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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107486/determinants-of-cervical-cancer-screening-accuracy-for-visual-inspection-with-acetic-acid-via-and-lugol-s-iodine-vili-performed-by-nurse-and-physician
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Amidu O Raifu, Mariam El-Zein, Ghislain Sangwa-Lugoma, Agnihotram Ramanakumar, Stephen D Walter, Eduardo L Franco
BACKGROUND: Visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) and Lugol's iodine (VILI) are used to screen women for cervical cancer in low-resource settings. Little is known about correlates of their diagnostic accuracy by healthcare provider. We examined determinants of VIA and VILI screening accuracy by examiner in a cross-sectional screening study of 1528 women aged 30 years or older in a suburb of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. METHODS: We used a logistic regression model for sensitivity and specificity to estimate the diagnostic accuracy of VIA and VILI, independently performed by nurse and physician, as a function of sociodemographic and reproductive health characteristics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107447/a-software-tool-for-estimation-of-burden-of-infectious-diseases-in-europe-using-incidence-based-disability-adjusted-life-years
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Edoardo Colzani, Alessandro Cassini, Daniel Lewandowski, Marie-Josee J Mangen, Dietrich Plass, Scott A McDonald, Alies van Lier, Juanita A Haagsma, Guido Maringhini, Alessandro Pini, Piotr Kramarz, Mirjam E Kretzschmar
The burden of disease framework facilitates the assessment of the health impact of diseases through the use of summary measures of population health such as Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). However, calculating, interpreting and communicating the results of studies using this methodology poses a challenge. The aim of the Burden of Communicable Disease in Europe (BCoDE) project is to summarize the impact of communicable disease in the European Union and European Economic Area Member States (EU/EEA MS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107333/u-s-pharmacopeial-chapter-800-be-ready-to-comply-by-july-2018-%C3%A2
#3
Martha Polovich
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention's "Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs-Handling in Healthcare Settings" is a new part of the National Formulary that describes standards-expectations for practice-for all aspects of handling and administering hazardous drugs (HDs). Some of the standards will require changes in policies, procedures, and practices for nurses. This article provides an overview of the new standards and the impact they will have on nurses who prepare and administer chemotherapy and other HDs.
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February 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107329/detecting-distress-introducing-routine-screening-in-a-gynecologic-cancer-setting%C3%A2
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Moira O'Connor, Pauline B Tanner, Lisa Miller, Kaaren J Watts, Toni Musiello
BACKGROUND: Cancer results in a wide range of challenges that contribute to patient distress. Detecting distress in patients can result in improved patient outcomes, and early intervention can avoid patients having unmet needs. 
. OBJECTIVES: The aims were to determine the prevalence of distress in patients with gynecologic cancers, identify specific problems, and explore staff perceptions of distress screening.
. METHODS: A mixed-methods design was used...
February 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107297/nursing-care-management-influence-on-bundled-payments
#5
Shaynie Lentz, Brenda Luther
Fragmented and uncoordinated care is the third highest driver of U.S. healthcare costs. Although less than 10% of patients experience uncoordinated care, these patients represent 36% of total healthcare costs; care management interaction makes a significant impact on the utilization of healthcare dollars. A literature search was conducted to construct a model of care coordination for elective surgical procedures by collecting best practices for acute, transitions, and post-acute care periods. A case study was used to demonstrate the model developed...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107295/healthcare-transformation-and-changing-roles-for-nursing
#6
Susan W Salmond, Mercedes Echevarria
Factors driving healthcare transformation include fragmentation, access problems, unsustainable costs, suboptimal outcomes, and disparities. Cost and quality concerns along with changing social and disease-type demographics created the greatest urgency for the need for change. Caring for and paying for medical treatments for patients suffering from chronic health conditions are a significant concern. The Affordable Care Act includes programs now led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services aiming to improve quality and control cost...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106832/plaimos-a-remote-mobile-healthcare-platform-to-monitor-cardiovascular-and-respiratory-variables
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Ramses Miramontes, Raúl Aquino, Arturo Flores, Guillermo Rodríguez, Rafael Anguiano, Arturo Ríos, Arthur Edwards
The number of elderly and chronically ill patients has grown significantly over the past few decades as life expectancy has increased worldwide, leading to increased demands on the health care system and significantly taxing traditional health care practices. Consequently, there is an urgent need to use technology to innovate and more constantly and intensely monitor, report and analyze critical patient physiological parameters beyond conventional clinical settings in a more efficient and cost effective manner...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106697/facial-plastic-surgery-patient-resources-exceed-national-institute-recommendations
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Michael W Chu, Julia A Cook, Sunil S Tholpady, Cecelia E Schmalbach, Arash Momeni
Patient education is essential in enhancing the physician-patient therapeutic alliance, patient satisfaction, and clinical outcomes. The American Medical Association and National Institute of Health recommend that information be written at a 6th-grade reading level, but online resources often exceed patient literacy. The purpose of this study is to assess readability of online material for facial plastics procedures presented on academic plastic surgery and otolaryngology websites.An Internet search was performed of all academic institutions that had both plastic surgery and otolaryngology training programs who offered patient information on facial plastic surgery procedures...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105555/malaria-and-economic-evaluation-methods-challenges-and-opportunities
#9
Tom L Drake, Yoel Lubell
There is a growing evidence base on the cost effectiveness of malaria interventions. However, certain characteristics of malaria decision problems present a challenge to the application of healthcare economic evaluation methods. This paper identifies five such challenges. The complexities of (i) declining incidence and cost effectiveness in the context of an elimination campaign; (ii) international aid and its effect on resource constraints; and (iii) supranational priority setting, all affect how health economists might use a cost-effectiveness threshold...
