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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641703/a-randomised-controlled-trial-to-assess-the-cost-effectiveness-of-intensive-versus-no-scheduled-follow-up-in-patients-who-have-undergone-resection-for-colorectal-cancer-with-curative-intent
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David Mant, Alastair Gray, Siân Pugh, Helen Campbell, Stephen George, Alice Fuller, Bethany Shinkins, Andrea Corkhill, Jane Mellor, Elizabeth Dixon, Louisa Little, Rafael Perera-Salazar, John Primrose
BACKGROUND: Intensive follow-up after surgery for colorectal cancer is common practice but lacks a firm evidence base. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether or not augmenting symptomatic follow-up in primary care with two intensive methods of follow-up [monitoring of blood carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels and scheduled imaging] is effective and cost-effective in detecting the recurrence of colorectal cancer treatable surgically with curative intent. DESIGN: Randomised controlled open-label trial...
May 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639389/implementing-two-nurse-practitioner-models-of-service-at-an-australian-male-prison-a-quality-assurance-study
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Ides Wong, Eryn Wright, Damian Santomauro, Raquel How, Christopher Leary, Meredith Harris
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To examine the quality and safety of nurse practitioner services of two newly implemented nurse practitioner models of care at a correctional facility. BACKGROUND: Nurse practitioners could help to meet the physical and mental health needs of Australia's growing prison population; however, the nurse practitioner role has not previously been evaluated in this context. DESIGN: A quality assurance study conducted in an Australian prison where a primary health nurse practitioner and a mental health nurse practitioner were incorporated into an existing primary healthcare service...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639262/interprofessional-collaboration-to-improve-professional-practice-and-healthcare-outcomes
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REVIEW
Scott Reeves, Ferruccio Pelone, Reema Harrison, Joanne Goldman, Merrick Zwarenstein
BACKGROUND: Poor interprofessional collaboration (IPC) can adversely affect the delivery of health services and patient care. Interventions that address IPC problems have the potential to improve professional practice and healthcare outcomes. OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of practice-based interventions designed to improve interprofessional collaboration (IPC) amongst health and social care professionals, compared to usual care or to an alternative intervention, on at least one of the following primary outcomes: patient health outcomes, clinical process or efficiency outcomes or secondary outcomes (collaborative behaviour)...
June 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635641/the-fate-of-pollutants-in-porous-asphalt-pavements-laboratory-experiments-to-investigate-their-potential-to-impact-environmental-health
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Susanne M Charlesworth, Jamie Beddow, Ernest O Nnadi
Pervious Paving Systems (PPS) are part of a sustainable approach to drainage in which excess surface water is encouraged to infiltrate through their structure, during which potentially toxic elements, such as metals and hydrocarbons are treated by biodegradation and physical entrapment and storage. However, it is not known where in the PPS structure these contaminants accumulate, which has implications for environmental health, particularly during maintenance, as well as consequences for the recycling of material from the PPS at the end-of-life...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627730/does-involvement-of-local-ngos-enhance-public-service-delivery-cautionary-evidence-from-a-malaria-prevention-program-in-india
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Ashis Das, Jed Friedman, Eeshani Kandpal
Partnerships between government and non-state actors that aim to enhance the quality or efficiency of service delivery are increasingly common in today's development policy landscape. We investigate the impacts of such an approach using data from an experimental supportive intervention to India's malaria control program that leveraged local non-state capacity in order to promote mosquito net usage and recommended fever care-seeking patterns. The supportive activities were conducted simultaneously by 3 NGOs, contracted out by the Indian government, in 2 endemic districts in the state of Odisha...
June 19, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620765/autonomy-and-performance-in-the-public-sector-the-experience-of-english-nhs-hospitals
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Rossella Verzulli, Rowena Jacobs, Maria Goddard
Since 2004, English NHS hospitals have been given the opportunity to acquire a more autonomous status known as a Foundation Trust (FT), whereby regulations and restrictions over financial, management, and organizational matters were reduced in order to create incentives to deliver higher-quality services in the most efficient way. Using difference-in-difference models, we test whether achieving greater autonomy (FT status) improved hospital performance, as proxied by measures of financial management, quality of care, and staff satisfaction...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619632/enhancing-prostate-cancer-survivorship-care-through-self-management
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REVIEW
Ted A Skolarus, Daniela Wittmann, Sarah T Hawley
The lack of clear roles for prostate cancer survivorship care providers places prostate cancer survivors at significant risk of inappropriate use of services delivered piecemeal by different providers, persistent bothersome symptoms, and silent suffering. Optimizing quality of care for prostate cancer survivors hinges on decreasing fragmentation of care, and providing quality symptom management. This is achieved through comprehensive, appropriate medical, surgical, pharmacological and psychosocial care, coupled with self-management, as highlighted in several recent resources addressing long-term and late effects of treatment...
