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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387636/assessing-the-need-for-improved-strategies-and-medication-related-education-to-increase-adherence-for-oral-anticancer-medications-in-the-young-adult-oncology-population
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Anupama Divakaruni, Elizabeth Saylor, Alison P Duffy
Rationale Oral anticancer medication adherence is a critical factor in optimizing cancer treatment outcomes and minimizing toxicity. Although potential adherence barriers exist, it is not well understood how these factors impact adherence. Methods This is a prospective, single-center, patient survey-based study conducted at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center including 18- to 39-year-old patients who have been actively taking an oral anticancer medication for at least one month from 1 April 2013 to 1 April 2016...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379068/impact-of-an-integrated-oral-chemotherapy-program-on-patient-adherence
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Katherine P Morgan, Benyam Muluneh, Allison M Deal, Lindsey B Amerine
As the use of oral chemotherapy continues to rise, the issue of patient adherence is a concerning aspect of cancer treatment. In this concurrent prospective and retrospective study, we assessed oral chemotherapy adherence in patients receiving their prescriptions at an institutional specialty pharmacy, with an integrated oral chemotherapy program. The primary endpoint is medication possession ratio. Secondary endpoints include self-reported adherence comparing survey data before and after the introduction of the oral chemotherapy program to assess the impact of the comprehensive pharmacy services provided...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341083/scientific-publications-in-gastroenterology-and-hepatology-in-taiwan-an-analysis-of-web-of-science-from-1993-to-2013
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Hsiao-Ting Chang, Ming-Hwai Lin, I-Hsuan Hwang, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Han-Chieh Lin, Ming-Chih Hou, Shinn-Jang Hwang
BACKGROUND: Scientific publications are important for evaluating the achievements of a medical specialty or discipline. Gastroenterology and Hepatology is a medical specialty in great demand in Taiwan, therefore, this study aimed to analyze the Gastroenterology and Hepatology publications from 1993 to 2013 in Taiwan, using the Web of Science (WoS) database. METHODS: Scientific publications from departments/institutes of gastroenterology and hepatology were retrieved and analyzed from the WoS database, which included articles published in the Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Science Citation Index journals from 1993 to 2013...
February 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327898/adherence-to-capecitabine-in-preoperative-treatment-of-stage-ii-and-iii-rectal-cancer-do-we-need-to-worry
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R Font, J A Espinas, L Layos, M Martinez Villacampa, J Capdevila, M Tobeña, A Pisa, C Pericay, C Lezcano, E Fort, I Cardona, N Berga, J Solà, J M Borras
Background: Preoperative oral capecitabine plus radiotherapy has been progressively adopted in oncology units to provide more convenient care to patients with rectal cancer, but little is known about adherence to this therapy. Patients and methods: Prospective, multicentre observational study in six hospitals in metropolitan Barcelona (Spain), in patients with stage II and III rectal cancer. Assessment of adherence was based on the medical report in the clinical history, a patient questionnaire and a pill count in the pharmacy service upon finalization of treatment...
April 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326894/cost-comparison-of-laparoscopic-colectomy-versus-open-colectomy-in-colon-cancer
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Kathryn Fitch, Andrew Bochner, Deborah S Keller
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic colectomy has been shown to be safe, oncologically comparable, and clinically beneficial over open colectomy for colon cancer, but utilization remains low. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the cost of laparoscopic colectomy vs. open colectomy for colon cancer. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective claims data analysis using the 2012 and 2013 Truven Health Analytics MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounter Database. The denominator population consisted of individuals who had commercial insurance coverage in all months of 2012 and >1 month in 2013 and pharmacy coverage throughout eligibility...
March 22, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321136/procarbazine-lomustine-and-vincristine-pcv-regimen-for-central-nervous-system-tumors
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Dominic A Solimando, J Aubrey Waddell
The complexity of cancer chemotherapy requires pharmacists be familiar with the complicated regimens and highly toxic agents used. This column reviews various issues related to preparation, dispensing, and administration of antineoplastic therapy, and the agents, both commercially available and investigational, used to treat malignant diseases. Questions or suggestions for topics should be addressed to Dominic A. Solimando, Jr, President, Oncology Pharmacy Services, Inc., 4201 Wilson Blvd #110-545, Arlington, VA 22203, e-mail: OncRxSvc@comcast...
