February 2014

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Dealing with drug-seeking behavior

Hospitalists must discern true drug-seeking behavior from a straightforward desire for pain relief.

Disaster preparedness

A recent Institute of Medicine report said too few health care facilities have established indicators to guide decisions during crises.

Treatment of ascites in patients with portal hypertension

Article reviews the current recommendations for the treatment of ascites, including hepatorenal syndrome and spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.

Failing to prevent heart failure readmissions

Hospitalist use was associated with greater adherence to heart failure performance measures,.

Yogurt: A tasty tool against C. difficile

Program has been expanded to 2 long-term care facilities in the same health system.

HIV-positive status and AIDS

An AIDS-defining condition takes precedence over CD4+ counts in making the diagnosis.

Letter from the Editor

This month's issue includes a cover story on responsible opioid prescribing, disaster preparedness, and treatment of ascites in patients with portal hypertension.

MKSAP quiz on ascites

These cases and commentary, which focus on ascites, are excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP16).

Recent Research

Hand hygiene, the July effect, migraines and stroke, and more.

In the News

Stroke units, opioid prescribing, and more.