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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527647/correlation-between-plasma-homocysteine-levels-and-craving-in-alcohol-dependent-stabilized-patients
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521065/eelab-an-innovative-educational-resource-in-occupational-medicine
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A Y Zhou, J Dodman, L Hussey, D Sen, C Rayner, N Zarin, R Agius
Background: Postgraduate education, training and clinical governance in occupational medicine (OM) require easily accessible yet rigorous, research and evidence-based tools based on actual clinical practice. Aims: To develop and evaluate an online resource helping physicians develop their OM skills using their own cases of work-related ill-health (WRIH). Methods: WRIH data reported by general practitioners (GPs) to The Health and Occupation Research (THOR) network were used to identify common OM clinical problems, their reported causes and management...
May 17, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495815/understanding-the-implementation-and-adoption-of-an-information-technology-intervention-to-support-medicine-optimisation-in-primary-care-qualitative-study-using-strong-structuration-theory
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Mark Jeffries, Denham Phipps, Rachel L Howard, Anthony Avery, Sarah Rodgers, Darren Ashcroft
OBJECTIVES: Using strong structuration theory, we aimed to understand the adoption and implementation of an electronic clinical audit and feedback tool to support medicine optimisation for patients in primary care. DESIGN: This is a qualitative study informed by strong structuration theory. The analysis was thematic, using a template approach. An a priori set of thematic codes, based on strong structuration theory, was developed from the literature and applied to the transcripts...
May 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489227/using-quality-improvement-in-resident-education-to-improve-transition-care
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Sofija D Volertas, Rita Rossi-Foulkes
The importance of a specific transition process is recognized by many health organizations. Got Transition, a cooperative endeavor aimed at improving the transition from pediatric to adult health care, developed Six Core Elements defining the basic components of health care transition support. In this article, we review the Six Core Elements by presenting a model that combines resident quality improvement and transition care training. In this Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program, ambulatory training for residents takes place in a combined adult and pediatric clinic...
May 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483613/the-relationship-between-hospital-or-surgeon-volume-and-outcomes-in-lower-limb-vascular-surgery-in-the-united-kingdom-and-europe
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Edward A Goka, Patrick Phillips, Edith Poku, Munira Essat, Helen B Woods, Stephen J Walters, Eva C Kaltenthaler, Phil Shackley, Jonathan Michaels
INTRODUCTION: Peripheral vascular disease is a major cause of death and disability. The extent to which volume influences outcome of lower limb (LL) vascular surgery remains unclear. This review evaluated the relationship between hospital/surgeon volume and outcome in LL surgery. METHODOLOGY: Electronic databases; Medline, Embase, the Cochrane Library Databases, Science Citation Index, and CINAHL, proceedings from conferences, citations, and references of included studies were searched...
May 5, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483034/accuracy-of-national-key-performance-indicator-reporting-from-two-aboriginal-medical-services-potential-to-underestimate-the-performance-of-primary-health-care
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Objective The aim of the present study was to assess the accuracy of extracting national key performance indicator (nKPI) data for the Online Community Health Reporting Environment for Health Services (OCHREStreams) program using the Pen Computer Systems (Leichhardt, NSW, Australia) Clinical Audit Tool (CAT) from Communicare (Telstra Health Communicare Systems, Perth, WA, Australia), a commonly used patient information management system (PIMS) in Aboriginal primary care.Methods Two Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) were recruited to the present study...
May 9, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470131/implementation-strategies-for-guidelines-at-icus-a-systematic-review
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Portia Jordan, Ferestas Mpasa, Wilma Ten Ham-Baloyi, Candice Bowers
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to critically analyze empirical studies related to the implementation strategies for clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) in intensive care units (ICUs). Design/methodology/approach A systematic review with a narrative synthesis adapted from Popay et al.'s method for a narrative synthesis was conducted. A search using CINAHL, Google Scholar, Academic search complete, Cochrane Register for Randomized Controlled Trials, MEDLINE via PUBMED and grey literature was conducted in 2014 and updated in 2016 (August)...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450390/british-society-of-gastroenterology-position-statement-on-serrated-polyps-in-the-colon-and-rectum
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James E East, Wendy S Atkin, Adrian C Bateman, Susan K Clark, Sunil Dolwani, Shara N Ket, Simon J Leedham, Perminder S Phull, Matt D Rutter, Neil A Shepherd, Ian Tomlinson, Colin J Rees
Serrated polyps have been recognised in the last decade as important premalignant lesions accounting for between 15% and 30% of colorectal cancers. There is therefore a clinical need for guidance on how to manage these lesions; however, the evidence base is limited. A working group was commission by the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) Endoscopy section to review the available evidence and develop a position statement to provide clinical guidance until the evidence becomes available to support a formal guideline...
