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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921930/big-five-aspects-of-personality-interact-to-predict-depression
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Timothy A Allen, Bridget E Carey, Carolina McBride, R Michael Bagby, Colin G DeYoung, Lena C Quilty
OBJECTIVE: Research has shown that three personality traits-neuroticism, extraversion, and conscientiousness-moderate one another in a three-way interaction that predicts depressive symptoms in healthy populations. We test the hypothesis that this effect is driven by three-lower order traits: withdrawal, industriousness, and enthusiasm. We then replicate this interaction within a clinical population for the first time. METHOD: Sample 1 included 376 healthy adults...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Personality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919125/multi-institution-analysis-of-infection-control-practices-identifies-the-subset-associated-with-best-surgical-site-infection-performance-a-texas-alliance-for-surgical-quality-collaborative-project
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Catherine H Davis, Lillian S Kao, Jason B Fleming, Thomas A Aloia
BACKGROUND: In an effort to reduce surgical site infection (SSI) rates, a large number of infection control practices (ICPs), including operating room attire policies, have been recommended. However, few have proven benefits and many are costly, time-consuming, and detrimental to provider morale. The goal of this multi-institution study was to determine which ICPs are associated with lower postoperative SSI rates. STUDY DESIGN: Twenty American College of Surgeons NSQIP and Texas Alliance for Surgical Quality-affiliated hospitals completed this Quality Improvement Assessment Board-approved study...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916047/anorectal-malformation-hirschsprung-s-disease-a-cross-sectional-comparison-of-quality-of-life-and-bowel-function-to-healthy-controls
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Shireen Anne Nah, Caroline C P Ong, Seyed Ehsan Saffari, Lin Yin Ong, Te-Lu Yap, Yee Low, Anette S Jacobsen
BACKGROUND: Patients with anorectal malformation (ARM) and Hirschsprung's disease (HD) face long-term disturbance in bowel function even after definitive surgery. This study evaluates the quality of life (QOL) of patients with ARM and HD, and compares them to healthy controls using self-report questionnaires. METHODOLOGY: A prospective study was performed recruiting patients with ARM or HD from September 2013 to December 2014 who had primary surgery done in our institution at least 2 years prior to participation...
August 25, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901346/-procurement-of-medical-devices-based-on-cost-effectiveness-data
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Sabrina Trippoli
The field of medical devices is characterized by a paucity of cost-effectiveness data that support their use. In this context, we have proposed a project based on the calculation of net monetary benefit (NMB) for each product subjected to procurement through tenders. This project consists of two steps: 1) calculation of NMB; 2) calculation of a value-based score to be used in the process of procurement and tendering. The NMB is defined as follows: NMB per patient= (monetary threshold of WTP) x (QALYs per patient) - (treatment cost per patient); WTP= willingness to pay]...
September 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875767/applying-stated-preference-methods-to-improve-health-systems-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-systematic-review
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Lauren Brown, Ting-Hsuan Lee, Manuela De Allegri, Krishna Rao, John Fp Bridges
Sub-Saharan African health systems must balance shifting disease burdens with desires for robust institutions. Stated-preference methods have been applied extensively to elicit health care workers' preferences and priorities for rural practice. This systematic review characterizes the range of their applications to African health systems problems. Areas covered: A PRISMA protocol was submitted to PROSPERO. Six databases were queried for peer-reviewed articles using quantitative stated-preference methods to evaluate a health systems-related trade-off...
September 14, 2017: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862060/best-worst-scaling-to-assess-the-most-important-barriers-and-facilitators-for-the-use-of-health-technology-assessment-in-austria
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Chiara Feig, Kei Long Cheung, Mickaƫl Hiligsmann, Silvia M A A Evers, Judit Simon, Susanne Mayer
BACKGROUND: Although Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is increasingly used to support evidence-based decision-making in health care, several barriers and facilitators for the use of HTA have been identified. This best-worst scaling (BWS) study aims to assess the relative importance of selected barriers and facilitators of the uptake of HTA studies in Austria. METHODS: A BWS object case survey was conducted among 37 experts in Austria to assess the relative importance of HTA barriers and facilitators...
