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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327960/geographic-and-hospital-variation-in-cost-of-lumbar-laminectomy-and-lumbar-fusion-for-degenerative-conditions
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Corinna C Zygourakis, Caterina Y Liu, Glenn Wakam, Christopher Moriates, Christy Boscardin, Christopher P Ames, Praveen V Mummaneni, John Ratliff, R Adams Dudley, Ralph Gonzales
BACKGROUND: Spinal surgery costs vary significantly across hospitals and regions, but there is insufficient understanding of what drives this variation. OBJECTIVE: To examine the factors underlying the cost variation for lumbar laminectomy/discectomy and lumbar fusions. METHODS: We obtained patient information (age, gender, race, severity of illness, risk of mortality, population of county of residence, median zipcode income, insurance status, elective vs nonelective admission, length of stay) and hospital data (region, hospital type, bed size, wage index) for all patients who underwent lumbar laminectomy/discectomy (n = 181 267) or lumbar fusions (n = 433 364) for degenerative conditions in the 2001 to 2013 National Inpatient Sample database...
March 10, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327609/impact-of-temperature-on-mortality-in-hubei-china-a-multi-county-time-series-analysis
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Yunquan Zhang, Chuanhua Yu, Junzhe Bao, Xudong Li
We examined the impact of extreme temperatures on mortality in 12 counties across Hubei Province, central China, during 2009-2012. Quasi-Poisson generalized linear regression combined with distributed lag non-linear model was first applied to estimate county-specific relationship between temperature and mortality. A multivariable meta-analysis was then used to pool the estimates of county-specific mortality effects of extreme cold temperature (1st percentile) and hot temperature (99th percentile). An inverse J-shaped relationship was observed between temperature and mortality at the provincial level...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326179/clinic-continuity-of-care-clinical-outcomes-and-direct-costs-for-copd-in-sweden-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Sofia Sveréus, Kjell Larsson, Clas Rehnberg
Introduction: In this study we investigate whether clinic level continuity of care (COC) for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with better health care outcomes and lower costs in a Swedish setting. Methods: Individuals with COPD (N = 20,187) were identified through ICD-10 codes in all Stockholm County health care registries in 2007-2011 (59% female, 40% in the age group 65-74 years). We followed the individuals prospectively for 365 days after their first outpatient visit in 2012...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319992/organizational-and-community-factors-associated-with-magnet-status-of-u-s-hospitals
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Teresa Wai Chi Tai, Sherry I Bame
The Magnet Recognition Program for healthcare organizations promotes excellence in nursing services and professional practices. However, organizational and community characteristics that contribute to the adoption of Magnet status remain unexplained. Investigating organizational and community factors will help determine systematic structural and contextual dimensions of Magnet hospitals previously shown to be more cost-effective in comparison with non-Magnet hospitals. Using the baseline 2005 database of all Magnet hospitals in the United States, the authors selected a matched sample to determine key organizational and community characteristics associated with Magnet adoption while controlling for regional and local factors...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318750/changes-in-patterns-of-treatment-of-burned-children-at-the-linkoping-burn-centre-sweden-2009-2014
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Moustafa Elmasry, Ingrid Steinvall, Islam Abdelrahman, Pia Olofsson, Folke Sjoberg
INTRODUCTION: Children are a relatively large group among patients with burns in Sweden. We changed the management of children's burns to a flexible, outpatient-based plan. The aim was to follow up the outpatient management for children's burns during the period 2009-2014, and track it, to find out to what extent the patients had been treated flexibly as outpatients, and to clarify the reasons behind those who did not fit in the plan. METHODS: Descriptive retrospective analysis dividing the patients into three groups: inpatients only, flexible management, and outpatients...
March 15, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317139/mortality-after-inpatient-treatment-for-severe-pneumonia-in-children-a-cohort-study
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Moses M Ngari, Greg Fegan, Martha K Mwangome, Mwanajuma J Ngama, Neema Mturi, John Anthony Gerard Scott, Evasius Bauni, David James Nokes, James A Berkley
BACKGROUND: Although pneumonia is a leading cause of inpatient mortality, deaths may also occur after discharge from hospital. However, prior studies have been small, in selected groups or did not fully evaluate risk factors, particularly malnutrition and HIV. We determined 1-year post-discharge mortality and risk factors among children diagnosed with severe pneumonia. METHODS: A cohort study of children aged 1-59 months admitted to Kilifi County Hospital with severe pneumonia (2007-12)...
March 20, 2017: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315736/colorado-retinopathy-of-prematurity-screening-algorithm-co-rop-a-validation-study-at-a-tertiary-care-center
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Jason M Huang, Xihui Lin, Yu-Guang He, Jennifer H Cao
PURPOSE: The Colorado Retinopathy of Prematurity Screening Algorithm (CO-ROP) recommends screening for infants meeting the following criteria for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP): gestational age ≤30 weeks, birth weight of ≤1500 g, and net weight gain of ≤650 g between birth and 4 weeks of age. This study was performed to evaluate the validity of CO-ROP in a tertiary referral county hospital. METHODS: CO-ROP was used to retrospectively analyze the data from consecutive newborns screened for ROP using national screening guidelines at Parkland Hospital, Dallas, Texas, between April 1, 2009, to August 30, 2013...
