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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230878/multifunctional-hybrid-porous-filters-with-hierarchical-structures-for-simultaneous-removal-of-indoor-vocs-dusts-and-microorganisms
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Yang Zhao, Ze-Xian Low, Shasha Feng, Zhaoxiang Zhong, Yong Wang, Zhong Yao
Air purification often requires multiple layers of filters with different functions to remove various air pollutants, which lead to high pressure drop, high air flow path and frequent filter replacement. In this work, a novel multifunctional Ag@MWCNTs/Al2O3 hybrid filter with a depth-type hierarchical structure for simultaneous removal of fine particles, microorganisms and VOCs was designed and fabricated. The novel hybrid air filter showed leading air purification performances to date, achieving 82.24% degradation of formaldehyde at room temperature, 99...
February 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227491/enhancing-improved-heuristic-drift-elimination-for-step-and-heading-based-pedestrian-dead-reckoning-systems
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Luis E Diez, Alfonso Bahillo, Safaa Bataineh, Antonio D Masegosa, Asier Perallos, Luis E Diez, Alfonso Bahillo, Safaa Bataineh, Antonio D Masegosa, Asier Perallos, Luis E Diez, Safaa Bataineh, Asier Perallos, Antonio D Masegosa, Alfonso Bahillo
Location based services can improve the quality of patient care and increase the efficiency of the healthcare systems. Among the different technologies that provide indoor positioning, inertial sensors based pedestrian dead-reckoning (PDR) is one of the more cost-effective solutions, but its performance is limited by drift problems. Regarding the heading drift, some heuristics make use of the building's dominant directions in order to reduce this problem. In this paper, we enhance the method known as improved heuristic drift elimination (iHDE) to be implemented in a Step-and-Heading (SHS) based PDR system, that allows to place the inertial sensors in almost any location of the user's body...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224283/health-service-use-costs-and-adverse-events-associated-with-potentially-inappropriate-medication-in-old-age-in-germany-retrospective-matched-cohort-study
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Dirk Heider, Herbert Matschinger, Andreas D Meid, Renate Quinzler, Jürgen-Bernhard Adler, Christian Günster, Walter E Haefeli, Hans-Helmut König
BACKGROUND: Drug-related problems are an important healthcare safety concern in the growing population of older people. Prescription of potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) is one aspect of this concern that is considered to increase the risk of adverse health outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the Health Economics of Potentially Inappropriate Medication (HEPIME) study was to analyze the association between the prescription of PIMs according to the German PRISCUS list and healthcare utilization, healthcare costs, and the occurrence of adverse events in old age...
February 21, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224056/evaluation-and-comparison-of-fta-card-and-ctab-dna-extraction-methods-for-non-agricultural-taxa
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Chloe S Siegel, Florence O Stevenson, Elizabeth A Zimmer
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: An efficient, effective DNA extraction method is necessary for comprehensive analysis of plant genomes. This study analyzed the quality of DNA obtained using paper FTA cards prepared directly in the field when compared to the more traditional cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)-based extraction methods from silica-dried samples. METHODS: DNA was extracted using FTA cards according to the manufacturer's protocol. In parallel, CTAB-based extractions were done using the automated AutoGen DNA isolation system...
February 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222770/what-do-patients-with-diabetes-and-providers-think-of-an-innovative-australian-model-of-remote-diabetic-retinopathy-screening-a-qualitative-study
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Nicola M Glasson, Sarah L Larkins, Lisa J Crossland
BACKGROUND: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the commonest cause of preventable blindness in working age populations, but up to 98% of visual loss secondary to DR can be prevented with early detection and treatment. In 2012, an innovative outreach DR screening model was implemented in remote communities in a state of Australia. The aim of this study was to explore the acceptability of this unique DR screening model to patients, health professionals and other key stakeholders. METHODS: This descriptive qualitative study used semi-structured interviews with patients opportunistically recruited whilst attending DR screening, and purposefully selected health care professionals either working within or impacted by the programme...
February 22, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221676/key-factors-that-influence-government-policies-and-decision-making-about-healthcare-priorities-lessons-for-the-field-of-eating-disorders
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Harvey Whiteford, Ruth Striegel Weissman
Worldwide, the demand for healthcare exceeds what individuals and governments are able to afford. Priority setting is therefore inevitable, and mental health services have often been given low priority in the decision-making process. Drawing on established economic criteria, and specifically the work of Philip Musgrove, key factors which influence government decision-making about health priorities are reviewed. These factors include the size of the health burden, the availability of cost-effective interventions to reduce the burden, whether private markets can provide the necessary treatment efficiently, whether there are "catastrophic costs" incurred in accessing treatment, whether negative externalities arise from not providing care, and if the "rule of rescue" applies...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219392/meaning-and-barriers-to-quality-care-service-provision-in-child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services-qualitative-study-of-stakeholder-perspectives
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Nadzeya Svirydzenka, Pablo Ronzoni, Nisha Dogra
BACKGROUND: Defining quality in health presents many challenges. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defined quality clinical care as care that is equitable, timely, safe, efficient, effective and patient centred. However, it is not clear how different stakeholders within a child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) understand and/or apply this framework. This project aims to identify key stakeholders" understanding of the meaning of quality in the context of CAMHS. METHOD: The study sample comprised of three groups: (i) patients and carers, (ii) CAMHS clinical staff, and (iii) commissioners (Total N = 24)...
