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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692402/enhanced-influenza-surveillance-using-telephone-triage-and-electronic-syndromic-surveillance-in-the-department-of-veterans-affairs-2011-2015
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Cynthia Lucero-Obusan, Carla A Winston, Patricia L Schirmer, Gina Oda, Mark Holodniy
Telephone triage (TT) is a method whereby medical professionals speak by telephone to patients to assess their symptoms or health concerns and offer advice. These services are often administered through an electronic TT system, which guides TT professionals during the encounter through the use of structured protocols and algorithms to help determine the severity of the patients' health issue and refer them to appropriate care. TT is also an emerging data source for public health surveillance of infectious and noninfectious diseases, including influenza...
July 2017: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673333/telephone-consultations-for-general-practice-a-systematic-review
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Martin J Downes, Merehau C Mervin, Joshua M Byrnes, Paul A Scuffham
BACKGROUND: The use of information technology, including internet- and telephone-based resources, is becoming an alternative and supporting method of providing many forms of services in a healthcare and health management setting. Telephone consultations provide a promising alternative and supporting service for face-to-face general practice care. The aim of this review is to utilize a systematic review to collate evidence on the use of telephone consultation as an alternative to face-to-face general practice visits...
July 3, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657243/nurse-triage-in-an-irish-out-of-hours-general-practice-co-operative
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D Mulcahy, C O'Callaghan, A Hannigan
Specially trained triage nurses play a crucial role in the operation of out-of-hours GP co-operatives. This study aimed to establish the proportion of all patient contacts with the out-of-hours GP co-operative based in the Mid-West of Ireland (Shannondoc), which were managed by triage nurses. A retrospective, descriptive analysis was conducted on the database of contacts to the Shannondoc urgent, out-of-hours primary care co-operative. Of the 110,039 contacts to the service in 2013, 19,147 (17.4%) were classified as being managed by nurses and 14...
March 10, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616847/interactive-voice-response-calls-to-promote-smoking-cessation-after-hospital-discharge-pooled-analysis-of-two-randomized-clinical-trials
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Nancy A Rigotti, Yuchiao Chang, Lisa C Rosenfeld, Sandra J Japuntich, Elyse R Park, Hilary A Tindle, Douglas E Levy, Zachary Z Reid, Joanna Streck, Timothy Gomperts, Jennifer H K Kelley, Daniel E Singer
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization offers smokers an opportunity to quit smoking. Starting cessation treatment in hospital is effective, but sustaining treatment after discharge is a challenge. Automated telephone calls with interactive voice response (IVR) technology could support treatment continuance after discharge. OBJECTIVE: To assess smokers' use of and satisfaction with an IVR-facilitated intervention and to test the relationship between intervention dose and smoking cessation...
June 14, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566087/development-and-evaluation-of-an-emergency-access-button-in-danish-out-of-hours-primary-care-a-study-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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J F Ebert, L Huibers, F K Lippert, B Christensen, M B Christensen
BACKGROUND: Out-of-hours (OOH) health care for acute medical problems is often challenged by long waiting time for callers in need of advice and triage. Allowing patients to bypass the OOH telephone waiting line may increase patient satisfaction and provide them with a feeling of safety. We aimed to develop an "emergency access button" enabling patients to bypass the normal telephone waiting line in out-of-hours primary care (OOH-PC) if they perceive their condition to be critical and to evaluate the effect of introducing the button in terms of patient satisfaction and their feeling of safety...
May 31, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507997/recognizing-sudden-cardiac-arrest-may-require-more-than-two-questions-during-telephone-triage-developing-a-complementary-checklist
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Amir Mirhaghi, Hojjat Shafaee, Javad Malekzadeh, Farzaneh Hasanzadeh
OBJECTIVE: To develop decision-support tools to identify patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). METHODS: Eighty calls related to SCA were content analyzed, and the contextual patterns that emerged were organized into a checklist. Two researchers independently analyzed the recorded calls and compared their findings. Eighteen dispatchers scored 20 cases (which included SCA and non-SCA cases) both with and without the checklist. Correct responses for each case and agreement among dispatchers have been reported...
April 2017: Bulletin of Emergency and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506282/under-triage-in-telephone-consultation-is-related-to-non-normative-symptom-description-and-interpersonal-communication-a-mixed-methods-study
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Hejdi Gamst-Jensen, Freddy K Lippert, Ingrid Egerod
BACKGROUND: Telephone consultation and triage are used to limit the workload on emergency departments. Lack of visual cues and clinical tests put telephone consultations to a disadvantage compared to face-to-face consultations increasing the risk of under-triage. Under-triage occurs in telephone triage; however why under-triage happens is not explored yet. The aim of the study was to describe situations of under-triage in context, to assess the quality of under-triaged calls, and to identify communication patterns contributing to under-triage in a regional OOH service in the capital region of Denmark...
