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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914911/cervical-cancer-brachytherapy-in-canada-a-focus-on-interstitial-brachytherapy-utilization
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Amandeep S Taggar, Tien Phan, Laurel Traptow, Robyn Banerjee, Corinne M Doll
PURPOSE: Brachytherapy (BT) techniques for cervical cancer in Canada have changed over the last decade, with evolution to high-dose-rate and image-guided BT. However, there are currently no national data on the use of interstitial BT (IBT). The purpose of this study was to document IBT utilization in Canadian centers, as well as update details of cervical cancer BT practices. METHODS AND MATERIALS: All Canadian centers with gynecologic BT services (n = 33) were identified, and one gynecology radiation oncologist per center was sent a 33-item e-mail questionnaire regarding their center's practice for cervical cancer BT in 2015...
November 30, 2016: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913580/responding-to-challenges-for-people-with-psychotic-illness-updated-evidence-from-the-survey-of-high-impact-psychosis
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REVIEW
Vera A Morgan, Anna Waterreus, Vaughan Carr, David Castle, Martin Cohen, Carol Harvey, Cherrie Galletly, Andrew Mackinnon, Patrick McGorry, John J McGrath, Amanda L Neil, Suzy Saw, Johanna C Badcock, Debra L Foley, Geoff Waghorn, Sarah Coker, Assen Jablensky
OBJECTIVE: The objective is to summarise recent findings from the 2010 Australian Survey of High Impact Psychosis (SHIP) and examine their implications for future policy and planning to improve mental health, physical health and other circumstances of people with a psychotic disorder. METHODS: Survey of High Impact Psychosis collected nationally representative data on 1825 people with psychotic illness. Over 60 papers have been published covering key challenges reported by participants: financial problems, loneliness and social isolation, unemployment, poor physical health, uncontrolled symptoms of mental illness, and lack of stable, suitable housing...
December 1, 2016: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906531/medicare-program-revisions-to-payment-policies-under-the-physician-fee-schedule-and-other-revisions-to-part-b-for-cy-2017-medicare-advantage-bid-pricing-data-release-medicare-advantage-and-part-d-medical-loss-ratio-data-release-medicare-advantage-provider-network
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This major final rule addresses changes to the physician fee schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies, such as changes to the Value Modifier, to ensure that our payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services, as well as changes in the statute. This final rule also includes changes related to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, requirements for Medicare Advantage Provider Networks, and provides for the release of certain pricing data from Medicare Advantage bids and of data from medical loss ratio reports submitted by Medicare health and drug plans...
November 15, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905693/revisiting-the-cost-effectiveness-of-screening-65-year-old-men-for-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-based-on-data-from-an-implemented-screening-programme
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Jakob Hager, Martin Henriksson, Per Carlsson, Toste Länne, Fredrik Lundgren
BACKGROUND: Health economic analyses based on randomized trials have shown that screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) cost-effectively decreases AAA-related, as well as all- cause mortality. However, follow-up from implemented screening programmes now reveal substantially changed conditions in terms of prevalence, attendance rate, costs and mortality after intervention. Our aim was to evaluate whether screening for AAA among 65-year-old men is cost-effective based on contemporary data on prevalence and attendance rates from an ongoing AAA screening programme...
December 1, 2016: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897734/how-to-insert-a-peripheral-cannula
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Sally Jane Shaw
Rationale and key points This article aims to assist practitioners to undertake the safe and effective insertion of a peripheral cannula. It provides information on best practice related to peripheral cannulation with an open-ported safety cannula. The same principles for practice apply to non-ported open safety cannulae. » Peripheral cannulation enables venous access, the administration of intravenous medication, infusion therapy and total parenteral nutrition. It also enables blood samples to be obtained...
November 16, 2016: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893327/radiation-therapy-for-glioblastoma-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-clinical-practice-guideline-endorsement-of-the-american-society-for-radiation-oncology-guideline
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Erik P Sulman, Nofisat Ismaila, Terri S Armstrong, Christina Tsien, Tracy T Batchelor, Tim Cloughesy, Evanthia Galanis, Mark Gilbert, Vinai Gondi, Mary Lovely, Minesh Mehta, Matthew P Mumber, Andrew Sloan, Susan M Chang
Purpose The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) produced an evidence-based guideline on radiation therapy for glioblastoma. Because of its relevance to the ASCO membership, ASCO reviewed the guideline and applied a set of procedures and policies used to critically examine guidelines developed by other organizations. Methods The ASTRO guideline on radiation therapy for glioblastoma was reviewed for developmental rigor by methodologists. An ASCO endorsement panel updated the literature search and reviewed the content and recommendations...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892420/ehealth-in-cardiovascular-medicine-a-clinical-update
#7
Hugo Saner, Enno van der Velde
Demographic changes, progress in medicine technology and regional problems in providing healthcare to low density populations are posing great challenges to our healthcare systems. Rapid progress in computer sciences and information technologies have a great impact on the way healthcare will be delivered in the near future. This article describes opportunities and challenges of eHealth and telemedicine in the framework of our health systems and, in particular, in the context of today's cardiology services. The most promising applications of eHealth and telemedicine include: (a) prevention and lifestyle interventions; (b) chronic disease management including hypertension, diabetes and heart failure; (c) arrhythmia detection including early detection of atrial fibrillation and telemonitoring of devices such as pacemaker, internal cardioverter defibrillators and implantable rhythm monitoring devices; (d) telerehabilitation...
