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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615004/understanding-heart-failure-explaining-telehealth-a-hermeneutic-systematic-review
#1
Trisha Greenhalgh, Christine A'Court, Sara Shaw
BACKGROUND: Enthusiasts for telehealth extol its potential for supporting heart failure management. But randomised trials have been slow to recruit and produced conflicting findings; real-world roll-out has been slow. We sought to inform policy by making sense of a complex literature on heart failure and its remote management. METHODS: Through database searching and citation tracking, we identified 7 systematic reviews of systematic reviews, 32 systematic reviews (including 17 meta-analyses and 8 qualitative reviews); six mega-trials and over 60 additional relevant empirical studies and commentaries...
June 14, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614079/do-not-resuscitate-with-no-surrogate-and-no-advance-directive-an-ethics-case-study
#2
Jamie Diamond, Umesh Gidwani, Rosamond Rhodes
Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders are typically signed by physicians in conjunction with patients or their surrogate decision makers in order to instruct healthcare providers not to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Both the medical literature and CPR guidelines fail to address when it is appropriate for physicians to sign DNR orders without any knowledge of a patient's wishes. We explore the ethical issues surrounding instituting a two-physician DNR for a dying patient with multiple comorbidities and no medical record on file, no advance directives, and no surrogate decision maker...
2017: Journal of Clinical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571934/intensive-glycemic-control-in-younger-and-older-u-s-adults-with-type-2-diabetes
#3
Sarah Casagrande, Catherine C Cowie, Judith E Fradkin
AIMS: To determine the extent to which older vs. younger adults with diabetes intensively control glycemia. METHODS: Participants were age≥40years who self-reported a physician diagnosis of diabetes in the 2009-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (N=1554). Intensive glycemic control was defined as A1c<7.0% and taking insulin, sulfonylureas, or ≥2 glycemic medications. Logistic regression was used to determine the adjusted odds of intensive control in older (≥65years) vs...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562155/challenges-of-implementing-fibromyalgia-treatment-guidelines-in-current-clinical-practice
#4
Lesley M Arnold, Daniel J Clauw
The current diagnostic and treatment pathway for patients with fibromyalgia (FM) is lengthy, complex, and characterized by multiple physician visits with an average 2-year wait until diagnosis. It is clear that effective identification and appropriate treatment of FM remain a challenge in current clinical practice. Ideally, FM management involves a multidisciplinary approach with the preferable patient pathway originating in primary care but supported by a range of health care providers, including referral to specialist care when necessary...
June 19, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552061/polypharmacy-in-cardiovascular-medicine-problems-and-promises
#5
Mehran Abolbashari, Tracy E Macaulay, Thomas F Whayne, Debabrata Mukherjee, Sibu Saha
Polypharmacy is now a frequent aspect and reality of current medicine practice, driven by managing multiple comorbidities, especially in older adults. However and unfortunately, polypharmacy can expose patients to adverse drug reactions, and drug-drug or drug-disease interactions. On the other hand, clinicians are often hesitant to add new drugs to complex regimens even when recommended by evidence-based medicine and guidelines. In addition, there is frequently a failure to assess which medications might not be beneficial and may therefore be stopped...
May 28, 2017: Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546302/considerations-and-controversies-in-managing-chronic-kidney-disease-an-update
#6
REVIEW
Lalita Prasad-Reddy, Diana Isaacs, Alexander Kantorovich
PURPOSE: Current considerations and controversies surrounding the management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) are reviewed. SUMMARY: Patients diagnosed with CKD require a unique clinical approach to prevent medication toxicities and ensure appropriate management of disease-progressing comorbidities, and they require attention to commonly occurring complications that may affect disease control and impact quality of life, including anemia and CKD-bone-mineral disorder (CKD-BMD)...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544037/using-experience-based-co-design-for-the-development-of-physical-activity-provision-in-non-acute-rehabilitation-and-recovery-mental-health-care
#7
Evan Matthews, Mary Cowman, Suzanne Denieffe
Despite advances in recovery focused mental health care, people with severe mental illness (SMI) experience multiple physical comorbidity compounded by unhealthy lifestyle behaviours including low levels of physical activity (Vancampfort et al. 2017; Walker et al. 2015). Responding to this, international policy is moving to include physical activity as part of fundamental care for people with severe mental illness (Pratt et al. 2016; Richardson et al. 2005). Incorporation of physical activity into mental health service provision should adopt an approach that is in keeping with best practice, recovery orientated guidelines of mental health service provision, with particular consideration shown to incorporating service users as partners in care plan development and delivery (Department of Health, 2001; Department of Health and Children, 2006)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509771/sedation-for-advanced-procedures-in-the-bronchoscopy-suite-proceduralist-or-anesthesiologist
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Michael Kern, Thoralf Kerner, Sascha Tank
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article focuses on the issue of sedation provided either by proceduralists or anesthesiologists for advanced bronchoscopy procedures. The relative merits of both approaches are presented. Current evidence from the literature and guideline recommendations relevant to this topic are reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: In general, patient and proceduralist satisfaction as well as patient safety are increased when intravenous sedation is provided for advanced bronchoscopic procedures...
