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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334581/a-gap-analysis-needs-assessment-tool-to-drive-a-care-delivery-and-research-agenda-for-integration-of-care-and-sharing-of-best-practices-across-a-health-system
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Sherita Hill Golden, Daniel Hager, Lois J Gould, Nestoras Mathioudakis, Peter J Pronovost
BACKGROUND: In a complex health system, it is important to establish a systematic and data-driven approach to identifying needs. The Diabetes Clinical Community (DCC) of Johns Hopkins Medicine's Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality developed a gap analysis tool and process to establish the system's current state of inpatient diabetes care. METHODS: The collectively developed tool assessed the following areas: program infrastructure; protocols, policies, and order sets; patient and health care professional education; and automated data access...
January 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333581/the-social-construction-of-fibromyalgia-as-a-health-problem-from-the-perspective-of-policies-professionals-and-patients
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Erica Briones-Vozmediano
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a painful chronic disease, suffered mainly by women, that consolidates a number of symptoms and skeletal muscle issues which are little understood. OBJECTIVES: To explore the social construction of FM from the perspective of health policies, patients, and health professionals involved in their medical attention. METHODS: I) Policy review of national and regional health plans in a national and international context, the clinical protocols for fibromyalgia in Spain, and the Parliamentary initials in the European and Spanish context; and ii) Qualitative study involving 28 personal interviews with 16 fibromyalgia patients and 12 interviews with health care professionals in Spain...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331972/safe-sleeping-positions-practice-and-policy-for-babies-with-cleft-palate
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Karen Davies, Iain A Bruce, Patricia Bannister, Peter Callery
Guidance recommends 'back to sleep' positioning for infants from birth in order to reduce the risk of sudden infant death. Exceptions have been made for babies with severe respiratory difficulties where lateral positioning may be recommended, although uncertainty exists for other conditions affecting the upper airway structures, such as cleft palate. This paper presents research of (i) current advice on sleep positioning provided to parents of infants with cleft palate in the UK; and (ii) decision making by clinical nurse specialists when advising parents of infants with cleft palate...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331043/world-health-organization-treatment-guidelines-for-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-2016-update
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Dennis Falzon, Holger J Schünemann, Elizabeth Harausz, Licé González-Angulo, Christian Lienhardt, Ernesto Jaramillo, Karin Weyer
Antimicrobial resistance is a major global concern. Tuberculosis (TB) strains resistant to rifampicin and other TB medicines challenge patient survival and public health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has published treatment guidelines for drug-resistant TB since 1997 and last updated them in 2016 based on reviews of aggregated and individual patient data from published and unpublished studies. An international expert panel formulated recommendations following the GRADE approach. The new WHO guidelines recommend a standardised 9-12 months shorter treatment regimen as first choice in patients with multidrug- or rifampicin-resistant TB (MDR/RR-TB) strains not resistant to fluoroquinolones or second-line injectable agents; resistance to these two classes of core second-line medicines is rapidly detectable with molecular diagnostics also approved by WHO in 2016...
March 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328372/psychiatric-genomics-and-mental-health-treatment-setting-the-ethical-agenda
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Camillia Kong, Michael Dunn, Michael Parker
Realizing the benefits of translating psychiatric genomics research into mental health care is not straightforward. The translation process gives rise to ethical challenges that are distinctive from challenges posed within psychiatric genomics research itself, or that form part of the delivery of clinical psychiatric genetics services. This article outlines and considers three distinct ethical concerns posed by the process of translating genomic research into frontline psychiatric practice and policy making...
April 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328086/recruitment-and-retention-of-low-ses-ethnic-minority-couples-in-intervention-research-at-the-transition-to-parenthood
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Katherine J W Baucom, Xiao S Chen, Nicholas S Perry, Kaddy Y Revolorio, Astrid Reina, Andrew Christensen
Low-SES couples have limited resources to manage the chronic and acute stressors with which they are disproportionately faced. Although these couples are at greater risk for negative individual and relationship outcomes, evaluations of the impact of couple relationship education (CRE) in low-SES couples have been plagued by methodological problems, most notably challenges associated with recruitment and retention. We review the literature on challenges couples face associated with low-SES, as well as on recruitment, retention, and CRE in low-SES, ethnic minority populations...
