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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635299/prevalence-and-geographic-variations-of-polypharmacy-among-west-virginia-medicaid-beneficiaries
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Xue Feng, Xi Tan, Brittany Riley, Tianyu Zheng, Thomas K Bias, James B Becker, Usha Sambamoorthi
BACKGROUND: West Virginia (WV) residents are at high risk for polypharmacy given its considerable chronic disease burdens. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence, correlates, outcomes, and geographic variations of polypharmacy among WV Medicaid beneficiaries. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, we analyzed 2009-2010 WV Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) claims data for adults aged 18-64 (N=37,570). We defined polypharmacy as simultaneous use of drugs from five or more different drug classes on a daily basis for at least 60 consecutive days in one year...
June 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631533/u-can-a-prospective-longitudinal-collection-of-biomaterials-and-clinical-information-from-adult-cancer-patients-in-sweden
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Bengt Glimelius, Beatrice Melin, Gunilla Enblad, Irina Alafuzoff, Anna Beskow, Håkan Ahlström, Anna Bill-Axelson, Helgi Birgisson, Ove Björ, Per-Henrik Edqvist, Tony Hansson, Thomas Helleday, Per Hellman, Kerstin Henriksson, Göran Hesselager, Magnus Hultdin, Michael Häggman, Martin Höglund, Håkan Jonsson, Chatarina Larsson, Henrik Lindman, Ingrid Ljuslinder, Stephanie Mindus, Peter Nygren, Fredrik Pontén, Katrine Riklund, Richard Rosenquist, Fredrik Sandin, Jochen M Schwenk, Roger Stenling, Karin Stålberg, Peter Stålberg, Christer Sundström, Camilla Thellenberg Karlsson, Bengt Westermark, Anders Bergh, Lena Claesson-Welsh, Richard Palmqvist, Tobias Sjöblom
BACKGROUND: Progress in cancer biomarker discovery is dependent on access to high-quality biological materials and high-resolution clinical data from the same cases. To overcome current limitations, a systematic prospective longitudinal sampling of multidisciplinary clinical data, blood and tissue from cancer patients was therefore initiated in 2010 by Uppsala and Umeå Universities and involving their corresponding University Hospitals, which are referral centers for one third of the Swedish population...
June 20, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629695/a-controlled-study-of-the-influence-of-comorbidity-on-activities-of-daily-living-in-elderly-cancer-survivors-the-hunt-3-survey
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Ellen Karine Grov, Sophie D Fosså, Alv A Dahl
OBJECTIVES: To examine the influence of somatic comorbidity on Activity of Daily Living (ADL) problems in cancer survivors ≥70years (ECSs) based on data from The Health Study of Nord-Trøndelag County (HUNT-3) 2006-08. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Among participants of the HUNT-3 survey, 599 ECSs had a diagnosis of one invasive cancer according to both The Cancer Registry of Norway and self-report. Three controls without cancer aged ≥70years for each ECS were drawn from the HUNT-3 sample...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628657/reported-family-burden-of-schizophrenia-patients-in-rural-china
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Yu Yu, Zi-Wei Liu, Bing-Wei Tang, Mei Zhao, Xi-Guang Liu, Shui-Yuan Xiao
We aim to assess the level of family burden of schizophrenia patients and identify its predicting factors in a rural community sample of China. A sample of 327 primary caregivers was recruited through a one-stage cluster sampling in Ningxiang County of Hunan province, China. Family burden was assessed using the Family Burden Interview Schedule (FBIS) of Pai and Kapur. Our results showed that the mean score of FBIS was 23.62±9.76 (range, 0-48), with over half (52%) caregivers reported their family burden being moderate and severe...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625585/access-disparities-to-magnet-hospitals-for-ischemic-stroke-patients
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Kimon Bekelis, Symeon Missios, Todd A MacKenzie
Access disparities to centers of excellence can have detrimental consequences for population health. We investigated the presence of racial disparities in the access of stroke patients to hospitals recognized by the Magnet Recognition Program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). We performed a cohort study of all ischemic stroke patients who were registered in the New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) database from 2009 to 2013. We examined the association of African-American race with Magnet status hospitalization after ischemic stroke...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625339/non-invasive-ventilation-in-emergency-departments-in-public-hospitals-in-catalonia-the-venur-cat-study
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J Jacob, J Zorrilla, E Gené, G Alonso, P Rimbau, F Casarramona, C Netto, P Sánchez, R Hernández, X Escalada, Ò Miró
OBJECTIVES: To know the implementation and characteristics of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in the Emergency Departments (EDs) of public hospitals in Catalonia (Spain) and analyze possible differences based on the typology, degree of activity and the availability of an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the hospital. DESIGN: A non-interventional, descriptive study was carried out, using a structured questionnaire divided into 3sections: 1) professional experience and training; 2) devices used; and 3) clinical scenarios and the use of NIV...