June 13, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617014/real-world-program-evaluation-of-integrated-behavioral-health-care-improving-scientific-rigor
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Jennifer S Funderburk, Robyn L Shepardson
INTRODUCTION: Designing systematic, scientifically rigorous program evaluations (PE) is 1 way to contribute to the significant need to build best practices and a stronger evidence base for integrated behavioral health care. However, there are many potential pitfalls when conducting PE in real-world settings, and many clinicians and administrators may be hesitant to engage in PE due to lack of training or resources. Rigorous PE can be achieved feasibly and efficiently. METHOD: This article discusses common challenges that arise when conducting PE in integrated behavioral health care settings and illustrates ways to increase the methodological quality of PE efforts using lessons learned from 2 real-world case examples...
June 2017: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616417/the-comparison-the-effect-of-training-by-means-of-simulation-and-oral-method-on-midwives-skill-in-management-of-shoulder-dystocia
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Masoumeh Kordi, Fatemeh Erfanian, Farzaneh Rashidi Fakari, Fatemeh Dastfan, Keivan Shariati Nejad
INTRODUCTION: Shoulder dystocia is one of the obstetric emergencies that are accompanied to serious risks for mother and fetus. It necessitates making the method of training of shoulder dystocia management more efficient, i.e., better management and giving services with higher quality. Thus, this study was carried out to compare the impact of training by simulation and oral technique on the skill of the employed midwives in obstetric clinics at Mashhad city (Iran) in shoulder dystocia management during 2012...
2017: Journal of Education and Health Promotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614637/renal-telemedicine-through-video-as-a-service-delivered-to-patients-on-home-dialysis-a-qualitative-study-on-the-renal-care-team-members-experience
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Jae-Llane Ditchburn, Alison Marshall
BACKGROUND: The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK has been providing renal care through video-as-a-service (VAAS) to patients since 2013, with support from the North West NHS Shared Infrastructure Service, a collaborative team that supports information and communication technology use in the UK National Health Service. INTRODUCTION: Renal telemedicine offered remotely to patients on home dialysis supports renal care through the provision of a live high-quality video link directly to unsupported patients undergoing haemodialysis at home...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Renal Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612100/costs-and-outcomes-of-improving-population-health-through-better-social-housing-a-cohort-study-and-economic-analysis
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Nathan Bray, Paul Burns, Alice Jones, Eira Winrow, Rhiannon Tudor Edwards
OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine the impact of warmth-related housing improvements on the health, well-being, and quality of life of families living in social housing. METHODS: An historical cohort study design was used. Households were recruited by Gentoo, a social housing contractor in North East England. Recruited households were asked to complete a quality of life, well-being, and health service use questionnaire before receiving housing improvements (new energy-efficient boiler and double-glazing) and again 12 months afterwards...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607676/evaluating-the-quality-improvement-impact-of-the-global-tracheostomy-collaborative-in-four-diverse-nhs-hospitals
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Brendan A McGrath, James Lynch, Barbarella Bonvento, Sarah Wallace, Val Poole, Ann Farrell, Cristina Diaz, Sadie Khwaja, David W Roberson
Tracheostomies are predominantly used in Head & Neck Surgery and the critically ill. The needs of these complex patients frequently cross traditional speciality working boundaries and locations and any resulting airway problems can rapidly lead to significant harm. The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC) was formed in 2012 with the aim of bringing together international expertise in tracheostomy care in order to bring about rapid adoption of best practices and to improve the quality and safety of care to this vulnerable group...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604355/costs-and-performance-of-english-mental-health-providers
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Valerie Moran, Rowena Jacobs
BACKGROUND: Despite limited resources in mental health care, there is little research exploring variations in cost performance across mental health care providers. In England, a prospective payment system for mental health care based on patient needs has been introduced with the potential to incentivise providers to control costs. The units of payment under the new system are 21 care clusters. Patients are allocated to a cluster by clinicians, and each cluster has a maximum review period...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593014/a-qualitative-study-on-barriers-to-achieving-high-quality-community-based-integrated-dementia-care
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Yoshihisa Hirakawa, Chifa Chiang, Atsuko Aoyama
Introduction: High-quality, community-based dementia care requires a comprehensive, holistic approach. This study aimed to identify the barriers to achieving efficient cooperation and coordination among medical professionals, care managers, and medical social workers, and to improve the management model of community-based, integrated dementia care. Methods: We collected qualitative data through three focus group discussions at JA Konan Kosei Hospital. Thirteen participants (four directors of nursing service departments, three chief nurses, four medical social workers, and two care managers) were recruited for the discussions...