April 27, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424055/how-participation-in-surgical-mortality-audit-impacts-surgical-practice
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Chi-Wai Lui, Frances M Boyle, Arkadiusz Peter Wysocki, Peter Baker, Alisha D'Souza, Sonya Faint, Therese Rey-Conde, John B North
BACKGROUND: Surgical mortality audit is an important tool for quality assurance and professional development but little is known about the impact of such activity on professional practice at the individual surgeon level. This paper reports the findings of a survey conducted with a self-selected cohort of surgeons in Queensland, Australia, on their experience of participating in the audit and its impact on their professional practice, as well as implications for hospital systems. METHODS: The study used a descriptive cross-sectional survey design...
April 19, 2017: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423747/establishment-of-requirements-and-methodology-for-the-development-and-implementation-of-greymatters-a-memory-clinic-information-system
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Archana Tapuria, Matt Evans, Vasa Curcin, Tony Austin, Nathan Lea, Dipak Kalra
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the paper is to establish the requirements and methodology for the development process of GreyMatters, a memory clinic system, outlining the conceptual, practical, technical and ethical challenges, and the experiences of capturing clinical and research oriented data along with the implementation of the system. METHODS: The methodology for development of the information system involved phases of requirements gathering, modeling and prototype creation, and 'bench testing' the prototype with experts...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412135/moving-beyond-quality-control-in-diagnostic-radiology-and-the-role-of-the-clinically-qualified-medical-physicist
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REVIEW
H Delis, K Christaki, B Healy, G Loreti, G L Poli, P Toroi, A Meghzifene
Quality control (QC), according to ISO definitions, represents the most basic level of quality. It is considered to be the snapshot of the performance or the characteristics of a product or service, in order to verify that it complies with the requirements. Although it is usually believed that "the role of medical physicists in Diagnostic Radiology is QC", this, not only limits the contribution of medical physicists, but is also no longer adequate to meet the needs of Diagnostic Radiology in terms of Quality...
April 12, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402908/current-treatment-trends-and-the-need-for-better-predictive-tools-in-the-management-of-ductal-carcinoma-in-situ-of-the-breast
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REVIEW
Carlos Martínez-Pérez, Arran K Turnbull, Gregory E Ekatah, Laura M Arthur, Andrew H Sims, Jeremy S Thomas, J Michael Dixon
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the breast represents a group of heterogeneous non-invasive lesions the incidence of which has risen dramatically since the advent of mammography screening. In this review we summarise current treatment trends and up-to-date results from clinical trials studying surgery and adjuvant therapy alternatives, including the recent consensus on excision margin width and its role in decision-making for post-excision radiotherapy. The main challenge in the clinical management of DCIS continues to be the tailoring of treatment to individual risk, in order to avoid the over-treatment of low-risk lesions or under-treatment of DCIS with higher risk of recurring or progressing into invasion...
April 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398988/protected-mealtimes-for-adults-with-cancer-in-a-hematology-oncology-setting-an-evidence-based-implementation-project
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Benazir Naseer, Solano S G Tan, Seri S Ramli, Emily Ang
BACKGROUND: Patients with cancer are often at risk or suffer from some form of malnutrition, which could be attributed to their disease progression or the adverse effects of cancer treatment. Protected mealtime and offering assistance during mealtime may not improve their nutritional status but would allow them to enjoy their meal and improve patient satisfaction. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this project was to promote best practice in protecting mealtimes in hematology-oncology patients...