February 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247517/hematology-oncology-pharmacy-association-entry-level-competencies-task-force-response-statement-to-the-2016-american-college-of-clinical-pharmacy-pharmacotherapy-didactic-curriculum-toolkit
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Ginah Nightingale, Ila M Saunders, Jill M Comeau, Karen Fancher, Tim Miller, Cindy O'Bryant, Jason Yeh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245148/prior-authorization-for-medications-in-a-breast-oncology-practice-navigation-of-a-complex-process
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Ankit Agarwal, Rachel A Freedman, Felicia Goicuria, Catherine Rhinehart, Kathleen Murphy, Eileen Kelly, Erin Mullaney, Myra St Amand, Phuong Nguyen, Nancy U Lin
INTRODUCTION: The cost and burden associated with prior authorization (PA) for specialty medications are concerns for oncologists, but the impact of the PA process on care delivery has not been well described. We examined PA processes and approval patterns within a high-volume breast oncology clinic at a major academic cancer center. METHODS: We met with institutional staff to create a PA workflow and process map. We then abstracted pharmacy and medical records for all patients with breast cancer (N = 279) treated at our institution who required a PA between May and November 2015 (324 prescriptions)...
April 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179738/lenalidomide-bortezomib-and-dexamethasone-rvd-regimen-for-multiple-myeloma
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Alexandra P Punke, J Aubrey Waddell, Dominic A Solimando
The complexity of cancer chemotherapy requires pharmacists be familiar with the complicated regimens and highly toxic agents used. This column reviews various issues related to preparation, dispensing, and administration of antineoplastic therapy, and the agents, both commercially available and investigational, used to treat malignant diseases. Questions or suggestions for topics should be addressed to Dominic A. Solimando, Jr, President, Oncology Pharmacy Services, Inc., 4201 Wilson Blvd #110-545, Arlington, VA 22203, e-mail: OncRxSvc@comcast...
January 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156651/oams-at-the-end-the-end-of-the-beginning-or-the-beginning-of-the-end
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Barbara Marie Galligan, Chintan Shah, Iris Chen Zhao, Brian Paciotti, Nathan Fairman, Quy Tran
229 Background: In 2001, after three months of review, the FDA approved the oral anticancer agent imatinib, making it the fastest approval in FDA history. Since then, the FDA has approved over 40 oral anti-cancer medications (OAMs) and the number continues to rise, transforming cancer care, improving survival in specific cancers and providing new hope. However, the rapid development of OAMs has produced uncertainty over the best use of these new medications, particularly at the end of life. ASCO guidelines recommend against prescribing intravenous chemotherapy within two weeks of expected death, but no such guidelines have yet been developed for OAMs...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152949/improving-screening-and-prophylaxis-of-hepatitis-b-in-immunosuppressed-patients
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Violeta Rabrenovich, David M Baer, Joanne E Schottinger
139 Background: Kaiser Permanente (KP) is an integrated health care delivery system that provides clinical services to over 10 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Since 2007, KP oncology community collaborates at the national level to systematically improve safety and quality of care. Our improvements are accelerated by rapid adoption of evidence based protocols, leveraging of EMR and integration of quality improvement methods into clinical operations. METHODS: KP created a team that included oncologists, hepatologists, rheumatologist, pharmacy, and quality improvement experts to evaluate safety of existing practice...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152843/building-a-new-process-nursing-verification-of-pediatric-oral-chemotherapy
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Erin Santacroce, Mary Ann Zimmerman, Melissa Freeman, Teresa Lau Greenberg, Phuong Nguyen, Susan N Chi, Pratiti Bandopadhayay, Sharon Lane, Audrea Szabatura, Kathleen Houlahan, Amy Billett
199 Background: While team-based safety checks ensure safe prescribing of parenteral chemotherapy, oral chemotherapy is usually prescribed by a single clinician. With the growing use of oral chemotherapy, processes are needed to protect these vulnerable patients from prescription errors. METHODS: A team of nurses, clinicians, pharmacists and administrators developed a new process and checklist for nursing verification of oral chemotherapy prescriptions at Dana-Farber's pediatric neuro-oncology program...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152814/standardization-of-oral-chemotherapy-delivery-to-improve-patient-safety-a-pilot-study
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Maritza Carvalho, Ron Fung, Devi Ahuja, Simerjit Gollee, Bernadette Almeida, Gurpreet Grewal, Katherine Enright
90 Background: Oral chemotherapy (OC) presents unique challenges to patient safety. In contrast with parenteral chemotherapy, patient education and comprehension are crucial to the safe administration of OC, appropriate toxicity interventions and patient adherence. At Trillium Health Partners we identified a lack of standardization to OC education and monitoring, that resulted in gaps in patient care. Using the American Society of Clinical Oncology/Oncology Nursing Society 2013 chemotherapy safety standards as guidance, we developed and piloted a multi-disciplinary oral chemotherapy care pathway (OCCP) to improve the approach to education and monitoring of patients newly started on OC...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152802/integrating-nursing-into-oral-chemotherapy-education
