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Sant Joan d’Alacant Declaration defending Open Access to scientifc publications, from Publishing Group of Spanish Journals concerning Health Sciences (GERECS, from original title in Spanish)

(  PDF )   Rev Osteoporos Metab Miner. 2018; 10 (1): 55-57 DOI: 10.4321/S1889-836X2018000100008 Several authors   The concept of Open Access (OA) not only pertains to scientific documentation access, but also covers more or...

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Doctors handwriting

Introduction

Doctors are famous for their poor handwriting. It is not for nothing that the expression “doctor’s handwriting” exists, referring to handwriting which is almost illegible, and which, in all cases, only the art and sagacity of the pharmacist can decipher. In fact, if one looks for the definition of “legibility” in some online dictionaries phrases such as: “the legibility of this prescription is nil” are given as an examples [1]. Popular culture considers this fact as an almost inherent quality of the medical profession.

However, from a legislative point of view, Royal Decree 1718/2010 of 17th December, regarding medical prescriptions and dispensary orders, states: “All the data and instructions given on medical prescriptions should be clearly legible” [2]. Doctors therefore have a duty to write their prescriptions clearly.

Is there any truth to all this? It may be that doctors’ handwriting is as legible as that of the rest of the population and that what we have here is an urban legend. Or if it is indeed the case that doctors have worse, often illegible writing, what impact could this fact have on the health of their patients? These questions have led us to investigate what has been published about this matter in the scientific literature, with the aim of finding firm answers.

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Clinical case discussion: therapeutic holiday, yes or not?

Presentation

We introduce a new, special type of document, in which, within the Journal itself, we will debate a currently controversial theme which will allow the reader to reflect and, above all, participate by contributing their opinions in the form of letters to the Editor.

On this occasion, we address the matter of treatment holidays, using a clinical case. Two reasoned opinions, in favour and against, are expounded below, with the sole aim of setting out the arguments and stimulating the contribution of readers to the debate.

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The history of SEIOMM (1987-2013)

During the 1980s, the medical professionals associated with diseases of the locomotor apparatus began to pay attention to metabolic bone diseases, and among these, a pathology very common in advanced age, osteoporosis, which, until this time had passed almost unnoticed due to the absence of precise methods of diagnosis. Bone fractures, to a great extent brought on by osteoporosis, were frequent and provoked disorders and disabilities, above all in women after the menopause. The appearance of highly precise methods for the diagnosis of osteoporosis and of efficacious drugs for its treatment led to an increase in interest in this pathology on the part of medical specialists directly or indirectly associated with the locomotor apparatus such as internists, rheumatologists, endocrinologists, gynaecologists and nephrologists. In Spain this situation resulted in the formation of the Spanish Society for Bone and Mineral Metabolism Research (SEIOMM) and led to a pharmaceutical company offering DXA densitometry at 14 Spanish hospitals, facilitating the diagnosis and study of osteoporosis.

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Summary Annual Congress of American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2015. A subjective overview

Introduction

This past October 2015, the annual congress of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) was held in Seattle, USA.

Those in attendance observed a constant through all the conference sessions: research aimed at finding new interrelationships in bone mineral metabolism beyond the bone itself or to better understand the patho-physiology or obtain new therapeutic resources.

SEIOMM and the Journal of Osteoporosis and Mineral Metabolism consider it interesting to provide our readers with a personal overview of the proceedings with a summary of the issues that seem most relevant and representative of current research trends in bone metabolism, as I explain below.

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