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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422454/childhood-maltreatment-and-adulthood-poor-sleep-quality-a-longitudinal-study
#1
Amanuel Alemu Abajobir, Steve Kisely, Gail Williams, Lane Strathearn, Jake Moses Najman
BACKGROUND: Available evidence from cross-sectional studies suggests that childhood maltreatment may be associated with a range of sleep disorders. However, these studies have not controlled for potential individual, familial and environmental level confounders. AIM: To determine the association between childhood maltreatment and lower sleep quality, after adjusting for potential confounders. METHODS: Data for the present study are from a pre-birth cohort study of 3778 young adults (52...
April 19, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422448/the-benefits-of-clinical-facilitators-on-improving-stroke-care-in-acute-hospitals-a-new-program-for-australia
#2
Tara Purvis, Karen Moss, Linda Francis, Karen Borschmann, Monique F Kilkenny, Sonia Denisenko, Christopher F Bladin, Dominique A Cadilhac
BACKGROUND: Care gaps for stroke lead to preventable disability and deaths. The Victorian State Government implemented a program of employing clinical Facilitators on a fixed-term basis for up to three years (2008-2011) in eight hospitals to improve stroke care. The Facilitators were to establish stroke units where absent, implement evidence-based management protocols and provide staff education within an agreed work plan. The aim of this study was to determine if the Facilitator role was associated with improved stroke care, and to describe factors supporting or mitigating enhancements to care...
April 19, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422404/the-use-of-resuscitation-plans-at-a-tertiary-australian-hospital-room-for-improvement
#3
Roger J Smith, John D Santamaria, Jennifer A Holmes, Espedito E Faraone, Patricia N Hurune, David A Reid
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the introduction of a document for recording the resuscitation plans of patients at a tertiary hospital. The 'Acute Resuscitation Plan' (ARP) was introduced in September 2014, superseding the 'Not for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)' form. Unlike the Not for CPR form, the ARP was relevant to patients with and without resuscitation limits. DESIGN: Retrospective audit of the records of all admissions to the hospital from January-June 2014 (Not for CPR period) and January-June 2015 (ARP period)...
April 19, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401688/goals-of-patient-care-system-change-with-video-based-education-increases-rates-of-advance-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-decision-making-and-discussions-in-hospitalised-rehabilitation-patients
#4
Claire Johnson, Jeffrey Chong, Anne Wilkinson, Barbara Hayes, Sonia Tait, Nicholas Waldron
BACKGROUND: Advance CPR discussions and decision-making are not routine clinical practice in the hospital setting. Frail older patients may be at risk of non-beneficial CPR. AIM: To assess the utility and safety of two interventions to increase CPR decision-making, documentation and communication for hospitalised older patients. METHODS: A pre-post study tested two interventions: i) standard ward-based education forums with CPR content; and ii) a combined, two-pronged strategy with 'Goals of Patient Care' (GoPC) system change and structured video-based workshop; against usual practice (ie no formal training)...
April 12, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401682/guideline-based-intervention-to-reduce-telemetry-rates-in-a-large-tertiary-centre
#5
Satish Ramkumar, Edward H Tsoi, Ajay Raghunath, Floyd F Dias, Christopher Li Wai Suen, Andrew H Tsoi, Darren R Mansfield
BACKGROUND: Inappropriate cardiac telemetry use is associated with reduced patient flow and increased health care costs. AIM: To evaluate the outcomes of guideline-based application of cardiac telemetry. METHODS: Phase I involved a prospective audit(03-09/2011) of telemetry use at a tertiary hospital. Data was collected on indication for telemetry and clinical outcomes. Phase II prospectively included patients > 18yrs under general medicine requiring ward based telemetry...
April 12, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401645/body-composition-and-micronutrient-deficiencies-in-patients-with-an-acute-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#6
Charith Horadagoda, Timothy Dinihan, Mary Roberts, Kristina Kairaitis
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a multisystem disorder. Abnormal body composition (BC) and low serum micronutrient levels contribute significantly to morbidity associated with acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD). The BC and serum levels of selected micronutrients were recorded in prospective, consecutive patients admitted to hospital with an AECOPD in Western Sydney. 94 patients were enrolled, 43% female, the average age was 69.8 ± 8.2years(SD). Admission spirometry revealed a mean spirometric ratio of 0...
April 12, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401639/targeting-ldl-cholesterol-with-pcsk9-inhibitors
#7
REVIEW
Daniel J Scherer, Adam Nelson, Peter J Psaltis, Stephen J Nicholls
Over the last quarter century, clinical trials have consistently demonstrated that lowering levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) with statins reduce the rate of major adverse cardiovascular events. However, the findings that many patients continue to experience events or harbour inappropriately high LDL-C levels despite intensive statin therapy and the clinical reality of statin intolerance suggests that additional therapeutic strategies are required in order to achieve more effective reductions in cardiovascular risk...
