS; and Joseph McComb, DO, MBA
The objectives of this study were to improve and maintain adherence to published guidelines for preoperative ECG testing at a university hospital in a physician-led, nurse practitioner–staffed preadmission testing clinic.
J Osteopath Med; 123(11): 547-554

Diabetic ketoacidosis diagnosis in a hospital setting

Amber M. Healy, DO; Mallory Faherty, PhD, ATC; Zeryab Khan, DO; Naveen Emara, DO; Cody Carter, DO; Andrew Scheidemantel, DO; Musa Abu-Jubara, DO; and Robert Young, DO
The aims of this study were to determine how often diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is overdiagnosed in the context of other acute hyperglycemic emergencies, to describe the baseline characteristics of patients, to determine the hospital treatments for DKA, and to identify the frequency of endocrinology or diabetology consultation in the hospital setting.
J Osteopath Med; 123(10): 499-503

Associations of clinical personnel characteristics and controlled substance prescribing practices

Robert Millhollon, BS; Covenant Elenwo, MPH; Alex Lundberg, BS; Will Roberts, DO; Jason Beaman, DO; Natasha Bray, DO; and Micah Hartwell, PhD
This study aims to assess prescribing behaviors by physicians in 2021 based on four demographics utilizing the National Electronic Health Record System (NEHRS): physician’s age, sex, specialty, and degree.
J Osteopath Med; 123(9): 451-458

Physician stress in the era of COVID-19 vaccine disparity: a multi-institutional survey

Sarah Zahl, PhD; Debasis Mondal, PhD; David Tolentino, DO; Jennifer A. Fischer, PhD; and Sherry Jimenez, EdD
Despite the availability of several vaccines against COVID-19, the absence of vaccination in patients and colleagues remains a source of stress in healthcare workers. The objective of this study is to determine whether exposure to unvaccinated patients and/or colleagues increases stress and burnout in physician preceptors.
J Osteopath Med; 123(7): 351-355