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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058038/drug-drug-interactions-and-their-harmful-effects-in-hospitalised-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Wu Yi Zheng, L C Richardson, L Li, R O Day, J I Westbrook, M T Baysari
PURPOSE: Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) are often avoidable and, if undetected, can lead to patient harm. This review aimed to determine the prevalence of potential DDIs (pDDIs), clinically relevant DDIs (DDIs that could lead to measurable patient harm, taking into account the patient's individual clinical profile) and DDIs that resulted in actual patient harm during hospitalisation. METHOD: Four databases were scanned for English papers published from 2000 to 2016...
October 23, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057842/qualitative-studies-of-infant-and-young-child-feeding-in-lower-income-countries-a-systematic-review-and-synthesis-of-dietary-patterns
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Alessandra N Bazzano, Aiko Kaji, Erica Felker-Kantor, Lydia A Bazzano, Kaitlin S Potts
Continued high rates of both under- and over-nutrition in low- and low-middle-income countries highlight the importance of understanding dietary practices such as early and exclusive breastfeeding, and dietary patterns such as timely, appropriate complementary feeding-these behaviors are rooted in complex cultural ecologies. A systematic review and synthesis of available qualitative research related to infant and young child dietary patterns and practices from the perspective of parents and families in low income settings is presented, with a focus on barriers and facilitators to achieving international recommendations...
October 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057176/the-effect-of-conversion-from-a-calcineurin-inhibitor-to-sirolimus-on-skin-cancer-reduction-in-post-renal-transplantation-patients
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Aaron Smith, Wei Niu, Anand Desai
In kidney transplant patients, skin cancer is the most commonly involved neoplasm. More than 90% of post-transplantation skin cancers are nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSCs). The majority of them are squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas. Calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) such as cyclosporine and tacrolimus are immunosuppressive agents given after solid organ transplantation, but they can also promote tumor growth. Sirolimus is a novel class of immunosuppressants and has been proven to have antineoplastic properties...
August 13, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056603/interpreting-diagnostic-tests-with-continuous-results-and-no-gold-standard-a-common-scenario-explained-using-the-tuberculin-skin-test
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Claudia C Dobler, M Hassan Murad
Practitioners of evidence-based medicine commonly encounter diagnostic tests with continuous results and no gold standard. In contrast, the traditional critical appraisal teachings assume a binary test (2×2 table) with a gold standard. In this guide, we use the example of the tuberculin skin test to illustrate a simple approach facilitated by using stratum-specific likelihood ratios and odds of developing future patient-important events. This approach can aid practitioners in the interpretation and application of diagnostic tests to patient care...
October 22, 2017: Evidence-based Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056362/critical-appraisal-of-pathology-transmission-in-the-%C3%AE-synuclein-fibril-model-of-lewy-body-disorders
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Negin Nouraei, Daniel M Mason, Kristin M Miner, Michael A Carcella, Tarun N Bhatia, Benjamin K Dumm, Dishaben Soni, David A Johnson, Kelvin C Luk, Rehana K Leak
Lewy body disorders are characterized by the emergence of α-synucleinopathy in many parts of the central and peripheral nervous systems, including in the telencephalon. Dense α-synuclein(+) pathology appears in regio inferior of the hippocampus in both Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies and may disturb cognitive function. The preformed α-synuclein fibril model of Parkinson's disease is growing in use, given its potential for seeding the self-propagating spread of α-synucleinopathy throughout the mammalian brain...
October 19, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052691/discontinuing-inappropriate-medication-use-in-nursing-home-residents-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hans Wouters, Jessica Scheper, Hedi Koning, Chris Brouwer, Jos W Twisk, Helene van der Meer, Froukje Boersma, Sytse U Zuidema, Katja Taxis
Background: Inappropriate prescribing is a well-known clinical problem in nursing home residents, but few interventions have focused on reducing inappropriate medication use. Objective: To examine successful discontinuation of inappropriate medication use and to improve prescribing in nursing home residents. Design: Pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial, with clustering by elder care physicians and their wards. (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01876095)...
October 10, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050063/-update-in-obstetric-anesthesia-tried-and-trusted-methods-controversies-and-new-perspectives-part-1
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Peter Kranke, Thorsten Annecke, Dorothee H Bremerich, Daniel Chappell, Thierry Girard, Wiebke Gogarten, Robert Hanß, Lutz Kaufner, Sophie Neuhaus, Tobias Ninke, Thomas Standl, Stefan Weber, Yvonne Jelting, Thomas Volk
Since 1975, a plethora of lectures within the context of annual meetings relevant for the clinical care has been summarized in "what's new in obstetric anesthesia" by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology which can be recommended to everyone interested in anaesthesiology in the delivery room. After the death of Gerard W. Ostheimer, Professor of Anaesthesiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, it became renamed the Gerard W. Ostheimer "what's new in obstetric anesthesia" lecture to honor his contributions to regional anesthesia and obstetric anaesthesia...
