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Caitlin Hamilton, Meryl Lovarini, Annie McCluskey, Tarcisio Folly de Campos, Leanne Hassett
PURPOSE: To synthesise therapist experiences of using feedback-based technology for physical rehabilitation through a systematic review of qualitative studies. METHODS: Ten electronic databases were searched up to March 2017. Peer reviewed studies that provided qualitative data that met the inclusion criteria were selected. The methodological quality of included studies was assessed using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme. Relevant text from each study was extracted including quotes and the author's interpretations...
March 7, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Sumanth Kumbargere Nagraj, Eachempati Prashanti, Himanshi Aggarwal, Ashok Lingappa, Murugan S Muthu, Salian Kiran Kumar Krishanappa, Haszelini Hassan
BACKGROUND: Post-extraction bleeding (PEB) is a recognised, frequently encountered complication in dental practice, which is defined as bleeding that continues beyond 8 to 12 hours after dental extraction. The incidence of post-extraction bleeding varies from 0% to 26%. If post-extraction bleeding is not managed, complications can range from soft tissue haematomas to severe blood loss. Local causes of bleeding include soft tissue and bone bleeding. Systemic causes include platelet problems, coagulation disorders or excessive fibrinolysis, and inherited or acquired problems (medication induced)...
March 4, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Miroslav Špaček, Pavel Měřička, Libor Janoušek, Petr Štádler, Miloš Adamec, Robert Vlachovský, Igor Guňka, Pavel Navrátil, Filip Thieme, Petr Mitáš, Rudolf Špunda, Jaroslav Špatenka, Robert Staffa, Petr Němec, Jaroslav Lindner
The transplantation of fresh or cryopreserved vascular allografts in patients with a prosthetic graft infection or critical limb ischemia is necessary for their limb salvage and, in many cases, represents a lifesaving procedure. While transplantation of fresh allografts has a long history in the Czech Republic, the standard use of cryopreserved vascular allografts was introduced into the clinical practice in 2011 as a result of the implementation of EU Directive 2004/23/EC into national legislation (Human Cell and Tissue Act No...
March 3, 2018: Cell and Tissue Banking
Smita Akkinapally, Shilpa G Hundalani, Madhulika Kulkarni, Caraciolo J Fernandes, Antonio G Cabrera, Binoy Shivanna, Mohan Pammi
BACKGROUND: Prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) is used to keep the ductus arteriosus patent and can be life-saving in neonates with ductal-dependent cardiac lesions. PGE1 is used to promote mixing of pulmonary and systemic blood flow or improve pulmonary or systemic circulations, prior to balloon atrial septostomy or surgery. PGE1 therapy may cause several short-term and long-term adverse effects. The efficacy and safety of PGE1 in neonates with ductal-dependent cardiac lesions has not been systematically reviewed...
February 27, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Yakov Shapiro
Psychodynamic psychiatry is not limited to psychotherapy practice. It is defined by systematic attention to the "common factors" underlying both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology outcomes, which include the patient's subjective systems of meaning and the complex flow of the patient-provider relationship in addition to the patient's "objective" psychopathology. It allows for a non-reductionist milieu where the meaning of the illness and the full complexity of the treatment process can be explored in order to achieve a qualitative and lasting change in the patient's psychopathology...
2018: Psychodynamic Psychiatry
Gary C Brown, Melissa M Brown, Joshua D Stein, William E Smiddy
PURPOSE: To present ophthalmic patient time-tradeoff vision utilities for quantifying vision-related quality-of-life when the fellow eye still has good vision. These utilities are important for performing reliable cost-utility analyses. DESIGN: Consecutive time-tradeoff vision utilities were obtained from ophthalmic patients with good vision (20/20-20/25) in one eye and vision ranging from 20/20 to no light perception in the fellow eye over a 15-year period from 2000 through 2014...
February 21, 2018: Ophthalmology
Niels Smits, Muirne C S Paap, Jan R Böhnke
PURPOSE: Multidimensional item response theory and computerized adaptive testing (CAT) are increasingly used in mental health, quality of life (QoL), and patient-reported outcome measurement. Although multidimensional assessment techniques hold promises, they are more challenging in their application than unidimensional ones. The authors comment on minimal standards when developing multidimensional CATs. METHODS: Prompted by pioneering papers published in QLR, the authors reflect on existing guidance and discussions from different psychometric communities, including guidelines developed for unidimensional CATs in the PROMIS project...
