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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090718/an-analysis-of-policies-for-cotrimoxazole-amoxicillin-and-azithromycin-use-in-namibia-s-public-sector-findings-and-therapeutic-implications
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Dan Kibuule, Mwangana Mubita, Ester Naikaku, Francis Kalemeera, Brian B Godman, Evans Sagwa
BACKGROUND: Despite Namibia's robust medicine use systems and policies, antibiotic use indicators remain suboptimal. Recent medicine use surveys rank cotrimoxazole, amoxicillin and azithromycin (CAA) among the most used medicines. However, there is rising resistance to CAA (55.9%-96.7%). Unfortunately, to date, there have been limited studies evaluating policies to improve antibiotic use in Namibia. AIM: To evaluate public sector pharmaceutical policies and guidelines influencing the therapeutic use of CAA antibiotics in Namibia...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090727/italian-patients-with-more-recent-onset-of-major-depressive-disorder-have-a-shorter-duration-of-untreated-illness
#2
Bernardo Dell'Osso, Laura Cremaschi, Benedetta Grancini, Francesca De Cagna, Beatrice Benatti, Giulia Camuri, Chiara Arici, Cristina Dobrea, Lucio Oldani, Maria Carlotta Palazzo, Matteo Vismara, A Carlo Altamura
BACKGROUND: Previous investigation on the duration of untreated illness (DUI) in patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) revealed a different latency to first antidepressant treatment, with adverse consequences in terms of outcome for individuals with a longer DUI. Recent reports, moreover, documented a reduced DUI, as observed with the passage of time, in patients with different psychiatric disorders. Hence, the present study was aimed to assess DUI and related variables in a sample of Italian patients with MDD as well as to investigate potential differences in subjects with onset before and after 2000...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074617/soft-drink-intake-and-the-risk-of-metabolic-syndrome-a%C3%A2-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#3
REVIEW
Aditya Narain, Chun Shing Kwok, Mamas A Mamas
BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether consumption of sugar- or artificially sweetened beverages is independently associated with the development of metabolic syndrome. A systematic review and meta-analysis was performed to evaluate whether soft drink consumption is associated with the development of metabolic syndrome. METHODS: Medline and EMBASE were searched in November 2015 for studies which considered soft drink (sugar-sweetened beverage [SSB] and artificially sweetened beverage [ASB]) intake and risk of metabolic syndrome...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925348/factors-associated-with-efficacy-of-an-ibuprofen-pseudoephedrine-combination-drug-in-pharmacy-customers%C3%A2-with-common-cold-symptoms
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Ludger Klimek, Helmut Schumacher, Tanja Schütt, Heidemarie Gräter, Tobias Mueck, Martin C Michel
AIM: The aim of this study was to explore factors affecting efficacy of treatment of common cold symptoms with an over-the-counter ibuprofen/pseudoephedrine combination product. METHODS: Data from an anonymous survey among 1770 pharmacy customers purchasing the combination product for treatment of own common cold symptoms underwent post-hoc descriptive analysis. Scores of symptoms typically responsive to ibuprofen (headache, pharyngeal pain, joint pain and fever), typically responsive to pseudoephedrine (congested nose, congested sinus and runny nose), considered non-specific (sneezing, fatigue, dry cough, cough with expectoration) and comprising all 11 symptoms were analysed...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097763/monitoring-thyroid-function-in-patients-on-levothyroxine-audit-findings-and-suggested-change-in-practice
#5
LETTER
Jonathan J Scargill, Mark Livingston, David Holland, Adnan Khan, Christopher J Duff, Anthony A Fryer, Adrian H Heald
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097762/time-delays-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-fabry-disease
#6
Ricardo Reisin, Amandine Perrin, Pablo García-Pavía
BACKGROUND: The high variability in clinical manifestations of Fabry disease can lead to delays between symptom onset and correct diagnosis, and between correct diagnosis and initiation of enzyme replacement therapy. We investigated whether these delays have improved in recent years. METHODS: Data were analysed from the Fabry Outcome Survey (FOS; Shire; extracted August 2013) for "index patients", defined as the first patient diagnosed with Fabry disease from a family with several or no additional members registered in FOS...
