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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441452/systematic-review-finds-that-study-data-not-published-in-full-text-articles-have-unclear-impact-on-meta-analyses-results-in-medical-research
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Christine M Schmucker, Anette Blümle, Lisa K Schell, Guido Schwarzer, Patrick Oeller, Laura Cabrera, Erik von Elm, Matthias Briel, Joerg J Meerpohl
BACKGROUND: A meta-analysis as part of a systematic review aims to provide a thorough, comprehensive and unbiased statistical summary of data from the literature. However, relevant study results could be missing from a meta-analysis because of selective publication and inadequate dissemination. If missing outcome data differ systematically from published ones, a meta-analysis will be biased with an inaccurate assessment of the intervention effect. As part of the EU-funded OPEN project (www...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441333/how-are-service-dogs-for-adults-with-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-integrated-with-rehabilitation-in-denmark-a-case-study
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Chalotte Glintborg, Tia G B Hansen
A severe mental illness like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is known to have psychosocial consequences that can lead to a decreased quality of life. Research in Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) has revealed that the presence of a dog can have a positive effect on health, e.g., increase quality of life and lessen depression and anxiety. However, canine companionship is not a catch-all solution. Previous research has revealed methodological limitations that prohibit any clear conclusions, as well as a sparsity of critical reflection in anecdotal reports and case studies, which means that more research is needed to contextualize the findings...
April 25, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440974/risk-estimation-for-lung-cancer-in-libya-analysis-based-on-standardized-morbidity-ratio-poisson-gamma-model-bym-model-and-mixture-model
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Maryam Ahmed Alhdiri, Nor Azah Samat, Zulkifley Mohamed
Cancer is the most rapidly spreading disease in the world, especially in developing countries, including Libya. Cancer represents a significant burden on patients, families, and their societies. This disease can be controlled if detected early. Therefore, disease mapping has recently become an important method in the fields of public health research and disease epidemiology. The correct choice of statistical model is a very important step to producing a good map of a disease. Libya was selected to perform this work and to examine its geographical variation in the incidence of lung cancer...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439293/socio-demographic-characteristics-clinical-profile-and-prevalence-of-existing-mental-illness-among-suicide-attempters-attending-emergency-services-at-two-hospitals-in-hawassa-city-south-ethiopia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Moges Ayehu, Tarekegn Solomon, Kinfe Lemma
BACKGROUND: Suicide is a major public health problem worldwide. It contributes for more than one million deaths each year. Since previous suicidal attempt was considered as the best predictor of future suicide, identifying factors behind suicidal attempt are helpful to design suicide prevention strategies. The aim of this study was to assess socio-demographic characteristics, clinical profile and prevalence of existing mental illness among patients presenting with suicidal attempt to emergency services of general hospitals in South Ethiopia...
2017: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438661/systematic-review-of-the-potential-adverse-effects-of-caffeine-consumption-in-healthy-adults-pregnant-women-adolescents-and-children
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Daniele Wikoff, Brian T Welsh, Rayetta Henderson, Gregory P Brorby, Janice Britt, Esther Myers, Jeffrey Goldberger, Harris R Lieberman, Charles O'Brien, Jennifer Peck, Milton Tenebein, Connie Weaver, Seneca Harvey, Jonathan Urban, Candace Doepker
To date, one of the most heavily cited assessments of caffeine safety in the peer-reviewed literature is that issued by Health Canada (Nawrot et al., 2003). Since then, >10,000 papers have been published related to caffeine, including hundreds of reviews on specific human health effects; however, to date, none have compared the wide range of topics evaluated by Nawrot et al. (2003). Thus, as an update to this foundational publication, we conducted a systematic review of data on potential adverse effects of caffeine published from 2001 to June 2015...
April 7, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436583/physical-activity-and-exercise-for-chronic-pain-in-adults-an-overview-of-cochrane-reviews
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REVIEW
Louise J Geneen, R Andrew Moore, Clare Clarke, Denis Martin, Lesley A Colvin, Blair H Smith
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting beyond normal tissue healing time, generally taken to be 12 weeks. It contributes to disability, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, poor quality of life, and healthcare costs. Chronic pain has a weighted mean prevalence in adults of 20%.For many years, the treatment choice for chronic pain included recommendations for rest and inactivity. However, exercise may have specific benefits in reducing the severity of chronic pain, as well as more general benefits associated with improved overall physical and mental health, and physical functioning...
