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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738800/benchmarked-performance-charts-using-principal-components-analysis-to-improve-the-effectiveness-of-feedback-for-audit-data-in-hiv-care
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Skevi Michael, Mark Gompels, Caroline Sabin, Hilary Curtis, Margaret T May
BACKGROUND: Feedback tools for clinical audit data that compare site-specific results to average performance over all sites can be useful for quality improvement. Proposed tools should be simple and clearly benchmark the site's performance, so that a relevant action plan can be directly implemented to improve patient care services. We aimed to develop such a tool in order to feedback data to UK HIV clinics participating in the 2015 British HIV Association (BHIVA) audit assessing compliance with the 2011 guidelines for routine investigation and monitoring of adult HIV-1- infected individuals...
July 24, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680288/breast-magnetic-resonance-imaging-are-those-who-need-it-getting-it
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S Tan, J David, L Lalonde, M El Khoury, M Labelle, R Younan, E Patocskai, J Richard, I Trop
BACKGROUND: Indications for breast magnetic resonance imaging (mri), a very sensitive but less-specific tool for breast investigation, remain controversial, and accessibility is limited. The purposes of our study were to determine the proportion of breast mri exams performed for various clinical indications, to assess the wait times for breast mri, and to create a list of evidence-based indications for breast mri. METHODS: The indications for breast mri exams performed in September 2013 at our academic centre were audited...
June 2017: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657114/development-of-a-flattening-filter-free-multiple-source-model-for-use-as-an-independent-monte-carlo-dose-calculation-quality-assurance-tool-for-clinical-trials
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Austin M Faught, Scott E Davidson, Richard Popple, Stephen F Kry, Carol Etzel, Geoffrey S Ibbott, David S Followill
PURPOSE: The Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core - Houston (IROC-H) Quality Assurance Center (formerly the Radiological Physics Center) has reported varying levels of compliance from their anthropomorphic phantom auditing program. IROC-H studies have suggested that one source of disagreement between institution submitted calculated doses and measurement is the accuracy of the institution's treatment planning system dose calculations and heterogeneity corrections used. In order to audit this step of the radiation therapy treatment process, an independent dose calculation tool is needed...
June 28, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647075/database-audit-in-thoracic-surgery
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REVIEW
Mitchell J Magee
Administrative data are less accurate and relevant than specialty-specific, procedure-specific, risk-adjusted data collected in voluntary registries such as the Society of Thoracic Surgeons-General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD). Voluntary clinical databases must be proven accurate and complete before they are accepted as credible information sources. With substantial growth of the GTSD, an annual audit was initiated in 2010 to assess the completeness, accuracy, and quality of the data collected. The audit process is essential in validating data quality and adding credibility and value to volunteer clinical registries...
August 2017: Thoracic Surgery Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645969/protocol-for-the-residents-in-action-pilot-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-riat-evaluating-a-behaviour-change-intervention-to-promote-walking-reduce-sitting-and-improve-mental-health-in-physically-inactive-older-adults-in-retirement-villages
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Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Ashlene Wright, Eleanor Quested, Elissa Burton, Keith D Hill, Ester Cerin, Stuart J H Biddle, Nikos Ntoumanis
INTRODUCTION: Ageing is accompanied by increased risks of chronic disease, declined functioning and increased dependency. Physical activity is critical to retaining health and independence, but the majority of older people are insufficiently physically active to achieve these benefits and have high levels of sedentary (sitting) time. Activity programmes are often offered in retirement villages; however, their uptake is limited. Furthermore, although the physical environment in and around these villages can play an important role in decisions to be physically active, its role is often overlooked by research in these settings...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642999/continually-improving-standards-of-care-the-uk-renal-registry-as-a-translational-public-health-tool
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REVIEW
Lucy A Plumb, Alexander J Hamilton, Carol D Inward, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Fergus J Caskey
A disease registry uses observational study methods to collect defined data on patients with a particular condition for a predetermined purpose. By providing comprehensive standardised data on patients with kidney disease, renal registries aim to provide a 'real world' representation of practice patterns, treatment and patient outcomes that may not be captured accurately by other methods, including randomised controlled trials. Additionally, using registries to measure variations in outcomes and audit care against standards is crucial to understanding how to improve quality of care for patients in an efficacious and cost-effective manner...
