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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349200/changes-in-living-arrangements-and-mortality-among-older-people-in-china
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Zhixin Feng, Jane Falkingham, Xiaoting Liu, Athina Vlachantoni
Living arrangements in later life are dynamic, with changes associated with life events such as widowhood or moves into an institution. Previous research has found particular changes in living arrangements to be associated with an elevated risk of mortality. However, research in this area within the context of China is limited, despite China being home to the world's largest population of older people. This study investigates the impact of changes in living arrangements on older persons' survival using the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey from 2002 to 2011...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347991/the-benefits-and-tolerance-of-exercise-in-myasthenia-gravis-mgex-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Simone Birnbaum, Jean-Yves Hogrel, Raphael Porcher, Pierre Portero, Bernard Clair, Bruno Eymard, Sophie Demeret, Guillaume Bassez, Marcela Gargiulo, Estelle Louët, Sonia Berrih-Aknin, Asmaa Jobic, Philippe Aegerter, Philippe Thoumie, Tarek Sharshar
BACKGROUND: Research exploring the effects of physical exercise in auto-immune myasthenia gravis (MG) is scarce. The few existing studies present methodological shortcomings limiting the conclusions and generalisability of results. It is hypothesised that exercise could have positive physical, psychological as well as immunomodulatory effects and may be a beneficial addition to current pharmacological management of this chronic disease. The aim of this study is to evaluate the benefits on perceived quality of life (QOL) and physical fitness of a home-based physical exercise program compared to usual care, for patients with stabilised, generalised auto-immune MG...
January 18, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347863/an-intervention-to-improve-physical-function-and-caregiver-perceptions-in-family-caregivers-of-persons-with-heart-failure
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Rebecca Gary, Sandra B Dunbar, Melinda Higgins, Brittany Butts, Elizabeth Corwin, Kenneth Hepburn, Javed Butler, Andrew H Miller
OBJECTIVE: This randomized controlled trial was conducted to determine whether a 12-week home-based aerobic and resistance exercise program would improve physical function and caregiving perceptions among family caregivers (FCGs) of persons with heart failure. METHOD: Overall, 127 FCGs were randomized to one of three groups: usual care attention control (UCAC), psychoeducation only (PE), and psychoeducation plus exercise (PE + EX). Physical function measures (6-min walk test, handgrip, and upper and lower strength) and caregiving perceptions (Bakas Caregiving Outcomes Scale) were obtained at baseline and at 6 months...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344531/factors-affecting-the-place-of-delivery-among-mothers-residing-in-jhorahat-vdc-morang-nepal
#4
Prativa Dhakal, Mangala Shrestha, Dharanidhar Baral, Santosh Pathak
Background: In Nepal, the maternal mortality ratio is 281 per thousand live births, among which 40% mortality occurs during home delivery. Home delivery increases the risk of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity due to the birth not assisted by skilled attendant. This study was carried out to determine the factors affecting the place of delivery among the mothers residing in Jhorahat VDC, Morang district, Nepal. Methods: A mixed method study using interviews based on semi-structured questionnaire (n=93) among mothers and two focus group discussion among decision makers of the house and female community health volunteers was conducted between November to December 2012...
January 2018: International Journal of Community Based Nursing and Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342960/a-low-cost-inkjet-printed-aptamer-based-electrochemical-biosensor-for-the-selective-detection-of-lysozyme
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Niazul Islam Khan, Alec G Maddaus, Edward Song
Recently, inkjet-printing has gained increased popularity in applications such as flexible electronics and disposable sensors, as well as in wearable sensors because of its multifarious advantages. This work presents a novel, low-cost immobilization technique using inkjet-printing for the development of an aptamer-based biosensor for the detection of lysozyme, an important biomarker in various disease diagnosis. The strong affinity between the carbon nanotube (CNT) and the single-stranded DNA is exploited to immobilize the aptamers onto the working electrode by printing the ink containing the dispersion of CNT-aptamer complex...
January 15, 2018: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340870/a-pilot-evaluation-of-the-rapid-response-program-a-home-based-family-therapy
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Laurene Clossey, Steve Simms, Chin Hu, Jeff Hartzell, Phillip Duah, Lynn Daniels
A pilot evaluation study of the implementation of the Rapid Response Program, a program utilizing the ecosystemic structural family therapy model, in a rural area of Pennsylvania was conducted. This approach was implemented in children's mental health to supplant a costly model of care that had not proven to break the cycle of dependency for children with severe behavioral problems and their families. Initial results show that the Rapid Response Program appears to improve problematic family patterns and children's behavioral problems...