February 23, 2018: Quality of Life Research
Shelby Brown, Michael Mirmanesh, Ping Song, Demetrius Coombs, David Rengifo, Lee L Q Pu
BACKGROUND: Although many aesthetic surgeons believe that beveling the angle of an incision improves the aesthetic outcome with regard to scaring, the literature remains scarce largely because few studies have been conducted. OBJECTIVE: This systematic review therefore aims to identify whether using a beveled incision adds an aesthetic benefit, to determine whether there is a specific angle that yields a superior outcome, and for the first time, to present a complete discussion of this subject for practicing surgeons...
February 23, 2018: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Bernold Kenteu, Yannick F Fogang, Ulrich Flore Nyaga, Joseline G Zafack, Jean Jacques Noubiap, Joseph Kamtchum-Tatuene
INTRODUCTION: Headache disorders (HD) are among the most frequent neurological disorders seen in neurology practice. Because secondary HD are rare, patients' examination is most often unremarkable. However, the will to relieve patients' anxiety and the fear of prosecutions lead to overuse of neuroimaging thus resulting in the discovery of incidental findings (IF) or normal variants that can lead to futile or harmful procedures. Knowing the probability of identifying a potentially clinically significant lesion in patients with isolated headache could facilitate decision-making and reduce health costs...
February 22, 2018: BMJ Open
Hans Ulrich Bucher, Sabine D Klein, Manya J Hendriks, Ruth Baumann-Hölzle, Thomas M Berger, Jürg C Streuli, Jean-Claude Fauchère
BACKGROUND: In the last 20 years, the chances for intact survival for extremely preterm infants have increased in high income countries. Decisions about withholding or withdrawing intensive care remain a major challenge in infants born at the limits of viability. Shared decision-making regarding these fragile infants between health care professionals and parents has become the preferred model today. However, there is an ongoing ethical debate on how decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment should be reached and who should have the final word when health care professionals and parents do not agree...
February 22, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Emel Mashaki Ceyhan, Hakki Gürsöz, Ali Alkan, Hacer Coşkun, Oğuzhan Koyuncu, Stuart Walker
Introduction: Regulatory agency comparisons can be of more value and facilitate improvements if conducted among countries with common challenges and similar health agency characteristics. A study was conducted to compare the registration review model used by the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (Türkiye Ilaç ve Tibbi Cihaz Kurumu; TITCK) with those of four similar-sized regulatory agencies to identify areas of strength and those requiring further improvement within the TITCK in relation to the review process as well as to assess the level of adherence to good review practices (GRevP) in order to facilitate the TITCK progress toward agency goals...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
K Karmisholt, A Haerskjold, T Karlsmark, J Waibel, U Paasch, M Haedersdal
The ability of laser treatment to affect wound healing and subsequently minimize scar formation has been investigated in recent years. However, no systematic review links these clinical trials. The aim of this study is to systematically review and evaluate clinical evidence for early laser intervention to reduce scar formation in studies where laser treatment were introduced less than 3 months after wounding. We searched PubMed using relevant key words in June 2017. Titles, abstracts and articles were sorted according to inclusion and exclusion criteria...
February 8, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Simon-Richard Finke, Daniel C Schroeder, Hannes Ecker, Sabine Wingen, Jochen Hinkelbein, Wolfgang A Wetsch, Daniela Köhler, Bernd W Böttiger
AIM: Bystander CPR-rates are embarrassingly low in some European countries. To increase bystander CPR-rates, many different approaches are used; one of them is training of schoolchildren in CPR. Multiple authors investigated practical and theoretical CPR performance and demonstrated gender differences related to schoolchildren CPR. The objective was to elaborate gender aspects in practical and theoretical CPR-performance from the current literature to better address female and male students...