June 22, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640950/development-of-a-monte-carlo-multiple-source-model-for-inclusion-in-a-dose-calculation-auditing-tool
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Austin M Faught, Scott E Davidson, Jonas Fontenot, Stephen F Kry, Carol Etzel, Geoffrey S Ibbott, David S Followill
PURPOSE: The Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core Houston (IROC-H) (formerly the Radiological Physics Center) has reported varying levels of agreement in their anthropomorphic phantom audits. There is reason to believe one source of error in this observed disagreement is the accuracy of the dose calculation algorithms and heterogeneity corrections used. To audit this component of the radiotherapy treatment process an independent dose calculation tool is needed. METHODS: Monte Carlo multiple source models for Elekta 6MV and 10MV therapeutic x-ray beams were commissioned based on measurement of central axis depth dose data for a 10 x 10 cm(2) field size and dose profiles for a 40 x 40 cm(2) field size...
June 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637739/intrathecal-baclofen-therapy-in-paediatrics-a-study-protocol-for-an-australian-multicentre-10-year-prospective-audit
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Kirsty Stewart, Gavin Hutana, Megan Kentish
INTRODUCTION: Increasing clinical use of Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) in Australian tertiary paediatric hospitals, along with the need for standardised assessment and reporting of adverse events, saw the formation of the Australian Paediatric ITB Research Group (APIRG). APIRG developed a National ITB Audit tool designed to capture clinical outcomes and adverse events data for all Australian children and adolescents receiving ITB therapy. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The Australian ITB Audit is a 10 year, longitudinal, prospective, clinical audit collecting all adverse events and assessment data across body functions and structure, participation and activity level domains of the ICF...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618906/quality-assurance-and-the-need-to-evaluate-interventions-and-audit-programme-outcomes
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Min Zhao, Ilonca Vaartjes, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Kornelia Kotseva, Catriona Jennings, Diederick E Grobbee, Ian Graham
Evidence-based clinical guidelines provide standards for the provision of healthcare. However, these guidelines have been poorly implemented in daily practice. Clinical audit is a quality improvement tool to promote quality of care in daily practice and to improve outcomes through the systematic review of care delivery and implementation of changes. A major priority in the management of subjects with cardiovascular disease (CVD) management is secondary prevention by controlling cardiovascular risk factors and providing appropriate medical treatment...
June 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615409/outcome-tools-for-diabetes-specific-quality-of-life-study-performed-in-a-private-family-practice-clinic
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Rajesh Nair, Paul Kachan
OBJECTIVE: To critically review and evaluate the psychometric properties and practical considerations of administering generic and diabetes-specific quality-of-life (QoL) tools in the clinical environment and provide recommendations. DATA SOURCES AND TOOL SELECTION: A MEDLINE search was carried out from January 1950 to August 2015 using the MeSH terms diabetes, quality of life, and questionnaires. Four generic and 4 diabetes-specific tools were selected based on the frequency of their use and the existence of published evidence of strong psychometric properties in patients with diabetes (either type 1 or 2)...
June 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607686/improving-care-for-patients-with-or-at-risk-for-chronic-kidney-disease-using-electronic-medical-record-interventions-a-pragmatic-cluster-randomized-trial-protocol
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Danielle M Nash, Noah M Ivers, Jacqueline Young, R Liisa Jaakkimainen, Amit X Garg, Karen Tu
BACKGROUND: Many patients with or at risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the primary care setting are not receiving recommended care. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to determine whether a multifaceted, low-cost intervention compared with usual care improves the care of patients with or at risk for CKD in the primary care setting. DESIGN: A pragmatic cluster-randomized trial, with an embedded qualitative process evaluation, will be conducted...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606198/clinical-information-transfer-between-ems-staff-and-emergency-medicine-assistants-during-handover-of-trauma-patients
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Seyedeh Almas Fahim Yegane, Ali Shahrami, Hamid Reza Hatamabadi, Seyed-Mostafa Hosseini-Zijoud
Introduction Clinical handover by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff, as the first people who have contact with trauma patients, in the emergency department (ED), is very important. Therefore, effective communication to transfer clinical information about patients in a concise, rational, clear, and time-bound manner is essential. In Iran, the transfer of necessary information in clinical handover in EDs was carried out orally and without following standard instructions. This study aimed to audit the current clinical handover according to the Identify, Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation (ISBAR) tool and survey the effect of training the ISBAR tool to Emergency Medicine Assistants (EMAs) and EMS staff on improvement of the clinical handover of patients to the ED...
June 13, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588423/dysphagia-screening-after-acute-stroke-a-quality-improvement-project-using-criteria-based-clinical-audit
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Jorun Sivertsen, Birgitte Graverholt, Birgitte Espehaug
BACKGROUND: Dysphagia is common after stroke and represents a major risk factor for developing aspiration pneumonia. Early detection can reduce the risk of pulmonary complications and death. Despite the fact that evidence-based guidelines recommend screening for swallowing deficit using a standardized screening tool, national audits has identified a gap between practice and this recommendation. The aim was to determine the level of adherence to an evidence-based recommendation on swallow assessment and to take actions to improve practice if necessary...