January 16, 2018: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340166/withdrawal-of-antihypertensive-therapy-in-people-with-dementia-feasibility-study
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Veronika van der Wardt, Jennifer K Burton, Simon Conroy, Tomas Welsh, Pip Logan, Jaspal Taggar, Lukasz Tanajewski, John Gladman
Background: This study explored the feasibility of a randomised controlled withdrawal trial of antihypertensive medication in normotensive people with dementia. Feasibility aspects included response, recruitment, exclusion and drop-out rates, suitability of outcome measures, acceptability of study procedures and an indicative economic evaluation for a randomised controlled trial. Methods: A cohort study attempting the withdrawal of antihypertensive drugs where appropriate and a feasibility study of home-based blood pressure monitoring, in people with dementia treated for hypertension, was undertaken...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339011/facilitators-and-barriers-to-healthy-pregnancy-spacing-among-medicaid-beneficiaries-findings-from-the-national-strong-start-initiative
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Caitlin Cross-Barnet, Brigette Courtot, Ian Hill, Sarah Benatar, Morgan Cheeks, Jenny Markell
BACKGROUND: Closely spaced, unintended pregnancies are common among Medicaid beneficiaries and create avoidable risks for women and infants, including preterm birth. The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative, a program of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, intended to prevent preterm birth through psychosocially based enhanced prenatal care in maternity care homes, group prenatal care, and birth centers. Comprehensive care offers the opportunity for education and family planning to promote healthy pregnancy spacing...
January 12, 2018: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338836/systems-levers-for-commissioning-primary-mental-healthcare-a-rapid-review
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Carla Meurk, Meredith Harris, Eryn Wright, Nicola Reavley, Roman Scheurer, Bridget Bassilios, Caroline Salom, Jane Pirkis
Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are a new institution for health systems management in the Australian healthcare system. PHNs will play a key role in mental health reform through planning and commissioning primary mental health services at a regional level, specifically adopting a stepped care approach. Selected PHNs are also trialling a healthcare homes approach. Little is known about the systems levers that could be applied by PHNs to achieve these aims. A rapid review of academic and grey literature published between 2006 and 2016 was undertaken to describe the use of systems levers in commissioning primary care services...
January 17, 2018: Australian Journal of Primary Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336905/getting-a-good-night-sleep-the-importance-of-recognizing-and-treating-nocturnal-hypokinesia-in-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Claudia Trenkwalder
When Parkinson's disease (PD) patients are asked about the quality of their sleep, their answers are dominated by difficulties associated with impaired mobility in bed, medically referred to as nocturnal hypokinesia. Nocturnal hypokinesia is symptomatic from the mid-stage of the disease, affecting up to 70% of PD patients, and contributes to poor sleep quality, and increased carer burden. Here we explore four areas of nocturnal hypokinesia that are relevant to clinical practice, namely: manifestations and definition; clinical assessment and objective monitoring; etiologies and contributing factors; and evidence-based therapeutic approaches...
January 5, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336769/processes-of-health-care-delivery-education-and-provider-satisfaction-in-acute-care-surgery-a-systematic-review
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DeGirolamo Kristin, Patrick B Murphy, Karan D'Souza, Jacques X Zhang, Neil Parry, Elliott Haut, W Robert Leeper, Ken Leslie, Kelly N Vogt, S Morad Hameed
In recent years, significant workload, high acuity, and complexity of emergency general surgery conditions have led hospitals to replace the traditional on-call model with dedicated acute care surgery (ACS) service models. A systematic search of Ovid, EMBASE, and MEDLINE was undertaken to examine the impact of ACS services on health-care delivery processes and cost, education, and provider satisfaction. From 1827 papers, reviewers identified 22 studies that met inclusion criteria and subsequently used The Evidence-Based Practice for Improving Quality method and Newcastle-Ottawa Scale to score quality and level of evidence...
December 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336722/perceptions-on-technology-for-volunteer-respite-care-for-bedridden-elders-in-chile
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Esmeralda Abarca, Solange Campos, Valeria Herskovic, Carolina Fuentes
PURPOSE:  Informal caregivers of bedridden elders need a respite. One form of obtaining a respite is through volunteers who are contacted by means of information and communication technology (ICT). METHOD:  A qualitative study was carried out in a low-income district in Santiago, Chile, to learn about how caregivers of bedridden elders perceive the possibility of using ICT to access this respite. In-depth interviews were carried out and transcribed verbatim, then analysed using open coding...
December 2018: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336103/staff-preparedness-for-providing-palliative-and-end-of-life-care-in-long-term-care-homes-instrument-development-and-validation
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Helen Yl Chan, Gloria Km Chun, C W Man, Edward Mf Leung
AIM: Although much attention has been on integrating the palliative care approach into services of long-term care homes for older people living with frailty and progressive diseases, little is known about the staff preparedness for these new initiatives. The present study aimed to develop and test the psychometric properties of an instrument for measuring care home staff preparedness in providing palliative and end-of-life care. METHODS: A 16-item instrument, covering perceived knowledge, skill and psychological readiness, was developed...