October 2017: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047381/a-critical-appraisal-of-guidelines-used-for-management-of-severe-acute-malnutrition-in-south-africa-s-referral-system
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Faith Nankasa Mambulu-Chikankheni, John Eyles, Ejemai Amaize Eboreime, Prudence Ditlopo
BACKGROUND: Focusing on healthcare referral processes for children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in South Africa, this paper discusses the comprehensiveness of documents (global and national) that guide the country's SAM healthcare. This research is relevant because South African studies on SAM mostly examine the implementation of WHO guidelines in hospitals, making their technical relevance to the country's lower level and referral healthcare system under-explored. METHODS: To add to both literature and methods for studying SAM healthcare, we critically appraised four child healthcare guidelines (global and national) and conducted complementary expert interviews (n = 5)...
October 18, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045909/an-integrative-review-of-graduate-transition-programmes-developmental-considerations-for-nursing-management
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Shannon Bakon, Judy Craft, Lisa Wirihana, Martin Christensen, Jennie Barr, Lily Tsai
Graduate transition programmes have been developed to recruit new nursing staff and facilitate an effective transition from nursing student to Registered Nurse within the clinical environment. Therefore the aim of this paper was to explore the various elements included in nursing graduate transition programmes. An integrative review was undertaken incorporating a strict inclusion criterion, critical appraisal, and thematic analysis of 30 studies. There are numerous transition programmes available yet there remains a lack of transparency regarding their aims/objectives, course content, support timeframe and the type of support provided...
October 10, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045513/dpyd-genotype-guided-dose-individualization-to-improve-patient-safety-of-fluoropyrimidine-therapy-call-for-a-drug-label-update
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L M Henricks, F L Opdam, J H Beijnen, A Cats, J H M Schellens
The fluoropyrimidine anticancer drugs, especially 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and capecitabine, are frequently prescribed for several types of cancer, including breast, colorectal, head and neck and gastric cancer. In the current drug labels of 5-FU and capecitabine in the European Union and the United States of America no adaptive dosing strategies are incorporated for polymorphic metabolism of 5-FU.Although treatment with fluoropyrimidines is generally well tolerated, a major clinical limitation is that a proportion of the treated population experiences severe, sometimes life-threatening, fluoropyrimidine-related toxicity...
August 2, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043884/guselkumab-for-psoriasis-a-critical-appraisal-of-phase-iii-studies
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Zenas Zn Yiu, Richard B Warren
Biologic therapies have raised the frontiers of accepted treatment efficacy for severe psoriasis. Guselkumab is an IgG1 monoclonal antibody that binds to the p19 subunit and inhibits IL-23. In three Phase III randomized, active comparator and placebo controlled trials, guselkumab demonstrated superior efficacy and a comparable safety profile when assessed against adalimumab and ustekinumab. Critical appraisal highlighted uncertainties over risk of bias from missing details in the trial publications that would be overcome with the provision of accompanying trial protocols, as well as the need for a head-to-head trial against an IL-17 inhibitor...
October 18, 2017: Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043582/triclosan-coated-sutures-and-surgical-site-infection-in-abdominal-surgery-the-tristan-review-meta-analysis-and-trial-sequential-analysis
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N A Henriksen, E B Deerenberg, L Venclauskas, R H Fortelny, J M Garcia-Alamino, M Miserez, F E Muysoms
INTRODUCTION: Surgical site infection (SSI) is a frequent complication of abdominal surgery causing increased morbidity. Triclosan-coated sutures are recommended to reduce SSI. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCT) comparing the rate of SSI in abdominal surgery when using triclosan-coated or uncoated sutures for fascial closure. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted using Medline, EMBASE, the Cochrane library, CINAHL, Scopus and Web of Science including publications until August 2017...
October 17, 2017: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042760/a-scoping-review-of-crisis-teams-managing-dementia-in-older-people
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Amy Streater, Donna Maria Coleston-Shields, Jennifer Yates, Miriam Stanyon, Martin Orrell
BACKGROUND: Research on crisis teams for older adults with dementia is limited. This scoping review aimed to 1) conduct a systematic literature review reporting on the effectiveness of crisis interventions for older people with dementia and 2) conduct a scoping survey with dementia crisis teams mapping services across England to understand operational procedures and identify what is currently occurring in practice. METHODS: For the systematic literature review, included studies were graded using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme checklist...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042370/mandated-reporters-experiences-with-reporting-child-maltreatment-a-meta-synthesis-of-qualitative-studies
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Jill R McTavish, Melissa Kimber, Karen Devries, Manuela Colombini, Jennifer C D MacGregor, C Nadine Wathen, Arnav Agarwal, Harriet L MacMillan
OBJECTIVE: To systematically search for research about the effectiveness of mandatory reporting of child maltreatment and to synthesise qualitative research that explores mandated reporters' (MRs) experiences with reporting. DESIGN: As no studies assessing the effectiveness of mandatory reporting were retrieved from our systematic search, we conducted a meta-synthesis of retrieved qualitative research. Searches in Medline (Ovid), Embase, PsycINFO, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Sociological Abstracts, Education Resources Information Center, Criminal Justice Abstracts and Cochrane Library yielded over 6000 citations, which were deduplicated and then screened by two independent reviewers...
