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July 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626503/does-a-free-office-visit-affect-primary-care-seeking-behavior-a-study-of-new-exchange-health-plan-enrollees-in-mississippi
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Bettina M Beech, Tristan Cordier, Laura E Happe, Laura Trunk, Gilbert S Haugh, Richard Kwong, Vipin Gopal, Roy A Beveridge
BACKGROUND: Given the positive association between primary care and overall health, several health plans are offering doctors' visits without patient copay, with the intent to increase primary care use. However, the effectiveness of these offers has not been established in the literature. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of a free primary care provider (PCP) office visit offered by a health plan on primary care-seeking behaviors. METHODS: This nonrandomized concurrent control study used event/trials logistic regression to compare the differences in primary care utilization between new exchange enrollees in Mississippi who were offered a free nonpreventive PCP visit and concurrent controls from Georgia and Tennessee who were not offered a free visit, between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, which was the first year of the exchange plans...
April 2017: American Health & Drug Benefits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625248/-core-knowledge-and-skill-based-approach-to-subspecialty-construction-in-critical-intensive-care-medicine-with-distinct-chinese-peculiarity
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Lijun Wang, Fang Tian
With the rapid development of critical care medicine (CCM) in China, there are increases in the number of intensive care units (ICUs), the scale of one center ICU and the team. Subspecialty construction of CCM is of great concerns for personnel training as well as discipline development, and is currently one of the urgent problems that need to be resolved. Experience of CCM subspecialty construction from Europe and the United States is lacking and it is necessary to propose some opinions on innovation to construct CCM subspecialties with Chinese characteristics...
June 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617730/eye-symptom-questionnaire-to-evaluate-anterior-eye-health
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Maria A Woodward, Nita G Valikodath, Paula Anne Newman-Casey, Leslie M Niziol, David C Musch, Paul P Lee
OBJECTIVES: Ophthalmologists assess eye complaints with a careful history and eye examination; however, other types of physicians have limited tools to evaluate anterior segment (AS) eye diseases. We identified the eye symptom questions that providers should ask to help determine the presence and urgency of AS eye diseases. METHODS: Persons with and without AS disease completed a self-report eye symptom questionnaire (ESQ) based on the National Institutes of Health Toolbox symptom items in an academic center's corneal and comprehensive eye clinics...
June 14, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617244/continuity-of-care-in-infancy-and-early-childhood-health-outcomes
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Elizabeth Enlow, Molly Passarella, Scott A Lorch
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Continuity of care is a key aspect of the patient-centered medical home and improves pediatric outcomes. Health care reform requires high-quality data to demonstrate its continued value. We hypothesized that increased provider continuity in infancy will reduce urgent health care use and increase receipt of preventive services in early childhood. METHODS: Continuity, using the Usual Provider of Care measure, was calculated across all primary care encounters during the first year of life in a prospectively-constructed cohort of 17 773 infants receiving primary care from birth through 3 years at 30 clinics...
June 15, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614485/-adolescents-access-to-contraception-perceptions-of-health-workers-in-huechuraba-chile
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Giovanna Rojas Ramírez, Pamela Eguiguren Bravo, María Isabel Matamala Vivaldi, Irma Palma Manríquez, Thelma Gálvez Pérez
Objective: Identify difficulties in adolescents' access to contraceptive care and information, based on perceptions and experiences of health workers in Huechuraba, in the Metropolitan Region of Chile. Methods: This qualitative, descriptive study incorporated principles of participatory action research, involving health care teams in the survey and data analysis, and generating proposals for improvement. Seventeen (17) semi-structured individual interviews and one group interview were conducted with professionals and technical personnel involved in adolescent care in the commune's health centers...
