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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543624/areas-for-quality-improvements-in-heart-failure-care-quality-of-care-from-the-family-members-perspective
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Karin Hellström Ängerud, Kurt Boman, Margareta Brännström
BACKGROUND: The complex needs of people with chronic heart failure (HF) place great demands on their family members, and it is important to ask family members about their perspectives on the quality of HF care. OBJECTIVE: To describe family members' perceptions of quality of HF care in an outpatient setting. METHODS: A cross-sectional study using a short form of the Quality from Patients' Perspective (QPP) questionnaire for data collection...
May 24, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535554/anesthetic-considerations-and-perioperative-management-of-spinal-cord-stimulators-literature-review-and-initial-recommendations
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Michael E Harned, Brandon Gish, Allison Zuelzer, Jay S Grider
BACKGROUND: Patients with implanted spinal cord stimulators (SCS) present to the anesthesia care team for management at many different points along the care continuum. Currently, the literature is sparse on the perioperative management. What is available is confusing; monopolar electrocautery is contraindicated but often used, full body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is safe with particular systems but with other manufactures only head and specific extremities exams are safe. Moreover, there are anesthetizing locations outside of the operating room where implanted SCS can interact with surrounding medical equipment and pose significant risk to patient and device...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487872/incidence-and-severity-of-nausea-and-vomiting-in-a-group-of-maintenance-hemodialysis-patients
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Mohammad Reza Asgari, Fatemeh Asghari, Ali Asghar Ghods, Raheb Ghorbani, Nahid Hoshmand Motlagh, Fatemeh Rahaei
Introduction: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a rising problem across the world, including Iran. Most of the patients will require hemodialysis for survival. Despite the great progress has been made in the hemodialysis equipment, but it is still associated with complications. Nausea and vomiting are common complication of during hemodialysis, which leads to unpleasant feeling in patients. Objectives: This study aimed to determine incidence and severity of nausea and vomiting in a group of maintenance hemodialysis patients...
2017: Journal of Renal Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422296/keeping-out-and-getting-in-reframing-emergency-department-gatekeeping-as-structural-competence
#4
Mara Buchbinder
Sociologists have tended to frame medical gatekeeping as an exclusionary social practice, delineating how practitioners and clerical staff police the moral boundaries of medicine by keeping out patients who are categorised as 'bad', 'deviant', or otherwise problematic. Yet medical gatekeeping, understood more broadly, can include not only keeping patients out of particular clinical settings, but also redirecting them to alternative sources of care. In this article, I draw on qualitative analysis of audio-recorded patient-provider interactions in a United States emergency department (ED) to illustrate medical gatekeeping as a two-step process of, first, categorising certain patient complaints as unsuitable for treatment within a particular setting, and second, diverting patients to alternative sites for care...
April 19, 2017: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342694/nursing-led-home-visits-post-hospitalization-for-children-with-medical-complexity
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Sarah Wells, Margaret O'Neill, Jayne Rogers, Kevin Blaine, Amy Hoffman, Sarah McBride, Meghan M Tschudy, Igor Shumskiy, Sangeeta Mauskar, Jay G Berry
PURPOSE: Hospital discharge for children with medical complexity (CMC) can be challenging for families. Home visits could potentially benefit CMC and their families after leaving the hospital. We assessed the utility of post-discharge home visits to identify and address health problems for recently hospitalized CMC. DESIGN AND METHODS: A prospective study of 36 CMC admitted to a children's hospital from 4/15/2015 to 4/14/2016 identified with a possible high risk of hospital readmission and offered a post-discharge home visit within 72h of discharge...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330486/relationships-between-structure-process-and-outcome-to-assess-quality-of-integrated-chronic-disease-management-in-a-rural-south-african-setting-applying-a-structural-equation-model
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Soter Ameh, Francesc Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Kathleen Kahn, Stephen M Tollman, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch
BACKGROUND: South Africa faces a complex dual burden of chronic communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). In response, the Integrated Chronic Disease Management (ICDM) model was initiated in primary health care (PHC) facilities in 2011 to leverage the HIV/ART programme to scale-up services for NCDs, achieve optimal patient health outcomes and improve the quality of medical care. However, little is known about the quality of care in the ICDM model. The objectives of this study were to: i) assess patients' and operational managers' satisfaction with the dimensions of ICDM services; and ii) evaluate the quality of care in the ICDM model using Avedis Donabedian's theory of relationships between structure (resources), process (clinical activities) and outcome (desired result of healthcare) constructs as a measure of quality of care...
