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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545063/financial-distress-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Cécile Barbaret, Christelle Brosse, Wadih Rhondali, Murielle Ruer, Léa Monsarrat, Patrick Michaud, Anne Marie Schott, Marvin Delgado-Guay, Eduardo Bruera, Stéphane Sanchez, Marilène Filbet
PURPOSE: We examined the frequency and severity of financial distress (FD) and its association with quality of life (QOL) and symptoms among patients with advanced cancer in France. DESIGN: In this cross-sectional study, 143 patients with advanced cancer were enrolled. QOL was assessed using the Functional Assessment of Cancer General (FACT-G) and symptoms assessed using Edmonton Assessment System (ESAS) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). FD was assessed using a self-rated numeric scale from 0 to 10...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544796/skin-in-the-game-does-paying-for-obesity-treatment-out-of-pocket-lead-to-better-outcomes-compared-to-insurance-coverage
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Jamy D Ard, Matt Emery, Miranda Cook, Erica Hale, Annette Frain, Kristina H Lewis, Eunyoung Song
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether insurance coverage for medical weight loss treatment was associated with different program engagement and weight loss outcomes compared to those who paid out of pocket. METHODS: One-year outcomes from an academic medical weight management program were used to compare two groups: employees (n = 480) with insurance coverage ("covered") versus nonemployees (n = 463) who paid out of pocket ("self-pay"). Demographics and weight were abstracted from medical records...
June 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542677/association-of-previous-clinical-breast-examination-with-reduced-delays-and-earlier-stage-breast-cancer-diagnosis-among-women-in-peru
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Anya Romanoff, Tara Hayes Constant, Kay M Johnson, Manuel Cedano Guadiamos, Ana María Burga Vega, Joseph Zunt, Benjamin O Anderson
Importance: Mammographic screening is impractical in most of the world where breast cancers are first identified based on clinical signs and symptoms. Clinical breast examination may improve early diagnosis directly by finding breast cancers at earlier stages or indirectly by heightening women's awareness of breast health concerns. Objective: To investigate factors that influence time to presentation and stage at diagnosis among patients with breast cancer to determine whether history of previous clinical breast examination is associated with earlier presentation and/or earlier cancer stage at diagnosis...
May 25, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542065/data-for-community-health-assessment-in-rural-colorado-a-comparison-of-electronic-health-records-to-public-health-surveys-to-describe-childhood-obesity
#4
Margaret J Gutilla, Arthur J Davidson, Matthew F Daley, G Brooke Anderson, Julie A Marshall, Sheryl Magzamen
CONTEXT: Community-level data are necessary to inform community health assessments and to plan for appropriate interventions. However, data derived from public health surveys may be limited or unavailable in rural locations. OBJECTIVE: We compared 2 sources of data for community health assessment in rural Colorado, electronic health records (EHRs) and routine public health surveys. DESIGN: Comparison of cross-sectional measures of childhood/youth obesity prevalence and data quality...
July 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538332/examining-drivers-of-health-care-spending-evidence-on-self-referral-among-a-privately-insured-population
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Jean M Mitchell, James D Reschovsky, Roy J Film, Luisa Franzini
BACKGROUND: Despite the enactment of laws to restrict the practice of self-referral, exceptions in these prohibitions have enabled these arrangements to persist and proliferate. Most research documenting the effects of self-referral arrangements analyzed claims records from Medicare beneficiaries. Empirical evidence documenting the effects of self-referral on use of services and spending incurred by persons with private insurance is sparse. OBJECTIVES: We analyzed health insurance claims records from a large private insurer in Texas to evaluate the effects of physician self-referral arrangements involving physical therapy on the treatment of patients with frozen shoulder syndrome, elbow tendinopathy or tendinitis, and patellofemoral pain syndrome...
May 19, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535772/rural-urban-difference-in-the-use-of-annual-physical-examination-among-seniors-in-shandong-china-a-cross-sectional-study
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Dandan Ge, Jie Chu, Chengchao Zhou, Yangyang Qian, Li Zhang, Long Sun
BACKGROUND: Regular physical examination contributes to early detection and timely treatment, which is helpful in promoting healthy behaviors and preventing diseases. The objective of this study is to compare the annual physical examination (APE) use between rural and urban elderly in China. METHODS: A total of 3,922 participants (60+) were randomly selected from three urban districts and three rural counties in Shandong Province, China, and were interviewed using a standardized questionnaire...