May 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494665/remote-clinical-decision-making-a-clinician-s-definition
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Mike Brady, Kate Northstone
Aims Remote clinical decision-making (RCDM), commonly known as 'telephone triage' or 'hear and treat', describes clinicians' non-face-to-face involvement with patient care, and is an established strategy in UK ambulance services for managing increasing demand. However, there is no suitable definition of RCDM that fully explains the roles undertaken by clinicians in 999 hubs, or for its use as an ambulance quality indicator (AQI). The aim of this study, which is part of a larger evaluation of a new RCDM module in higher education, is to determine how clinicians define RCDM...
May 12, 2017: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427444/interventions-to-reduce-wait-times-for-primary-care-appointments-a-systematic-review
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Dominique Ansell, James A G Crispo, Benjamin Simard, Lise M Bjerre
BACKGROUND: Accessibility and availability are important characteristics of efficient and effective primary healthcare systems. Currently, timely access to a family physician is a concern in Canada. Adverse outcomes are associated with longer wait times for primary care appointments and often leave individuals to rely on urgent care. When wait times for appointments are too long patients may experience worse health outcomes and are often left to use emergency department resources. The primary objective of our study was to systematically review the literature to identify interventions designed to reduce wait times for primary care appointments...
April 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426160/assessment-and-support-during-early-labour-for-improving-birth-outcomes
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REVIEW
Shinobu Kobayashi, Nobutsugu Hanada, Masayo Matsuzaki, Kenji Takehara, Erika Ota, Hatoko Sasaki, Chie Nagata, Rintaro Mori
BACKGROUND: The progress of labour in the early or latent phase is usually slow and may include painful uterine contractions. Women may feel distressed and lose their confidence during this phase. Support and assessment interventions have been assessed in two previous Cochrane Reviews. This review updates and replaces these two reviews, which have become out of date. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effectiveness of assessment and support interventions for women during early labour...
April 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420688/can-a-partnership-between-general-practitioners-and-ambulance-services-reduce-conveyance-to-emergency-care
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Manuel Villarreal, Jonathan Leach, Kandala Ngianga-Bakwin, Jeremy Dale
BACKGROUND: Emergency services are facing increasing workload pressures, and new models of care are needed. We evaluate the impact of a service development involving a partnership between emergency ambulance crews and general practitioners (GPs) on reducing conveyance rates to the Hospital Emergency Department (ED). METHODS: The service model was implemented in the West Midlands of England. Call handlers identified patients with needs that could be addressed by a GP using locally agreed criteria...
April 18, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418455/the-development-and-performance-of-after-hours-primary-care-in-the-netherlands-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Marleen Smits, Martijn Rutten, Ellen Keizer, Michel Wensing, Gert Westert, Paul Giesen
In many Western countries, hospital emergency departments are overcrowded, leading to the desire to strengthen primary care, particularly after hours. To achieve this goal, an increasing number of Western nations are reorganizing their after-hours primary care systems into large-scale primary care physician (PCP) cooperatives. This article provides an overview of the organization, performance, and development of PCP cooperatives in the Netherlands. The Dutch after-hours primary care system might offer opportunities for other countries facing problems with after-hours care and inappropriate emergency department visits...
May 16, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410041/implementation-and-evaluation-of-a-pre-assessment-telephone-triage-system-in-an-outpatient-photopheresis-service
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Cherie Rushton, Leeah Robertson, Tracie Taylor, Peter Taylor, Arun Alfred
The prompt assessment of patients as fit for photopheresis is imperative to ensure delivery of a safe and efficient service. Before January 2015 the photopheresis unit was reliant on patients contacting the department directly to cancel their appointment if they were unwell or were suffering from any pre-defined exclusion criteria. Methods to reduce the number of cancellations and patients arriving unwell were therefore examined. The authors combined aspects of patient pre-assessment with telephone triage to develop a system that could provide better care and improve the use of resources within the department...
