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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449382/current-use-of-chromosomal-microarray-by-australian-paediatricians-and-implications-for-the-implementation-of-next-generation-sequencing
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Victoria McKay, Daryl Efron, Elizabeth E Palmer, Susan M White, Chris Pearson, Margie Danchin
AIM: Chromosomal microarray (CMA) is an important diagnostic test for children with multiple congenital anomalies or certain developmental behavioural problems suggestive of an underlying genetic diagnosis. However, there are medical and ethical complexities to its use and few Australian policies to guide practice. We aimed to describe the current practice of Australian paediatricians in relation to CMA testing. We hypothesised that there are knowledge gaps in their use of CMA. METHODS: Online survey completed between September 2015 and January 2016 by paediatricians in secondary care settings...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449225/transfusion-research-priorities-for-blood-services-in-sub-saharan-africa
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REVIEW
Imelda Bates, Oliver Hassall, Tonderai Mapako
Evidence to support many blood transfusion policies and practices in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is weak or lacking. SSA cannot extrapolate from wealthy countries' research findings because its environment, users and structures are very different and SSA has critical blood shortages. SSA needs to generate its own evidence but research funds are very scarce and need to be carefully targeted to match need. This study aimed to define this need by determining research priorities for blood services in SSA. Thirty-five stakeholders representing diverse blood services' interests and expertise participated in a workshop...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446102/how-much-is-enough-using-delphi-to-explore-the-clinical-contact-time-and-return-to-practice-needs-of-military-nurses
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Gary Kenward, Scott Marshall, Karen Irvine
Aim Military nurses are required to deploy worldwide at any time to support British forces. They must maintain military and clinical skills, and fulfil other military commitments as required. These diverse responsibilities make it challenging for military nurses to maintain the level of clinical expertise they require for short-notice deployments. A service evaluation was conducted to investigate issues related to clinical contact time (CCT) and to return to practice (RTP) for military nurses. Method A consultative approach was taken in the form of a modified Delphi study, followed by a military judgement panel (focus group)...
April 27, 2017: Nursing Management (Harrow)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445806/patient-engagement-at-the-margins-health-care-providers-assessments-of-engagement-and-the-structural-determinants-of-health-in-the-safety-net
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Mark D Fleming, Janet K Shim, Irene Yen, Ariana Thompson-Lastad, Sara Rubin, Meredith Van Natta, Nancy J Burke
Increasing "patient engagement" has become a priority for health care organizations and policy-makers seeking to reduce cost and improve the quality of care. While concepts of patient engagement have proliferated rapidly across health care settings, little is known about how health care providers make use of these concepts in clinical practice. This paper uses 20 months of ethnographic and interview research carried out from 2015 to 2016 to explore how health care providers working at two public, urban, safety-net hospitals in the United States define, discuss, and assess patient engagement...
April 20, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445324/nurse-practitioner-physician-comanagement-of-primary-care-patients-the-promise-of-a-new-delivery-care-model-to-improve-quality-of-care
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Allison Andreno Norful, Kyleen Swords, Mickaela Marichal, Hwayoung Cho, Lusine Poghosyan
BACKGROUND: The U.S. primary care system is under tremendous strain to deliver care to an increased volume of patients with a concurrent primary care physician shortage. Nurse practitioner (NP)-physician comanagement of primary care patients has been proposed by some policy makers to help alleviate this strain. To date, no collective evidence demonstrates the effects of NP-physician comanagement in primary care. PURPOSE: This is the first review to synthesize all available studies that compare the effects of NP-physician comanagement to an individual physician managing primary care...
April 25, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443945/-sex-and-gender-equity-in-research-rationale-for-the-sager-guidelines-and-recommended-use
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Shirin Heidari, Thomas F Babor, Paola De Castro, Sera Tort, Mirjam Curno
BACKGROUND: Sex and gender differences are often overlooked in research design, study implementation and scientific reporting, as well as in general science communication. This oversight limits the generalizability of research findings and their applicability to clinical practice, in particular for women but also for men. This article describes the rationale for an international set of guidelines to encourage a more systematic approach to the reporting of sex and gender in research across disciplines...
April 20, 2017: Epidemiologia e Servicos de Saude: Revista do Sistema Unico de Saude do Brasil
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442231/case-control-vaccine-effectiveness-studies-preparation-design-and-enrollment-of-cases-and-controls
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REVIEW
Jennifer R Verani, Abdullah H Baqui, Claire V Broome, Thomas Cherian, Cheryl Cohen, Jennifer L Farrar, Daniel R Feikin, Michelle J Groome, Rana A Hajjeh, Hope L Johnson, Shabir A Madhi, Kim Mulholland, Katherine L O'Brien, Umesh D Parashar, Manish M Patel, Laura C Rodrigues, Mathuram Santosham, J Anthony Scott, Peter G Smith, Halvor Sommerfelt, Jacqueline E Tate, J Chris Victor, Cynthia G Whitney, Anita K Zaidi, Elizabeth R Zell
Case-control studies are commonly used to evaluate effectiveness of licensed vaccines after deployment in public health programs. Such studies can provide policy-relevant data on vaccine performance under 'real world' conditions, contributing to the evidence base to support and sustain introduction of new vaccines. However, case-control studies do not measure the impact of vaccine introduction on disease at a population level, and are subject to bias and confounding, which may lead to inaccurate results that can misinform policy decisions...