May 23, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535717/association-of-wage-with-employee-participation-in-health-assessments-and-biometric-screening
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Bruce W Sherman, Carol Addy
PURPOSE: To understand differences in health risk assessment (HRA) and biometric screening participation rates among benefits-enrolled employees in association with wage category. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of employee eligibility file and health benefits (wellness and claims) data. SETTING: Data from self-insured employers participating in the RightOpt private exchange (Conduent HR Services) during 2014. PARTICIPANTS: Active employees from 4 companies continuously enrolled in health insurance for which wage data were available...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532470/health-care-professionals-attitudes-towards-evidence-based-medicine-in-the-workers-compensation-setting-a-cohort-study
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Nieke A Elbers, Robin Chase, Ashley Craig, Lyn Guy, Ian A Harris, James W Middleton, Michael K Nicholas, Trudy Rebbeck, John Walsh, Simon Willcock, Keri Lockwood, Ian D Cameron
BACKGROUND: Problems may arise during the approval process of treatment after a compensable work injury, which include excess paperwork, delays in approving services, disputes, and allegations of over-servicing. This is perceived as undesirable for injured people, health care professionals and claims managers, and costly to the health care system, compensation system, workplaces and society. Introducing an Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) decision tool in the workers' compensation system could provide a partial solution, by reducing uncertainty about effective treatment...
May 22, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528078/change-in-hemoglobin-a1c-one-year-following-the-2014-american-diabetes-association-guideline-update
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G Todd Alonso, Laura Pyle, Brigitte Frohnert
AIMS: In June 2014, the American Diabetes Association lowered recommended hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) targets from <8.5% (69mmol/mol) for children <6years of age and from <8.0% (64mmol/mol) for children 6-12years of age to <7.5% (58mmol/mol). Lower target HbA1c may lead to better glycemic control but could increase the risk of severe hypoglycemia. METHODS: Patients with type 1 diabetes >1year duration, age 0-12years and seen in our center between January 1 and June 30, 2014 or between January 1 and June 30, 2015 were included...
May 10, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526003/the-basic-research-factors-questionnaire-for-studying-early-childhood-caries
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Judith Albino, Tamanna Tiwari, Stuart A Gansky, Michelle M Henshaw, Judith C Barker, Angela G Brega, Steven E Gregorich, Brenda Heaton, Terrence S Batliner, Belinda Borrelli, Paul Geltman, Nancy R Kressin, Jane A Weintraub, Tracy L Finlayson, Raul I Garcia
BACKGROUND: We describe development of the Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Basic Research Factors Questionnaire (BRFQ), a battery of measures assessing common potential predictors, mediators, and moderators of ECC. Individual-, family-, and community-level factors that are linked to oral health outcomes across at-risk populations are included. Developing standard measures of factors implicated in ECC has the potential to enhance our ability to understand mechanisms underlying successful prevention and to develop more effective interventions...
May 19, 2017: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521847/citrus-consumption-and-incident-dementia-in-elderly-japanese-the-ohsaki-cohort-2006-study
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Shu Zhang, Yasutake Tomata, Kemmyo Sugiyama, Yumi Sugawara, Ichiro Tsuji
Although some experimental biological studies have indicated that citrus may have preventive effects against cognitive impairment, no cohort study has yet examined the relationship between citrus consumption and incident dementia. In a baseline survey, we collected data on daily citrus intake (categorised as ≤2, 3-4 times/week or almost every day) and consumption of other foods using a FFQ, and used a self-reported questionnaire to collect data on other covariates. Data on incident dementia were retrieved from the Japanese Long-term Care Insurance database...
May 19, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515272/racial-disparities-in-neurologic-health-care-access-and-utilization-in-the-united-states
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Altaf Saadi, David U Himmelstein, Steffie Woolhandler, Nicte I Mejia
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate racial and ethnic differences in the utilization of neurologic care across a wide range of neurologic conditions in the United States. METHODS: We analyzed nationally representative data from the 2006-2013 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), including information on demographics, patient-reported health conditions, neurology visit rates, and costs. Using diagnostic codes, we identified persons with any self-identified neurologic disorder except back pain, as well as 5 subgroups (Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, headache, cerebrovascular disease, and epilepsy)...
May 17, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515140/three-year-impacts-of-the-affordable-care-act-improved-medical-care-and-health-among-low-income-adults
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Benjamin D Sommers, Bethany Maylone, Robert J Blendon, E John Orav, Arnold M Epstein
Major policy uncertainty continues to surround the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at both the state and federal levels. We assessed changes in health care use and self-reported health after three years of the ACA's coverage expansion, using survey data collected from low-income adults through the end of 2016 in three states: Kentucky, which expanded Medicaid; Arkansas, which expanded private insurance to low-income adults using the federal Marketplace; and Texas, which did not expand coverage. We used a difference-in-differences model with a control group and an instrumental variables model to provide individual-level estimates of the effects of gaining insurance...