March 15, 2017: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304316/perspectives-and-attitudes-of-pediatricians-concerning-post-discharge-care-practice-of-premature-infants
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A Gad, E Parkinson, N Khawar, A Elmeki, P Narula, D Hoang
OBJECTIVE: Survival rates of premature infants are at a historical high and increasingly more pediatricians are caring for former premature infants. The goal of this study was to describe the perspectives and attitudes of pediatricians, as well as, the challenges of rendering post-neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) discharge care for premature infants. METHODS: An anonymous 22-question web-based survey was emailed to pediatricians who are current members of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and practicing in Kings County, New York...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292748/unwarranted-variation-in-the-quality-of-care-for-patients-with-diseases-of-the-thoracic-aorta
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Alex Bottle, Giovanni Mariscalco, Matthew A Shaw, Umberto Benedetto, Athanasios Saratzis, Silvia Mariani, Mohamad Bashir, Paul Aylin, David Jenkins, Aung Y Oo, Gavin J Murphy
BACKGROUND: Thoracic aortic disease has a high mortality. We sought to establish the contribution of unwarranted variation in care to regional differences in outcomes observed in patients with thoracic aortic disease in England. METHODS AND RESULTS: Data from the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and the National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA) were extracted. A parallel systematic review/meta-analysis through December 2015, and structure and process questionnaire of English cardiac surgery units were also accomplished...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291304/mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-calf-muscles-of-patients-with-combined-peripheral-arterial-disease-and-diabetes-type-2
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Brian Lindegaard Pedersen, Niels Bækgaard, Bjørn Quistorff
BACKGROUND: This study elucidate the effects on muscle mitochondrial function in patients suffering from combined peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) and the relation to patient symptoms and treatment. METHODS: Near Infra Red Spectroscopy (NIRS) calf muscle exercise tests were conducted on Forty subjects, 15 (PAD), 15 (PAD+T2D) and 10 healthy age matched controls (CTRL) recruited from the vascular outpatient clinic at Gentofte County Hospital, Denmark...
March 14, 2017: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289463/antenatal-characteristics-of-roma-female-population-in-virovitica-podravina-county-croatia
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Jadranko Šegregur, Domagoj Šegregur
INTRODUCTION: This study reports about antenatal characteristics of Roma minority population. The study was designed to investigate data about health behaviours known to be associated with reproductive outcomes of Roma women that have very good living conditions and relatively high resource availability. METHODS: A retrospective study included 204 Roma and 408 non-Roma hospitalised singleton births that occurred in the Maternity Ward of the General Hospital Virovitica in the period from 1991 to 2010...
March 1, 2017: Zdravstveno Varstvo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285088/impact-of-multiple-chronic-conditions-in-patients-hospitalized-with-stroke-and-transient-ischemic-attack
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Mohammed Yousufuddin, Adam C Bartley, Mouaz Alsawas, Heather L Sheely, Jessica Shultz, Paul Y Takahashi, Nathan P Young, M Hassan Murad
BACKGROUND: The prevalence and clinical impact of chronic conditions (CCs) have increasingly been recognized as an important public health concern. We evaluated the prevalence of coexisting CCs and their association with 30-day mortality and readmission in hospitalized patients with stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA). METHODS: In a retrospective study of patients aged ≥18 years hospitalized for first-ever stroke and TIA, we assessed the prevalence of coexisting CCs and their predictive value for subsequent 30-day mortality and readmission...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284202/effects-of-integrated-chronic-care-models-on-hypertension-outcomes-and-spending-a-multi-town-clustered-randomized-trial-in-china
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Yuting Zhang, Wenxi Tang, Yan Zhang, Lulu Liu, Liang Zhang
BACKGROUND: Hypertension affects one billion people globally and is one of the leading risk factors for cardiovascular and renal diseases. However, hypertension management remains poor, especially in rural China. METHODS: A clustered randomized controlled trial was conducted in six towns in China's Qianjiang county between 7/2012 and 6/2014, including 5462 hypertension patients above 35 years old. Six towns were randomly assigned to three groups: Group 1 had the integrated care model including a multidisciplinary team and continuous care coordination, Group 2 had both the integrated care model and provider-level financial incentives, and the control group had the usual care...