April 24, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435100/montreal-accord-on-patient-reported-outcomes-use-series-paper-5-patient-reported-outcomes-pro-can-be-linked-to-epidemiologic-measures-to-monitor-populations-and-inform-public-health-decisions
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Hiroshi Mamiya, Lisa M Lix, William Gardner, Susan J Bartlett, Sara Ahmed, David Buckeridge
BACKGROUND: Comprehensive picture of population health status can be captured by the incorporation of patient reported outcome measures into population health monitoring. OBJECTIVE: To identify current state, opportunities, and future research related to the utilization of patient reported outcome measures for population health monitoring in Canada. DISCUSSIONS: Patient reported outcome measures can help to identify community health needs in public health topics including injury, chronic disease, and communicable disease...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434414/health-technology-assessment-of-public-health-interventions-a-synthesis-of-methodological-guidance
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Tim Mathes, Sunya-Lee Antoine, Peggy Prengel, Stefanie Bühn, Stephanie Polus, Dawid Pieper
OBJECTIVES: The evaluation of public health interventions poses some challenges. As a consequence, health technology assessment (HTA) methods for public health interventions (PHI) have to be adapted. This study aimed to summarize the available guidance on methods for HTA of PHI. METHODS: We systematically searched for methodological guidance on HTA of PHIs. Our focus was on research synthesis methods to evaluate effectiveness. Relevant information was synthesized narratively in a standardized way...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433250/public-private-implementation-of-integrated-emergency-response-services-case-study-of-gvk-emergency-management-and-research-institute-in-karnataka-india
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Veena M Sriram, Gopalkrishna Gururaj, Adnan A Hyder
BACKGROUND: Emergency medical services are important to the functioning of health systems, but these services tend to be neglected in low- and middle-income countries, such as India. In recent years, several models of pre-hospital emergency medical services have emerged in India. Research on these models holds important lessons for existing and future emergency medical service programs in low- and middle-income countries. Our objective was to provide a comprehensive description of the organizational structure and service delivery model of a public-private partnership in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute, with a particular focus on its operations in Bengaluru...
April 19, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432642/emerging-use-of-early-health-technology-assessment-in-medical-product-development-a-scoping-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Maarten J IJzerman, Hendrik Koffijberg, Elisabeth Fenwick, Murray Krahn
Early health technology assessment is increasingly being used to support health economic evidence development during early stages of clinical research. Such early models can be used to inform research and development about the design and management of new medical technologies to mitigate the risks, perceived by industry and the public sector, associated with market access and reimbursement. Over the past 25 years it has been suggested that health economic evaluation in the early stages may benefit the development and diffusion of medical products...
April 21, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431197/serum-c-reactive-protein-procalcitonin-and-lactate-dehydrogenase-for-the-diagnosis-of-pancreatic-necrosis
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REVIEW
Oluyemi Komolafe, Stephen P Pereira, Brian R Davidson, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: The treatment of people with pancreatic necrosis differs from that of people with oedematous pancreatitis. It is important to know the diagnostic accuracy of serum C-reactive protein (CRP), serum procalcitonin, and serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as a triage test for the detection of pancreatic necrosis in people with acute pancreatitis, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether the person with pancreatic necrosis needs further investigations such as computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and treatment for pancreatic necrosis started...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430833/on-the-need-for-quantitative-bias-analysis-in-the-peer-review-process
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Matthew P Fox, Timothy L Lash
Peer review is central to the process through which epidemiologists generate evidence to inform public health and medical interventions. Reviewers thereby act as critical gatekeepers to high-quality research. They are asked to carefully consider the validity of the proposed work or research findings by paying careful attention to the methodology and critiquing the importance of the insight gained. However, although many have noted problems with the peer-review system for both manuscripts and grant submissions, few solutions have been proposed to improve the process...
April 18, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427465/the-use-of-evidence-in-english-local-public-health-decision-making-a-systematic-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Dylan Kneale, Antonio Rojas-García, Rosalind Raine, James Thomas
BACKGROUND: Public health decision-making structures in England have transformed since the implementation of reforms in 2013, with responsibility for public health services and planning having shifted from the "health" boundary to local authority (LA; local government) control. This transformation may have interrupted flows of research evidence use in decision-making and introduced a new political element to public health decision-making. For generators of research evidence, understanding and responding to this new landscape and decision-makers' evidence needs is essential...