May 17, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511946/national-incidence-of-patient-safety-indicators-in-the-total-hip-arthroplasty-population
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Joseph E Tanenbaum, Derrick M Knapik, Glenn D Wera, Steven J Fitzgerald
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services use the incidence of patient safety indicators (PSIs) to determine health care value and hospital reimbursement. The national incidence of PSI has not been quantified in the total hip arthroplasty (THA) population, and it is unknown if patient insurance status is associated with PSI incidence after THA. METHODS: All patients in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) who underwent THA in 2013 were identified using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511896/-changes-in-the-prevalence-of-statin-use-in-germany-findings-from-national-health-interview-and-examination-surveys-1997-1999-and-2008-2011
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Hildtraud C Knopf, Markus A Busch, Yong Du, Julia Truthmann, Anja Schienkiewitz, Christa Scheidt-Nave
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based guideline recommendations on lipid lowering drug treatment, in particular statin treatment, play an essential role in the management of dyslipidemias and in the prevention of cardiovascular disease events. In Germany, statutory health insurance data provide information on time trends in the prescription of lipid lowering drugs. However, population-based data regarding changes in user prevalence according to socio-demographic and health-related characteristics are lacking...
May 13, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508184/nationwide-cross-sectional-adherence-to-mammography-screening-guidelines-national-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-survey-results
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Anand Narayan, Alexander Fischer, Zihe Zhang, Ryan Woods, Elizabeth Morris, Susan Harvey
PURPOSE: Varying recommendations about breast cancer screening have generated much confusion about when and how often to undergo mammography screening, yet there is limited population-based data about the extent to which patients adhere to various mammographic screening guidelines in practice. Our purpose was to evaluate population-based adherence to mammographic screening using criteria from major guideline-producing organizations. METHODS: Women aged 40-74 in the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey were included...
May 15, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506270/predictors-of-preferred-location-of-care-in-middle-aged-individuals-of-a-municipality-in-japan-a-cross-sectional-survey
#17
Kentaro Sugimoto, Masayo Kashiwagi, Nanako Tamiya
BACKGROUND: Japan has the highest rate of aging. To contain Long-Term Care (LTC) Insurance costs, the Japanese government is attempting to increase the proportion of individuals receiving home care services. However, demand for institutional care is increasing. These circumstances will decrease the sustainability of the LTC Insurance System. The objective of the present study was to identify predictors of the location of preference for LTC (home or a facility) in middle-aged individuals in a municipality...
May 15, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506018/return-to-work-predictors-of-stroke-survivors-and-their-spousal-caregivers
#18
Celia H Schulz, Kyler M Godwin, Gayle I Hersch, Leslie K Hyde, Jocelyn J Irabor, Sharon K Ostwald
BACKGROUND: Return to work is an issue of concern for stroke survivors and their spouses. Ramifications may include loss of income and self-efficacy. OBJECTIVE: This study describes the return to work patterns of stroke survivors and their spousal caregivers post stroke. METHODS: One hundred fifty-nine dyads were examined for their return to work patterns at baseline (post hospital discharge) and then at 3 month intervals for one year. Relationships were determined between work and gender, age, ethnicity, education, type of insurance, type of stroke, location of stroke, motor and cognitive functional status, depression, mutuality, and life satisfaction...
May 6, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505140/self-management-group-exercise-extends-healthy-life-expectancy-in-frail-community-dwelling-older-adults
#19
Minoru Yamada, Hidenori Arai
Preventing frailty and its adverse health outcomes is crucial in countries with a large elderly population, such as Japan. Since the long-term care insurance (LTCI) system was launched, the number of certified older adults with LTCI service requirement has continued to increase. This is a serious problem, because the LTCI service requirement certification is equivalent to disability. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a self-management group intervention on new LTCI service requirement certifications in community-dwelling older adults in Japan...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504112/potential-impact-of-a-volume-pledge-on-spatial-access-a-population-level-analysis-of-patients-undergoing-pancreatectomy
#20
Zhi Ven Fong, Andrew P Loehrer, Carlos Fernández-Del Castillo, Yanik J Bababekov, Ginger Jin, Cristina R Ferrone, Andrew L Warshaw, Lara N Traeger, Matthew M Hutter, Keith D Lillemoe, David C Chang
BACKGROUND: A minimum-volume policy restricting hospitals not meeting the threshold from performing complex operation may increase travel burden and decrease spatial access to operation. We aim to identify vulnerable populations that would be sensitive to an added travel burden. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of the database of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for patients undergoing pancreatectomy from 2005 to 2014...
May 11, 2017: Surgery
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