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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210832/benefits-of-an-android-based-tablet-application-in-primary-screening-for-eye-diseases-in-a-rural-population-india
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Sayed Ahmed Imtiaz, Sannapaneni Krishnaiah, Sunil Kumar Yadav, Balasubramaniam Bharath, Ramanathan V Ramani
To investigate the effectiveness, efficiency and cost gains in collecting patient eye health information from remote rural villages of India by trained field investigators through an Android Based Tablet Application namely 'Sankara Electronic Remote Vision Information System (SERVIS)". During January and March 2016, a population based cross-sectional study was conducted in three Indian states employing SERVIS and manual method. The SERVIS application has a 48-items survey instrument programed into the application...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205339/doing-it-hard-in-the-bush-aligning-what-gets-measured-with-what-matters
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Malcolm I McDonald, Kenny D Lawson
What gets measured gets managed. Funding of health services is substantially determined by operational activity and specific outcome indicators. In day-to-day clinical decision-making, surrogate markers, such as glycosylated haemoglobin and blood pressure, are commonly used to modify risks of 'hard' outcomes that include kidney failure, ischaemic cardiac events, stroke and all-cause mortality. In many settings, surrogates are all we have to go on. As a consequence, current health funding models heavily rely on surrogate-based key performance indicators [KPIs]...
February 16, 2017: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196828/systematic-review-of-the-effectiveness-barriers-and-facilitators-to-general-practitioner-engagement-with-specialist-secondary-services-in-integrated-palliative-care
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Sue-Ann Carmont, Geoffrey Mitchell, Hugh Senior, Michele Foster
: The general practitioner (GP) has a critical role in an integrated model of palliative care as they often know the patient and carer well, are experts in generalist care and have knowledge of health and social services in the community. Specialist palliative services have insufficient capacity to meet demand and those with non-cancer terminal conditions and those from rural and remote areas are underserved. Research has focused on improving access to palliative care by engaging the GP with specialist secondary services in integrated palliative care...
February 14, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192425/improving-access-to-chagas-disease-diagnosis-and-etiologic-treatment-in-remote-rural-communities-of-the-argentine-chaco-through-strengthened-primary-health-care-and-broad-social-participation
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Paula Sartor, Ivana Colaianni, M Victoria Cardinal, Jacqueline Bua, Héctor Freilij, Ricardo E Gürtler
BACKGROUND: Rural populations in the Gran Chaco region have large prevalence rates of Trypanosoma cruzi infection and very limited access to diagnosis and treatment. We implemented an innovative strategy to bridge these gaps in 13 rural villages of Pampa del Indio held under sustained vector surveillance and control. METHODOLOGY: The non-randomized treatment program included participatory workshops, capacity strengthening of local health personnel, serodiagnosis, qualitative and quantitative PCRs, a 60-day treatment course with benznidazole and follow-up...
February 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186015/community-paramedicine-initiative-transforming-paramedicine-in-british-columbia
#5
Colton Calderone, Michelle Brittain, Daniel Sirivar, Nancy Kotani
British Columbia's health care system is facing challenges related to rural access to care and an ever increasing demand for services. These variables are compounded by the anticipated needs of an aging population that can expect to live several of their golden years with a chronic illness. The introduction of community paramedicine in BC allows for a care delivery model that expands the role of qualified paramedics to include the delivery of prevention, health promotion and primary care services in the community...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173789/participatory-science-and-innovation-for-improved-sanitation-and-hygiene-process-and-outcome-evaluation-of-project-shine-a-school-based-intervention-in-rural-tanzania
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Erin Hetherington, Matthijs Eggers, Joyce Wamoyi, Jennifer Hatfield, Mange Manyama, Susan Kutz, Sheri Bastien
BACKGROUND: Diarrheal disease is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in low and middle income countries with children being disproportionately affected. Project SHINE (Sanitation & Hygiene INnovation in Education) is a grassroots participatory science education and social entrepreneurship model to engage youth and the wider community in the development of sustainable strategies to improve sanitation and hygiene. METHODS: Based in rural and remote Tanzania, this pilot study engaged pastoralist high-school students and communities in the development and evaluation of culturally and contextually relevant strategies to improve sanitation and hygiene...
February 7, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161930/electronic-referrals-and-digital-imaging-systems-in-ophthalmology-a-global-perspective
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V Swetha E Jeganathan, H Nikki Hall, Roshini Sanders
Ophthalmology departments face intensifying pressure to expedite sight-saving treatments and reduce the global burden of disease. The use of electronic communication systems, digital imaging, and redesigned service care models is imperative for addressing such demands. The recently developed Scottish Eyecare Integration Project involves an electronic referral system from community optometry to the hospital ophthalmology department using National Health Service (NHS) email with digital ophthalmic images attached, via a virtual private network connection...
