Effectiveness of a Brief Self-determination Theory–Based Smoking Cessation Intervention for Smokers at Emergency Departments in Hong Kong

Clinicians have an opportunity to provide #smoking cessation interventions to smokers who present to emergency departments (EDs). The effectiveness of a brief intervention based on self-determination theory for smoking cessation is uncertain. ..The intervention group received brief advice (about 1 minute) and could choose their own quit schedules (immediate or progressive) ..Compared with the control group, the intervention group had statistically higher biochemically validated abstinence … Continue reading Effectiveness of a Brief Self-determination Theory–Based Smoking Cessation Intervention for Smokers at Emergency Departments in Hong Kong

Diagnosis of Pulmonary #Embolism with d-#Dimer Adjusted to Clinical Probability

Retrospective analyses suggest that pulmonary embolism is ruled out by a d-dimer level of less than 1000 ng per milliliter in patients with a low clinical pretest probability (C-PTP) and by a d-dimer level of less than 500 ng per milliliter in patients with a moderate C-PTP ..We performed a prospective study in which pulmonary embolism was considered to be ruled out without further testing … Continue reading Diagnosis of Pulmonary #Embolism with d-#Dimer Adjusted to Clinical Probability