April 12, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370833/infectious-complications-in-indigenous-renal-transplant-recipients-in-western-australia
#8
Peter Boan, Ramyasuda Swaminathan, Ashley Irish
BACKGROUND: Infectious complications remain a significant risk following renal transplantation. AIMS: To examine the burden and pattern of infection following renal transplantation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) compared to non-ATSI. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of 141 consecutive adult renal transplant recipients in Western Australia between 2005 and 2011. We determined baseline serological status for relevant organisms, the number of patients with specific infections and infectious admission in the first year post transplantation and the rate of infectious death during follow up...
April 3, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345276/a-prospective-evaluation-of-levofloxacin-based-triple-therapy-for-refractory-helicobacter-pylori-infection-in-australia
#9
Ph Katelaris, Al Katelaris
BACKGROUND: First line Helicobacter pylori eradication failure is a common and challenging problem. AIMS: To assess the efficacy of salvage levofloxacin-based triple therapy in Australia. METHODS: Prospective patients referred after prior treatment failure(s) were prescribed esomeprazole 40 mg, amoxicillin 1 g and levofloxacin 500 mg each twice daily for ten days. All patients received detailed written and verbal adherence support. Outcome assessment was by (13) C-urea breath test and/or histology and urease test...
March 27, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345188/treatment-of-gonorrhoea-in-auckland-new-zealand-marked-variation-in-prescriber-adherence-to-treatment-guidelines
#10
Rose Forster, Ms Diana Ng, Arlo Upton, Rick Franklin, Mark Thomas
BACKGROUND: The relentless emergence and spread of strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae that are resistant to many antimicrobial agents has led to frequent changes in treatment guidelines, with a consequent risk that prescribers may not be aware of current guidelines. METHODS: We audited the treatment given to adult patients with laboratory proven gonorrhoea in Auckland, New Zealand, during the first six months of 2015. RESULTS: Treatment compliant with the current New Zealand Sexual Health Society (NZSHS) guidelines was administered in only 65% (458/706) episodes overall...
March 27, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328109/a-cohort-study-of-gorlin-syndrome-with-emphasis-on-standardised-phenotyping-and-quality-of-life-assessment
#11
Aamira J Huq, Michael Bogwitz, Alexandra Gorelik, Ingrid M Winship, Susan M White, Alison H Trainer
BACKGROUND: Gorlin syndrome (Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome) is a rare genetic predisposition to basal cell carcinomas (BCCs), keratocysts of the jaw and calcification of the falx cerebri amongst other clinical features. With the advent of sonic hedgehog inhibitors for the treatment of BCCs, it is timely to establish a cohort of individuals with Gorlin syndrome and collect standardised phenotypic information on these individuals. Moreover, the health-related quality of life (QoL) in individuals with Gorlin syndrome is not well studied...
March 22, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321977/the-relationship-between-hp-infection-and-vomiting-induced-by-gastrointestinal-cancer-chemotherapy
#12
Yiwei Yao, Chushu Ji, Yifu He, Yueyin Pan
BACKGROUND: Nausea and vomiting are the most common adverse reactions to chemotherapy. AIM: To discuss the relationship between Helicobacter pylori (HP) and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). METHODS: One hundred twelve patients with malignant tumours of the gastrointestinal tract were selected. Based on the 14C-urea breath test results, the patients were divided into HP-positive (n = 59) and HP-negative (n = 53) groups...
March 21, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321964/combination-therapy-of-leflunomide-and-glucocorticoids-for-the-maintenance-of-remission-in-patients-with-igg4-related-disease-a-retrospective-study-and-literature-review
#13
Yiwen Wang, Kunpeng Li, Dai Gao, Gui Luo, Yurong Zhao, Xiuru Wang, Jie Zhang, Jingyu Jin, Zheng Zhao, Chunhua Yang, Jian Zhu, Jianglin Zhang, Feng Huang
BACKGROUND: Although glucocorticoids are effective in IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD), patients may relapse during or after glucocorticoid tapering. Immunosuppressive agents including leflunomide (LEF) are regarded as steroid-sparing agents in other autoimmune disorders and need to be discussed in the management of IgG4-RD. AIM: To identify the efficacy and safety of combination therapy of LEF and glucocorticoids in IgG4-RD. METHODS: We retrospectively summarized data of patients diagnosed with IgG4-RD between November 2012 and November 2015...