April 22, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441153/discharge-criteria-for-the-late-preterm-infant-a-review-of-the-literature
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Jenny M Quinn, Marteen Sparks, Sheila M Gephart
BACKGROUND: Standardized late preterm infant (LPI) discharge criteria ensure best practice and help guide the neonatal provider to determine the appropriate level of care following birth. However, the location can vary from the well newborn setting to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). PURPOSE: The purpose of this review is to examine differences in LPI discharge criteria between the well newborn setting and the NICU by answering the clinical questions, "What are the recommended discharge criteria for the LPI and do they differ if admitted to the well newborn setting versus the NICU?" SEARCH STRATEGY: Databases searched include CINAHL, TRIP, PubMed, and the Cochrane Library...
April 24, 2017: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440969/evolution-of-cancer-registration-combining-online-reporting-with-follow-up-in-the-community-practices-in-guangzhou-china
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Huazhang Liu, Guozhen Lin, Ke Li, Haiyuan Ding, Huan Xu, Yan Li, Hang Dong, Shaofang Song
Background: An efficient registration system with accurate and timely information on cancer incidence and mortality is key to development of policies to prevent and control cancer. A traditional registration system usually needs 3-4 years to collect data and publish a cancer report. However, researchers, policymakers and healthcare professionals need to know the latest cancer registration data quickly. Methods: A computer system has been operating with cases reported online by hospitals and followed up in communities at the Cancer Registry of Guangzhou (CRG) since 2008...
May 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440543/registered-nurses-perceptions-regarding-nurse-led-antiretroviral-therapy-initiation-in-hhohho-region-swaziland
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A H Mavhandu-Mudzusi, P T Sandy, A Hettema
BACKGROUND: Swaziland has the highest HIV prevalence globally. It faces a critical shortage of health workers for addressing the HIV pandemic. To curb this human resource challenge, Swaziland adopted a nurse-driven model for antiretroviral therapy delivery in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organization on task shifting. OBJECTIVE: The study explored the perceptions of registered nurses on the nurse-led antiretroviral therapy initiation programme in the Hhohho region of Swaziland (NARTIS)...
April 25, 2017: International Nursing Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439716/antipsychotic-prescribing-to-patients-diagnosed-with-dementia-without-a-diagnosis-of-psychosis-in-the-context-of-national-guidance-and-drug-safety-warnings-longitudinal-study-in-uk-general-practice
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S Jill Stocks, Evangelos Kontopantelis, Roger T Webb, Anthony J Avery, Alistair Burns, Darren M Ashcroft
INTRODUCTION: Policy interventions to address inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to older people diagnosed with dementia are commonplace. In the UK, warnings were issued by the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in 2004, 2009 and 2012 and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance was published in 2006. It is important to evaluate the impact of such interventions. METHODS: We analysed routinely collected primary-care data from 111,346 patients attending one of 689 general practices contributing to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink to describe the temporal changes in the prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to patients aged 65 years or over diagnosed with dementia without a concomitant psychosis diagnosis from 2001 to 2014 using an interrupted time series and a before-and-after design...
April 24, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439490/watch-and-wait-policy-in-advanced-neuroendocrine-tumors-what-does-it-mean
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EDITORIAL
Nicola Fazio
Neuroendocrine neoplasms (NENs) are a group of rare and heterogeneous malignancies, which can develop in various organs. The clinical course of NENs is quite heterogeneous, with different spontaneous growth rates after diagnosis, and different degrees of sensitivity to the same therapy even when they have similar characteristics. Watch and wait (W and W), is a term coined to indicate observation being conducted to assess the evolution of the tumor without administering any anti-tumor therapy. It has been applied to NENs since in extremely rare cases they tend to remain stable for a long time...
April 10, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438726/analyzing-unstructured-communication-in-a-computer-mediated-environment-for-adults-with-type-2-diabetes-a-research-protocol
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Allison A Lewinski, Ruth A Anderson, Allison A Vorderstrasse, Edwin B Fisher, Wei Pan, Constance M Johnson
BACKGROUND: Individuals with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk for comorbidities such as heart disease, lower limb amputations, stroke, and renal failure. Multiple factors influence development of complications in a person living with type 2 diabetes; however, an individual's self-management behaviors may delay the onset of, or lessen the severity of, these complications. Social support provides personal, informal advice and knowledge that helps individuals initiate and sustain self-management and adherence...
