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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645212/google-searches-for-cheap-cigarettes-spike-at-tax-increases-evidence-from-an-algorithm-to-detect-spikes-in-time-series-data
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Theodore L Caputi
Introduction: Online cigarette dealers have lower prices than brick-and-mortar retailers and advertise tax-free status 1-8. Previous studies show smokers search out these online alternatives at the time of a cigarette tax increase 9-10. However, these studies rely upon researchers' decision to consider a specific date and preclude the possibility that researchers focus on the wrong date. The purpose of this study is to introduce an unbiased methodology to the field of observing search patterns and to use this methodology to determine whether smokers search Google for "cheap cigarettes" at cigarette tax increases and, if so, whether the increased level of searches persists...
June 22, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642531/evidence-summary-the-relationship-between-oral-diseases-and-diabetes
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F D'Aiuto, D Gable, Z Syed, Y Allen, K L Wanyonyi, S White, J E Gallagher
Introduction This paper is the third of four rapid reviews undertaken to explore the relationships between oral health and general medical conditions in order to support teams within Public Health England, health practitioners and policymakers.Aims This review aimed to explore the nature of the association between poor oral health and diabetes when found in the same individuals or populations, having reviewed the most contemporary evidence in the field.Methods The reviews were undertaken by four groups each comprising consultant clinicians from medicine and dentistry, trainees, public health and academics...
June 23, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641057/child-anthropometry-data-quality-from-demographic-and-health-surveys-multiple-indicator-cluster-surveys-and-national-nutrition-surveys-in-the-west-central-africa-region-are-we-comparing-apples-and-oranges
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Daniel J Corsi, Jessica M Perkins, S V Subramanian
BACKGROUND: There has been limited work comparing survey characteristics and assessing the quality of child anthropometric data from population-based surveys. OBJECTIVE: To investigate survey characteristics and indicators of quality of anthropometric data in children aged 0-59 months from 23 countries in the West Central Africa region. METHODS: Using established methodologies and criteria to examine child age, sex, height, and weight, we conducted a comprehensive assessment and scoring of the quality of anthropometric data collected in 100 national surveys...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640686/prevalence-of-financial-fraud-and-scams-among-older-adults-in-the-united-states-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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David Burnes, Charles R Henderson, Christine Sheppard, Rebecca Zhao, Karl Pillemer, Mark S Lachs
BACKGROUND: The financial exploitation of older adults was recently recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a serious public health problem. Knowledge of the prevalence of elder financial exploitation is mostly limited to the category of financial abuse, which occurs in relationships involving an expectation of trust. Little is known about the other major category of elder financial exploitation-elder financial fraud and scams, which is perpetrated by strangers...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639521/technology-enhanced-focus-groups-as-a-component-of-instrument-development
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Tania D Strout, Rachel L DiFazio, Judith A Vessey
Background Bullying is a critical public health problem and a screening tool for use in healthcare is needed. Focus groups are a common tool for generating qualitative data when developing an instrument and evidence suggests that technology-enhanced focus groups can be effective in simultaneously engaging participants from diverse settings. Aim To examine the use of technology-enhanced focus groups in generating an item pool to develop a youth-bullying screening tool. Discussion The authors explore methodological and ethical issues related to conducting technology-enhanced focus groups, drawing on their experience in developing a youth-bullying measure...
June 22, 2017: Nurse Researcher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637494/euiiyin-tang-in-the-treatment-of-obesity-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Chunhoo Cheon, Soobin Jang, Jeong-Su Park, Youme Ko, Doh Sun Kim, Byung Hoon Lee, Hyun Jong Song, Yun-Kyung Song, Bo-Hyoung Jang, Yong-Cheol Shin, Seong-Gyu Ko
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a public health concern in many countries due to its increasing prevalence. Euiiyin-tang is an herbal medicine formula often used as a clinical treatment for obesity. It acts to eliminate humidity and purify the blood, the causes of obesity identified by the theoretical framework of Korean medicine. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Euiiyin-tang in treating obesity. METHODS/DESIGN: This study is a randomised, double-blinded and placebo-controlled, multicentre trial...