March 22, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327572/the-role-of-genetic-counsellors-in-genomic-healthcare-in-the-united-kingdom-a-statement-by-the-association-of-genetic-nurses-and-counsellors
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Anna Middleton, Peter Marks, Anita Bruce, Liwsi K Protheroe-Davies, Cath King, Oonagh Claber, Catherine Houghton, Claire Giffney, Rhona Macleod, Claire Dolling, Sue Kenwrick, Diana Scotcher, Georgina Hall, Christine Patch, Laura Boyes
In the United Kingdom, genetic counsellors work together with clinical geneticists and clinical scientist colleagues within specialist genetics services, but they also often work in multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) outside of such services. There, they contribute genetic knowledge together with expert understanding of how to communicate genetic information effectively. They can offer education and support to the MDT, while providing management advice for both affected patients and the extended at-risk family members...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321880/group-o-rbcs-where-is-universal-donor-blood-being-used
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R L Barty, M Pai, Y Liu, D M Arnold, R J Cook, M P Zeller, N M Heddle
BACKGROUND: There have been recurrent shortages of group O blood due to insufficient inventory and use of group O blood in ABO non-identical recipients. We performed a 12-year retrospective study to determine utilization of group O Rh-positive and Rh-negative red blood cells (RBCs) by recipient ABO group. Reasons for transfusing group O blood to ABO non-identical recipients were also assessed. METHODS: Utilization data from all group O Rh-positive and Rh-negative RBCs transfused at three academic hospitals between April 2002 and March 2014 were included...
March 20, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317644/the-biomarker-based-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-1-ethical-and-societal-issues
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Corinna Porteri, Emiliano Albanese, Charles Scerri, Maria C Carrillo, Heather M Snyder, Birgitta Martensson, Mark Baker, Ezio Giacobini, Marina Boccardi, Bengt Winblad, Giovanni B Frisoni, Samia Hurst
There is great interest in the use of biomarkers to assist in the timely identification of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in individuals with mild symptoms. However, the inclusion of AD biomarkers in clinical criteria poses socioethical challenges. The Geneva Task Force for the Roadmap of Alzheimer's Biomarkers was established to deliver a systematic strategic research agenda (aka roadmap) to promote efficient and effective validation of AD biomarkers and to foster their uptake in clinical practice. In this article, we summarize the workshop discussion of the Geneva Task Force "ethical and societal issues" working group, which comprised bioethicists, clinicians, health economists, and representatives of those affected by AD...
April 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315510/policies-for-reirradiation-of-recurrent-high-grade-gliomas-a-survey-among-italian-radiation-oncologists
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Carlo Furlan, Stefano Arcangeli, Michele Avanzo, Maria A Mirri, Fernando Munoz, Stefania Giudici, Antonio Perrone, Dante Amelio, Luigi Tomio, Loredana Draghini, Aniko M Deli, Giovanni Pavanato, Francesca M Giuliano, Antonio Pontoriero, Patrizia Ciammella, Pierina Navarria, Alberto Iannalfi, Michela Buglione, Cesare Guida, Silvia Cammelli, Vincenzo Iorio, Massimo Cardinali, Domenico Genovesi, Lucia Barsacchi, Mario Balducci, Rita Bagnoli, Franco Berti, Giampaolo Montesi, Francesco Pasqualetti, Paolo Bonome, Riccardo Santoni, Daniela Doino, Patrizia Schirru, Valentina Pinzi, Valentina Borzillo, Fabio Ferrarese, Marica Ferro, Luigi De Cicco, Marco Krengli, Silvia Scoccianti, Vittorio Donato
PURPOSE: To assess the contribution of Italian radiation oncologists in the current management of recurrent high-grade gliomas (HGG), focusing on a reirradiation (reRT) approach. METHODS: In 2015, the Reirradiation and the Central Nervous System Study Groups on behalf of the Italian Association of Radiation Oncology (AIRO) proposed a survey. All Italian radiation oncologists were individually invited to complete an online questionnaire regarding their clinical management of recurrent HGG, focusing on a reRT approach...
March 18, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315415/best-practices-in-relational-skills-training-for-medical-trainees-and-providers-an-essential-element-of-addressing-aces-and-promoting-resilience
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Eran Magen, Horace M DeLisser
Medical providers' ability to form strong therapeutic alliances with patients is an essential clinical skill that is associated with a higher quality of care and improved provider well being. However, comparatively few medical providers exhibit adequate relational skills, which serve to convey respect, communicate caring, and build trust between the medical provider and the patient. A growing number of medical training programs and continuing medical education programs have begun to incorporate relational skills training, but the results have been highly variable in terms of training methods and impact...
March 14, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314707/biometrics-and-policing-a-protocol-for-multichannel-sensor-data-collection-and-exploratory-analysis-of-contextualized-psychophysiological-response-during-law-enforcement-operations
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Robert D Furberg, Travis Taniguchi, Brian Aagaard, Alexa M Ortiz, Meghan Hegarty-Craver, Kristin H Gilchrist, Ty A Ridenour
BACKGROUND: Stress experienced by law enforcement officers is often extreme and is in many ways unique among professions. Although past research on officer stress is informative, it is limited, and most studies measure stress using self-report questionnaires or observational studies that have limited generalizability. We know of no research studies that have attempted to track direct physiological stress responses in high fidelity, especially within an operational police setting. The outcome of this project will have an impact on both practitioners and policing researchers...