April 20, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423825/hemic-project-design-of-a-clinical-information-modelling-tool-based-on-iso13972-technical-specification
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Alberto Moreno-Conde, Francisco Sanchez-Laguna, Bidatzi Marin-Bastida, Antonio Romero-Tabares, Eva Martin-Sánchez, Dipak Kalra, Carlos Luis Parra-Calderón
The Andalusian Health Service is the public healthcare provider for 8.302.923 inhabitants in the South Spain. This organization coordinates primary and specialized care with an IT infrastructure composed by multiple Electronic Health Record Systems. According to the large volume of healthcare professionals involved, there is a need for providing a consistent management of information through multiple locations and systems. The HEMIC project aims to address this need developing and validating a methodology based on a software tool for standardizing information contained within EHR systems...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420600/increasing-fruit-and-vegetable-consumption-through-a-healthy-eating-blog-a-feasibility-study
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Marie-Eve Caplette, Véronique Provencher, Véronique Bissonnette-Maheux, Marilyn Dugrenier, Annie Lapointe, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Sharon Straus, Sophie Desroches
BACKGROUND: Despite efforts made by public health organizations to improve consumption of fruits and vegetables, populations in developed countries usually eat less than the minimum recommended. Social media, such as blogs, represent a unique opportunity for improving knowledge translation in health care because they facilitate interactive communication between the public and health professionals. However, no studies have yet evaluated the effect of blogs to promote dietary behavior changes...
April 18, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419753/systematic-review-of-gender-differences-in-sepsis-management-and-outcomes
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Kim Reina Failla, Cynthia D Connelly
PURPOSE: Contributors to disparities in sepsis management have been attributed to genetic susceptibility, differences in clinical presentation, and healthcare delivery. The influence of gender on survival or mortality of patients with sepsis-related diagnoses is unclear. The purpose of the current study was to systematically review published research to identify factors and outcomes associated with sepsis management and outcomes based on gender differences. METHODS: Covering a period from 2006 to 2016, a literature search was conducted on four electronic data bases including the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), EBSCO, MedlinePlus, and PubMed...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412939/diagnostic-validity-of-the-stratify-and-downton-instruments-for-evaluating-the-risk-of-falls-by-hospitalised-acute-care-patients-a-multicentre-longitudinal-study
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Marta Aranda-Gallardo, Margarita Enriquez de Luna-Rodriguez, Maria J Vazquez-Blanco, Jose C Canca-Sanchez, Ana B Moya-Suarez, Jose M Morales-Asencio
BACKGROUND: Falls are major adverse events in hospitals. The appropriateness of using risk assessment instruments for falls in hospitals has recently been questioned, although the research performed in this respect presents some methodological shortcomings. The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the accuracy of the Downton and STRATIFY instruments to determine the risk of falls and to predict their incidence in acute care hospitals in the public health system in Andalusia (Spain)...
April 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412463/frameworks-for-adaptation-of-health-guidelines-a-methodological-survey
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REVIEW
Andrea Darzi, Elias A Abou-Jaoude, Arnav Agarwal, Chantal Lakis, Wojtek Wiercioch, Nancy Santesso, Hneine Brax, Fadi El-Jardali, Holger J Schünemann, Elie A Akl
BACKGROUND: Our objective was to identify and describe published frameworks for adaptation of clinical, public health and health services guidelines. METHODS: We included reports describing methods of adaptation of guidelines in sufficient detail to allow its reproducibility. We searched Medline, and EMBASE databases. We also searched personal files, as well manuals and handbooks of organizations and professional societies that proposed methods of adaptation and adoption of guidelines...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409489/cost-of-trauma-care-in-secondary-and-tertiary-care-public-sector-hospitals-in-north-india
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Ankur Sangwan, Shankar Prinja, Sameer Aggarwal, Jagnoor Jagnoor, Pankaj Bahuguna, Rebecca Ivers
BACKGROUND: Several initiatives to provide trauma care, including ambulance services, creation of a network of trauma hospitals and insurance schemes for cashless treatment, are currently being implemented in India. However, lack of information on the cost of trauma care is an impediment to the evidence-based planning for such initiatives. In this study, we aim to bridge this gap in evidence by estimating the unit cost of an outpatient consultation, inpatient bed-day of hospitalization, surgical procedure and diagnostics for providing trauma care through secondary- and tertiary-level hospitals in India...
April 13, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406488/making-genomic-medicine-evidence-based-and-patient-centered-a-structured-review-and-landscape-analysis-of-comparative-effectiveness-research
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REVIEW
Kathryn A Phillips, Patricia A Deverka, Harold C Sox, Muin J Khoury, Lewis G Sandy, Geoffrey S Ginsburg, Sean R Tunis, Lori A Orlando, Michael P Douglas
Comparative effectiveness research (CER) in genomic medicine (GM) measures the clinical utility of using genomic information to guide clinical care in comparison to appropriate alternatives. We summarized findings of high-quality systematic reviews that compared the analytic and clinical validity and clinical utility of GM tests. We focused on clinical utility findings to summarize CER-derived evidence about GM and identify evidence gaps and future research needs. We abstracted key elements of study design, GM interventions, results, and study quality ratings from 21 systematic reviews published in 2010 through 2015...
April 13, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
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