May 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493231/-drug-therapy-of-fibromyalgia-syndrome-updated-guidelines-2017-and-overview-of-systematic-review-articles
#9
C Sommer, R Alten, K-J Bär, M Bernateck, W Brückle, E Friedel, P Henningsen, F Petzke, T Tölle, N Üçeyler, A Winkelmann, W Häuser
BACKGROUND: The regular update of the guidelines on fibromyalgia syndrome, AWMF number 145/004, was scheduled for April 2017. METHODS: The guidelines were developed by 13 scientific societies and 2 patient self-help organizations coordinated by the German Pain Society. Working groups (n =8) with a total of 42 members were formed balanced with respect to gender, medical expertise, position in the medical or scientific hierarchy and potential conflicts of interest...
May 10, 2017: Der Schmerz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493229/-general-treatment-principles-coordination-of-care-and-patient-education-in-fibromyalgia-syndrome-updated-guidelines-2017-and-overview-of-systematic-review-articles
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F Petzke, W Brückle, U Eidmann, P Heldmann, V Köllner, T Kühn, H Kühn-Becker, M Strunk-Richter, M Schiltenwolf, M Settan, M von Wachter, M Weigl, W Häuser
BACKGROUND: The regular update of the guidelines on fibromyalgia syndrome, AWMF number 145/004, was scheduled for April 2017. METHODS: The guidelines were developed by 13 scientific societies and 2 patient self-help organizations coordinated by the German Pain Society. Working groups (n =8) with a total of 42 members were formed balanced with respect to gender, medical expertise, position in the medical or scientific hierarchy and potential conflicts of interest...
May 10, 2017: Der Schmerz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471945/metabolic-concerns-in-aging-hiv-infected-persons-from-serum-lipid-phenotype-to-fatty-liver
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Giovanni Guaraldi, Amedeo Lonardo, Liliana Maia, Frank J Palella
: Among HIV-infected persons, the assessment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) provides a window through which overall metabolic health can be evaluated. In this review, we summarize clinical data that support the roles of aging and metabolic dysregulation as factors contributing to fatty liver/NAFLD among HIV-infected persons.Age-related metabolic alterations include hepatic anatomic and functional changes, altered homeostasis of gastrointestinal microbiota and anthropometric changes (such as a shift of body fat depots from the subcutaneous to the visceral compartment) that are often associated with the development of insulin resistance and increased cardiovascular risk...
June 1, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469298/where-are-we-with-bladder-preservation-for-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer-in-2017
#12
REVIEW
Woodson Wade Smelser, Marcus A Austenfeld, Jeffrey Maxwell Holzbeierlein, Eugene Kang Lee
INTRODUCTION: In 2017, neoadjuvant, cisplatin-based chemotherapy followed by radical cystectomy (RC) is considered the gold standard therapy for muscle-invasive bladder based on randomized controlled trials. Across all tumor stages, this approach has been associated with the highest rates of disease-specific survival. However, RC is one of the most challenging procedures performed by urologic surgeons and carries with it significant risks of complications, hospital readmission, and even a small risk of mortality, in addition to lifestyle changes that can have long-term effects on well-being...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460695/reducing-fresh-tracheostomy-decannulations-following-implementation-of-a-fresh-tracheostomy-guideline
#13
REVIEW
Kristen Hood, Brennan Lewis, Cindy Darnell Bowens
Pediatric patients undergoing tracheostomy placement are often medically fragile with multiple comorbidities. The complexity of these patients partnered with the risks of a newly placed tracheostomy necessitates a clear understanding of patient management and clinical competence. At our institution, a quality improvement initiative was formed with a focus on increasing the safety of these patients by developing a postoperative care guideline.