February 3, 2018: Resuscitation
Brian J Piper, Drew A Lambert, Ryan C Keefe, Phoebe U Smukler, Nicolas A Selemon, Zachary R Duperry
BACKGROUND: Textbooks are a formative resource for health care providers during their education and are also an enduring reference for pathophysiology and treatment. Unlike the primary literature and clinical guidelines, biomedical textbook authors do not typically disclose potential financial conflicts of interest (pCoIs). The objective of this study was to evaluate whether the authors of textbooks used in the training of physicians, pharmacists, and dentists had appreciable undisclosed pCoIs in the form of patents or compensation received from pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies...
February 5, 2018: AJOB Empirical Bioethics
Sanket R Nagarkar, Jorge Perdigão, Wook-Jin Seong, Nicole Theis-Mahon
BACKGROUND: The primary objective of this systematic review was to investigate the survival of full-coverage restorations fabricated by using digital impressions (DIs) versus that of those fabricated by using conventional impressions. The authors also compared secondary outcomes of marginal and internal fit and occlusal and interproximal contacts. TYPES OF STUDIES REVIEWED: The authors conducted a systematic literature search in multiple databases to identify clinical trials with no restrictions by publication type, date, or language...
February 2018: Journal of the American Dental Association
Amanda W Benedict, Michele M Spence, John L Sie, Helen A Chin, Chi D Ngo, Jennifer F Salmingo, Andrew T Vidaurreta, Nazia Rashid
BACKGROUND: Pharmacists have important roles in managing the therapy of patients with type 2 diabetes and improving patient care. Pharmacists titrate medications; reinforce patient education; and address care gaps, such as medication adherence, vaccinations, and overdue health screenings. Through these efforts and more, pharmacists help to improve patient care and achieve Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures. Thus, it is important to demonstrate improved health outcomes through pharmacist contributions to diabetes management, which can then provide an opportunity to expand the role of clinical pharmacists in other medical centers and practice settings within an integrated health care system...
February 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Sarah Yardley, Michiel Westerman, Maggie Bartlett, J Mark Walton, Julie Smith, Ed Peile
INTRODUCTION: Transitions are traditionally viewed as challenging for clinicians. Throughout medical career pathways, clinicians need to successfully navigate successive transitions as they become progressively more independent practitioners. In these guidelines, we aim to synthesize the evidence from the literature to provide guidance for supporting clinicians in their development of independence, and highlight areas for further research. METHODS: Drawing upon D3 method guidance, four key themes universal to medical career transitions and progressive independence were identified by all authors through discussion and consensus from our own experience and expertise: workplace learning, independence and responsibility, mentoring and coaching, and patient perspectives...
February 2018: Perspectives on Medical Education
Esra Alagoz, Ming-Yuan Chih, Mary Hitchcock, Randall Brown, Andrew Quanbeck
BACKGROUND: External change agents can play an essential role in healthcare organizational change efforts. This systematic review examines the role that external change agents have played within the context of multifaceted interventions designed to promote organizational change in healthcare-specifically, in primary care settings. METHODS: We searched PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane, Web of Science, and Academic Search Premier Databases in July 2016 for randomized trials published (in English) between January 1, 2005 and June 30, 2016 in which external agents were part of multifaceted organizational change strategies...
January 25, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Michael Berensmann, Markus Gratzfeld
Depending on the intended use, apps and wearables can be medical devices. In such cases, the manufacturer has to provide evidence that the requirements stated in directive 93/42/EWG are fulfilled. Depending on the classification of the medical device, several so-called conformity assessment procedures are possible. Once the conformity assessment procedure has been finished successfully, the manufacturer attaches the CE-marking to the product. This assures that all requirements of the directive have been fulfilled and the manufacturer is therefore authorized to put the product onto the market in all member states of the European union...
January 24, 2018: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
Thomas Collier, Michelle Roadley-Battin, Chloe Darlow, Philip Chant, Caroline B Hing, Toby O Smith
Presentation of research at orthopaedic conferences is an important component for surgical evidence-based practice. However, there remains uncertainty as to how many conference abstracts proceed to achieve full-text publication (FTP) for wider dissemination. This study aimed to determine the abstract-to-publication rate (APR) of research presented in the largest hip and knee orthopaedic meetings in the UK, and to identify predictive factors which influence the APR. All published abstracts (n=744) from the 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 British Hip Society (BHS) and the 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK) annual conference meetings were examined by four researchers independently...
February 2018: Evidence-based Medicine
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