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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730789/quality-of-nursing-care-as-perceived-by-cancer-patients-a-cross-sectional-survey-in-four-european-countries
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Christina Adam, Elisabeth Patiraki, Chryssoula Lemonidou, Laurel Radwin, Andreas Charalambous, Melanie Charalambous, Agneta Berg, Katarina Sjövall, Jouko Katajisto, Minna Stolt, Riitta Suhonen
PURPOSE: To explore and compare cancer patients' perceptions on the quality of nursing care in four European countries. METHODS: Data were collected in Cyprus, Finland, Greece and Sweden. The sample comprised 596 hospitalized cancer patients. The quality of nursing care was measured using the "Oncology Patients' Perceptions of the Quality of Nursing Care Scale" (OPPQNCS). Patient characteristics were also collected. Analysis of variance was used to examine the effects of country on the perceptions of the quality of nursing care...
May 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729355/insurance-clearance-for-early-phase-oncology-clinical-trials-following-the-affordable-care-act
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Kenneth L Kehl, Cheryl P Fullmer, Siqing Fu, Goldy C George, Kenneth R Hess, Filip Janku, Daniel D Karp, Shumei Kato, Cynthia K Kizer, Razelle Kurzrock, Aung Naing, Shubham Pant, Sarina A Piha-Paul, Vivek Subbiah, Apostolia M Tsimberidou, David S Hong
Purpose: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) required that private insurance plans allow clinical trial participation and cover standard-of-care costs, but the impact of this provision has not been well-characterized. We assessed rates of insurance clearance for trial participation within our large early-phase clinical trials program, before and after implementation of the requirement.Experimental Design: We analyzed the departmental database for the Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy (CCTT) at MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX)...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727184/early-warning-systems-and-rapid-response-to-the-deteriorating-patient-in-hospital-a-systematic-realist-review
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REVIEW
Jennifer McGaughey, Peter O'Halloran, Sam Porter, Bronagh Blackwood
AIM: To determine the Rapid Response System programme theory and investigate how the mechanisms of implementation and the characteristics of context combine to enable or constrain the implementation of Rapid Response Systems and the achievement of desired outcomes. BACKGROUND: Rapid Response Systems have been implemented internationally to improve the recognition and management of patient deterioration, reduce the need for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and improve patient outcomes...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723845/lean-six-sigma-techniques-to-improve-ophthalmology-clinic-efficiency
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Thomas A Ciulla, Mohan V Tatikonda, Yehya A ElMaraghi, Rehan M Hussain, Amanda L Hill, Julie M Clary, Eyas Hattab
PURPOSE: Ophthalmologists serve an increasing volume of a growing elderly population undergoing increasingly complex outpatient medical care, including extensive diagnostic testing and treatment. The resulting prolonged patient visit times ("patient flow times") limit quality, patient and employee satisfaction, and represent waste. Lean Six Sigma process improvement was used in a vitreoretinal practice to decrease patient flow time, demonstrating that this approach can yield significant improvement in health care...
July 18, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719479/a-simulation-based-quality-improvement-initiative-improves-pediatric-readiness-in-community-hospitals
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Travis Whitfill, Marcie Gawel, Marc Auerbach
BACKGROUND: The National Pediatric Readiness Project Pediatric Readiness Survey (PRS) measured pediatric readiness in 4149 US emergency departments (EDs) and noted an average score of 69 on a 100-point scale. This readiness score consists of 6 domains: coordination of pediatric patient care (19/100), physician/nurse staffing and training (10/100), quality improvement activities (7/100), patient safety initiatives (14/100), policies and procedures (17/100), and availability of pediatric equipment (33/100)...
July 17, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719228/successful-use-of-noninvasive-ventilation-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-how-do-high-performing-hospitals-do-it
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Kimberly A Fisher, Kathleen M Mazor, Sarah Goff, Mihaela S Stefan, Penelope S Pekow, Lauren A Williams, Vida Rastegar, Michael B Rothberg, Nicholas S Hill, Peter K Lindenauer
RATIONALE: Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) is a cornerstone of treatment for patients with severe exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) where it has been shown to reduce the need for intubation, hospital length of stay, and mortality. Despite high quality evidence and strong recommendations in clinical guidelines, use of NIV varies widely across hospitals. OBJECTIVE: To identify approaches used by hospitals which have been successful in implementing NIV to treat patients with severe exacerbations of COPD...