February 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217864/-sounds-a-bit-crazy-but-it-was-almost-more-personal-a-qualitative-study-of-patient-and-clinician-experiences-of-physical-therapist-prescribed-exercise-for-knee-osteoarthritis-via-skype%C3%A2
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R S Hinman, R K Nelligan, K L Bennell, C Delany
OBJECTIVES: Explore patients' and physical therapists' experience with Skype™ for exercise management of knee OA. METHODS: Qualitative study. The Donabedian model for quality assessment in health care (structure, process and outcomes) informed semi-structured individual interview questions. Twelve purposively-sampled patients with knee OA who received physical therapist-prescribed exercise over Skype™, and all therapists (n=8) who delivered the intervention, in a clinical trial were interviewed about their experiences...
February 19, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217727/assessment-of-parents-perception-of-quality-of-pediatric-oncology-inpatient-care-at-kenyatta-national-hospital
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Eunice Mmbone Keiza, Margaret Njambi Chege, Blasio Osogo Omuga
OBJECTIVE: Adequate knowledge of parents' perception of quality of pediatric cancer care helps to identify the areas of care improvement which would contribute to disease outcome in regard to the quality of life and satisfaction with the care provided. The aim of the study was to assess the parents' perception of the quality of Pediatric Oncology Inpatient Care at Kenyatta National Hospital. METHODS: A cross-sectional descriptive quantitative and qualitative study was undertaken using a pretested semi-structured questionnaire and a focused group discussion guide...
January 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217305/redesigning-care-delivery-with-patient-support-personnel-learning-from-accountable-care-organizations
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Ksenia O Gorbenko, Taressa Fraze, Valerie A Lewis
INTRODUCTION: Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are a value-based payment model in the United States rooted in holding groups of healthcare providers financially accountable for the quality and total cost of care of their attributed population. To succeed in reaching their quality and efficiency goals, ACOs implement a variety of care delivery changes, including workforce redesign. Patient support personnel (PSP)-non-physician staff such as care coordinators, community health workers, and others-are critical to restructuring care delivery...
September 2016: Int J Care Coord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208694/novel-hierarchical-fall-detection-algorithm-using-a-multiphase-fall-model
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Chia-Yeh Hsieh, Kai-Chun Liu, Chih-Ning Huang, Woei-Chyn Chu, Chia-Tai Chan
Falls are the primary cause of accidents for the elderly in the living environment. Reducing hazards in the living environment and performing exercises for training balance and muscles are the common strategies for fall prevention. However, falls cannot be avoided completely; fall detection provides an alarm that can decrease injuries or death caused by the lack of rescue. The automatic fall detection system has opportunities to provide real-time emergency alarms for improving the safety and quality of home healthcare services...
February 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207516/economic-evaluation-of-mobile-phone-text-message-interventions-to-improve-adherence-to-hiv-therapy-in-kenya
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Anik R Patel, Jason Kessler, R Scott Braithwaite, Kimberly A Nucifora, Harsha Thirumurthy, Qinlian Zhou, Richard T Lester, Carlo A Marra
BACKGROUND: A surge in mobile phone availability has fueled low cost short messaging service (SMS) adherence interventions. Multiple systematic reviews have concluded that some SMS-based interventions are effective at improving antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence, and they are hypothesized to improve retention in care. The objective of this study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of SMS-based adherence interventions and explore the added value of retention benefits. METHODS: We evaluated the cost-effectiveness of weekly SMS interventions compared to standard care among HIV+ individuals initiating ART for the first time in Kenya...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203108/a-review-of-screening-strategies-for-cervical-cancer-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-positive-women-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Manuela Viviano, Pierre DeBeaudrap, Pierre-Marie Tebeu, Jovanny T Fouogue, Pierre Vassilakos, Patrick Petignat
Cervical cancer (CC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death and a major public health issue in sub-Saharan Africa. This heavy burden parallels that of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, which increases the risk of developing CC. Despite the progressive reduction of HIV prevalence in the past decade, the CC incidence and mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa remain high. The heterogeneity of the distribution of the two diseases in the African continent, together with the different availability of human and material resources, stands in the way of finding an appropriate screening strategy...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196518/a-comparison-of-how-behavioral-health-organizations-utilize-training-to-prepare-for-health-care-reform
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Victoria Stanhope, Mimi Choy-Brown, Stacey Barrenger, Jennifer Manuel, Micaela Mercado, Mary McKay, Steven C Marcus
BACKGROUND: Under the Affordable Care Act, States have obtained Medicaid waivers to overhaul their behavioral health service systems to improve quality and reduce costs. Critical to implementation of broad service delivery reforms has been the preparation of organizations responsible for service delivery. This study focused on one large-scale initiative to overhaul its service system with the goal of improving service quality and reducing costs. The study examined the participation of behavioral health organizations in technical assistance efforts and the extent to which organizational factors related to their participation...