June 15, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623838/economic-analysis-of-an-epilepsy-outreach-model-of-care-in-a-university-hospital-setting
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Eimer Maloney, Ronan N McGinty, Daniel J Costello
The prevalence of epilepsy in people with intellectual disability is higher than in the general population and prevalence rates increase with increasing levels of disability. Prevalence rates of epilepsy are highest among those living in residential care. The healthcare needs of people with intellectual disability and epilepsy are complex and deserve special consideration in terms of healthcare provision and access to specialist epilepsy clinics, which are usually held in acute hospital campuses. This patient population is at risk of suboptimal care because of significant difficulties accessing specialist epilepsy care which is typically delivered in the environs of acute hospitals...
June 14, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615177/direct-transport-to-a-percutaneous-cardiac-intervention-center-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Kristian Kragholm, Carolina Malta Hansen, Matthew E Dupre, Ying Xian, Benjamin Strauss, Clark Tyson, Lisa Monk, Claire Corbett, Christopher B Fordyce, David A Pearson, Emil L Fosbøl, James G Jollis, Benjamin S Abella, Bryan McNally, Christopher B Granger
BACKGROUND: Practice guidelines recommend regional systems of care for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. However, whether emergency medical services should bypass nonpercutaneous cardiac intervention (non-PCI) facilities and transport out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients directly to PCI centers despite longer transport time remains unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival with geocoding of arrest location, we identified out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients with prehospital return of spontaneous circulation and evaluated the association between direct transport to a PCI center and outcomes in North Carolina during 2012 to 2014...
June 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611986/scipad-effective-implementation-of-telemedicine-using-ipads-with-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injuries-a-case-series
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Kazuko Shem, Samantha J Sechrist, Eleanor Loomis, Linda Isaac
BACKGROUND: Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) must often travel long distances to see a rehabilitation specialist. While telemedicine (TM) for pressure ulcer management has been used in this population, real-time video telecommunication using iPad has never been described. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to provide specialized care for persons with SCI through TM consultation expediently in order to address medical needs, manage secondary complications, and to improve quality of life (QoL) of individuals with SCI...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607682/improving-inpatient-care-for-older-adults-implementing-dementia-commissioning-for-quality-and-innovation-cquin
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Judith R Harrison
Dementia is a common condition, and people with dementia occupy around 25% of hospital beds. Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) is an NHS payment framework that links part of English healthcare providers' income to quality improvement. The dementia CQUIN goals are designed to encourage the recognition of dementia in hospital. The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, introduced new procedures to meet the dementia CQUIN targets. Adherence to the changes was a problem. This project aimed to improve hospital's implementation strategy...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606202/an-assessment-of-climate-change-impacts-on-los-angeles-california-usa-hospitals-wildfires-highest-priority
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Sabrina A Adelaine, Mizuki Sato, Yufang Jin, Hilary Godwin
Introduction Although many studies have delineated the variety and magnitude of impacts that climate change is likely to have on health, very little is known about how well hospitals are poised to respond to these impacts. Hypothesis/Problem The hypothesis is that most modern hospitals in urban areas in the United States need to augment their current disaster planning to include climate-related impacts. METHODS: Using Los Angeles County (California USA) as a case study, historical data for emergency department (ED) visits and projections for extreme-heat events were used to determine how much climate change is likely to increase ED visits by mid-century for each hospital...
June 13, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606178/low-birth-weight-and-macrosomia-in-tigray-northern-ethiopia-who-are-the-mothers-at-risk
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Hayelom Gebrekirstos Mengesha, Alem Desta Wuneh, Berhe Weldearegawi, Divya L Selvakumar
BACKGROUND: Infant birth weight, which is classified into low birth weight, normal birth weight and macrosomia, is associated with short and long-term health consequences, such as neonatal mortality and chronic disease in life. Macrosomia and low birth weight are double burden problems in developing counties, such as Ethiopia, but the paucity of evidence has made it difficult to assess the extent of this situation. As a result there has been inconsistency in the reported prevalence of low birth weight and macrosomia in Ethiopia...
June 12, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606166/poncet-s-disease-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-a-case-report
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Enoch Omonge, Fredrick Otieno, Mary Kubo, Betty Shiruli
BACKGROUND: Poncet's disease is a rare reactive polyarthritis associated with active tuberculosis and no evidence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the affected joint. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a 35 year old Human Immunodeficiency Virus positive Kenyan male of Kikuyu ethnicity from Kiambu County who presented to hospital with a 6 day history of bilateral knee pain and swelling, bilateral ankle pain with right ankle swelling. The patient reported 6 months history of cough and weight loss...