July 18, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718658/the-effect-of-nurse-to-patient-ratios-on-nurse-sensitive-patient-outcomes-in-acute-specialist-units-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Andrea Driscoll, Maria J Grant, Diane Carroll, Sally Dalton, Christi Deaton, Ian Jones, Daniela Lehwaldt, Gabrielle McKee, Theresa Munyombwe, Felicity Astin
BACKGROUND: Nurses are pivotal in the provision of high quality care in acute hospitals. However, the optimal dosing of the number of nurses caring for patients remains elusive. In light of this, an updated review of the evidence on the effect of nurse staffing levels on patient outcomes is required. AIM: To undertake a systematic review and meta-analysis examining the association between nurse staffing levels and nurse-sensitive patient outcomes in acute specialist units...
July 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717977/-challenges-of-implementing-a-geriatric-trauma-network-a-regional-structure
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Carsten Schoeneberg, Bjoern Hussmann, Thomas Wesemann, Ludger Pientka, Marie-Christin Vollmar, Christine Bienek, Markus Steinmann, Benjamin Buecking, Sven Lendemans
BACKGROUND: At present, there is a high percentage and increasing tendency of patients presenting with orthogeriatric injuries. Moreover, significant comorbidities often exist, requiring increased interdisciplinary treatment. These developments have led the German Society of Trauma Surgery, in cooperation with the German Society of Geriatrics, to establish geriatric trauma centers. METHODS: As a conglomerate hospital at two locations, we are cooperating with two external geriatric clinics...
July 17, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717600/implementation-of-the-xpert-mtb-rif-assay-for-tuberculosis-in-mongolia-a-qualitative-exploration-of-barriers-and-enablers
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Nicole L Rendell, Solongo Bekhbat, Gantungalag Ganbaatar, Munkhjargal Dorjravdan, Madhukar Pai, Claudia C Dobler
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to identify barriers and enablers to implementation of the Xpert MTB/RIF test within Mongolia's National Tuberculosis Program. METHODS: Twenty-foursemi-structured interviews were conducted between June and September 2015 with laboratory staff and tuberculosis physicians in Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar and regional towns where Xpert MTB/RIF testing had been implemented. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, translated and analysed thematically using NVIVO qualitative analysis software...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714721/mental-health-productivity-monitoring-in-the-veterans-health-administration-challenges-and-lessons-learned
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Lisa K Kearney, Clifford Smith, Daniel R Kivlahan, Robert C Gresen, Eileen Moran, Mary Schohn, Jodie Trafton, Antonette M Zeiss
Achieving quality outcomes and cost efficiency within mental health are overarching objectives of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The mental health care workforce has long been oriented toward the goal of high quality outcomes; however, cost efficiency has only recently been elevated into this important value equation. With increased demand for access to mental health services within the VHA, leadership sought to advance methods of determining and improving mental health provider productivity. Monitoring of productivity data may also provide data signaling the potential need for additional staffing to keep up with demand for services...
July 17, 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714447/feasibility-of-automating-patient-acuity-measurement-using-a-machine-learning-algorithm
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Caitlin W Brennan, Frank Meng, Mark M Meterko, Leonard W D'Avolio
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: One method of determining nurse staffing is to match patient demand for nursing care (patient acuity) with available nursing staff. This pilot study explored the feasibility of automating acuity measurement using a machine learning algorithm. METHODS: Natural language processing combined with a machine learning algorithm was used to predict acuity levels based on electronic health record data. RESULTS: The algorithm was able to predict acuity relatively well...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Nursing Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711122/the-establishment-and-management-of-an-observation-unit
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REVIEW
Jared Conley, J Stephen Bohan, Christopher W Baugh
The current health care landscape and evidence support the establishment of observation units (OUs) for safe and efficient care for observation patients. Careful attention is required in the design of OU process, location, and layout to enable optimal care and finances. Developing and maintaining protocols to guide patient selection and clinical care are critical. OU management requires a strong, collaborative leadership model, appropriate staffing, and a robust monitoring system for quality, safety, and finances...
August 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710728/water-safety-plans-as-a-tool-for-drinking-water-regulatory-frameworks-in-arctic-communities
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Kaycie Lane, Amina K Stoddart, Graham A Gagnon
Arctic communities often face drinking water supply challenges that are unique to their location. Consequently, conventional drinking water regulatory strategies often do not meet the needs of these communities. A literature review of Arctic jurisdictions was conducted to evaluate the current water management approaches and how these techniques could be applied to the territory of Nunavut in Canada. The countries included are all members of the Arctic Council and other Canadian jurisdictions considered important to the understanding of water management for Northern Canadian communities...
July 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709461/do-public-nursing-home-care-providers-deliver-higher-quality-than-private-providers-evidence-from-sweden
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Ulrika Winblad, Paula Blomqvist, Andreas Karlsson
BACKGROUND: Swedish nursing home care has undergone a transformation, where the previous virtual public monopoly on providing such services has been replaced by a system of mixed provision. This has led to a rapidly growing share of private actors, the majority of which are large, for-profit firms. In the wake of this development, concerns have been voiced regarding the implications for care quality. In this article, we investigate the relationship between ownership and care quality in nursing homes for the elderly by comparing quality levels between public, for-profit, and non-profit nursing home care providers...
