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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720025/perspectives-on-induced-abortion-among-palestinian-women-religion-culture-and-access-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territories
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Sarrah Shahawy, Megan B Diamond
Induced abortion is an important public health issue in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT), where it is illegal in most cases. This study was designed to elicit the views of Palestinian women on induced abortion given the unique religious, ethical and social challenges in the OPT. Sixty Palestinian women were interviewed on their perceptions of the religious implications, social consequences and accessibility of induced abortions in the OPT at Al-Makassed Islamic Charitable Hospital in East Jerusalem...
July 19, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713099/-giving-medico-legal-opinions-in-cases-with-suspicion-of-medical-mistake-part-1-between-medicine-and-justice
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Czesław Chowaniec, Małgorzata Chowaniec, Mateusz Wilk
Creating medico-legal opinion is a sophisticated investigative, analytical, decision-making and creative process. Forensic medicine specialist in cooperation with clinical medicine consultants, on the basis of evidence analysis, which was gathered during procedures and contained in the acts has to create an objective and essential opinion. This opinion is a vital, very important and irreplaceable proof in every case. Judicial body consults with forensic medicine specialist or specialists if there are circumstances for settlement of which there is a need of classified informations - art...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709048/intentional-burn-injury-assessment-of-allegations-of-self-infliction
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Juliet Cohen, Jo Pettitt, Emily Wilbourn
This study investigates the question of whether there is evidence that suggests the possibility of self-infliction, or self-infliction by proxy, of burn injury among a group of asylum claimants in the UK who have attributed such injuries to torture, and how such evidence might be assessed. The question arose from the observations of doctors at the UK-based charity Freedom from Torture that increasing numbers of individuals from Sri Lanka who described a history of torture had suffered severe and disfiguring burn injuries from heated metal objects, and the suggestion from asylum decision-makers that in some cases such injuries could have been acquired deliberately by self-infliction or self-infliction by proxy rather than by torture as claimed...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681709/current-trends-in-disability-claims-due-to-fibromyalgia-syndrome
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REVIEW
Vittorio Schweiger, Giovanna Del Balzo, Dario Raniero, Domenico De Leo, Alvise Martini, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Enrico Polati
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) affects 0.4-8% of the general population predominantly in the female population with a F:M ratio of 3-9:1. It is characterised by persistent widespread pain and other associated clinical conditions such as chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD), sleep disorders and cognitive impairment. FMS diagnosis at present is purely clinical because no medical or laboratory examinations are able to identify it with certainty. FMS is not fully recognised worldwide, and patients often do not receive the treatment and disability benefits planned for other chronic diseases even though it gives rise to a very significant social burden due to direct and indirect healthcare costs and the loss of productivity and work...
May 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673825/the-medico-legal-landscape-of-spine-surgery-how-do-surgeons-fare
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Melvin C Makhni, Paul J Park, Jesus Jimenez, Comron S Saifi, Jon-Michael Caldwell, Alex Ha, Bianca Figueroa-Santana, Ronald A Lehman, Mark Weidenbaum
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Due to the limited and confidential nature of most legal data, scarce literature is available to physicians about reasons for litigation in spine surgery. In order to optimally compensate patients while protecting physicians, further understanding of the medico-legal landscape is needed for high-risk procedures such as spine surgery. Based on these, surgeons can explore ways to better protect both their patients and themselves. PURPOSE: To characterize the current medico-legal environment of spine surgery by analyzing a recent dataset of malpractice litigation...
June 30, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673374/self-awareness-of-computed-tomography-ordering-in-the-emergency-department
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Amjed Kadhim-Saleh, James C Worrall, Monica Taljaard, Mathieu Gatien, Jeffrey J Perry
OBJECTIVES: Physician variation in the use of computed tomography (CT) is concerning due to the risks of ionizing radiation, cost, and downstream effects of unnecessary testing. The objectives of this study were to describe variation in CT-ordering rates among emergency physicians (EPs), to measure correlation between perceived and actual CT-ordering rates, to assess attitudes that influence decisions to order imaging tests, and to identify EP attitudes associated with higher CT utilization...
July 4, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668097/medico-legal-considerations-in-providing-emergency-dental-care-in-practice
#7
Susie Sanderson
The unpredictability of unscheduled emergency dental care carries its own clinical, communication and management challenges with associated medico-legal risks. Providing emergency dental treatment for unfamiliar patients in an unfamiliar environment amplifies the hidden pitfalls which failure to avoid can create potentially damaging critical incidents in a practitioner's professional life. These are preferably avoided through consistent attention to best practice and risk management. Day to day processes, such as excellent record-keeping, valid consent and effective communication are under the spotlight in the event that a patient complains, raises a concern with a regulator or seeks compensation following alleged negligent care...
