On December 22, 2014, JAMA Internal Medicine published an article online titled “Mortality and Treatment Patterns Among Patients Hospitalized With Acute Cardiovascular Conditions During Dates of National Cardiology Meetings.” A note by the journal’s editor Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc, a cardiologist, titled “Cardiac Patient Outcomes During National Cardiology Meetings” appeared the same day. [JAMA Intern Med. Published online December 22, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.6801] Also, the same day press reports appeared – among other news outlets – in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and on the Web pages of the Harvard Medical School commenting on these articles. The newspaper articles and press release titles are more tantalizing: “Do Heart Patients Fare Better When Doctors Away?”; “Some Heart Patients Do Better When the Cardiologist Is Away”; and “Startling Benefit of Cardiology Meetings.”
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