October 2016: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884006/current-psychosomatic-practice
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Giovanni A Fava, Fiammetta Cosci, Nicoletta Sonino
Psychosomatic research has advanced over the past decades in dealing with complex biopsychosocial phenomena and may provide new effective modalities of patient care. Among psychosocial variables affecting individual vulnerability, course, and outcome of any medical disease, the role of chronic stress (allostatic load/overload) has emerged as a crucial factor. Assessment strategies include the Diagnostic Criteria for Psychosomatic Research. They are presented here in an updated version based on insights derived from studies carried out so far and encompass allostatic overload, type A behavior, alexithymia, the spectrum of maladaptive illness behavior, demoralization, irritable mood, and somatic symptoms secondary to a psychiatric disorder...
November 25, 2016: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875603/emr-based-intervention-improves-lead-screening-at-an-urban-family-medicine-practice
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Kathryn McGrath, Krys Foster, Patrick Doggett, Marc Altshuler, Jewel Osborne-Wu, Christine Castellan, Kelly Lopez, Pheobe Askie, Daniel Chung, Laura Parente, Yury Parra
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Elevated blood lead levels have well-described detrimental effects to growth and development in children, yet screening rates remain low. We sought to determine if a reminder within the electronic health record (EHR) could change provider behavior and improve blood lead level (BLL) screening test ordering rates in an urban academic family medicine practice. METHODS: Baseline BLL test ordering rates were calculated for children ages 9-72 months...
November 2016: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875601/association-between-patient-centered-medical-home-features-and-satisfaction-with-family-medicine-residency-training-in-the-us
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Patricia A Carney, Elaine Waller, Eve Dexter, Miguel Marino, Stephanie E Rosener, Larry A Green, Geoffrey Jones, J Drew M Keister, Julie A Dostal, Samuel M Jones, M Patrice Eiff
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Primary care residencies are undergoing dramatic changes because of changing health care systems and evolving demands for updated training models. We examined the relationships between residents' exposures to patient-centered medical home (PCMH) features in their assigned continuity clinics and their satisfaction with training. METHODS: Longitudinal surveys were collected annually from residents evaluating satisfaction with training using a 5-point Likert-type scale (1=very unsatisfied to 5=very satisfied) from 2007 through 2011, and the presence or absence of PCMH features were collected from 24 continuity clinics during the same time period...
November 2016: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872452/how-to-treat-anca%C3%A2-associated-vasculitis-practical-messages-from-2016-eular-era%C3%A2-edta-recommendations
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Jan Sznajd, Chetan Mukhtyar
The European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) with the European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Association recently published an update of 2009 EULAR recommendations with a focus on the management of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV). In this article, we discuss the following key messages for clinical practice derived from these recommendations: 1) biopsy should be performed if possible to confirm new diagnosis or relapse; 2) glucocorticoid therapy is an extremely important adjunct to the management of AAV, but it is also responsible for the majority of adverse effects; the dose should be tapered to 7...
October 28, 2016: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869875/-the-added-value-of-information-summaries-supporting-clinical-decisions-at-the-point-of-care
#12
Rita Banzi, Marien González-Lorenzo, Koren Hyogene Kwag, Stefanos Bonovas, Lorenzo Moja
Evidence-based healthcare requires the integration of the best research evidence with clinical expertise and patients' values. International publishers are developing evidence-based information services and resources designed to overcome the difficulties in retrieving, assessing and updating medical information as well as to facilitate a rapid access to valid clinical knowledge. Point-of-care information summaries are defined as web-based medical compendia that are specifically designed to deliver pre-digested, rapidly accessible, comprehensive, and periodically updated information to health care providers...