June 21, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635353/a-systematic-review-of-supported-accommodation-programs-for-people-released-from-custody
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Bethany Growns, Stuart A Kinner, Elizabeth Conroy, Eileen Baldry, Sarah Larney
One of the challenges that people recently released from custody face is securing housing. Many individuals rely on supported accommodation programs for housing in the immediate post-release period. However, the value of supported accommodation programs in producing positive criminal justice and health outcomes for people released from custody has not been widely examined. This article reviews the current literature on supported accommodation programs and the elements of these services that contribute to positive outcomes for individuals released from custody...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633638/evaluating-the-impact-of-prescription-drug-monitoring-program-implementation-a-scoping-review
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Erin P Finley, Ashley Garcia, Kristen Rosen, Don McGeary, Mary Jo Pugh, Jennifer Sharpe Potter
BACKGROUND: Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) have been implemented in 49 out of 50 states in an effort to reduce opioid-related misuse, abuse, and mortality, yet the literature evaluating the impact of PDMP implementation remains limited. We conducted a scoping review to: (1) describe available evidence regarding impact of PDMPs in the U.S.; and (2) propose a conceptual model to inform future PDMP implementation and evaluation efforts. METHODS: Scoping systematic review following Arksey and O'Malley's (2005) methodology...
June 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615274/detecting-organisational-innovations-leading-to-improved-icu-outcomes-a-protocol-for-a-double-blinded-national-positive-deviance-study-of-critical-care-delivery
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Howard Chiou, Jeffrey K Jopling, Jennifer Yang Scott, Meghan Ramsey, Kelly Vranas, Todd H Wagner, Arnold Milstein
INTRODUCTION: There is substantial variability in intensive care unit (ICU) utilisation and quality of care. However, the factors that drive this variation are poorly understood. This study uses a novel adaptation of positive deviance approach-a methodology used in public health that assumes solutions to challenges already exist within the system to detect innovations that are likely to improve intensive care. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We used the Philips eICU Research Institute database, containing 3...
June 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615218/does-leisure-time-physical-activity-protect-against-low-back-pain-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-36-prospective-cohort-studies
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REVIEW
Rahman Shiri, Kobra Falah-Hassani
BACKGROUND: There are plausible mechanisms whereby leisure time physical activity may protect against low back pain (LBP) but there have been no quality systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the subject. OBJECTIVE: This review aims to assess the effect of leisure time physical activity on non-specific LBP. METHODS: Literature searches were conducted in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar databases from their inception through July 2016...
June 14, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609440/protective-mental-health-factors-in-children-of-parents-with-alcohol-and-drug-use-disorders-a-systematic-review
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Olga Wlodarczyk, Mirjam Schwarze, Hans-Jürgen Rumpf, Franka Metzner, Silke Pawils
Children of parents with drug and alcohol use disorders often grow up under severe stress and are at greater risk of developing psychological and social problems. However, a substantial proportion of affected children adapt to their distressing life conditions and show positive development in terms of their mental health. These children are described as resilient. One difference between resilient and maladapted children is the presence of protective factors. The aim of this systematic review is to provide an overview of the current state of the research concerning protective mental health factors in children of parents with alcohol or drug use disorders (COPAD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604293/lives-in-the-asylum-record-1864-to-1910-utilising-large-data-collection-for-histories-of-psychiatry-and-mental-health
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Angela McCarthy, Catharine Coleborne, Maree O'Connor, Elspeth Knewstubb
This article examines the research implications and uses of data for a large project investigating institutional confinement in Australia and New Zealand. The cases of patients admitted between 1864 and 1910 at four separate institutions, three public and one private, provided more than 4000 patient records to a collaborative team of researchers. The utility and longevity of this data and the ways to continue to understand its significance and contents form the basis of this article's interrogation of data collection and methodological issues surrounding the history of psychiatry and mental health...
July 2017: Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603881/early-palliative-care-for-adults-with-advanced-cancer
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REVIEW
Markus W Haun, Stephanie Estel, Gerta Rücker, Hans-Christoph Friederich, Matthias Villalobos, Michael Thomas, Mechthild Hartmann
BACKGROUND: Incurable cancer, which often constitutes an enormous challenge for patients, their families, and medical professionals, profoundly affects the patient's physical and psychosocial well-being. In standard cancer care, palliative measures generally are initiated when it is evident that disease-modifying treatments have been unsuccessful, no treatments can be offered, or death is anticipated. In contrast, early palliative care is initiated much earlier in the disease trajectory and closer to the diagnosis of incurable cancer...
June 12, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602558/public-health-information-in-crisis-affected-populations-a-review-of-methods-and-their-use-for-advocacy-and-action
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REVIEW
Francesco Checchi, Abdihamid Warsame, Victoria Treacy-Wong, Jonathan Polonsky, Mark van Ommeren, Claudine Prudhon
Valid and timely information about various domains of public health underpins the effectiveness of humanitarian public health interventions in crises. However, obstacles including insecurity, insufficient resources and skills for data collection and analysis, and absence of validated methods combine to hamper the quantity and quality of public health information available to humanitarian responders. This paper, the second in a Series of four papers, reviews available methods to collect public health data pertaining to different domains of health and health services in crisis settings, including population size and composition, exposure to armed attacks, sexual and gender-based violence, food security and feeding practices, nutritional status, physical and mental health outcomes, public health service availability, coverage and effectiveness, and mortality...