January 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160454/changes-to-radiotherapy-utilisation-in-western-nsw-after-the-opening-of-a-local-service
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Sally M Butler
INTRODUCTION: In 2011, the first radiotherapy centre in Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) was opened in the city of Orange. Prior to this, patients travelled outside the health service, primarily to Sydney, to receive treatment. The aim of this study was to investigate if the establishment of the new rural radiotherapy service has changed the demographic profile, cancer type, treatment intent and number of patients treated. METHODS: Data were collected on WNSWLHD patients, 17 years of age and above, who received radiotherapy in either 2010 or 2012 in New South Wales (NSW) or Australian Capital Territory (ACT)...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159532/a-cross-sectional-survey-of-the-access-of-older-people-in-the-scottish-highlands-to-general-medical-practices-community-pharmacies-and-prescription-medicines
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Gordon F Rushworth, Scott Cunningham, Sharon Pfleger, Jenny Hall, Derek Stewart
BACKGROUND: Access to medicines and healthcare is more problematic in remote and rural areas. OBJECTIVES: To quantify issues of access to general practitioners (GPs), community pharmacies and prescribed medicines in older people resident in the Scottish Highlands. METHODS: Anonymized questionnaires were mailed to a random sample of 2000 older people (≥60 years) resident in the Scottish Highlands. Questionnaire items were: access and convenience to GP and pharmacy services (10 items); prescribed medicines (13 items); attitudinal statements based on the Theoretical Domains Framework (12 items); quality of life (SF8, 8 items); and demographics (12 items)...
January 25, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157469/heterogeneity-of-distribution-of-tuberculosis-in-sheka-zone-ethiopia-drivers-and-temporal-trends
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D Shaweno, T Shaweno, J M Trauer, J T Denholm, E S McBryde
OBJECTIVE: To describe the distribution of tuberculosis (TB) and its drivers in Sheka Zone, a geographically remote region of Ethiopia. METHODS: We collected data on TB patients treated from 2010 to 2014 in the Sheka Zone. Predictors of TB incidence were determined using a multivariate generalised linear regression model. RESULTS: We found significant spatial autocorrelation of TB incidence by kebele (the smallest administrative geographical subdivision in Ethiopia) (Moran's I = 0...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152983/a-systematic-review-of-geographical-differences-in-management-and-outcomes-for-colorectal-cancer-in-australia
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Michael J Ireland, Sonja March, Fiona Crawford-Williams, Mandy Cassimatis, Joanne F Aitken, Melissa K Hyde, Suzanne K Chambers, Jiandong Sun, Jeff Dunn
BACKGROUND: Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) in the world, presenting considerable health, economic, and societal burden. Over a third of the Australian population live in regional areas and research has shown they experience a range of health disadvantages that result in a higher disease burden and lower life expectancy. The extent to which geographical disparities exist in CRC management and outcomes has not been systematically explored...
February 2, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137702/assessing-mobile-phone-access-and-perceptions-for-texting-based-mhealth-interventions-among-expectant-mothers-and-child-caregivers-in-remote-regions-of-northern-kenya-a-survey-based-descriptive-study
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Abdul Momin Kazi, Jason-Louis Carmichael, Galgallo Waqo Hapanna, Patrick Gikaria Wangoo, Sarah Karanja, Denis Wanyama, Samuel Opondo Muhula, Lennie Bazira Kyomuhangi, Mores Loolpapit, Gilbert Bwire Wangalwa, Koki Kinagwi, Richard Todd Lester
BACKGROUND: With a dramatic increase in mobile phone use in low- and middle-income countries, mobile health (mHealth) has great potential to connect health care services directly to participants enrolled and improve engagement of care. Rural and remote global settings may pose both significant challenges and opportunities. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to understand the demographics, phone usage and ownership characteristics, and feasibility among patients in rural and remote areas of Kenya of having text messaging (short messaging service, SMS)-based mHealth intervention for improvements in antenatal care attendance and routine immunization among children in Northern Kenya...
January 30, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129759/demography-maternal-health-and-the-epidemiology-of-malaria-and-other-major-infectious-diseases-in-the-rural-department-tsamba-magotsi-ngounie-province-in-central-african-gabon
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R Zoleko Manego, G Mombo-Ngoma, M Witte, J Held, M Gmeiner, T Gebru, B Tazemda, J Mischlinger, M Groger, B Lell, A A Adegnika, S T Agnandji, P G Kremsner, B Mordmüller, M Ramharter, P B Matsiegui
BACKGROUND: Sub-Saharan Africa is undergoing an epidemiological transition from a predominance of infectious diseases to non-communicable and lifestyle related conditions. However, the pace of this transition and the pattern of disease epidemiology are uneven between affluent urban and rural poor populations. To address this question for a remote rural region located in the central African rainforest region of Gabon, this study was conducted to assess reasons for health care attendance and to characterize the epidemiology of malaria and other major infectious diseases for the department of Tsamba Magotsi...