November 2016: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868581/2016-updated-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-oncology-nursing-society-chemotherapy-administration-safety-standards-including-standards-for-pediatric-oncology
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Michael N Neuss, Terry R Gilmore, Kristin M Belderson, Amy L Billett, Tara Conti-Kalchik, Brittany E Harvey, Carolyn Hendricks, Kristine B LeFebvre, Pamela B Mangu, Kristen McNiff, MiKaela Olsen, Lisa Schulmeister, Ann Von Gehr, Martha Polovich
Purpose To update the ASCO/Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Chemotherapy Administration Safety Standards and to highlight standards for pediatric oncology. Methods The ASCO/ONS Chemotherapy Administration Safety Standards were first published in 2009 and updated in 2011 to include inpatient settings. A subsequent 2013 revision expanded the standards to include the safe administration and management of oral chemotherapy. A joint ASCO/ONS workshop with stakeholder participation, including that of the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses and American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, was held on May 12, 2015, to review the 2013 standards...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859097/new-roles-for-medical-assistants-in-innovative-primary-care-practices
#14
Susan A Chapman, Lisel K Blash
OBJECTIVE: To identify and describe new roles for medical assistants (MAs) in innovative care models that improve care while providing training and career advancement opportunities for MAs. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Primary data collected at 15 case study sites; 173 key informant interviews and de-identified secondary data on staffing, wages, patient satisfaction, and health outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: Researchers used snowball sampling and screening calls to identify 15 organizations using MAs in new roles...
November 10, 2016: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858952/subintimal-angioplasty-for-lower-limb-arterial-chronic-total-occlusions
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REVIEW
ZhiHui Chang, JiaHe Zheng, ZhaoYu Liu
BACKGROUND: In recent years subintimal angioplasty (SIA) has become an established percutaneous procedure for the treatment of symptomatic lower limb arterial chronic total occlusions. However, the clinical benefits of this practice remain unclear. The aim of the review was to determine the effectiveness of SIA on clinical outcomes. This is an update of a review first published in 2013. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of SIA versus other treatment for people with lower limb arterial chronic total occlusions, determined by the effects on clinical improvement, technical success rate, patency rate, limb salvage rate, and morbidity rates...
November 18, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855811/heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection%C3%A2-fraction-and%C3%A2-atrial-fibrillation-vicious-twins
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REVIEW
Dipak Kotecha, Carolyn S P Lam, Dirk J Van Veldhuisen, Isabelle C Van Gelder, Adriaan A Voors, Michiel Rienstra
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are age-related conditions that are increasing in prevalence, commonly coexist, and share clinical features. This review provides a practical update on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of patients with concomitant HFpEF and AF. Epidemiological studies highlight the close and complex links between HFpEF and AF, the shared risk factors, the high AF occurrence in the natural history of HFpEF, and the independent contribution of each condition to poor outcomes...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852558/formative-work-to-develop-a-tailored-hiv-testing-smartphone-app-for-diverse-at-risk-hiv-negative-men-who-have-sex-with-men-a-focus-group-study
#17
Jason W Mitchell, Maria Beatriz Torres, Jennifer Joe, Thu Danh, Bobbi Gass, Keith J Horvath
BACKGROUND: Although gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately affected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, few test for HIV at regular intervals. Smartphone apps may be an ideal tool to increase regular testing among MSM. However, the success of apps to encourage regular testing among MSM will depend on how frequently the apps are downloaded, whether they continue to be used over months or years, and the degree to which such apps are tailored to the needs of this population...
November 16, 2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833218/nonpharmacological-interventions-for-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-in-india-a-comprehensive-and-comparative-research-update
#18
REVIEW
Sujata Satapathy, Vandana Choudhary, Renu Sharma, Rajesh Sagar
The nonpharmacological treatments for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have witnessed a sea change from a rudimentary and haphazard psychosocial to cognitive interventions to social and behavioral skills to body oriented interventions to more sophisticated neurocognitive interventions. As the objective of each treatment varied, the method or procedure of each treatment also differed across studies. Indian research although not very rigorous, did witness changes emphasizing on exploring interventions in reducing symptoms and improving overall behavior...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827515/interventions-for-promoting-the-initiation-of-breastfeeding
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REVIEW
Olukunmi O Balogun, Elizabeth J O'Sullivan, Alison McFadden, Erika Ota, Anna Gavine, Christine D Garner, Mary J Renfrew, Stephen MacGillivray
BACKGROUND: Despite the widely documented risks of not breastfeeding, initiation rates remain relatively low in many high-income countries, particularly among women in lower-income groups. In low- and middle-income countries, many women do not follow World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to initiate breastfeeding within the first hour after birth. This is an update of a Cochrane Review, first published in 2005. OBJECTIVES: To identify and describe health promotion activities intended to increase the initiation rate of breastfeeding...
November 9, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823921/-abortion-law-in-france
#20
P Fournet
The French law of 17 January 1975 relative to abortion, called Veil law decriminalized abortion. Since intervened many legislative changes that now allow completion of the surgical or medical abortion. This text provides an update on legislative developments and case law for practice.
November 4, 2016: Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction
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