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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740668/socioeconomic-impact-of-asthma-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-asthma-copd-overlap-syndrome
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Jinhee Kim, Young Sam Kim, Kyungjoo Kim, Yeon-Mok Oh, Kwang Ha Yoo, Chin Kook Rhee, Jin Hwa Lee
BACKGROUND: Asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap syndrome (ACOS) is defined as having both features of asthma and COPD, which are airway hyper-responsiveness and incompletely reversible airway obstruction. However, socioeconomic impact of ACOS have not been well appreciated. METHODS: Adults with available wheezing history and acceptable spirometry were selected from the fourth Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES IV) in 2007-2009...
June 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738684/drivers-of-excess-costs-of-opioid-abuse-among-a-commercially-insured-population
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Lauren M Scarpati, Noam Y Kirson, Miriam L Zichlin, Zitong B Jia, Howard G Birnbaum, Jaren C Howard
OBJECTIVES: To replicate and extend a recently published analysis of the drivers of excess costs of opioid abuse. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective data analysis using de-identified claims data from the Truven MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounter database. METHODS: Medical and prescription drug claims from beneficiaries covered by large self-insured US companies were used to select patients with incident diagnoses of opioid abuse between 2012 and 2015...
May 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737991/lowering-cost-share-may-improve-rates-of-home-glucose-monitoring-among-patients-with-diabetes-using-insulin
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Yiqiong Xie, Abiy Agiro, Kevin Bowman, Andrea DeVries
BACKGROUND: Not much is known about the extent to which lower cost share for blood glucose strips is associated with persistent filling. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between cost sharing for blood glucose testing strips and continued use of testing strips. METHODS: This is a retrospective observational study using medical and pharmacy claims data integrated with laboratory hemoglobin A1c (A1c) values for patients using insulin and blood glucose testing strips...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737469/social-and-economic-burden-of-recurrent-urinary-tract-infections-and-quality-of-life-a-patient-web-based-study-gesprit
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F Wagenlehner, B Wullt, S Ballarini, D Zingg, K G Naber
Background Uncomplicated lower urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur in approximately 50% of women, and 20-30% experience recurrent UTI. Data on UTIs and quality of life (QoL) in Europe are limited. Methods This was an anonymous, self-administered web-based survey conducted in 5 countries (Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Russia and Italy), on adult women who had experienced recurrent UTI and were affected by acute UTI currently or within 4 weeks of study entry. Questions covered disease course; management; social and economic burden; education, income, and health insurance status...
July 24, 2017: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730629/emergency-department-use-for-acute-rhinosinusitis-insurance-dependent-for-children-and-adults
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Regan W Bergmark, Stacey L Ishman, Katie M Phillips, Michael J Cunningham, Ahmad R Sedaghat
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Patients with Medicaid or self-pay insurance status are more likely to present to the emergency department (ED) for uncomplicated acute rhinosinusitis (ARS). Our aim was to determine if this pattern holds true for both pediatric and adult visits. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study using the 2005 to 2012 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys and National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys. METHODS: We included all visits with International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision codes for ARS and without codes for ARS complications...
July 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728527/antiretroviral-nonadherence-and-condomless-sex-in-the-hiv-outpatient-study-usa-2007-2014
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M D Durham, R Hart, K Buchacz, J Hammer, B Young, D Yang, K Wood, B Yangco, J T Brooks
Effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces plasma HIV RNA viral load (VL) to undetectable levels and its effectiveness depends on consistent adherence. Consistent adherence and use of safe sex practices may substantially decrease the risk of HIV transmission. We sought to explore the potential association between self-reported nonadherence to ART and engaging in unsafe sexual practices capable of transmitting HIV. Using clinical and audio computer-assisted self-interview data from the prospective HIV Outpatient Study from 2007 to 2014, we assessed the frequency of self-reported ART nonadherence during the three days prior to the survey among HIV-infected persons in care and factors associated with self-reported ART nonadherence...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720105/decomposing-the-causes-of-socioeconomic-related-health-inequality-among-urban-and-rural-populations-in-china-a-new-decomposition-approach
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Jiaoli Cai, Peter C Coyte, Hongzhong Zhao
BACKGROUND: In recent decades, China has experienced tremendous economic growth and also witnessed growing socioeconomic-related health inequality. The study aims to explore the potential causes of socioeconomic-related health inequality in urban and rural areas of China over the past two decades. METHODS: This study used six waves of the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) from 1991 to 2006. The recentered influence function (RIF) regression decomposition method was employed to decompose socioeconomic-related health inequality in China...
