Anthony Spencer

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BACKGROUND CONTEXT The surgical treatment in spinal metastases has been shown to improve function and neurologic outcome. Unplanned hospital readmissions can be costly and cause unnecessary harm. PURPOSE Our aim was to first analyze the reoperation rate and indications for this revision surgery in spinal metastases from an academic tertiary spinal(More)
Communication about diabetes presents a challenge for indigenous populations experiencing increasing rates of type 2 diabetes. In translating simple terms related to diabetes from English to Navajo and transforming information into acceptable and useful forms for patients from traditional backgrounds, Navajo interpreters are faced with many challenges. The(More)
AIM This study aimed to improve our ability to communicate with patients with regard to four key issues. Their diagnosis, treatment plan, clinical criteria for discharge and estimated discharge date. METHODS This was a prospective case control study. It involved 200 general medical patients admitted to Christchurch Public Hospital. Each day there were two(More)
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