May 2017: Journal of Rural Medicine: JRM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582993/mapping-evidence-of-interventions-and-strategies-to-bridge-the-gap-in-the-implementation-of-the-prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission-of-hiv-programme-policy-in-sub-saharan-countries-a-scoping-review
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Wilbroda H Ngidi, Joanne R Naidoo, Busisiwe P Ncama, Zamasomi P B Luvuno, Tivani P Mashamba-Thompson
BACKGROUND: Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV is a life-saving public health intervention. Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries have made significant progress in the programme, but little is known about the strategies used by them to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV. AIM: To map evidence of strategies and interventions employed by SSA in bridging the implementation gap in the rapidly changing PMTCT of HIV programme policy. METHODS: Electronic search of the databases MEDLINE, PubMed and SABINET for articles published in English between 2001 and August 2016...
May 29, 2017: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580544/impact-of-regulation-on-english-and-welsh-water-only-companies-an-input-distance-function-approach
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María Molinos-Senante, Simon Porcher, Alexandros Maziotis
The assessment of productivity change over time and its drivers is of great significance for water companies and regulators when setting urban water tariffs. This issue is even more relevant in privatized water industries, such as those in England and Wales, where the price-cap regulation is adopted. In this paper, an input-distance function is used to estimate productivity change and its determinants for the English and Welsh water-only companies (WoCs) over the period of 1993-2009. The impacts of several exogenous variables on companies' efficiencies are also explored...
June 3, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578738/shaping-quality-through-vision-structure-and-monitoring-of-performance-and-quality-indicators-impact-story-from-the-quebec-trauma-network
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Catherine Truchon, Lynne Moore, Amina Belcaid, Julien Clément, Nathalie Trudelle, Marie-Andrée Ulysse, Benoît Grolleau, Jacinthe Clusiau, Danielle Lévesque, Michèle de Guise
OBJECTIVES: The Quebec Trauma Care Continuum (TCC) was initiated in 1991 with the objective of providing accessible, continuous, efficient, and high quality services for all injury cases in the province. METHODS: The TCC design relied on three key components: (i) the designation of a network of acute care and rehabilitation facilities with specific mandates and responsibilities; (ii) the elaboration of transfer protocols, standing agreements, and governing structures to ensure fluid and optimal patient flow; and (iii) the close monitoring of several indicators to facilitate the continuous evaluation and improvement of the network...
June 5, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577702/the-role-of-patient-reported-outcome-measures-in-value-based-payment-reform
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Lee Squitieri, Kevin J Bozic, Andrea L Pusic
The U.S. health care system is currently experiencing profound change. Pressure to improve the quality of patient care and control costs have caused a rapid shift from traditional volume-driven fee-for-service reimbursement to value-based payment models. Under the 2015 Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, providers will be evaluated on the basis of quality and cost efficiency and ultimately receive adjusted reimbursement as per their performance. Although current performance metrics do not incorporate patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), many wonder whether and how PROMs will eventually fit into value-based payment reform...
June 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573438/the-incidence-and-severity-of-errors-in-pharmacist-written-discharge-medication-orders
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Raliat Onatade, Sara Sawieres, Alexandra Veck, Lindsay Smith, Shivani Gore, Sumiah Al-Azeib
Background Errors in discharge prescriptions are problematic. When hospital pharmacists write discharge prescriptions improvements are seen in the quality and efficiency of discharge. There is limited information on the incidence of errors in pharmacists' medication orders. Objective To investigate the extent and clinical significance of errors in pharmacist-written discharge medication orders. Setting 1000-bed teaching hospital in London, UK. Method Pharmacists in this London hospital routinely write discharge medication orders as part of the clinical pharmacy service...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566268/high-level-of-integration-in-integrated-disease-management-leads-to-higher-usage-in-the-e-vita-study-self-management-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-with-web-based-platforms-in-a-parallel-cohort-design
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Esther Pwa Talboom-Kamp, Noortje A Verdijk, Marise J Kasteleyn, Lara M Harmans, Irvin Jsh Talboom, Mattijs E Numans, Niels H Chavannes
BACKGROUND: Worldwide, nearly 3 million people die of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) every year. Integrated disease management (IDM) improves disease-specific quality of life and exercise capacity for people with COPD, but can also reduce hospital admissions and hospital days. Self-management of COPD through eHealth interventions has shown to be an effective method to improve the quality and efficiency of IDM in several settings, but it remains unknown which factors influence usage of eHealth and change in behavior of patients...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
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