June 12, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606085/care-cascade-structural-intervention-versus-standard-of-care-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-hiv-in-china-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial-protocol
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Yurong Mao, Zunyou Wu, Jennifer M McGoogan, David Liu, Diane Gu, Lynda Erinoff, Walter Ling, Paul VanVeldhuisen, Roger Detels, Albert L Hasson, Robert Lindblad, Julio S G Montaner, Zhenzhu Tang, Yan Zhao
BACKGROUND: The high rate of attrition along the care cascade of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) results in lost opportunities to provide timely antiretroviral therapy (ART) and to prevent unnecessarily high mortality. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of a structural intervention, the one-stop ("One4All") strategy that streamlines China's HIV care cascade with the intent to improve testing completeness, ART initiation, viral suppression, and mortality. METHOD: A two-arm, cluster-randomized controlled trial was implemented in twelve county hospitals in Guangxi China to test the effectiveness of the One4All strategy (intervention arm) compared to the current standard of care (SOC; control arm)...
June 12, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604832/insects-and-associated-arthropods-analyzed-during-medicolegal-death-investigations-in-harris-county-texas-usa-january-2013-april-2016
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Michelle R Sanford
The application of insect and arthropod information to medicolegal death investigations is one of the more exacting applications of entomology. Historically limited to homicide investigations, the integration of full time forensic entomology services to the medical examiner's office in Harris County has opened up the opportunity to apply entomology to a wide variety of manner of death classifications and types of scenes to make observations on a number of different geographical and species-level trends in Harris County, Texas, USA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601827/socioeconomic-status-and-geographical-factors-associated-with-active-listing-in-primary-care-a-cross-sectional-population-study-accounting-for-multimorbidity-age-sex-and-primary-care
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Karin Ranstad, Patrik Midlöv, Anders Halling
BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic status and geographical factors are associated with health and use of healthcare. Well-performing primary care contributes to better health and more adequate healthcare. In a primary care system based on patient's choice of practice, this choice (listing) is a key to understand the system. OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationship between population and practices in a primary care system based on listing. METHODS: Cross-sectional population-based study...
June 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600021/st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-in-patients-hospitalized-for-non-cardiac-conditions
#17
Justin Tiulim, Kevin Mak, David M Shavelle
BACKGROUND: Timely use of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the standard of care for patients with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Most patients with STEMI present via emergency medical services or self-transport to the emergency department (ED) and relatively little is known about the minority of patients that develop STEMI while hospitalized for non-cardiac conditions. The objective of this study was to analyze treatment times and clinical outcome for in-hospital STEMI patients...
May 31, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598904/deaths-and-high-risk-trauma-patients-missed-by-standard-trauma-data-sources
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Craig D Newgard, Rochelle Fu, E Brooke Lerner, Mohamud Daya, Dagan Wright, Jonathan Jui, N Clay Mann, Eileen Bulger, Jerris Hedges, Lynn Wittwer, David Lehrfeld, Thomas Rea
BACKGROUND: Trauma registries are used to evaluate and improve trauma care, yet potentially miss certain trauma deaths and high-risk patients. We estimated the number of missed deaths and high-risk trauma patients using commonly-available sources of trauma data, and bias in quality metrics for field trauma triage. METHODS: This was a pre-planned secondary analysis of a population-based prospective cohort of injured patients transported by 44 EMS agencies to 28 hospitals in 7 Northwest counties from 1/1/2011 to 12/31/2011 and followed through hospitalization...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598457/rural-health-care-workers-and-local-residents-health-status-in-yulong-county-of-yunnan-province-china-and-hat-yai-city-of-songkhla-mansion-thailand
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Q U Fanwei, J Yanling, V Chongsuvivatwong, T Liabsuetrakul, L Yan, C Le, J Runsheng
INTRODUCTION: To compare health status between Hat Yai city of Songkhla Province in Thailand and Yulong county of Yunnan province in China about rural health care workers and local residents, analyzing of both differences, learning from the advanced experience and practice of Thailand, adjusting policy, especially for the implementation of measures to improve the lack of human resources construction of Yulong County rural health, promote the level of rural health service of Lijiang. METHODS: A qualitative study consisting of focus group discussions and individual in-depth interviews were conducted in Rural Health Care Workers and Local Residents Health Status in Yulong County of Yunnan Province China and Hat Yai City of Songkhla Mansion Thailand from...
January 2017: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594952/age-and-axial-length-on-peripapillary-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-thickness-measured-by-optical-coherence-tomography-in-nonglaucomatous-taiwanese-participants
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Pai Huei Peng, Sheng Yao Hsu, Wei Shin Wang, Mei Lan Ko
PURPOSE: This study investigates the influence of age and axial length (AL) on the peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness, as measured by optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: Healthy patients visiting an eye clinic at a county hospital were recruited. All participants underwent comprehensive ophthalmologic examinations, and their retinas were scanned using 3D OCT-1000. In total, 223 patients with 446 eyes were included. The mean age and AL were 42...
2017: PloS One
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