July 18, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719771/prevalence-of-self-treatment-practice-and-related-factors-among-workers-aged-15-to-60-years-in-chi-linh-town-hai-duong-province-vietnam
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Thuy Quynh Nguyen, Thi Thu Thuy Tran, Thi Vui Le, Thi Tu Bui Quyen, Van Hung Trinh, Huu Bich Tran
Self-treatment is particularly prevalent in Vietnam. However, the prevalence of this practice among the working population is unclear. This study aims to describe the prevalence of self-treatment and related factors among workers aged 15 to 60 years in the suburban area of Chi Linh, Hai Duong, Vietnam. Secondary data of 3128 respondents was retrieved from the CHILILAB HDSS 2016 survey for analysis using logistic regression with a significance level of .05. Results show that 47.5% of respondents treated themselves at least once during one previous year...
July 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719064/the-association-between-dental-general-and-mental-health-status-among-underserved-and-vulnerable-populations-served-at-health-centers-in-the-us
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Vy H Nguyen, Sue C Lin, David P Cappelli, Suma Nair
OBJECTIVES: Vulnerable populations in underserved communities are disproportionately at high risk for multiple medical, dental, and behavioral health conditions. This study aims to: a) examine the occurrence of acute dental needs and b) investigate the association of acute dental needs and self-rated general and mental health status among the adult dentate health center population. METHODS: This cross-sectional study analyzed data on adult patients (n = 5,035) from the 2014 Health Center Patient Survey, a nationally representative survey of health center patients...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716171/the-personal-financial-burden-of-chronic-rhinosinusitis-a-canadian-perspective
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Jonathan Yip, Allan D Vescan, Ian J Witterick, Eric Monteiro
BACKGROUND: Previous studies describe the financial burden of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) from the perspective of third-party payers, but, to our knowledge, none analyze the costs borne by patients (i.e., out-of-pocket expenses [OOPE]). Furthermore, this burden has not been previously investigated in the context of a publicly funded health care system. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to characterize the financial impact of CRS on patients, specifically by evaluating its associated OOPEs and the perceived financial burden...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716032/association-of-financial-status-and-the-quality-of-life-in-chinese-women-with-recurrent-ovarian-cancer
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Zhuyan Shao, Tao Zhu, Ping Zhang, Qiang Wen, Dan Li, Shihua Wang
BACKGROUND: Very few studies have examined the association between financial status and the quality of life (QOL) of patients with specific cancers. Ovarian cancer survivors frequently suffer repeat recurrence and subsequent treatment and, as a result, a significant added financial burden. Financial burdens disproportionally affect patients of low income. This study examines the association between financial status, based upon family income and expenses, and QOL in Chinese women with recurrent ovarian cancer...
July 17, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712004/a-comparison-of-perceptions-of-quality-of-life-among-adults-with-spinal-cord-injury-in-the-united-states-versus-the-united-kingdom
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Alina Palimaru, William E Cunningham, Marcus Dillistone, Arturo Vargas-Bustamante, Honghu Liu, Ron D Hays
PURPOSE: To identify which aspects of life are most important to adults with spinal cord injury (SCI) and compare perspectives in the United States and the United Kingdom. METHODS: We conducted 20 in-depth interviews with adults with SCI (ten in the US and ten in the UK). Verbatim transcriptions were independently analyzed line-by-line by two coders using an inductive approach. Codes were grouped into themes about factors that constitute and affect quality of life (QOL)...
July 15, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710212/does-recruitment-source-moderate-treatment-effectiveness-a-subgroup-analysis-from-the-evident-study-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-an-internet-intervention-for-depressive-symptoms
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Jan Philipp Klein, Carla Gamon, Christina Späth, Thomas Berger, Björn Meyer, Fritz Hohagen, Martin Hautzinger, Wolfgang Lutz, Eik Vettorazzi, Steffen Moritz, Johanna Schröder
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to examine whether the effects of internet interventions for depression generalise to participants recruited in clinical settings. DESIGN: This study uses subgroup analysis of the results of a randomised, controlled, single-blind trial. SETTING: The study takes place in five diagnostic centres in Germany. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 1013 people with mild to moderate depressive symptoms were recruited from clinical sources as well as internet forums, statutory insurance companies and other sources...
July 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709405/rehabilitation-access-and-effectiveness-for-persons-with-back-pain-the-protocol-of-a-cohort-study-rehab-bp-drks00011554
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Matthias Bethge, Kerstin Mattukat, David Fauser, Wilfried Mau
BACKGROUND: Back pain is one of the most common chronic diseases in Germany and has a major impact on work ability and social participation. The German Pension Insurance (GPI) is the main provider of medical rehabilitation to improve work ability and prevent disability pensions in Germany. However, over half of the persons granted a disability pension have never used a medical rehabilitation service. Furthermore, evidence on the effects of medical rehabilitation in Germany is inconclusive...