May 1, 2017: Primary Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662415/medico-legal-aspects-of-self-injection-of-metallic-mercury-in-cases-of-suicide-or-self-harming
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REVIEW
Ugo Da Broi, Carlo Moreschi, Antonio Colatutto, Barbara Marcon, Silvia Zago
Metallic mercury may be self-injected for suicidal or self-harm purposes or sometimes for superstitious or other inadvisable reasons. Local tissue or systemic consequences such as mercurialism can frequently occur in cases of subcutaneous or deep injection, while death due to pulmonary embolism and cardiac, brain, hepatic or renal toxicity may occur in cases of high dosage intravenous administration. The aim of this review is to focus on the diagnostic difficulties facing coroners and forensic pathologists when the courts require confirmation that evidence of self-injection of metallic mercury is the result of suicide or self-harming...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657355/a-single-error-is-one-too-many-examining-alternative-cutoffs-on-trial-2-of-the-tomm
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Laszlo A Erdodi, Jaspreet K Rai
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the potential of alternative, more liberal cutoffs on Trial 2 of the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) to improve classification accuracy relative to the standard cutoffs (≤44). METHOD: The sample consisted of 152 patients (49.3% male) with psychiatric conditions (PSY) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) referred for neuropsychological assessment in a medico-legal setting (MAge = 44.4, MEducation = 11.9 years). Classification accuracy for various TOMM Trial 2 cutoffs was computed against three criterion measures...
June 28, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653549/sociodemographic-and-clinical-profiles-of-homeless-mentally-ill-admitted-in-mental-health-institute-of-south-india-know-the-unknown-project
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Guru S Gowda, G Gopika, Narayana Manjunatha, Channaveerachari Naveen Kumar, Ravi Yadav, Dwarakanath Srinivas, Bharath Rose Dawn, Suresh Bada Math
OBJECTIVES: A significant number of homeless mentally ill (HMI) patients without any personal, family or other identification details represent a unique problem in the psychiatric services of developing countries like India in the context of legal, humanitarian and treatment issues. These patients pose challenge to the mental health professional in diagnosis and management. AIMS: To study the sociodemographic and clinical profiles of HMI patients admitted under psychiatry...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Social Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648227/the-management-privacy-and-medico-legal-issues-of-electronic-cpap-data-in-australia-and-new-zealand-electronic-cpap-data-management-in-australia-and-new-zealand
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John Swieca, Garun S Hamilton, Hailey Meaklim
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is considered to be the gold standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). CPAP monitoring systems allow tracking of patient CPAP adherence and treatment efficacy, by measuring residual sleep-disordered breathing, hours of CPAP use, and mask leak etc. The American Thoracic Society (ATS) published a position paper in 2013 highlighting issues of interpreting CPAP data such as a lack of consistency between CPAP manufacturers data algorithms, legal implications of CPAP data and implications for CPAP adherence...
August 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644057/the-implementation-of-medical-monitoring-programs-following-potentially-hazardous-exposures-a-medico-legal-perspective
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David Vearrier, Michael I Greenberg
CONTEXT: Clinical toxicologists may be called upon to determine the appropriateness of medical monitoring following documented or purported exposures to toxicants in the occupational, environmental, and medical settings. METHODS: We searched the MEDLINE database using the Ovid(®) search engine for the following terms cross-referenced to the MeSH database: ("occupational exposures" OR "environmental exposures") AND ("physiologic monitoring" OR "population surveillance")...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627924/clusters-of-financially-incentivized-chronic-pain-patients-using-the-minnesota-multiphasic-personality-inventory-2-restructured-form-mmpi-2-rf
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Luis E Aguerrevere, Matthew R Calamia, Kevin W Greve, Kevin J Bianchini, Kelly L Curtis, Veronica Ramirez
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) has been shown to have clinical utility in the assessment of individuals with chronic pain (e.g., predicting surgical outcomes). The purpose of this study was to explore the ability of the MMPI-2-RF Validity Scales in profiling patients with chronic pain who had external financial incentive (e.g., workers' compensation claims) and determine the associations between Validity Scale response patterns and important outcomes. Cluster analysis identified 2 similarly sized clusters of patients with very different MMPI-2-RF profiles...