2017: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587719/clinical-audits-to-improve-critical-care-part-2-analyse-benchmark-and-feedback
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Gillian Ray-Barruel, Amanda J Ullman, Claire M Rickard, Marie Cooke
Clinical audits are an essential part of the cycle designed to ensure that patients receive the best quality of care. By measuring the care delivered against established best practice standards, it becomes possible to identify shortcomings and to plan targeted strategies and processes for continuous improvement. The success of a clinical audit depends upon defined goals, motivation of stakeholders, appropriate tools and resources, and clear communication. In part 1 of this series, an overview of the structures and processes needed to prepare and collect data for clinical audits in the critical care setting was provided [A...
June 3, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586107/are-energy-and-protein-requirements-met-in-hospital
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K Pullen, R Collins, T Stone, H Carter, H Sadler, A Collinson
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is a problem within hospitals, which impacts upon clinical outcomes. The present audit assesses whether a hospital menu meets the energy and protein standards recommended by the British Dietetic Association's (BDA) Nutrition and Hydration Digest and determines the contribution of oral nutrition supplements (ONS) and additional snacks. METHODS: Patients in a UK South West hospital were categorised as 'nutritionally well' or 'nutritionally vulnerable' in accordance with their Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool score...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577530/implementation-fidelity-of-a-nurse-led-falls-prevention-program-in-acute-hospitals-during-the-6-pack-trial
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Renata T Morello, Anna L Barker, Darshini R Ayton, Fiona Landgren, Jeannette Kamar, Keith D Hill, Caroline A Brand, Catherine Sherrington, Rory Wolfe, Sheral Rifat, Johannes Stoelwinder
BACKGROUND: When tested in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of 31,411 patients, the nurse-led 6-PACK falls prevention program did not reduce falls. Poor implementation fidelity (i.e., program not implemented as intended) may explain this result. Despite repeated calls for the examination of implementation fidelity as an essential component of evaluating interventions designed to improve the delivery of care, it has been neglected in prior falls prevention studies. This study examined implementation fidelity of the 6-PACK program during a large multi-site RCT...
June 2, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566070/reducing-cardiovascular-disease-risk-in-diabetes-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-quality-improvement-initiative
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Santhi Chalasani, David P Peiris, Tim Usherwood, Julie Redfern, Bruce C Neal, David R Sullivan, Stephen Colagiuri, Nicholas A Zwar, Qiang Li, Anushka Patel
OBJECTIVES: To describe the management of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in Australian patients with diabetes; to compare the effectiveness of a quality improvement initiative for people with and without diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Subgroup analyses of patients with and without diabetes participating in a cluster randomised trial. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Indigenous people (≥ 35 years old) and non-Indigenous people (≥ 45 years old) who had attended one of 60 Australian primary health care services at least three times during the preceding 24 months and at least once during the past 6 months...
June 5, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551835/measurement-of-quality-of-life-and-attitudes-towards-illness-in-children-and-young-people-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Jennifer Heath, Paul Norman, Martin Christian, Alan Watson
PURPOSE: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) can place restrictions upon biopsychosocial development in children; consequently, assessment of self-reported quality of life (QoL) is important in patient evaluations. This research aimed to evaluate a generic and renal-specific self-report QoL scale, assess children's attitudes towards living with CKD and propose an appropriate tool for future individual clinical use or departmental audit. METHODS: Seventy-one children (41 male, 30 female; mean age = 13...
May 27, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527647/correlation-between-plasma-homocysteine-levels-and-craving-in-alcohol-dependent-stabilized-patients
#19
Maurizio Coppola, Raffaella Mondola
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Homocysteine is a sulfur amino acid strictly related with alcohol consumption. In alcoholics, hyperhomocysteinemia can increase the risk of various alcohol-related disorders such as: brain atrophy, epileptic seizures during withdrawal, and mood disorders. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the correlation among serum homocysteine concentrations, craving, hazardous and harmful patterns of alcohol consumption in patients stabilized for withdrawal symptoms. METHODS: Participants were adult outpatients accessed at the Addiction Treatment Unit...
May 6, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524896/distress-screening-evaluating-a-protocol-for-gynecologic-cancer-survivors%C3%A2
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Cynae Johnson, Marshalee George, Amanda N Fader
BACKGROUND: A gynecologic cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment may cause significant morbidity, leading to increased distress levels and poorer quality of life (QOL) for survivors. Clinicians have explored opportunities to integrate comprehensive distress management protocols into clinical settings using existing supportive care resources.
. OBJECTIVES: The aims were to improve multidisciplinary management of distress using a clinical pathway for gynecologic cancer survivors and to improve patient satisfaction with distress management...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
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