March 21, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321963/outcomes-and-predictors-of-harmful-relapse-following-liver-transplantation-for-alcoholic-liver-disease-in-an-australian-population
#14
Alan J Wigg, Dileep Mangira, John W Chen, Richard W Woodman
AIMS: Limited studies of patient survival and alcoholic relapse following transplantation for alcoholic liver disease have been described in Australian populations. The aim of this study was therefore to describe these outcomes in an Australian population, to determine the association between harmful alcoholic relapse and patient survival, and to examine pre transplant variables associated with harmful relapse. METHODS: Single center, retrospective review of consecutive patients transplanted at the South Australian Liver Transplant Unit...
March 21, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276136/initial-diagnosis-and-management-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-in-australia-views-from-the-coal-face
#15
Bonnie Bereznicki, Haydn Walters, Julia Walters, Gregory Peterson, Luke Bereznicki
BACKGROUND: Early diagnosis and management can mitigate the long-term morbidity and mortality of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). AIM: To gain insights into the initial diagnostic process and early management of COPD by Australian general practitioners (GPs). METHODS: A random sample of Australian GPs was invited to complete a postal survey, which assessed familiarity with and use of contemporary practice guidelines, diagnostic criteria, and management preferences for COPD...
March 9, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276127/heyde-s-syndrome-revisited-anaemia-and-aortic-stenosis
#16
Catherina Tjahjadi, Yong Wee, Karen Hay, Peter Tesar, Andrew Clarke, Darren L Walters, Nicholas Bett
BACKGROUND: The association of anaemia with aortic stenosis (AS) has been recognised for over 50 years but although there have been a number of sporadic reports there are little data on the prevalence of this syndrome. AIMS: We sought to compare the prevalence of anaemia in adults with AS with that of controls who had undergone coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study comparing pre-procedural levels of haemoglobin in 1537 adults who underwent aortic valve replacement (AVR) for AS with 8025 contemporaneous patients who had CABG...
March 9, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266121/reigniting-compassion-into-healthcare-manaakitia-reflective-rounds
#17
S Shah, I Lambrecht, A O'Callaghan
AIMS: To evaluate the efficacy of monthly case-based, staff-support reflective rounds to discuss complex emotional and psychosocial issues that arise in caring for patients and families. METHODS: At Auckland City Hospital, a pilot programme called Manaakitia Reflective Rounds was delivered between April 2014 and September 2015. These were facilitated one-hour monthly case-based staff support groups to discuss complex emotional and psychosocial issues in caring for patients...
March 7, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247950/use-of-brentuximab-vedotin-as-salvage-therapy-pre-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-relapsed-refractory-cd30-positive-lympho-proliferative-disorders-a-single-centre-experience
#18
Heshani Mediwake, Kirk Morris, Cameron Curley, Jason Butler, Glen Kennedy
AIM: To assess the outcome of use of brentuximab as a bridge to allogeneic stem cell transplant (SCT) in patient with relapsed / refractory CD30+ classic Hodgkin Lymphoma c(HL) and Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL). METHODS: Outcomes of consecutive patients with relapsed / refractory cHL / ALCL treated with brentuximab as a bridge to SCT were determined by retrospective review of individual medical records. Survival analysis was measured from start of brentuximab treatment...
March 1, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229530/an-audit-of-anticholinergic-medication-changes-in-older-hospitalised-patients-using-the-anticholinergic-drug-scale
#19
Michele Lee, Hugh Carl Hanger
OBJECTIVE: In patients discharged from an Older Person's Health hospital, we assessed 1) the prevalence of anticholinergic medications in this study population and 2) changes in anticholinergic drug burden during admission using the Anticholinergic Drug Scale (ADS). METHODS: Cases were identified between September 2010 and January 2011 using discharge coding data. Clinical notes were reviewed to determine which regular oral medications were commenced, altered or ceased during admission with their respective ADS level...
February 23, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224729/management-of-hypoxaemic-respiratory-failure-in-a-respiratory-high-dependency-unit
#20
Craig Hukins, Mimi Wong, Michelle Murphy, John Upham
BACKGROUND: There are limited data on outcomes of hypoxaemic respiratory failure (HRF), especially in non-ICU settings. AIM: To assess outcomes in HRF (without multi-system disease and not requiring early intubation) directly admitted to a Respiratory High Dependency Unit (R-HDU). METHODS: Retrospective, cohort study of HRF compared to Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure (HCRF) in a R-HDU (2007-2011). Patient characteristics (age, gender, pre-morbid status, diagnoses) and outcomes (non-invasive ventilation (NIV) use, survival, ICU admission) were assessed...
February 22, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
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