June 7, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598250/telehealth-centers-a-proposal-of-a-theoretical-model-for-evaluation
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Luana Gabriele Nilson, Luise Lüdke Dolny, Sônia Natal, Josimari Telino de Lacerda, Maria Cristina Marino Calvo
BACKGROUND: Telehealth is a form of assistance support and continuing education for professionals who work in Primary Healthcare. INTRODUCTION: The implementation of the Brazilian Telehealth Program has extended the need for evaluation of its results to improve its use and benefits. Thus, it is necessary to systematize the theory, principals, and guidelines that guide the program organization, its activities, and resources. The objective of this study is to propose a theoretical model of functioning and organization for telehealth centers of the Brazilian Telehealth Program...
June 9, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592576/patient-reported-outcome-measures-proms-for-assessing-perceived-listening-effort-in-hearing-loss-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
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Sarah E Hughes, Frances L Rapport, Isabelle Boisvert, Catherine M McMahon, Hayley A Hutchings
INTRODUCTION: In the UK, it is estimated that a disabling hearing loss (HL) affects 1 in 6 people. HL has functional, economic and social-emotional consequences for affected individuals. Intervention for HL focuses on improving access to the auditory signal using hearing aids or cochlear implants. However, even if sounds are audible and speech is understood, individuals with HL often report increased effort when listening.Listening effort (LE) may be measured using self-reported measures such as patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs)...
June 6, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591302/translation-and-adaptation-of-the-competencias-esenciales-en-salud-p%C3%A3%C2%BAblica-para-los-recursos-humanos-en-salud
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Maria de Lourdes de Almeida, Aida Maris Peres, Maria Manuela Frederico Ferreira, Maria de Fátima Mantovani
Objective: to perform the translation and cultural adaptation of the document named Marco Regional de Competencias Esenciales en Salud Pública para los Recursos Humanos en Salud de la Región de las Américas (Regional Framework of Core Competencies in Public Health for Health Human Resources in the Region of Americas) from Spanish to Brazilian Portuguese. Method: a methodological study comprising the following phases: authorization for translation; initial translation; synthesis of translations and consensus; back-translation and formation of an expert committee...
June 5, 2017: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588974/practical-issues-in-the-measurement-of-child-survival-in-health-systems-trials-experience-developing-a-digital-community-based-mortality-surveillance-programme-in-rural-nepal
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Alex Harsha Bangura, Al Ozonoff, David Citrin, Poshan Thapa, Isha Nirola, Sheela Maru, Ryan Schwarz, Anant Raut, Bishal Belbase, Scott Halliday, Mukesh Adhikari, Duncan Maru
Child mortality measurement is essential to the impact evaluation of maternal and child healthcare systems interventions. In the absence of vital statistics systems, however, assessment methodologies for locally relevant interventions are severely challenged. Methods for assessing the under-5 mortality rate for cross-country comparisons, often used in determining progress towards development targets, pose challenges to implementers and researchers trying to assess the population impact of targeted interventions at more local levels...
November 2016: BMJ Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587500/evaluation-of-health-equity-impact-of-structural-policies
#19
Anton E Kunst
This article briefly assesses the research methods that were applied in the SOPHIE project to evaluate the impact of structural policies on population health and health inequalities. The evaluation of structural policies is one of the key methodological challenges in today's public health. The experience in the SOPHIE project was that mixed methods are essential to identify, understand, and predict the health impact of structural policies. On the one hand, quantitative studies that included spatial comparisons or time trend analyses, preferably in a quasi-experimental design, showed that some structural policies were associated with improved population health and smaller health inequalities...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Health Services: Planning, Administration, Evaluation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585310/direct-acting-antivirals-for-chronic-hepatitis-c
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REVIEW
Janus C Jakobsen, Emil Eik Nielsen, Joshua Feinberg, Kiran Kumar Katakam, Kristina Fobian, Goran Hauser, Goran Poropat, Snezana Djurisic, Karl Heinz Weiss, Milica Bjelakovic, Goran Bjelakovic, Sarah Louise Klingenberg, Jian Ping Liu, Dimitrinka Nikolova, Ronald L Koretz, Christian Gluud
BACKGROUND: Millions of people worldwide suffer from hepatitis C, which can lead to severe liver disease, liver cancer, and death. Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) are relatively new and expensive interventions for chronic hepatitis C, and preliminary results suggest that DAAs may eradicate hepatitis C virus (HCV) from the blood (sustained virological response). However, it is still questionable if eradication of hepatitis C virus in the blood eliminates hepatitis C in the body, and improves survival and leads to fewer complications...
June 6, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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