January 19, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104470/a-cluster-randomized-trial-of-a-primary-palliative-care-intervention-connect-for-patients-with-advanced-cancer-protocol-and-key-design-considerations
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Claire L Becker, Robert M Arnold, Seo Young Park, Margaret Rosenzweig, Thomas J Smith, Douglas B White, Kenneth J Smith, Yael Schenker
BACKGROUND: The addition of specialty palliative care to standard oncology care improves outcomes for patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers, but many lack access to specialty care services. Primary palliative care-meaning basic palliative care services provided by clinicians who are not palliative care specialists-is an alternative approach that has not been rigorously evaluated. METHODS: A cluster randomized, controlled trial of the CONNECT (Care management by Oncology Nurses to address supportive care needs) intervention, an oncology nurse-led care management approach to providing primary palliative care for patients with advanced cancer and their family caregivers, is currently underway at 16 oncology practices in Western Pennsylvania...
January 16, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104099/coexisting-systemic-infections-in-patients-who-present-with-a-fall
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Alex Blair, Farrin A Manian
BACKGROUND: Although the causes of falls are legion, infectious disease-related factors are not commonly reported in the published literature. We investigated the characteristics of patients presenting to the hospital because of a fall and who were subsequently found to have a coexisting systemic infection (CSI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study performed at Massachusetts General Hospital, using the electronic database of adult patients receiving care during the period January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2014...
January 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103931/developing-a-framework-to-guide-the-de-adoption-of-low-value-clinical-practices-in-acute-care-medicine-a-study-protocol
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Jeanna Parsons Leigh, Daniel J Niven, Jamie M Boyd, Henry T Stelfox
BACKGROUND: Healthcare systems have difficulty incorporating scientific evidence into clinical practice, especially when science suggests that existing clinical practices are of low-value (e.g. ineffective or harmful to patients). While a number of lists outlining low-value practices in acute care medicine currently exist, less is known about how best to initiate and sustain the removal of low-value clinical practices (i.e. de-adoption). This study will develop a comprehensive list of barriers and facilitators to the de-adoption of low-value clinical practices in acute care facilities to inform the development of a framework to guide the de-adoption process...
January 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103865/can-healthcare-utilization-data-reliably-capture-cases-of-chronic-respiratory-diseases-a-cross-sectional-investigation-in-italy
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A Biffi, R Comoretto, A Arfè, L Scotti, L Merlino, A Vaghi, A Pesci, R de Marco, G Corrao
BACKGROUND: Healthcare utilization data are increasingly used for chronic disease surveillance. Nevertheless, no standard criteria for estimating prevalence of high-impact diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, are available. In this study an algorithm for recognizing COPD/asthma cases from HCU data is developed and implemented in the HCU databases of the Italian Lombardy Region (about 10 million residents). The impact of diagnostic misclassification for reliably estimating prevalence was also assessed...
January 19, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103858/the-personal-and-workplace-characteristics-of-uninsured-expatriate-males-in-saudi-arabia
#14
Abdulwahab Alkhamis, Peter Cosgrove, Gamal Mohamed, Amir Hassan
BACKGROUND: A major concern by the health decision makers in Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries is the burden of financing healthcare. While other GCC countries have been examining different options, Saudi Arabia has endeavoured to reform its private healthcare system and control expatriate access to government resources through the provision of Compulsory Employment-Based Health Insurance (CEBHI). The objective of this research was to investigate, in a natural setting, the characteristics of uninsured expatriates based on their personal and workplace characteristics...