September 1, 2017: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858124/an-injury-mortality-prediction-based-on-the-anatomic-injury-scale
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Muding Wang, Dan Wu, Wusi Qiu, Weimi Wang, Yunji Zeng, Yi Shen
To determine whether the injury mortality prediction (IMP) statistically outperforms the trauma mortality prediction model (TMPM) as a predictor of mortality.The TMPM is currently the best trauma score method, which is based on the anatomic injury. Its ability of mortality prediction is superior to the injury severity score (ISS) and to the new injury severity score (NISS). However, despite its statistical significance, the predictive power of TMPM needs to be further improved.Retrospective cohort study is based on the data of 1,148,359 injured patients in the National Trauma Data Bank hospitalized from 2010 to 2011...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846027/perceptions-of-social-responsibility-of-prominent-animal-welfare-groups
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Nicole J Olynk Widmar, Carissa J Morgan, Candace C Croney
Nonhuman animal welfare is an increasingly important component of consumer expectations of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The extent to which prominent animal welfare or protection organizations may influence people's perceptions of food industry CSR may be related to an organization's perceived social responsibility. Data from an online survey of 300 U.S. residents were used to explore relationships between demographics/lifestyle choices and perceptions of prominent animal welfare organizations (using best-worst scaling methodology)...
August 28, 2017: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science: JAAWS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841850/implementing-the-who-integrated-tool-to-assess-quality-of-care-for-mothers-newborns-and-children-results-and-lessons-learnt-from-five-districts-in-malawi
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Helen Smith, Atnafu Getachew Asfaw, Kyaw Myint Aung, Lastone Chikoti, Florence Mgawadere, Luigi d'Aquino, Nynke van den Broek
BACKGROUND: In 2014 the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a new tool to be used to assess the quality of care for mothers, newborns and children provided at healthcare facility level. This paper reports on the feasibility of using the tool, its limitations and strengths. METHODS: Across 5 districts in Malawi, 35 healthcare facilities were assessed. The WHO tool includes checklists, interviews and observation of case management by which care is assessed against agreed standards using a Likert scale (1 lowest: not meeting standard, 5 highest: compliant with standard)...
August 25, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837737/comparison-of-w-plasty-and-straight-line-trichophytic-closure-on-aesthetic-outcomes-of-occipital-hairline-scars-in-rhytidectomy
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Sudeep Roy, Edward D Buckingham
Importance: Incision placement and design in rhytidectomy is critical for patient satisfaction. Objective: To evaluate the aesthetic outcome of W-plasty vs traditional straight-line (SL) trichophytic closure techniques on posterior occipital hairline scars in rhytidectomy. Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective cohort study was conducted at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. Clinical history and operative reports were reviewed for 46 patients who underwent rhytidectomy (23 using W-plasty and 23 using SL technique) between June 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015...
August 24, 2017: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834735/a-photochemical-kinetic-model-for-solid-dosage-forms
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Thiago C Carvalho, Thomas E La Cruz, Jose E Tabora
Photochemical kinetics models for pharmaceutical compounds in solution have been extensively investigated, but not in solid phase upon exposure to different light sources. The objective of this study was to develop a mathematical model to describe the solid state photodegradation of pharmaceutical powder materials under different area/volumetric scales and light exposure conditions. The model considered the previous formalism presented for photodegradation kinetics in solution phase with important elements applied to static powder material being irradiated with a polychromatic light source...
August 20, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822970/estimating-the-effects-of-novel-on-pack-warnings-on-young-adult-smokers-and-susceptible-non-smokers
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Philip Gendall, Christine Eckert, Janet Hoek, Jordan Louviere
BACKGROUND: On-pack tobacco warnings can deter smoking initiation and provide powerful cessation cues. However, these warnings typically feature graphic health images, which many young adults dismiss as irrelevant. We estimated responses to more diverse warnings and examined how these performed relative to each other. METHODS: We conducted a behavioural likelihood experiment and a choice modelling experiment in which 474 smokers and 476 susceptible non-smokers aged between 16 and 30 years evaluated 12 warnings featuring health, social, financial and cosmetic themes...
August 19, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812813/do-management-and-leadership-practices-in-the-context-of-decentralisation-influence-performance-of-community-health-fund-evidence-from-iramba-and-iringa-districts-in-tanzania
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Chakupewa Joseph, Stephen Oswald Maluka
BACKGROUND: In early 1990s, Tanzania like other African countries, adopted health sector reform (HSR). The most strongly held centralisation system that informed the nature of services provision including health was, thus, disintegrated giving rise to decentralisation system. It was within the realm of HSR process, user fees were introduced in the health sector. Along with user fees, various types of health insurances, including the Community Health Fund (CHF), were introduced. While the country's level of enrolment in the CHF is low, there are marked variations among districts...