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Nancy Weinstein, Jessica A Zerillo
81 Background:The shift of chemotherapy administration from the oncology infusion suite to the home has unwound systems and left patients vulnerable to errors. Many of the safeguards for parenteral chemotherapy, including education by an oncology nurse, are absent for oral chemotherapy. The 2013 American Society of Clinical Oncology/Oncology Nursing Society Standards served as the framework for improving the initiation of oral chemotherapy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. METHODS: Clinicians caring for patients with melanoma and renal cell cancer were surveyed...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152754/eleven-year-experience-with-a-web-based-medication-occurrence-mo-reporting-tool-in-a-community-oncology-practice
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Tae W Jang, Jim R Schwartz
53 Background: At ASCO 2007, we presented 2 year experience with a web-based Medication Occurrence (MO) reporting tool. We now report the 11 year experience in a single outpatient oncology practice. METHODS: Since December 2003, Texas Oncology (TxO) sites have entered information on Medication Occurrence (MO) reports in an electronic Variance Reporting tool. The pharmacy management team generates reports monthly for the Texas Oncology Quality Oversight Committee and each site Quality Committee for analysis and follow-up action...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152723/a-multidisciplinary-quality-improvement-project-to-improve-the-safety-of-oral-chemotherapy-in-hospitalized-patients
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Amer Sidani, Gelenis Calzadilla Domingo, Diana Sullivan, Katherine Sencion, Dominic Ho, Christina Haaf, Adam Bursua, Neeta K Venepalli
110 Background: At the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UIC), inpatient IV chemotherapy administration occurs in the setting of specific protocols and multidisciplinary safety assessments while oral chemotherapy agent (OCA) inpatient administration occurs less formally. Baseline 8 week review of 174 admissions to the oncology service revealed that of 16 patients (9.2%) on outpatient OCA, 50% received OCAs while inpatient, with 12. 55% having a formal chemotherapy note in place. We aimed to increase the percentage of administered OCAs with associated provider generated chemotherapy notes from 12...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152716/documentation-of-pharmacist-provided-patient-education-for-oral-chemotherapy
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Neeta K Venepalli, Patrick Joseph Fleming, Christina Haaf, Adam Bursua, Little Irene Park, Sandra Cuellar
237 Background: Pharmacist-provided patient education for oral chemotherapy is poorly documented in patient electronic medical records (EMR) at UIC Oncology Pharmacy. At baseline, 41% of patients who started new therapy with selected oral chemotherapies had a patient education note documented by a pharmacist in their EMR. Our aim is to provide and document patient education for at least 90% of patients who start new oral chemotherapy and fill their prescriptions at UIC Oncology Pharmacy over three months. The importance of patient counseling and documentation is recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) group...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152714/data-collection-for-care-pathways-in-the-cleveland-clinic-health-system
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Chad W Cummings, Marc A Shapiro, Dennis Urbanek, Brian James Bolwell
115 Background: Care pathways are established methods of reducing healthcare costs and disparities in oncology care. To demonstrate their impact, health systems must measure and report data on care pathway adherence and outcomes in near real-time. Automating data abstraction across a health system for oncology is difficult due to the amount and detail of data required. Manual abstraction of data is considered slow and costly. Many consider Electronic Medical Record (EMR) integration of care pathways essential in order to successfully implement and assess...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152697/establishing-an-oncology-quality-dashboard-for-improvement
#19
Danielle Gross
223 Background: Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), a national network of five hospitals, formed a Quality Improvement Committee to bring together both clinical and administrative leadership (physician, nursing, pharmacy and quality) across the enterprise vested in the oversight of quality and patient safety. Tasked with facilitating and driving measurement and improvement the group established a Quality dashboard housing metrics of importance given current performance, evidence-based practice, and evolving external standards...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125370/a-systematic-review-of-the-effect-of-cancer-treatment-on-work-productivity-of-patients-and-caregivers
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Khalid M Kamal, Jordan R Covvey, Ankur Dashputre, Somraj Ghosh, Surbhi Shah, Monali Bhosle, Christopher Zacker
BACKGROUND: Cancer is a leading cause of death with substantial financial costs. While significant data exist on the economic burden of care, less is known about the indirect costs of treatment and, specifically, the effect on work productivity of patients and their caregivers. To examine the full effect of cancer and the potential value of new therapies, all aspects of care, including indirect costs and patient-reported outcomes, should be evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review of the literature examining the effect of cancer treatment on work productivity in patients and their caregivers...
February 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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