July 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709439/enhanced-antimicrobial-de-escalation-for-pneumonia-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-a-cross-over-study
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Tracy Trupka, Kristen Fisher, Scott T Micek, Paul Juang, Marin H Kollef
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics are commonly administered to hospitalized patients with infiltrates for possible bacterial pneumonia, often leading to unnecessary treatment and increasing the risk for resistance emergence. Therefore, we performed a study to determine if an enhanced antibiotic de-escalation practice could improve antibiotic utilization in mechanically ventilated patients with suspected pneumonia cared for in an academic closed intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: This was a prospective cross-over trial comparing routine antibiotic management (RAM) and enhanced antimicrobial de-escalation (EAD) performed within two medical ICUs (total 34 beds) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, an academic referral center...
July 15, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709410/identification-of-barriers-and-facilitators-for-optimal-cesarean-section-care-perspective-of-professionals
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Sonja Melman, Rachel Hellen Petra Schreurs, Carmen Desiree Dirksen, Anneke Kwee, Jan Gerrit Nijhuis, Nicol Anna Cornelia Smeets, Hubertina Catharina Johanna Scheepers, Rosella Petronella Maria Gemma Hermens
BACKGROUND: The cesarean section (CS) rate has increased over recent decades with poor guideline adherence as a possible cause. The objective of this study was to explore barriers and facilitators for delivering optimal care as described in clinical practice guidelines. METHODS: Key recommendations from evidence-based guidelines were used as a base to explore barriers and facilitators for delivering optimal CS care in The Netherlands. Both focus group and telephone interviews among 29 different obstetrical professionals were performed...
July 14, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705148/correlates-of-facility-delivery-for-rural-hiv-positive-pregnant-women-enrolled-in-the-moment-nigeria-prospective-cohort-study
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Nadia A Sam-Agudu, Christopher Isah, Chinenye Fan-Osuala, Salome Erekaha, Habib O Ramadhani, Udochisom Anaba, Olusegun A Adeyemi, Grace Manji-Obadiah, Daniel Lee, Llewellyn J Cornelius, Manhattan Charurat
BACKGROUND: Low rates of maternal healthcare service utilization, including facility delivery, may impede progress in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and in reducing maternal and infant mortality. The MoMent (Mother Mentor) study investigated the impact of structured peer support on early infant diagnosis presentation and postpartum maternal retention in PMTCT care in rural Nigeria. This paper describes baseline characteristics and correlates of facility delivery among MoMent study participants...
July 14, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704331/mis-single-position-lateral-and-oblique-lateral-lumbar-interbody-fusion-and-bilateral-pedicle-screw-fixation-feasibility-and-perioperative-results
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Daniel J Blizzard, J Alex Thomas
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review of prospectively collected data of the first 72 consecutive patients treated with single-position one- or two-level lateral (LLIF) or oblique lateral interbody fusion (OLLIF) with bilateral percutaneous pedicle screw and rod fixation by a single spine surgeon. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical feasibility, accuracy, and efficiency of a single-position technique for LLIF and OLLIF with bilateral pedicle screw and rod fixation...
July 12, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704269/the-impact-of-medical-specialist-staffing-on-emergency-department-patient-flow-and-satisfaction
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M Christien van der Linden, Roeline A Y de Beaufort, Sven A G Meylaerts, Crispijn L van den Brand, Naomi van der Linden
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the impact of additional medical specialists, non-emergency physicians (non-EPs), performing direct supervision or a combination of direct and indirect supervision at an EP-led emergency department (ED), on patient flow and satisfaction. PATIENTS AND METHODS: An observational, cross-sectional, three-part study was carried out including staff surveys (n=379), a before and after 16-week data collection using data of visits during the peak hours (n=5270), and patient questionnaires during 1 week before the pilot and during week 5 of the pilot...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700508/hospitals-use-of-hospitalists-implications-for-financial-performance
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Josué Patien Epané, Robert Weech-Maldonado, Larry Hearld, Nir Menachemi, Bisakha Sen, Stephen O'Connor, Zo Ramamonjiarivelo
BACKGROUND: Hospitalists, or physicians specializing in hospital-based practice, have grown significantly since they were first introduced in the United States in the mid-1990s. Prior studies on the impact of hospitalists have focused on costs and length of stay. However, there is dearth of research exploring the relationship between hospitals' use of hospitalists and organizational performance. PURPOSE: Using a national longitudinal sample of acute care hospitals operating in the United States between 2007 and 2014, this study explores the impact of hospitalists staffing intensity on hospitals' financial performance...
July 11, 2017: Health Care Management Review
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