July 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705192/medical-condition-and-care-of-undocumented-migrants-in-ambulatory-clinics-in-tel-aviv-israel-assessing-unmet-needs
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Zohar Mor, Yuval Raveh, Ido Lurie, Alex Leventhal, Roni Gamzu, Nadav Davidovitch, Orel Benari, Itamar Grotto
BACKGROUND: Approximately 150,000 undocumented migrants (UM) who are medically uninsured reside in Israel, including ~50,000 originating from the horn of Africa (MHA). Free medical-care is provided by two walk-in clinics in Tel-Aviv. This study aims to compare the medical complaints of UM from different origins, define their community health needs and assess gaps between medical needs and available services. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included a random sample of 610 UM aged 18-64 years, who were treated in these community clinics between 2008 and 2011...
July 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704175/age-related-differences-in-antihypertensive-medication-adherence-in-hispanics-a-cross-sectional-community-based-survey-in-new-york-city-2011-2012
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Priti Bandi, Emily Goldmann, Nina S Parikh, Parisa Farsi, Bernadette Boden-Albala
INTRODUCTION: US Hispanics, particularly younger adults in this population, have a higher prevalence of uncontrolled hypertension than do people of other racial/ethnic groups. Little is known about the prevalence and predictors of antihypertensive medication adherence, a major determinant of hypertension control and cardiovascular disease, and differences between age groups in this fast-growing population. METHODS: The cross-sectional study included 1,043 community-dwelling Hispanic adults with hypertension living in 3 northern Manhattan neighborhoods from 2011 through 2012...
July 13, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703947/insurance-coverage-and-health-outcomes-in-young-adults-with-mental-illness-following-the-affordable-care-act-dependent-coverage-expansion
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Nicole Kozloff, Benjamin D Sommers
OBJECTIVE: As a provision of the Affordable Care Act, young adults were able to remain on their parents' health insurance plans until age 26. We examined the impact of the 2010 dependent coverage expansion on insurance coverage and health outcomes among young adults with mental illness. METHODS: Data are from the 2008-2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual population-based survey of noninstitutionalized US individuals aged 12 and older. We used a difference-in-differences approach to compare young adults with mental illness subject to the provision (aged 19-25 years, n = 19,051) with an older comparison group (aged 26-34 years, n = 7,958) before (2008-2009) and after (2011-2013) the dependent coverage expansion in their insurance coverage, use of health services, and self-reported health...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698167/use-of-a-connected-glucose-meter-and-certified-diabetes-educator-coaching-to-decrease-the-likelihood-of-abnormal-blood-glucose-excursions-the-livongo-for-diabetes-program
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Janelle Downing, Jenna Bollyky, Jennifer Schneider
BACKGROUND: The Livongo for Diabetes Program offers members (1) a cellular technology-enabled, two-way messaging device that measures blood glucose (BG), centrally stores the glucose data, and delivers messages back to the individual in real time; (2) unlimited BG test strips; and (3) access to a diabetes coaching team for questions, goal setting, and automated support for abnormal glucose excursions. The program is sponsored by at-risk self-insured employers, health plans and provider organizations where it is free to members with diabetes or it is available directly to the person with diabetes where they cover the cost...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697119/when-guild-interests-and-professional-obligations-collide
#19
Howard Minkoff, Jeffrey Ecker
Physicians who work in medical organizations are called on to fulfill two roles: guild members who work to advance physician interests (eg, lobbying for tort reform) and professional society members who work to advance patient interests (eg, developing clinical guidelines). Most often, physicians' self-interest and their interest in patient well-being align. When they do not, members of a guild or profession may justify the prioritization of self-interest with a form of motivated reasoning (a process wherein physicians weigh data differently depending on whether it supports their a priori beliefs)...
August 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697116/risk-factors-for-emergency-department-visits-after-hysterectomy-for-benign-disease
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Nichole Mahnert, Neil Kamdar, Courtney S Lim, Bethany Skinner, Afton Hassett, Keith E Kocher, Daniel M Morgan, Sawsan As-Sanie
OBJECTIVE: To identify the incidence, indications, and risk factors for emergency department visits that do not result in readmission within 30 days of hysterectomy for benign disease. METHODS: We conducted a secondary data analysis of hysterectomies for benign disease using the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, a statewide group of hospitals that voluntarily reports perioperative outcomes. Hysterectomies for benign disease were abstracted from January 1, 2013, to July 2, 2014...
August 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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