June 8, 2017: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574972/heart-failure-rehospitalization-and-delayed-decision-making-the-impact-of-self-care-and-depression
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Jiayun Xu, Joseph J Gallo, Jennifer Wenzel, Marie T Nolan, Chakra Budhathoki, Martha Abshire, Kelsey Bower, Sofia Arruda, Deirdre Flowers, Sarah L Szanton, Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, Kaylin Gonzalez, Hae-Ra Han
BACKGROUND: Rehospitalization soon after discharge can be distressing for persons with heart failure (HF) and places a heavy burden on the healthcare system. OBJECTIVE: We investigated and explored the association of self-care decision making variables with (1) rehospitalization within 30 days of discharge and (2) delay in seeking medical assistance (delayed decision making). METHODS: A cross-sectional, explanatory sequential mixed methods design (quan > qual) was used to survey 127 hospitalized HF patients and interview 15 of these participants to explain their survey responses...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574336/early-infant-diagnosis-of-hiv-in-myanmar-call-for-innovative-interventions-to-improve-uptake-and-reduce-turnaround-time
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Soe Thiha, Hemant Deepak Shewade, Sairu Philip, Thet Ko Aung, Nang Thu Thu Kyaw, Myo Minn Oo, Khine Wut Yee Kyaw, May Wint War, Htun Nyunt Oo
BACKGROUND: In collaboration with the national AIDS program, early infant diagnosis (EID) is implemented by Integrated HIV Care (IHC) program through its anti-retroviral therapy (ART) centers across 10 cities in five states and regions of Myanmar. Blood samples from the ART centers are sent using public transport to a centralized PCR facility. OBJECTIVES: Among HIV-exposed babies <9 months at enrolment into IHC program (2013-15), to describe the EID cascade (enrolment, sample collection for PCR, result receipt by mother, HIV diagnosis and ART initiation) and factors associated with delayed (>8 weeks of age) or no blood sample collection for EID...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569193/health-care-utilization-in-patients-with-gout-a-prospective-multicenter-cohort-study
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Jasvinder A Singh, Aseem Bharat, Dinesh Khanna, Cleopatra Aquino-Beaton, Jay E Persselin, Erin Duffy, David Elashoff, Puja P Khanna
BACKGROUND: All published studies of health care utilization in gout have been cross-sectional to date, and most used a patient-reported diagnosis of gout. Our objective was to assess health care utilization and its predictors in patients with physician-confirmed gout in a prospective cohort study. METHODS: In a multi-center prospective cohort study of U.S. veterans with rheumatologist-confirmed gout (N = 186; two centers), we assessed patient self-reported overall and gout-specific health care utilization with the Gout Assessment Questionnaire (GAQ) every 3-months for a 9-month period...
May 31, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557775/nonemergency-acute-care-when-it-s-not-the-medical-home
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Gregory P Conners, Susan J Kressly, James M Perrin, Julia E Richerson, Usha M Sankrithi
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) affirms that the optimal location for children to receive care for acute, nonemergency health concerns is the medical home. The medical home is characterized by the AAP as a care model that "must be accessible, family centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective." However, some children and families use acute care services outside the medical home because there is a perceived or real benefit related to accessibility, convenience, or cost of care...
May 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541870/palmoplantar-pustulosis-a-cross-sectional-analysis-in-germany
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Dagmar Wilsmann-Theis, Arnd Jacobi, Yvonne Frambach, Sandra Philipp, Ansgar Weyergraf, Tillmann Schill, Kirsten Steinz, Sascha Gerdes, Rotraut Mössner
BACKGROUND: Palmoplantar pustulosis (PPP) is a recalcitrant chronic inflammatory skin disease. Data relevant for the medical care of patients with PPP are scarce. Thus, the aim of this work was to investigate the disease burden, clinical characteristics, and comorbidity of PPP patients in Germany. PATIENTS AND METHODS: PPP patients were examined in a crosssectional study at seven specialized psoriasis centers in Germany. RESULTS: Of the 172 included patients with PPP, 79...
April 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540899/gender-differences-in-perceptions-and-attitudes-of-general-population-towards-organ-donation-an-indian-perspective
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Vijayalakshmi Poreddi, T S Sunitha, Rohini Thimmaiah, Suresh Bada Math
Globally, shortage of organs available for organ transplantation is a major problem. Studies assessing awareness and attitudes towards organ donation are limited from India. The aim of this study is to assess gender differences in the perceptions and attitude of general population toward organ donation. A cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out among randomly selected patient relatives (n = 193) at the outpatient department of a tertiary care center. Data were collected through face-to-face interview using a structured questionnaire...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537413/two-stage-surgical-treatment-of-inferior-vena-cava-traumatic-rupture-including-urgent-transport-to-a-specialized-unit
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J Kristek, P Hromádka, M Konarik, J Froněk
Inferior vena cava injury as well as major liver injury remains a formidable treatment challenge. The most imminent danger is life-threatening bleeding. In this report, we present a case of polytrauma (Injury Severity Score 35) with arupture of the juxtahepatic inferior vena cava which was successfully treated using two-stage approach. The first part of the treatment consisted of damage control laparotomy at a level I trauma center. After stabilization, the patient was air-transported to receive the definitive treatment at a tertiary care facility experienced in hepatopancreatobiliary and transplantation surgery...