October 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042299/non-pharmacological-interventions-for-spasticity-in-adults-an-overview-of-systematic-reviews
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Fary Khan, Bhasker Amatya, Djamel Bensmail, Alain Yelnik
OBJECTIVES: Spasticity causes significant long-term disability-burden, requiring comprehensive management. This review evaluates evidence from published systematic reviews of clinical trials for effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions for improved spasticity outcomes. METHODS: Data sources: A literature search was conducted using medical and health science electronic (MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PubMed, and the Cochrane Library) databases for published systematic reviews up to 15(th) June 2017...
October 14, 2017: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042287/the-genus-lycium-as-food-and-medicine-a-botanical-ethnobotanical-and-historical-review
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Ruyu Yao, Michael Heinrich, Caroline S Weckerle
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Lycium is widely distributed in the arid to semi-arid environments of North and South America, Africa, and Eurasia. In recent years, Lycium barbarum and L. chinense have been advertised as "superfood" with healthy properties. Despite of its popularity, there is a lack of an integrated and critical appraisal of the existing evidence for the use of Lycium. AIM OF THE STUDY: There is a need to understand: 1) Which species were used and how the uses of Lycium developed spatially and over time, 2) how uses differ among regions with different culture backgrounds, and 3) how traditional and current therapeutic and preventive health claims correlate with pharmacological findings...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039850/systematic-review-disease-activity-indices-in-eosinophilic-esophagitis
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Marijn J Warners, Pieter Hindryckx, Barrett G Levesque, Claire E Parker, Lisa M Shackelton, Reena Khanna, William J Sandborn, Geert R D'Haens, Brian G Feagan, Albert J Bredenoord, Vipul Jairath
OBJECTIVES: There is no clear consensus regarding the most appropriate measure(s) of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) disease activity. We aimed to identify all scoring indices used for the measurement of disease activity in EoE, appraise their operating properties, and discuss their value as outcome measures. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE, and CENTRAL (The Cochrane library) were searched from inception to 11 May 2016. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs), cohort, case-control, and cross-sectional studies that reported outcomes to measure EoE disease activity or response to treatment were eligible...
October 17, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038868/the-global-spine-care-initiative-a-review-of-reviews-and-recommendations-for-the-non-invasive-management-of-acute-osteoporotic-vertebral-compression-fracture-pain-in-low-and-middle-income-communities
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Arthur Ameis, Kristi Randhawa, Hainan Yu, Pierre Côté, Scott Haldeman, Roger Chou, Eric L Hurwitz, Margareta Nordin, Jessica J Wong, Heather M Shearer, Anne Taylor-Vaisey
PURPOSE: The purpose of this review was to develop recommendations for non-invasive management of pain due to osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCF) that could be applied in medically underserved areas and low- and middle-income countries. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and best evidence synthesis of systematic reviews on the non-invasive management of OVCF. Eligible reviews were critically appraised using the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network criteria...
October 16, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035966/effectiveness-of-rifampicin-chemoprophylaxis-in-preventing-leprosy-in-patient-contacts-a-systematic-review-of-quantitative-and-qualitative-evidence
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Silvana Margarida Benevides Ferreira, Tatiana Yonekura, Eliane Ignotti, Larissa Bertacchini de Oliveira, Juliana Takahashi, Cassia Baldini Soares
BACKGROUND: Individuals in contact with patients who have leprosy have an increased risk of disease exposure, which reinforces the need for chemoprophylactic measures, such as the use of rifampicin. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the review was to synthesize the best available evidence regarding the effectiveness of rifampicin chemoprophylaxis for contacts with patients with leprosy, and to synthesize the best available evidence on the experience and acceptability of rifampicin chemoprophylaxis as reported by the contacts and health professionals involved in the treatment of leprosy or Hansen's disease...
October 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034599/process-and-impact-of-dialectical-behaviour-therapy-a-systematic-review-of-perceptions-of-clients-with-a-diagnosis-of-borderline-personality-disorder
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Hannah Little, Anna Tickle, Roshan das Nair
PURPOSE: To identify, appraise, and synthesize findings from qualitative studies of individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder who have experienced dialectical behaviour therapy, to gain further understanding of their perceptions of the process and impact of therapy. METHODS: We conducted a comprehensive systematic search of the literature from several online databases, and appraised them using an adapted version of the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme tool...
October 16, 2017: Psychology and Psychotherapy
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