September 26, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797940/values-for-the-icecap-supportive-care-measure-icecap-scm-for-use-in-economic-evaluation-at-end-of-life
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Elisabeth Huynh, Joanna Coast, John Rose, Philip Kinghorn, Terry Flynn
End of life care may have elements of value that go beyond health. A generic measure of the benefits of end of life care could be helpful to decision makers. Such a measure, based on the capability approach, has recently been developed: the ICECAP Supportive Care Measure. This paper reports the first valuation exercise for that measure, with data from 6020 individuals collected from an on-line general population panel during June 2013. Individuals were asked to complete a stated choice experiment that combined best-worst scaling and a standard discrete choice experiment...
July 21, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797833/percutaneous-rupture-of-zygapophyseal-joint-synovial-cysts-a-prospective-assessment-of-nonsurgical-management
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Gregory E Lutz, Michael R Nicoletti, George E Cyril, Julian R Harrison, Christopher Lutz, Jennifer L Solomon, Paul M Cooke, James F Wyss, Richard J Herzog, Peter J Moley
BACKGROUND: Although lumbar zygapophyseal joint synovial cysts are fairly well recognized, they are an uncommon cause of lumbosacral radicular pain. Non-operative treatments include percutaneous aspiration of the cysts under computed tomography or fluoroscopic guidance with a subsequent corticosteroid injection. However, there are mixed results in terms of long-term outcomes and cyst reoccurrence. This study prospectively evaluates percutaneous ruptures of zygapophyseal joint (Z-joint) synovial cysts for the treatment of lumbosacral radicular pain...
August 7, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783072/stated-preferences-for-dog-characteristics-and-sources-of-acquisition
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Courtney Bir, Nicole J Olynk Widmar, Candace C Croney
People's preferences for where they acquire dogs and the characteristics they focus on may provide insight into their perceptions of socially responsible pet ownership, as acquiring a dog is the first step in dog ownership. An online survey of 1523 U.S. residents was used to aid understanding of public perceptions of dog acquisition. Likert-scale questions allowed respondents to assign a level of agreement, within the given scale, to ten statements related to dog acquisition. A significantly higher percentage of women (39...
August 5, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774238/wide-awake-hand-surgery
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Line Lied, Grethe E Borchgrevink, Vilhjalmur Finsen
BACKGROUND: "Wide awake hand surgery", where surgery is performed in local anaesthesia with adrenaline, without sedation or a tourniquet, has become widespread in some countries. It has a number of potential advantages and we wished to evaluate it among our patients. METHODS: All 122 patients treated by this method during one year were evaluated by the surgeons and the patients on a numerical scale from 0 (best/least) to 10 (worst/most). Theatre time was compared to that recorded for a year when regional or general anaesthesia had been used...
September 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772349/the-effects-of-multiple-anesthetic-episodes-on-equine-recovery-quality
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J P Platt, B T Simon, M Coleman, E A Martinez, M A Lepiz, A E Watts
BACKGROUND: Although rare, 70% of equine fatalities during recovery from general anaesthesia (GA) are due to catastrophic fractures from poor recovery quality. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of repeated GA recovery on GA recovery quality. STUDY DESIGN: Experimental blinded trial. METHODS: Eight adult horses underwent six GA events on sevoflurane for distal limb MRI examination over a 14-week period. Prior to GA recovery, xylazine was administered...
August 3, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760512/self-rated-versus-caregiver-rated-health-for-patients-with-mild-dementia-as-predictors-of-patient-mortality
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Thien Kieu Thi Phung, Volkert Siersma, Asmus Vogel, Frans Boch Waldorff, Gunhild Waldemar
OBJECTIVE: Self-assessment of health is a strong and independent predictor of mortality for cognitively intact people. Because the ability of patients with dementia to rate their own health is questionable, caregiver-rated health for patients may serve as a proxy. The authors aimed to validate and compare self- and caregiver-rated health for patients with dementia as independent predictors of patient mortality. METHODS: This was a post-hoc analysis of data from The Danish Alzheimer's Disease Intervention Study, a randomized controlled trial of psychosocial intervention for 330 patients with mild dementia and their caregivers with a 36-month follow-up...
June 7, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750609/hemodialysis-patients-preferences-for-the-management-of-anemia
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Brett Hauber, John Caloyeras, Joshua Posner, Deborah Brommage, Spiros Tzivelekis, Allan Pollock
BACKGROUND: Patient engagement in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is expected to result in a more patient-centered approach to care that aligns with patients' values, preferences, and goals for treatment. Nevertheless, no previous studies of which we are aware have evaluated patients' benefit-risk preferences for the management of anemia associated with ESRD. The primary objective of this study was to quantify the tradeoffs patients are willing to make between cardiovascular risks associated with some anemia medicines and red blood cell (RBC) transfusions...
July 28, 2017: BMC Nephrology
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