February 14, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187410/jllumina-a-comprehensive-java-based-api-for-statistical-illumina-infinium-humanmethylation450-and-methylationepic-data-processing
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Diogo Almeida, Ida Skov, Jesper Lund, Afsaneh Mohammadnejad, Artur Silva, Fabio Vandin, Qihua Tan, Jan Baumbach, Richard Röttger
Measuring differential methylation of the DNA is the nowadays most common approach to linking epigenetic modifications to diseases (called epigenome-wide association studies, EWAS). For its low cost, its efficiency and easy handling, the Illumina HumanMethylation450 BeadChip and its successor, the Infinium MethylationEPIC BeadChip, is the by far most popular techniques for conduction EWAS in large patient cohorts. Despite the popularity of this chip technology, raw data processing and statistical analysis of the array data remains far from trivial and still lacks dedicated software libraries enabling high quality and statistically sound downstream analyses...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185593/decentralization-and-health-system-performance-a-focused-review-of-dimensions-difficulties-and-derivatives-in-india
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REVIEW
Bhuputra Panda, Harshad P Thakur
INTRODUCTION: One of the principal goals of any health care system is to improve health through the provision of clinical and public health services. Decentralization as a reform measure aims to improve inputs, management processes and health outcomes, and has political, administrative and financial connotations. It is argued that the robustness of a health system in achieving desirable outcomes is contingent upon the width and depth of 'decision space' at the local level. Studies have used different approaches to examine one or more facets of decentralization and its effect on health system functioning; however, lack of consensus on an acceptable framework is a critical gap in determining its quantum and quality...
October 31, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185581/does-decentralization-influence-efficiency-of-health-units-a-study-of-opinion-and-perception-of-health-workers-in-odisha
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Bhuputra Panda, Harshad P Thakur, Sanjay P Zodpey
BACKGROUND: Health systems in low and middle income countries are struggling to improve efficiency in the functioning of health units of which workforce is one of the most critical building blocks. In India, Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS) was established at every health unit as institutions of local decision making in order to improve productive efficiency and quality. Measuring efficiency of health units is a complex task. This study aimed at assessing the perception (opinion and satisfaction) of health workers about influence of RKS on improving efficiency of peripheral decision making health units (DMHU); examining differences between priority and non-priority set-ups; identifying predictors of satisfaction at work; and discussing suggestions to improve performance...
October 31, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183346/study-protocol-improving-the-transition-of-care-from-a-non-network-hospital-back-to-the-patient-s-medical-home
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Roman A Ayele, Emily Lawrence, Marina McCreight, Kelty Fehling, Jamie Peterson, Russell E Glasgow, Borsika A Rabin, Robert Burke, Catherine Battaglia
BACKGROUND: The process of transitioning Veterans to primary care following a non-Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitalization can be challenging. Poor transitions result in medical complications and increased hospital readmissions. The goal of this transition of care quality improvement (QI) project is to identify gaps in the current transition process and implement an intervention that bridges the gap and improves the current transition of care process within the Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS)...
February 10, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177102/-central-purchasing-bodies-and-spending-review-in-health-sector
#19
Luigi Spampinato
The aim of this paper is to analyze the new model of centralization of purchases in Italy after the approval of the 2016 Stability Law, with particular reference to the health sector. In fact, the spending review process in Italy in the health sector has had a strong evolution with the 2016 Stability Law, which has introduced the obligation for the institutions of the National Health Service to obtain supplies, exclusively, from aggregators subjects, for certain product categories of the health sector. The legislature, over the years, was mainly characterized by measures to reduce the spending limits for purchases of goods and services or by resetting the fees, including the provision of an obligation for the renegotiation of health goods and services contracts, in order to ensure the effective implementation of the expenditure rationalization by aggregation of goods and services...
January 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161041/long-term-assessment-at-field-scale-of-floating-treatment-wetlands-for-improvement-of-water-quality-and-provision-of-ecosystem-services-in-a-eutrophic-urban-pond
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Eugenia J Olguín, Gloria Sánchez-Galván, Francisco J Melo, Víctor J Hernández, Ricardo E González-Portela
Pollution of urban water bodies requires stringent control measures and the development of low-cost and highly efficient alternative technologies. In contrast to Constructed Wetlands, Floating Treatment Wetlands (FTWs) have the advantage of not requiring large surface of land since they operate in situ. However, there is limited information about their long-term evaluation while operating at field scale. The aim of this work was to assess the performance of FTWs using a combination of Pontederia sagittata and Cyperus papyrus for the improvement of the water quality and provision of ecosystem services of a eutrophic urban pond...
February 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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