January 16, 2018: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336060/what-the-non-nephrologist-needs-to-know-about-dialysis
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Matt Foy, C John Sperati
The End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program now serves approximately 675,000 individuals in the United States at a cost of $26.1 billion to the Medicare system. Given the size of this population, healthcare providers from all disciplines will deliver care to patients on dialysis. Mortality remains high among patients on chronic dialysis, with 42.3% surviving 5 years. As this is a vulnerable population, it is important in the care of ESRD patients that non-nephrologists have a working knowledge of issues germane to dialysis...
January 15, 2018: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334946/surmounting-difficulties-to-provide-home-based-neonatal-care-reflections-of-community-health-workers
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Abhijit Shrinivas Prabhughate, Pearl Tiwari, Shubhangi Sohoni, Vallaree Anant Morgaonkar, Ajay Gajanan Phatak, Somashekhar Marutirao Nimbalkar, Anagha Anand Mahajani
BACKGROUND: In India, community health workers' (CHW) effectiveness in providing home-based neonatal care (HBNC) has been well documented. The nature of challenges faced and strategies adopted while providing HBNC services need to be studied in-depth. METHODS: A qualitative study to understand the challenges faced and strategies used by Sakhis (women CHW) while providing services as part of a HBNC program implemented by a non-profit organization. Data consisted of 20 in-depth interviews and three focus group discussions (FGD) with Sakhis...
January 15, 2018: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334748/-how-to-apply-the-ambulatory-cardiovascular-rehabilitation-guidelines-of-the-working-group-for-cardiovascular-rehabilitation-at-slovak-society-of-cardiology
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Štefan Farský, Viliam Rus, Katarína Sládeková
Authors have proposed a concept of guidelines for applying the ambulatory complex cardiovascular rehabilitation (ACCVR) into the clinical practice in Slovakia. As a background they have used an actual cardiovascular mortality and morbidity data from home country and abroad as well. They emphasize the non-optimal situation in this aspect which may not be solved by the increasing supporting the invasive revascularization methods and by the intensifying pharmacotherapy only, because the favourable effects of these procedures is timely missing if it is not accompanied by the therapeutic lifestyle changes...
2018: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334499/cognitive-function-and-its-risk-factors-among-older-us-adults-living-at-home
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William Dale, Ashwin A Kotwal, Joseph W Shega, L Philip Schumm, David W Kern, Jayant M Pinto, Kelly M Pudelek, Linda J Waite, Martha K McClintock
BACKGROUND: The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) has not been administered to a representative national sample, precluding comparison of patient scores to the general population and for risk factor identification. METHODS: A validated survey-based adaptation of the MoCA (MoCA-SA) was administered to a probability sample of home-dwelling US adults aged 62 to 90, using the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (n=3129), yielding estimates of prevalence in the United States...
January 12, 2018: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333752/workplace-design-for-the-australian-residential-aged-care-workforce
#18
Lucio Naccarella, Clare Newton, Alan Pert, Kurt Seemann, Ruth Williams, Kate Sellick, Briony Dow
OBJECTIVES: This research explored residential aged care (RAC) workplace design features that influence how RAC staff feel valued, productive, safe, like they belong and connected. A secondary aim was to validate emerging themes about RAC design features with stakeholders. METHODS: A multistage qualitative study was conducted in one RAC facility with 100 residents in outer metropolitan Melbourne: (i) photo-elicitation - photographs were used to prompt discussions with RAC staff; (ii) individual interviews with RAC directors; and (iii) validity testing with the advisory committee occurred...
January 14, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332502/associations-between-home-death-and-the-use-and-type-of-care-at-home
#19
Rebecca McEwen, Yukiko Asada, Frederick Burge, Beverley Lawson
Despite wishes for and benefits of home deaths, a discrepancy between preferred and actual location of death persists. Provision of home care may be an effective policy response to support home deaths. Using the population-based mortality follow-back study conducted in Nova Scotia, we investigated the associations between home death and formal care at home and between home death and the type of formal care at home. We found (1) the use of formal care at home at the end of life was associated with home death and (2) the use of formal home support services at home was associated with home death among those whose symptoms were well managed...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332220/perinatal-outcomes-of-unplanned-out-of-hospital-deliveries-a-case-control-study
#20
Yael Pasternak, Eliana Muskin Wintner, Gil Shechter-Maor, Yehonatan Pasternak, Netanella Miller, Tal Biron-Shental
PURPOSE: To compare the pregnancy and perinatal outcomes of unplanned home or car births vs. in-hospital deliveries. METHODS: A retrospective, case-control study of women who underwent unplanned out-of-hospital deliveries vs. in-hospital deliveries from 2004 through 2014. Matching was based on gestational age and parity in a ratio of 2:1. RESULTS: There were no significant differences between the groups regarding demographic criteria, prenatal care and delivery complications...
January 13, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
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