January 28, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122653/delivery-as-trauma-a-prospective-time-cohort-study-of-maternal-and-perinatal-mortality-in-rural-cambodia
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Chandy Houy, Sam Ol Ha, Margit Steinholt, Eystein Skjerve, Hans Husum
OBJECTIVE: The majority of maternal and perinatal deaths are preventable, but still women and newborns die due to insufficient Basic Life Support in low-resource communities. Drawing on experiences from successful wartime trauma systems, a three-tier chain-of-survival model was introduced as a means to reduce rural maternal and perinatal mortality. METHODS: A study area of 266 villages in landmine-infested Northwestern Cambodia were selected based on remoteness and poverty...
January 26, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116120/distant-delivery-of-a-mindfulness-based-intervention-for-people-with-parkinson-s-disease-the-study-protocol-of-a-randomised-pilot-trial
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A Bogosian, C S Hurt, D Vasconcelos E Sa, J V Hindle, L McCracken, P Cubi-Molla
BACKGROUND: Psychological difficulties, especially depression and anxiety, are the most prevalent non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease. Pharmacological treatments for these conditions appear relatively ineffective in Parkinson's disease. Mindfulness courses are increasingly popular and recognised as effective for managing emotional states, and there is growing evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness courses for people with long-term medical conditions. With this exploratory pilot trial, we want to assess the feasibility of the procedures and processes, including recruitment, most appropriate outcome measure(s), acceptability of type and number of measures, potential nocebo effects, and potential effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a specially adapted distance-delivered mindfulness-based intervention in people affected by Parkinson's disease...
2017: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116114/introducing-ehealth-strategies-to-enhance-maternal-and-perinatal-health-care-in-rural-tanzania
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Angelo Nyamtema, Nguke Mwakatundu, Sunday Dominico, Mkambu Kasanga, Fadhili Jamadini, Kelvin Maokola, Donald Mawala, Zabron Abel, Richard Rumanyika, Calist Nzabuhakwa, Jos van Roosmalen
BACKGROUND: Globally, eHealth has attracted considerable attention as a means of supporting maternal and perinatal health care. This article describes best practices, gains and challenges of implementing eHealth for maternal and perinatal health care in extremely remote and rural Tanzania. METHODS: Teleconsultation for obstetric emergency care, audio teleconferences and online eLearning systems were installed in ten upgraded rural health centres, four rural district hospitals and one regional hospital in Tanzania...
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115438/family-medicine-education-in-rural-communities-as-a-health-service-intervention-supporting-recruitment-and-retention-of-physicians-advancing-rural-family-medicine-the-canadian-collaborative-taskforce
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REVIEW
Trina Larsen Soles, C Ruth Wilson, Ivy F Oandasan
OBJECTIVE: To develop a pan-Canadian rural education road map to advance the recruitment and retention of family physicians in rural, remote, and isolated regions of Canada in order to improve access and health care outcomes for these populations. COMPOSITION OF THE TASK FORCE: Members of the task force were chosen from key stakeholder groups including educators, practitioners, the College of Family Physicians of Canada education committee chairs, deans, chairs of family medicine, experts in rural education, and key decision makers...
January 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114960/human-resources-for-health-and-rehabilitation-six-rehab-workforce-challenges-for-the-century
#18
REVIEW
Tiago S Jesus, Michel D Landry, Gilles Dussault, Inês Fronteira
BACKGROUND: People with disabilities face challenges accessing basic rehabilitation health care. In 2006, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) outlined the global necessity to meet the rehabilitation needs of people with disabilities, but this goal is often challenged by the undersupply and inequitable distribution of rehabilitation workers. While the aggregate study and monitoring of the physical rehabilitation workforce has been mostly ignored by researchers or policy-makers, this paper aims to present the 'challenges and opportunities' for guiding further long-term research and policies on developing the relatively neglected, highly heterogeneous physical rehabilitation workforce...
January 23, 2017: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110644/a-snapshot-of-physical-activity-programs-targeting-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people-in-australia
#19
Rona Macniven, Michelle Elwell, Kathy Ride, Adrian Bauman, Justin Richards
Issue addressed: Participation in physical activity programs can be an effective strategy to reduce chronic disease risk factors and improve broader social outcomes. Health and social outcomes are worse among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders than non-Indigenous Australians, who represent an important group for culturally specific programs. The extent of current practice in physical activity programs is largely unknown. This study identifies such programs targeting this population group and describes their characteristics...
January 19, 2017: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107430/discontinuation-from-antiretroviral-therapy-a-continuing-challenge-among-adults-in-hiv-care-in-ethiopia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hailay Abrha Gesesew, Paul Ward, Kifle Woldemichael Hajito, Garumma Tolu Feyissa, Leila Mohammadi, Lillian Mwanri
BACKGROUND: Discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces the immunological benefit of treatment and increases complications related to human immune-deficiency virus (HIV). However, the risk factors for ART discontinuation are poorly understood in developing countries particularly in Ethiopia. This review aimed to assess the best available evidence regarding risk factors for ART discontinuation in Ethiopia. METHODS: Quantitative studies conducted in Ethiopia between 2002 and 2015 that evaluated factors associated with ART discontinuation were sought across six major databases...
2017: PloS One
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