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097761/shortened-hospital-length-of-stay-and-lower-costs-associated-with-rivaroxaban-in-patients-with-pulmonary-embolism-managed-as-observation-status
#7
Erin R Weeda, W Frank Peacock, Gregory J Fermann, Christopher W Baugh, Philip S Wells, Veronica Ashton, Concetta Crivera, Peter Wildgoose, Jeff R Schein, Craig I Coleman
BACKGROUND: Unlike rivaroxaban, treatment of patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) with warfarin requires parenteral bridging and coagulation monitoring that may prolong length-of-stay (LOS) and increase hospital costs. AIMS: The aim of this study was to compare LOS, hospital costs and readmissions in PE patients managed through observation stays treated with rivaroxaban or parenterally bridged warfarin. METHODS: Premier Hospital claims data from November 2012 to March 2015 were used to identify patients with a primary diagnosis code for PE managed through an observation stay and with ≥1 claim for a PE-related diagnostic test on day 0-2...
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097760/benefits-of-quitting-smoking-on-work-productivity-and-activity-impairment-in-the-united-states-the-european-union-and-china
#8
Christine L Baker, Natalia M Flores, Kelly H Zou, Marianna Bruno, Vannessa J Harrison
BACKGROUND: Smoking has important health and economic consequences for individuals and society. This study expands the understanding of work-related burden associated with smoking and benefit of smoking cessation across the US, European Union (EU) and China using large-scale, representative survey methodology. METHODS: Data utilised the 2013 National Health and Wellness Survey in United States (US), EU5 (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain) and China. Working-aged respondents 18-64 were used in the analyses (US N=58 500; EU5 N=50 417; China N=17 987) and were categorised into: current smokers, trying to quit, former smokers and never smokers...
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097759/our-digital-world-goodbye-pagination-hello-elocators
#9
EDITORIAL
Leslie Citrome
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097758/alpha-blockers-in-the-management-of-ureteric-lithiasis-a-meta-analysis
#10
Nicholas Raison, Kamran Ahmed, Oliver Brunckhorst, Prokar Dasgupta
INTRODUCTION: Effective medical expulsion for ureteric stones with α-blockers offers numerous advantages over surgical alternatives. However, its effectiveness remains uncertain and with the publication of new trial data, the available evidence requires reappraisal. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of α-blockers the management of ureteric lithiasis. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature, with predefined search criteria, was conducted using PubMed and Embase...
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981681/development-and-validation-of-prescribing-quality-indicators-for-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
#11
Kirsten P J Smits, Grigory Sidorenkov, Nanno Kleefstra, Margriet Bouma, Marianne Meulepas, Jaco Voorham, Gerjan Navis, Henk J G Bilo, Petra Denig
AIM: Quality indicators are used to measure whether healthcare professionals act according to guidelines, but few indicators focus on the quality of pharmacotherapy for diabetes. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a set of prescribing quality indicators (PQIs) for type 2 diabetes in primary care, and to apply this set in practice. To take into account the stepwise treatment of chronic disease, clinical action indicators were specifically considered. METHODS: Potential PQIs were derived from clinical practice guidelines and evaluated using the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method, a modified Delphi panel...
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933734/improved-quality-of-life-in-asthma-patients-under-long-term-therapy-assessed-by-ahq-japan
#12
Yuji Tohda, Takashi Iwanaga, Hiroyuki Sano, Hiroaki Kume, Kazuto Hirata, Noriyuki Ohkura, Isao Tachibana, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Hisako Matsumoto, Yoshiaki Minakata, Masanori Yoshikawa, Masaki Fujimura
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Assessment of the effects of long-term management on patient quality of life (QOL) would be extremely useful for determining asthma treatment strategies. However, no studies have evaluated QOL over an extended period of time. This study evaluated the changes in QOL, drug management and disease severity in the same asthma patients at an interval of approximately 9 years. METHODS: We re-surveyed asthma patients enrolled in a survey conducted in 2004 to evaluate the effects of approximately a decade of treatment on disease severity and QOL assessed by the Japanese Asthma Health Questionnaire (AHQ-JAPAN)...
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933718/constipation-in-older-people-a-consensus-statement
#13
Anton Emmanuel, Francesco Mattace-Raso, Maria Cristina Neri, Karl-Uwe Petersen, Enrique Rey, June Rogers
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic constipation is a serious medical condition that affects 30%-40% of people over 60 years old. Although not normally life threatening, constipation reduces quality of life by the same extent as diabetes and osteoarthritis. There are currently no Europe-wide guidelines for treating constipation in older people, although there is some country-level guidance for the general population. We have evaluated the existing guidance and best clinical practice to improve the care of older people with constipation...