March 23, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299542/understanding-and-improving-knowledge-of-cancer-survivorship-care-among-college-providers
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Alexandra M Psihogios, Helen Pauly-Hubbard, Lisa Schwartz, Jill P Ginsberg, Wendy Hobbie, Dava Szalda
This study aimed to assess college providers' basic knowledge of the health risks of young adult cancer survivors (YAS) and related care guidelines and to determine whether an educational in-service is an effective platform for increasing college health providers' knowledge about survivorship care at a large university health center. During phase 1, staff from college health centers and office of disabilities in the Philadelphia area (n = 40 staff members from 24 colleges/universities) completed a needs assessment on their experiences with YAS and preferences for education and care coordination...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283007/-mortality-related-factors-in-patients-requiring-hospitalization-for-influenza-like-illness
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Lale Özışık, Mine Durusu Tanrıöver, Meral Çıblak Akçay, Kübra Yuntçu, Serhat Ünal, Selim Badur, Banu Çakır
The knowledge about the viral etiologies causing respiratory disease in adults is limited. Viral respiratory diseases may lead deterioration in certain patient populations. The aim of this study was to determine the viral etiologies of influenza-like illness among patients requiring hospitalization and to document the risk factors for mortality. This prospective study was performed in one of the 7 centers in Turkey in the context of influenza surveillance by the Global Influenza Hospital Surveillance Network...
January 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248782/occupational-exposures-of-home-healthcare-workers
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Noma Agbonifo, Beverly Hittle, Rassull Suarez, Kermit Davis
Population demographics in the United States are rapidly changing with increased dependence on home healthcare (HHC) by an aging population, patients suffering from chronic diseases, and inability to perform activities of daily living. Despite the occupational injury rates for HHC workers (HHCW) being higher than the national average, an understanding of the occupational safety and health experiences and exposures of HHCW is limited. The purpose of this study was to understand the health and safety risk factors for HHCW...
March 2017: Home Healthcare Now
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210321/telemedicine-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Nicolino Ambrosino, Guido Vagheggini, Stefano Mazzoleni, Michele Vitacca
Telemedicine is a medical application of advanced technology to disease management. This modality may provide benefits also to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Different devices and systems are used. The legal problems associated with telemedicine are still controversial. Economic advantages for healthcare systems, though potentially high, are still poorly investigated. A European Respiratory Society Task Force has defined indications, follow-up, equipment, facilities, legal and economic issues of tele-monitoring of COPD patients including those undergoing home mechanical ventilation...
December 2016: Breathe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186390/pain-management-in-the-ehlers-danlos-syndromes
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Pradeep Chopra, Brad Tinkle, Claude Hamonet, Isabelle Brock, Anne Gompel, Antonio Bulbena, Clair Francomano
Chronic pain in the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) is common and may be severe. According to one study, nearly 90% of patients report some form of chronic pain. Pain, which is often one of the first symptoms to occur, may be widespread or localized to one region such as an arm or a leg. Studies on treatment modalities are few and insufficient to guide management. The following is a discussion of the evidence regarding the underlying mechanisms of pain in EDS. The causes of pain in this condition are multifactorial and include joint subluxations and dislocations, previous surgery, muscle weakness, proprioceptive disorders, and vertebral instability...
February 10, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122492/self-treatment-of-acute-exacerbations-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-requires-more-than-symptom-recognition-a-qualitative-study-of-copd-patients-perspectives-on-self-treatment
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Johanna Laue, Hasse Melbye, Mette Bech Risør
BACKGROUND: Self-treatment of acute exacerbations of COPD with antibiotics and/or oral corticosteroids has emerged as a promising strategy to reduce hospitalization rates, mortality and health costs. However, for reasons little understood, the effect of self-treatment, particularly when not part of comprehensive self-management programs, remains unclear. Therefore, this study aims to get insight into the patients' perspective on self-treatment of acute exacerbations of COPD, focusing specifically on how patients decide for the right moment to start treatment with antibiotics and/or oral corticosteroids, what they consider important when making this decision and aspects which might interfere with successful implementation...
January 25, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071878/occupational-exposure-to-beryllium-final-rule
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is amending its existing standards for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. OSHA has determined that employees exposed to beryllium at the previous permissible exposure limits face a significant risk of material impairment to their health. The evidence in the record for this rulemaking indicates that workers exposed to beryllium are at increased risk of developing chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer. This final rule establishes new permissible exposure limits of 0...