2017: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536092/a-personalized-and-interactive-web-based-health-care-innovation-to-advance-the-quality-of-life-and-care-of-patients-with-heart-failure-acquire-hf-a-mixed-methods-feasibility-study
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Susanne S Pedersen, Thomas Schmidt, Søren Jensen Skovbakke, Uffe Kock Wiil, Kenneth Egstrup, Kim G Smolderen, John A Spertus
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is a progressive, debilitating, and complex disease, and due to an increasing incidence and prevalence, it represents a global health and economic problem. Hence, there is an urgent need to evaluate alternative care modalities to current practice to safeguard a high level of care for this growing population. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to examine the feasibility of engaging patients to use patient-centered and personalized tools coupled with a Web-based, shared care and interactive platform in order to empower and enable them to live a better life with their disease...
May 23, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498199/incorporating-alternative-care-site-characteristics-into-estimates-of-substitutable-ed-visits
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Nathan Seth Trueger, Kao-Ping Chua, Aamir Hussain, Aisha T Liferidge, Stephen R Pitts, Jesse M Pines
BACKGROUND: Several recent efforts to improve health care value have focused on reducing emergency department (ED) visits that potentially could be treated in alternative care sites (ie, primary care offices, retail clinics, and urgent care centers). Estimates of the number of these visits may depend on assumptions regarding the operating hours and functional capabilities of alternative care sites. However, methods to account for the variability in these characteristics have not been developed...
July 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493202/is-measurement-of-renal-function-necessary-for-all-trauma-patients-before-iodinated-contrast-administration
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Haddon Pantel, Kristian D Stensland, Jeffrey Hashim, Michael Rosenblatt
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify factors at the time of presentation which could quickly exclude or identify renal dysfunction in blunt trauma patients, thus negating serum measurement of renal function prior to contrast-enhanced imaging and expediting care. METHODS: Patients, >18 years old, without renal failure, presenting after blunt trauma, with serum creatinine measured at presentation, were retrospectively studied at a single center. Variables recorded at presentation including vitals, mechanism, and past medical history were analyzed using multivariate regression analysis to identify independent predictors of abnormal renal function...
May 11, 2017: Emergency Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485350/a-case-series-of-salvage-ccnu-in-high-grade-glioma-who-have-previously-received-temozolomide-from-a-tertiary-care-institute-in-mumbai
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V M Patil, R Abhinav, R Tonse, S Epari, T Gupta, R Jalali
INTRODUCTION: In our center, we routinely use CCNU (Lomustine) as salvage treatment in high-grade glioma patients who cannot afford bevacizumab. This exploratory analysis was done to report the efficacy and toxicity associated with this regimen. METHODS: Patients who were treated with salvage CCNU (postexposure to temozolomide) between January 2015 and August 2016 were included for this retrospective analysis. SPSS version 16 was used for this analysis. Time-to-event analysis was performed using the Kaplan-Meier method...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481843/vha-patient-centered-medical-home-associated-with-lower-rate-of-hospitalizations-and-specialty-care-among-veterans-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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Ian Randall, David C Mohr, Charles Maynard
OBJECTIVE: The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) implemented a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model, termed Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT), in 2010. We assessed the association between PACT and the use of health services among U.S. veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). METHODS: VHA clinical and administrative data were obtained for the pre-PACT period of April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010 and post-PACT period of June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012...
May 2017: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478747/creation-of-a-virtual-antidotes-network-between-pharmacy-departments-of-catalan-hospitals
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Raquel Aguilar-Salmerón, Edurne Fernández de Gamarra-Martínez, Milagros García-Peláez, Antoni Broto-Sumalla, Lidia Martínez-Sánchez, Santiago Nogué-Xarau
Objetive: To design a virtual antidote network between hospitals that could help to locate on-line those hospitals that stocked those antidotes with the highest difficulty in terms of availability, and ensured that the medication was loaned in case of necessity. METHODS: The application was developed by four hospital pharmacists and two clinical toxicologists with the support of a Healthcare Informatics Consultant Company. RESULTS: The antidotes network in Catalonia, Spain, was launched in July 2015...
May 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466755/perioperative-management-of-cardiac-transplant-recipients-undergoing-noncardiac-surgery-unique-challenges-created-by-advancements-in-care
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Paul T Jurgens, Christina L Aquilante, Robert L Page, Amrut V Ambardekar
Advancements in postcardiac transplant care have resulted in significant reductions in morbidity and increased life expectancy for cardiac transplant recipients. Consequently, many cardiac transplant recipients are living long enough to require subsequent noncardiac surgery. The perioperative care of heart transplant recipients presents a unique challenge as many of the common preoperative risk assessments do not apply to a transplanted heart, immunosuppressive medications have side effects and potential for drug-drug interactions, and the denervated heart results in an altered autonomic physiology and response to medications...
May 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
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