January 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103849/-how-do-ethnic-minority-patients-experience-the-intercultural-care-encounter-in-hospitals-a-systematic-review-of-qualitative-research
#15
Liesbet Degrie, Chris Gastmans, Lieslot Mahieu, Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé, Yvonne Denier
BACKGROUND: In our globalizing world, caregivers are increasingly being confronted with the challenges of providing intercultural healthcare, trying to find a dignified answer to the vulnerable situation of ethnic minority patients. Until now, international literature lacks insight in the intercultural care process as experienced by the ethnic minority patients themselves. We aim to fill this gap by analysing qualitative literature on the intercultural care encounter in the hospital setting, as experienced by ethnic minority patients...
January 19, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103847/exploring-healthcare-assistants-role-and-experience-in-pain-assessment-and-management-for-people-with-advanced-dementia-towards-the-end-of-life-a-qualitative-study
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Bannin De Witt Jansen, Kevin Brazil, Peter Passmore, Hilary Buchanan, Doreen Maxwell, Sonja J McIlfatrick, Sharon M Morgan, Max Watson, Carole Parsons
BACKGROUND: Pain assessment and management are key aspects in the care of people with dementia approaching the end of life but become challenging when patient self-report is impaired or unavailable. Best practice recommends the use of observational pain assessments for these patients; however, difficulties have been documented with health professionals' use of these tools in the absence of additional collateral patient knowledge. No studies have explored the role, perspectives and experiences of healthcare assistants in pain assessment and management in dementia; this study provides insight into this important area...
January 19, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103831/demographics-of-patients-receiving-intravitreal-anti-vegf-treatment-in-real-world-practice-healthcare-research-data-versus-randomized-controlled-trials
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F Ziemssen, N Feltgen, F G Holz, R Guthoff, A Ringwald, T Bertelmann, A Wiedon, C Korb
BACKGROUND: While randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are based on strict inclusion/exclusion criteria, non-interventional studies (NISs) might provide additional information to guide management in patients more representative to the real-world setting. The aim of this study was to compare baseline characteristics of patients receiving intravitreal treatment in the NIS OCEAN with those from published RCTs. METHODS: The ongoing OCEAN study enrolled patients treated with ranibizumab for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD), diabetic macular oedema (DME) or branch/central retinal vein occlusion (B/CRVO)...
January 19, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103824/management-prognosis-and-predictors-of-unfavourable-outcomes-in-patients-newly-hospitalized-for-transient-ischemic-attack-a-real-world-investigation-from-italy
#18
Giovanni Corrao, Federico Rea, Luca Merlino, Paolo Mazzola, Federico Annoni, Giorgio Annoni
BACKGROUND: Understanding the gap between evidence-based recommendations and real-world management is important to inform priority setting and health service planning. METHODS: The 7,776 residents in the Italian Lombardy Region who were newly hospitalized for transient ischemic attack (TIA) during 2008-2009 entered into the cohort and were followed until 2012. Exposure to medical care including selected drugs, diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests was recorded...
January 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103613/tissue-based-next-generation-sequencing-application-in-a-universal-healthcare-system
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Seán O Hynes, Brendan Pang, Jacqueline A James, Perry Maxwell, Manuel Salto-Tellez
In the context of solid tumours, the evolution of cancer therapies to more targeted and nuanced approaches has led to the impetus for personalised medicine. The targets for these therapies are largely based on the driving genetic mutations of the tumours. To track these multiple driving mutations the use of next generation sequencing (NGS) coupled with a morphomolecular approach to tumours, has the potential to deliver on the promises of personalised medicine. A review of NGS and its application in a universal healthcare (UHC) setting is undertaken as the technology has a wide appeal and utility in diagnostic, clinical trial and research paradigms...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103450/paper-based-analytical-devices-for-clinical-diagnosis-recent-advances-in-the-fabrication-techniques-and-sensing-mechanisms
#20
Mazhar Sher, Rachel Zhuang, Utkan Demirci, Waseem Asghar
There is a significant interest in developing inexpensive portable biosensing platforms for various applications including disease diagnostics, environmental monitoring, food safety, and water testing at the point-of-care (POC) settings. Current diagnostic assays available in the developed world require sophisticated laboratory infrastructure and expensive reagents. Hence, they are not suitable for resource-constrained settings with limited financial resources, basic health infrastructure, and few trained technicians...
January 19, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
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