March 11, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283418/urban-residence-neighborhood-poverty-race-ethnicity-and-asthma-morbidity-among-children-in-medicaid
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Corinne A Keet, Elizabeth Matsui, Meredith C McCormack, Roger Peng
BACKGROUND: Although poor-urban (inner-city) areas are thought to have high asthma prevalence and morbidity, we recently found that inner-cities do not have higher prevalent pediatric asthma. Whether asthma morbidity is higher in inner-city areas across the U.S. not known. OBJECTIVE: To examine relationships between residence in poor and urban areas, race/ethnicity, and asthma morbidity among children with asthma enrolled in Medicaid. METHODS: Children aged 5-19 enrolled in Medicaid in 2009-2010 were included...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280651/prehospital-systolic-hypertension-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-spontaneous-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Stacy Hatcher, Connie Chen, Prasanthi Govindarajan
BACKGROUND: It is well known that hematoma volume and expansion is associated with poor outcomes in patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (sICH). The factors associated with hematoma volume and possible expansion include the use of anticoagulant medications, autoimmune or bacterial diseases that reduce platelet production, and genetic defects of Von Willebrand factor causing inhibition or reduction of platelet aggregation. However, little is known about the role of elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP) on hematoma volume and its ultimate role on sICH when identified in the prehospital setting...
January 26, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279550/tale-of-2-health-care-systems-disparities-in-demographic-and-clinical-characteristics-between-2-ischemic-stroke-populations-in-los-angeles-county
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Amytis Towfighi, Erica Patel, Nerses Sanossian, Natalie P Valle, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: Individuals who present to the emergency departments of safety-net systems often have poorly controlled risk factors due to lack of primary care. Little is known about potential differences in presenting characteristics, discharge medications, and discharge destinations of patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) who present to safety-net settings versus university medical centers (UMCs). METHODS: Demographic characteristics, medical history, premorbid medication use, stroke severity, discharge medications, and discharge destination were assessed among consecutive admissions for AIS over a 2-year period at a UMC (n = 385) versus 2 university-affiliated safety-net hospitals (SNHs) (n = 346) in Los Angeles County...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277048/the-use-of-a-swedish-telephone-medical-advice-service-by-the-elderly-a-population-based-study
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K Dahlgren, M J Holzmann, A C Carlsson, P Wändell, J Hasselström, T Ruge
OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to describe contact made by the elderly to Sweden's nationwide medical helpline, Healthcare Guide 1177 by Phone (HGP). Other objectives were to study potential gender differences and the association between different HGP referral levels and acute visits to hospital-based emergency departments and acute visits to primary care centres. DESIGN: De-identified data from recorded calls to HGP was extracted for analysis (n = 7477 for the oldest age group)...
March 3, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273700/-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-among-premature-infants-34-weeks-gestational-age-in-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-in-china-a-multicenter-study
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S J Li, S Y Yan, Y Zhou, K L E E Han, W L Guo, Q Xia, S P Vibhuti, J Z Wang, S W Ji, S H A H Yang, S N Yang, C Shan, C Y Liu, Z Z Yi, R B Liu, L Lin, B Wang, J Q He, Z L Li, Y Pan, L Guo, M X Chen, X N Liu, Y Zhou, L Li, C Q Xiong, Q Qi, X Y Hei, J Cao, Y J Jiang, M Y Zhang, Y Shoo
Objective: To investigate the incidence and pathogen distribution of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) among preterm infants admitted to level Ⅲ neonatal intensive care units (NICU) in China. Method: A prospective study was conducted in 25 level Ⅲ NICU, enrolling all preterm infants <34 weeks gestational age admitted to the participating NICU within the first 7 days of life from May 2015 to April 2016. Chi-square test, t test and Mann-Whitney U test were used for statistical analysis. Result: A total of 7 918 patients were enrolled, within whom 4 623(58...
March 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270715/if-dsme-were-a-pill-would-you-prescribe-it
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Margaret A Powers
EDITOR'S NOTE: This address was delivered by Margaret A. Powers, PhD, RD, CDE, President, Health Care & Education, of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), at the ADA's 76th Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, La., on 11 June 2016. Dr. Powers conducts research and has a clinical practice as a registered dietitian and diabetes educator at the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet in Minneapolis, Minn. Her research focuses on improving diabetes outcomes, including factors that affect the clinical, psychosocial, and behavioral aspects of diabetes...
February 2017: Diabetes Spectrum: a Publication of the American Diabetes Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267478/multimorbidity-and-the-risk-of-hospitalization-and-death-in-atrial-fibrillation-a-population-based-study
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Alanna M Chamberlain, Alvaro Alonso, Bernard J Gersh, Sheila M Manemann, Jill M Killian, Susan A Weston, Margaret Byrne, Véronique L Roger
Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have many comorbidities and excess risks of hospitalization and death. Whether the impact of comorbidities on outcomes is greater in AF than the general population is unknown. METHODS: One thousand four hundred thirty patients with AF and community controls matched 1:1 on age and sex were obtained from Olmsted County, Minnesota. Andersen-Gill and Cox regression estimated associations of 19 comorbidities with hospitalization and death, respectively...
March 2017: American Heart Journal
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