April 13, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369871/emergency-department-attendance-after-telephone-triage-a-population-based-data-linkage-study
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Amy Gibson, Deborah Randall, Duong T Tran, Mary Byrne, Anthony Lawler, Alys Havard, Maureen Robinson, Louisa R Jorm
OBJECTIVE: To investigate compliance with telephone helpline advice to attend an emergency department (ED) and the acuity of patients who presented to ED following a call. DATA SOURCES/COLLECTION METHODS: In New South Wales (NSW), Australia, 2009-2012, all (1.04 million) calls to a telephone triage service, ED presentations, hospital admissions and death registrations, linked using probabilistic data linkage. STUDY DESIGN: Population-based, observational cohort study measuring ED presentations within 24 hours of a call in patients (1) with dispositions to attend ED (compliance) and (2) low-urgency dispositions (self-referral), triage categories on ED presentation...
March 29, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355127/being-spontaneous-the-future-of-telehealth-implementation
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Maurice Mars, Richard E Scott
INTRODUCTION: The smartphone simplifies interprofessional communication, and smartphone applications can facilitate telemedicine activity. Much has been written about the steps that need to be followed to implement and establish a successful telemedicine service that is integrated into everyday clinical practice. A traditional and systematic approach has evolved incorporating activities such as strategy development, needs assessment, business cases and plans, readiness assessment, implementation plans, change management interventions, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation...
March 29, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315728/can-ambulance-telephone-triage-using-nhs-pathways-accurately-identify-paediatric-cardiac-arrest
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Charles D Deakin, Simon England, Debbie Diffey, Ian Maconochie
BACKGROUND: Most out-of-hospital paediatric cardiac arrests (CA) are not identified until a call is made to the emergency medical services. Accurate identification increases overall survival by enabling immediate ambulance dispatch and delivery of bystander CPR. European ambulance services use a variety of didactic telephone scripts to interrogate the caller and rapidly identify paediatric CA. The performance of these scripts has not been reported. This study aims to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of the NHS Pathways as a telephone triage tool to identify patients less than 16 years age in cardiac arrest...
July 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292257/medical-appropriateness-of-adult-calls-to-danish-out-of-hours-primary-care-a-questionnaire-based-survey
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Karen Busk Nørøxe, Linda Huibers, Grete Moth, Peter Vedsted
BACKGROUND: Optimal utilisation of the out-of-hours primary care (OOH-PC) services remains a concern in public health policy. We need more knowledge on potentially avoidable contacts. This study examines the frequency of medically assessed inappropriate OOH-PC calls from adults, explores factors associated with such assessment, and examines the relation to patient-assessed severity of health problem and fulfilment of expectations. METHODS: We performed secondary analyses of data from a large cross-sectional survey on contacts to Danish OOH-PC...
March 14, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260639/new-zealand-healthline-call-data-used-to-measure-the-effect-of-travel-time-on-the-use-of-the-emergency-department
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Edward Griffin, John P McCarthy, Fiona Thomas, Simon Kingham
Telephone triage is a health tool increasingly used to connect geographically distant populations. Such services are also utilised to address issues of Emergency Department (ED) overuse. New Zealand's tele-triage service, Healthline, has existed since 2001 but is yet to be the focus of analysis. This research sought to understand the role that travel time to ED had upon Healthline users' compliance with telephone advice. Additionally, the role of deprivation in Healthline (as a determinant of caller behaviour) was examined...
February 27, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257309/patient-centered-anesthesia-triage-system-predicts-asa-physical-status
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F Kayser Enneking, Nila S Radhakrishnan, Kent Berg, Saharsh Patel, Judith M Wishin, Terrie Vasilopoulos
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to validate a patient-centered anesthesia triage system (PCATS) by examining its association with, and predictive value of, ASA physical status (PS) classification. ASA PS classification is a widely used indicator of health status and the predictor of risk of perioperative complications. Thus, ASA PS is a good triage point such that healthy surgical patients (ASA PS I and II) undergoing low-complexity surgery are assessed by telephone, whereas less-healthy patients (ASA PS III and IV) or those patients undergoing highly complex surgery are seen in person at a presurgical clinic...
June 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156579/snapshot-of-an-outpatient-supportive-care-center-at-a-comprehensive-cancer-center
#20
Maxine Grace De la Cruz, Angelique Wong, Debra Castro, Eduardo Bruera
145 Background: Integration of Palliative Care (PC) in oncology has been found to improve symptom distress, quality of life and survival in patients with advanced cancer. Early integration is most appropriate in the outpatient (OP) setting. However, most PC services in the U.S. do not have an OP component. Our study aims to provide a snapshot of the type of patients that are referred to this novel setting for the delivery of early PC. METHODS: We reviewed a day in the SCC to illustrate the structure and process involved in the delivery of outpatient PC...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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