June 19, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625515/ethical-medico-legal-and-juridical-issues-regarding-the-end-of-life
#14
Josep Arimany-Manso, Francesc Torralba, Marcos Gómez-Sancho, Esperanza L Gómez-Durán
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 15, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622144/a-technological-advance-for-21st-century-obstetricians-the-electronically-controlled-vacuum-extractor
#15
Nicola Perone
OBJECTIVE: To describe an innovative electronically-controlled vacuum extractor (VE) in detail and to illustrate its performance characteristics, as observed in a laboratory study. DESIGN: Thirty simulated, vacuum-assisted deliveries. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): (1) The ability to measure in real-time of the pull applied and to sound an alert, when the traction approaches the negative pressure under the cup, to prevent its detachment. (2) The recording and printing of a graphic representation of the pull applied (vacuum delivery graph)...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616831/invasive-prenatal-diagnostic-testing-recommendations-are-influenced-by-maternal-age-statistical-misconception-and-perceived-liability
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Talya Miron-Shatz, Sivan R Rapaport, Naama Srebnik, Yaniv Hanoch, Jonina Rabinowitz, Glen M Doniger, Linda Levi, Jonathan J Rolison, Avi Tsafrir
Funding policy and medico-legal climate are part of physicians' reality and might permeate clinical decisions. This study evaluates the influence of maternal age and government funding on obstetrician/gynecologist recommendation for invasive prenatal testing (i.e. amniocentesis) for Down syndrome (DS), and its association with the physician's assessment of the risk of liability for medical malpractice unless they recommend amniocentesis. Israeli physicians (N = 171) completed a questionnaire and provided amniocentesis recommendations for women at 18 weeks gestation with normal preliminary screening results, identical except aged 28 and 37...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615894/unknown-patients-and-neurology-casualty-services-in-an-indian-metropolitan-city-a-decades-experience
#17
Achary Umesh, Guru S Gowda, Channaveerachari Naveen Kumar, Dwarakanath Srinivas, Bharath Rose Dawn, Ragasudha Botta, Ravi Yadav, Suresh Bada Math
OBJECTIVES: A large number of unknown patients without any personal, family, or other identification details represent a unique problem in the neurological emergency services of developing countries like India in a context of legal, humanitarian, and treatment issues. These patients pose a diagnostic and management challenge to treating physicians and staff. There are sparse data on these patients. The objective of this study was to know the clinical, socio-demographic, and investigational profile of "unknown" patients...
April 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612901/assessing-malpractice-lawsuits-for-death-or-injuries-due-to-amniotic-fluid-embolism
#18
S Zaami, E Marinelli, G Montanari Vergallo
Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a pregnancy complication known to be extremely hard to diagnose, since it manifests itself abruptly and with no warning signs, presenting an incidence rate of about 1 in 40000 deliveries, and maternal morbidity and mortality ranging from 20% to 60%. Although almost a century has gone by since it was first identified (1926) and despite medical research having been conducted on such a syndrome, diagnostic procedures and treatment methods have not yet been clarified enough. Specific biochemical markers have been produced in research laboratories, but their clinical value results to be limited, given how rapid the pathological process moves forward...
May 2017: La Clinica Terapeutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598526/aspects-of-malpractice-in-prosthodontics
#19
REVIEW
Mohammad Zakaria Nassani
Crowns, fixed partial dentures, and removable dentures are the popular prosthetic dental restorations in current dental practice. Prosthodontic rehabilitation of the mouth, particularly in advanced and complex cases, requires careful planning, adequate clinical skills, and exacting technical standards. While a successful outcome is the ultimate goal for any prosthodontic treatment, complications, injuries, dissatisfaction, and/or failure may occur. When such events develop as a result of negligence or violation of standards of care, they are considered under the term of malpractice and may incur ethical and medico-legal implications...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581878/what-happens-when-the-doctor-denies-a-patient-s-request-a-qualitative-interview-study-among-general-practitioners-in-norway
#20
Stein Nilsen, Kirsti Malterud
OBJECTIVE: To explore general practitioners (GPs') experiences from consultations when a patient's request is denied, and outcomes of such incidents. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: We conducted a qualitative study with semi-structured individual interviews with six GPs in Norway. We asked them to tell about experiences from specific encounters where they had refused a patient's request. The texts were analysed with Systematic Text Condensation, a method for thematic cross-case analysis...
June 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care
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