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Q fever is an emerging infectious disease among US soldiers serving in Iraq. Three patients have had atypical manifestations, including 2 patients with acute cholecystitis and 1 patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome. Providers must be aware of Q fever's signs and symptoms to avoid delays in treatment.
PURPOSE How accurately physicians perceive patient suffering remains unclear. The authors sought to quantitatively compare physicians' estimates of their patients' suffering with the patients' ratings of their own suffering, using a paired survey. METHOD Six major domains of suffering (DOSs) were derived from narrative descriptions of suffering by… (More)