January 9, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008234/the-australasian-hepatology-association-consensus-guidelines-for-the-provision-of-adherence-support-to-patients-with-hepatitis-c-on-direct-acting-antivirals
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Jacqueline A Richmond, Suzanne Sheppard-Law, Susan Mason, Sherryne L Warner
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus primarily spread through sharing of drug-injecting equipment. Approximately 150 million people worldwide and 230,000 Australians are living with chronic hepatitis C infection. In March 2016, the Australian government began subsidizing direct acting antivirals (DAAs) for the treatment of hepatitis C, which are highly effective (95% cure rate) and have few side effects. However, there is limited evidence to inform the provision of adherence support to people with hepatitis C on DAAs including the level of medication adherence required to achieve a cure...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002690/diabsat-telemedicine-itinerant-screening-of-chronic-complications-of-diabetes-using-a-satellite
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Marie-Christine Turnin, Solène Schirr-Bonnans, Marie-Christine Chauchard, Patrice Deglise, Catherine Journot, Yann Lapeyre, Antonio Güell, Benoit Lepage, Helene Hanaire, Jacques Martini
BACKGROUND: Health authorities recommend regular screening for the chronic complications of diabetes. The ENTRED (*) survey results show that insufficient screening is undertaken. The DIABSAT (†) program aims to improve care for diabetes patients in rural areas of the Midi-Pyrénées region, telemonitoring complications of diabetes through an itinerant screening service. METHODS: A vehicle was equipped with a satellite dish and medical equipment for screening ophthalmological, renal, vascular, and neuropathic damage and assessing the level of risk of diabetic foot ulceration...
May 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912999/palliative-care-and-physiatry-in-the-oncology-care-spectrum-an-opportunity-for-distinct-and-collaborative-approaches
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Vishwa S Raj, Julie K Silver, Terrence M Pugh, Jack B Fu
As cancer evolves from a terminal illness to a chronic medical condition, so too does the view of clinical services. Palliative care and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) will increase in acceptance because they provide a valuable resource. The overarching theme is improving cancer-related symptoms or treatment-related side effects, improving patient health-related quality of life, lessening caregiver burden, and valuing patient-centered care and shared decision making. Managing symptom burden may improve therapy participation/performance...
February 2017: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888908/office-procedures-in-refractory-chronic-rhinosinusitis
#17
REVIEW
Andrew Thamboo, Zara M Patel
Office procedures in chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) can be considered before and after medical management, as well as before and after surgical management. This article focuses specifically on refractory CRS, meaning those patients who have failed medical and surgical management already. The options available in the management of refractory CRS depend on the personnel, equipment, and instrumentation available in the office setting; surgeon experience; and patient suitability and tolerability. This article provides readers with possible procedural options that can be done in their clinics with indications, patient selection, potential complications, and postoperative considerations...
February 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865292/katrina-s-legacy-processes-for-patient-disaster-preparation-have-improved-but-important-gaps-remain
#18
Marjorie Icenogle, Sasha Eastburn, Martha Arrieta
BACKGROUND: Ensuring continuity of care for patients with chronic illness, who are elderly or indigent presents unique challenges after disasters; this population has fewer financial resources, is less likely to evacuate, has limited access to recovery resources and is significantly dependent on charitable and government-funded institutions for care. This study expands a previous investigation of the extent to which healthcare providers in coastal Mississippi and Alabama have made changes to facilitate continued care to these populations after disasters...
November 2016: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858278/primary-health-care-models-addressing-health-equity-for-immigrants-a-systematic-scoping-review
#19
REVIEW
Ricardo Batista, Kevin Pottie, Louise Bouchard, Edward Ng, Peter Tanuseputro, Peter Tugwell
To examine two healthcare models, specifically "Primary Medical Care" (PMC) and "Primary Health Care" (PHC) in the context of immigrant populations' health needs. We conducted a systematic scoping review of studies that examined primary care provided to immigrants. We categorized studies into two models, PMC and PHC. We used subjects of access barriers and preventive interventions to analyze the potential of PMC/PHC to address healthcare inequities. From 1385 articles, 39 relevant studies were identified. In the context of immigrant populations, the PMC model was found to be more oriented to implement strategies that improve quality of care of the acute and chronically ill, while PHC models focused more on health promotion and strategies to address cultural and access barriers to care, and preventive strategies to address social determinants of health...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853919/care-coordination-for-community-transitions-for-individuals-post-stroke-returning-to-low-resource-rural-communities
#20
Patrick Kitzman, Keisha Hudson, Violet Sylvia, Frances Feltner, Johnnie Lovins
High rates of hospital readmissions have been shown within 12 months post-discharge from inpatient rehabilitation following stroke. Multiple studies coupled with our previous work indicate a need for care support for stroke survivors' transitions to the community. The Kentucky Care Coordination for Community Transitions (KC(3)T) program was developed to provide access to medical, social, and environmental services to support community transitions for individuals with neurological conditions and their caregivers living in Kentucky...
June 2017: Journal of Community Health
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