April 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395369/antibiotics-prescriptions-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-how-to-overcome-everyday-challenges
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D Donà, E Mozzo, V Mardegan, U Trafojer, P Lago, S Salvadori, E Baraldi, C Giaquinto
Antimicrobial prescriptions in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) represent a point of concern for the emergence of MDROs and for morbidity associated with prolonged antibiotic exposure (e.g., invasive candidiasis, necrotizing enterocolitis, and late-onset sepsis). Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) have shown to be a valuable tool for the prevention of resistance with the goals of optimizing clinical outcomes while decreasing unnecessary prescribing. The most frequent ASP strategies include the correct collection and interpretation of microbiological specimens, prescription of the narrowest-spectrum antibiotic appropriate for a particular case, and de-escalation or discontinuation of therapy in defined situations...
April 10, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393064/exploring-systems-that-support-good-clinical-care-in-indigenous-primary-health-care-services-a-retrospective-analysis-of-longitudinal-systems-assessment-tool-data-from-high-improving-services
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Cindy Woods, Karen Carlisle, Sarah Larkins, Sandra Claire Thompson, Komla Tsey, Veronica Matthews, Ross Bailie
BACKGROUND: Continuous Quality Improvement is a process for raising the quality of primary health care (PHC) across Indigenous PHC services. In addition to clinical auditing using plan, do, study, and act cycles, engaging staff in a process of reflecting on systems to support quality care is vital. The One21seventy Systems Assessment Tool (SAT) supports staff to assess systems performance in terms of five key components. This study examines quantitative and qualitative SAT data from five high-improving Indigenous PHC services in northern Australia to understand the systems used to support quality care...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371469/improving-emergency-department-medical-clinical-handover-barriers-at-the-bedside
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Gerrard Oren Marmor, Michael Yonghong Li
OBJECTIVE: The present paper describes our experience of developing and piloting a best practice model of medical clinical handover. Secondary aims were to improve reliability of communication, identify negative effects on patient care and assess staff adherence and acceptance of the process. METHODS: We described existing handover practice. We designed and implemented a process incorporating bedside handover, the Identification, Situation, Background, Assessment, Requirements and Requests (ISBAR) tool and handover documentation...
March 29, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370624/developing-a-risk-stratification-tool-for-audit-of-outcome-after-surgery-for-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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David F Tighe, Alan J Thomas, Isabel Sassoon, Robin Kinsman, Mark McGurk
BACKGROUND: Patients treated surgically for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) represent a heterogeneous group. Adjusting for patient case mix and complexity of surgery is essential if reporting outcomes represent surgical performance and quality of care. METHODS: A case note audit totaling 1075 patients receiving 1218 operations done for HNSCC in 4 cancer networks was completed. Logistic regression, decision tree analysis, an artificial neural network, and Naïve Bayes Classifier were used to adjust for patient case-mix using pertinent preoperative variables...
March 29, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365234/chart-stimulated-recall-as-a-learning-tool-for-improving-radiology-residents-reports
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Naila Nadeem, Abdul Mueed Zafar, Sonia Haider, Rukhsana W Zuberi, Muhammad Nadeem Ahmad, Vijayanadh Ojili
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Workplace-based assessments gauge the highest tier of clinical competence. Chart-stimulated recall (CSR) is a workplace-based assessment method that complements chart audit with an interview based on the residents' notes. It allows evaluation of the residents' knowledge and heuristics while providing opportunities for feedback and self-reflection. We evaluated the utility of CSR for improving the radiology residents' reporting skills. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Residents in each year of training were randomly assigned to an intervention group (n = 12) or a control group (n = 13)...
March 29, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355621/use-of-pre-travel-vaccine-preventable-disease-serology-as-a-screening-tool-to-identify-patients-in-need-of-pre-travel-vaccination-a-retrospective-audit
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David P Turner, Sarah L McGuinness, Jonathan Cohen, Lynette J Waring, Karin Leder
Background: Vaccination is a safe and effective public health intervention that not only protects individual travellers from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), but prevents them from becoming a source of disease in their destination and on their return. Obtaining an accurate vaccination history from travellers during a pre-travel review can be difficult; serology may be used to identify patients who are non-immune to specific diseases in order to guide vaccination requirements. Clinically relevant data about the usefulness of serology in this setting are lacking...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
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