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933694/association-of-coffee-consumption-and-chronic-kidney-disease-a-meta-analysis
#14
Karn Wijarnpreecha, Charat Thongprayoon, Natanong Thamcharoen, Panadeekarn Panjawatanan, Wisit Cheungpasitporn
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in individuals who regularly drink coffee is controversial. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the association between coffee consumption and CKD. METHODS: A literature search was performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews from inception until April 2016. We included studies that reported odd ratios or hazard ratios comparing the risk of CKD in individuals consuming significant amount of coffee vs...
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933685/the-stop-acei-trial-apt-timing-for-this-long-awaited-randomised-controlled-trial-validation-of-the-syndrome-of-late-onset-renal-failure-from-angiotensin-blockade-lorffab
#15
Macaulay Amechi Chukwukadibia Onuigbo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032432/perception-of-prognosis-of-cancer-patients-by-non-oncologists
#16
Hadar Goldvaser, Yonatan Milman, Tal Dujovni, Anat Stern, Muhamad Mahamid, Ekaterina Hanovich, Amir Zivony, Tzippy Shochat, Rinat Yerushalmi, Anat Gafter-Gvili, Baruch Brenner, Daniel Shepshelovich
BACKGROUND: Data are lacking regarding the perception of cancer patients' prognosis by physicians who are not oncologists. METHODS: This was a multicenter survey of seven university-affiliated hospitals, assessing physicians' perception of the median survival of patients with seven advanced malignancies. The study cohort included physicians from all 73 internal medicine, surgery, emergency medicine and critical care departments in the participating hospitals. Family practitioners were contacted through email...
December 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032431/degree-of-dyspnoea-in-patients-with-non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-report-from-japanese-multicenter-registry
#17
Yasuyuki Shiraishi, Shun Kohsaka, Ikuko Ueda, Taku Inohara, Mitsuaki Sawano, Yohei Numasawa, Kentaro Hayashida, Yuichiro Maekawa, Yukihiko Momiyama, Keiichi Fukuda
BACKGROUND: Degree of dyspnoea is almost universally evaluated in the patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), but its clinical implications has not been thoroughly investigated. We aimed to describe the relationship between the severity of dyspnoea and in-hospital outcomes in patients with non-ST elevation ACS (NSTE-ACS) complicated with acute heart failure (AHF). METHODS: Between 2009 and 2014, 3287 consecutive patients with NSTE-ACS were enrolled in the Japanese prospective multicenter PCI registry...
December 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032430/perceptions-matter-attitudes-and-health-outcomes
#18
EDITORIAL
Leslie Citrome
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032429/under-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-causes-and-outcomes-of-clinical-inertia
#19
REVIEW
Clifford J Bailey
AIMS: To assess the impact of clinical inertia on type 2 diabetes (T2D) care. METHODS: PubMed database search from January 2000 until December 2015. RESULTS: Clinical inertia, defined as resistance to initiate or intensify treatment in a patient not at the evidence-based glycated haemoglobin goal, is conservatively estimated to occur in at least 25% of patients with T2D. Consequently, many patients with diagnosed and treated T2D experience extended periods, in some cases years, of ineffectively controlled hyperglycaemia, potentially causing serious microvascular and macrovascular harm...
December 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032428/antimalarial-treatment-patterns-among-pregnant-women-attending-antenatal-care-clinics-in-south-east-nigeria-and-the-future-implications
#20
Charles Ezenduka, Chizoba Nworgu, Brian Barr Godman, Amos Massele, Charles Esimone
BACKGROUND: Prompt and effective treatment of malaria in pregnancy in accordance with recommended guidelines is essential to help prevent adverse events among pregnant mothers and the foetus. AIM: The aim of this study was to assess current prescribing of antimalarial medicines in pregnancy against policy guidelines in south east Nigeria to provide future guidance. METHODS: A review of prescription records of pregnant women treated for malaria over a 6-month period between August 2013 and January 2014 was carried out to assess the prescribing patterns for both the prevention and treatment of malaria in each trimester and analyzed for conformity to recommended guidelines...
December 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
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