March 17, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314484/impact-of-health-policy-and-practice-on-finding-the-best-fit-for-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-after-metformin-failure-croatian-pilot-study
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Maja Cigrovski Berković, Davorka Herman Mahečić, Marina Gradišer, Ines Bilić-Ćurčić
AIM: We assessed the impact of clinical practice and health policy on the choice and efficacy of different second-line therapies for the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) after failure of metformin. METHODS: This retrospective database analysis included 200 patients with a follow-up period of 6 months. The primary end-point was achievement of HbA1c <7% and fasting (FBG) and postprandial glucose levels (PPG) <7.2mmol/L and <10mmol/L, respectively after three and six months of different add-on treatments...
March 14, 2017: Primary Care Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306398/returning-results-let-s-be-honest
#14
Bernice S Elger, Eva De Clercq
Biobank research has the potential to return results that could have beneficial and even life-saving consequences for participants. This possibility raises some important questions, not only about the ethical duty to return results within a research setting, but also about participants' right to refuse results and researchers' responsibility to respect that choice. This article argues in favor of adopting a return-of-results policy that limits participants' ability to refuse clinically relevant and actionable results...
March 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303438/using-health-technology-assessment-to-assess-the-value-of-new-medicines-results-of-a-systematic-review-and-expert-consultation-across-eight-european-countries
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Aris Angelis, Ansgar Lange, Panos Kanavos
BACKGROUND: Although health technology assessment (HTA) systems base their decision making process either on economic evaluations or comparative clinical benefit assessment, a central aim of recent approaches to value measurement, including value based assessment and pricing, points towards the incorporation of supplementary evidence and criteria that capture additional dimensions of value. OBJECTIVE: To study the practices, processes and policies of value-assessment for new medicines across eight European countries and the role of HTA beyond economic evaluation and clinical benefit assessment...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302126/systematic-meta-review-of-supported-self-management-for-asthma-a-healthcare-perspective
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Hilary Pinnock, Hannah L Parke, Maria Panagioti, Luke Daines, Gemma Pearce, Eleni Epiphaniou, Peter Bower, Aziz Sheikh, Chris J Griffiths, Stephanie J C Taylor
BACKGROUND: Supported self-management has been recommended by asthma guidelines for three decades; improving current suboptimal implementation will require commitment from professionals, patients and healthcare organisations. The Practical Systematic Review of Self-Management Support (PRISMS) meta-review and Reducing Care Utilisation through Self-management Interventions (RECURSIVE) health economic review were commissioned to provide a systematic overview of supported self-management to inform implementation...
March 17, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301335/interdisciplinary-collaboration-in-maternal-mental-health
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Nancy Selix, Erin Henshaw, Alinne Barrera, Luba Botcheva, Erin Huie, Gabrielle Kaufman
One out of every five to seven births is affected by postpartum depression, making it the most common maternal health problem in the first year after childbirth. Early identification and treatment are essential, though screening and treatment rates are low. Factors that inhibit effective screening and treatment include lack of uniform screening policies in all maternal health settings, poor coordination of care between primary care and mental health services, coordination of community education efforts and resources, social stigma surrounding mental health treatment, and ineffective application of research and technology in the clinical setting...
March 15, 2017: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300985/family-health-teams-workers-in-rio-de-janeiro-leadership-aspects-in-a-study-on-organizational-climate
#18
Leda Jung Dos Santos, Maurício Sangama Paranhos
Organizational climate is understood as the formal or informal perception of policies, practices, actions and organizational procedures, and is a factor of influence in the efficiency of the results, as well as in the conduct of people that are part of an organization. This paper describes one of organizational climate realms, namely, leadership, comparing the strata of professional categories of the Family Health Teams in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Thus, an administrative-based survey was carried out with a sample of n = 9,590 people in 187 primary healthcare units (71 Family Clinics and 116 Municipal Health Centers)...
March 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297281/a-survey-on-table-tolerances-and-couch-overrides-in-radiotherapy
#19
Bonnie Chinsky, Rakesh Patel, Joshua Panfil, Murat Surucu, John C Roeske
The purpose of this study was to survey current departmental policies on treatment couch overrides and the values of table tolerances used clinically. A 25-question electronic survey on couch overrides and tolerances was sent to full members of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). The first part of the survey asked participants if table overrides were allowed at their institution, who was allowed to perform these overrides, and if imaging was required with overrides. The second part of the survey asked individuals to provide table tolerance data for the following treatment sites: brain/head and neck (H&N), lung, breast, abdomen/pelvis and prostate...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295894/cost-effectiveness-analysis-appraisal-and-application-an-emergency-medicine-perspective
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Michael D April, Brian P Murray
Cost-effectiveness is an important goal for emergency care delivery. The many diagnostic, treatment, and disposition decisions made in the emergency department (ED) have a significant impact upon healthcare resource utilization. Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) is an analytic tool to optimize these resource allocation decisions through the systematic comparison of costs and effects of alternative healthcare decisions. Yet few emergency medicine leaders and policy-makers have any formal training in CEA methodology...
March 10, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
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