April 24, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437369/ethical-challenges-and-the-donation-physician-specialist-a-scoping-review
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Shavaun I MacDonald, Sam D Shemie
Deceased donation medicine involves unique ethical challenges. Physicians who are focused on deceased donation medicine as part of their practice can expect to encounter these challenges. The goal of this review is to identify and describe these challenges, highlight existing guidelines and policy regarding the management of these challenges and to describe how the donation physician role might promote ethical practice in deceased donation medicine. Themes of discussion include: communication with families, interprofessional conflict, donation physician personal characteristics, donation clinical processes, health resource allocation, research and education, and remuneration...
May 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434943/epigenetic-pathways-in-human-disease-the-impact-of-dna-methylation-on-stress-related-pathogenesis-and-current-challenges-in-biomarker-development
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M Austin Argentieri, Sairaman Nagarajan, Bobak Seddighzadeh, Andrea A Baccarelli, Alexandra E Shields
HPA axis genes implicated in glucocorticoid regulation play an important role in regulating the physiological impact of social and environmental stress, and have become a focal point for investigating the role of glucocorticoid regulation in the etiology of disease. We conducted a systematic review to critically assess the full range of clinical associations that have been reported in relation to DNA methylation of CRH, CRH-R1/2, CRH-BP, AVP, POMC, ACTH, ACTH-R, NR3C1, FKBP5, and HSD11β1/2 genes in adults...
April 4, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434416/introduction-of-health-technology-assessment-for-medicines-in-slovakia
#16
Tomas Tesar, Adam Hloska, Martin Wawruch, Lubica Lehocka, Miroslava Snopkova, Lucia Masarykova
OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to describe approaches to health technology assessment (HTA) for medicines in the Slovak healthcare system and the related decision-making processes concerning reimbursement for medicines. METHODS: Analysis of the Slovak legislative framework related to HTA and the reimbursement process for medicines was performed. Additionally, current practices of the Working Group for Pharmacoeconomics, Clinical Outcomes and Health Technology Assessment of the Slovak Ministry of Health were evaluated...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432483/what-s-in-a-gold-standard-in-defence-of-randomised-controlled-trials
#17
Marius Backmann
The standardised randomised clinical trial (RCT) has been exceedingly popular in medical research, economics, and practical policy making. Recently, RCTs have faced criticism. First, it has been argued by John Worrall that we cannot be certain that our sample is not atypical with regard to possible confounding factors. I will argue that at least in the case of medical research, we know enough about the relevant causal mechanisms to be justified to ignore a number of factors we have good reason not to expect to be disruptive...
April 21, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429971/evidence-based-policy-as-reflexive-practice-what-can-we-learn-from-evidence-based-medicine
#18
Roland Bal
The call for evidence-based policy is often accompanied by rather uncritical references to the success of evidence-based medicine, leading to often unsuccessful translation attempts. In this paper, I reflect on the practice of evidence-based medicine in an attempt to sketch a more productive approach to translating evidence into the practice of policy making. Discussing three episodes in the history of evidence-based medicine - clinical trials, and the production and use of clinical guidelines - I conclude that the success of evidence-based medicine is based on the creation of reflexive practices in which evidence and practice can be combined productively...
April 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429527/balancing-health-care-education-and-patient-care-in-the-uk-workplace-a-realist-synthesis
#19
Sarah Sholl, Rola Ajjawi, Helen Allbutt, Jane Butler, Divya Jindal-Snape, Jill Morrison, Charlotte Rees
CONTEXT: Patient care activity has recently increased without a proportionate rise in workforce numbers, impacting negatively on health care workplace learning. Health care professionals are prepared in part by spending time in clinical practice, and for medical staff this constitutes a contribution to service. Although stakeholders have identified the balance between health care professional education and patient care as a key priority for medical education research, there have been very few reviews to date on this important topic...
April 20, 2017: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428838/a-national-strategic-plan-for-reducing-the-burden-of-sexually-transmitted-infections-in-israel-by-the-year-2025
#20
Daniel Chemtob, Dan Gandacu, Zohar Mor, Itamar Grotto, Emilia Anis, Elliot Rosenberg
BACKGROUND: There is on ongoing debate in the literature regarding the real burden of STIs (sexually transmitted infections) in Western countries and the proper strategies needed to estimate and to prevent them. Our purpose is to present an evidence-based national strategic plan for STI prevention in Israel through assessing the current burden of illness, leading international preventive strategies, and practical policymaking experience. METHODS: Epidemiologic and health policy data on STIs were analyzed from various sources: a) systematic national surveillance data for the years 2002-2014; b) the international scientific literature (published between 2002-16; keywords: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) (or STI) AND prevention AND intervention AND gonorrhea OR chlamydia OR syphilis; c) internal Ministry of Health (MOH) analyses and reports, and d) expert opinion...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
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