June 2017: Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443147/evaluation-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-review-of-the-literature-and-current-guidelines
#14
REVIEW
Shachar Moshe Aharony, Ornella Lam, Jacques Corcos
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a unique neurological disease with a broad spectrum of clinical presentations that are time- and disease course-related. MS plaque location (intracranial and/or spinal) is a key feature in the pathophysiology of disease-related lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). The prevalence of these symptoms in MS patients is very high, with nearly 90% of them experiencing some degree of voiding dysfunction and/or incontinence. LUTS rarely present as primary MS manifestations and usually appear 6-8 years after the initial diagnosis...
January 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424138/comparative-analysis-of-the-paravertebral-analgesic-pump-catheter-with-the-epidural-catheter-in-elderly-trauma-patients-with-multiple-rib-fractures
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Brian S Shapiro, Tarik Wasfie, Mathew Chadwick, Kimberly R Barber, Raquel Yapchai
Presently, trauma guidelines recommend epidural analgesia as the optimal modality of pain relief from rib fractures. They are not ideally suited for elderly trauma patients and have disadvantages including bleeding risk. The paravertebral analgesic pump (PVP) eliminates such disadvantages and includes ease of placement in the trauma setting. This study compares pain control in patients treated by EPI versus PVP. This is a retrospective, historical cohort study comparing two methods of pain management in the trauma setting...
April 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413184/risk-of-ischemic-stroke-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-not-receiving-oral-anticoagulants%C3%A3-korean-nationwide-population-based-study
#16
Si-Hyuck Kang, Eue-Keun Choi, Kyung-Do Han, So-Ryoung Lee, Woo-Hyun Lim, Myung-Jin Cha, Youngjin Cho, Il-Young Oh, Seil Oh
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia, is associated with an elevated thromboembolic risk, including ischemic stroke. Guidelines recommend the stratification of individual stroke risk and tailored antithrombotic therapy. This study investigated the demographics, comorbidities, and prognosis of non-valvular AF (NVAF) in Korean patients.Methods and Results:We extracted data on 10,846 patients with newly diagnosed NVAF who were naïve to oral anticoagulants from the National Health Insurance Service-National Sample Cohort...
April 12, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408193/imipramine-versus-placebo-for-multiple-functional-somatic-syndromes-stress-3-a-double-blind-randomised-study
#17
Johanne L Agger, Andreas Schröder, Lise K Gormsen, Jens S Jensen, Troels S Jensen, Per K Fink
BACKGROUND: Functional somatic syndromes, including chronic fatigue syndrome or irritable bowel syndrome, often co-exist. Treatment guidelines supported by high quality evidence exist for most functional somatic syndromes, but are lacking for multiple comorbid functional somatic syndromes. We aimed to assess the effect of the tricyclic antidepressant, imipramine, in patients with multiple functional somatic syndromes defined by the criteria for multiorgan bodily distress syndrome, a unifying diagnosis that encompasses most functional somatic syndromes and somatoform disorders...
May 2017: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376127/the-doc-screen-feasible-and-valid-screening-for-depression-obstructive-sleep-apnea-osa-and-cognitive-impairment-in-stroke-prevention-clinics
#18
Richard H Swartz, Megan L Cayley, Krista L Lanctôt, Brian J Murray, Ashley Cohen, Kevin E Thorpe, Michelle N Sicard, Karen Lien, Demetrios J Sahlas, Nathan Herrmann
BACKGROUND: Post-stroke Depression, Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and Cognitive impairment ("DOC") are associated with greater mortality, worse recovery and poorer quality of life. Best practice recommendations endorse routine screening for each condition; yet, all are under-assessed, diagnosed and treated. We seek to determine the feasibility and validity of an integrated tool ("DOC" screen) to identify stroke clinic patients at high-risk of depression, OSA, and cognitive impairment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373881/clinical-decision-support-systems-for-comorbidity-architecture-algorithms-and-applications
#19
Aihua Fan, Di Lin, Yu Tang
In this paper, we present the design of a clinical decision support system (CDSS) for monitoring comorbid conditions. Specifically, we address the architecture of a CDSS by characterizing it from three layers and discuss the algorithms in each layer. Also we address the applications of CDSSs in a few real scenarios and analyze the accuracy of a CDSS in consideration of the potential conflicts when using multiple clinical practice guidelines concurrently. Finally, we compare the system performance in our design with that in the other design schemes...
2017: International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368273/consensus-statement-of-the-indian-academy-of-pediatrics-on-evaluation-and-management-of-learning-disability
#20
M K C Nair, Chhaya Prasad, Jeeson Unni, Anjan Bhattacharya, S S Kamath, Samir Dalwai
JUSTIFICATION: Learning Disability (LD) in children is a well-recognized developmental disorder, which has profound academic and psychosocial consequences. Due to the complex nature of LD and multiple disadvantages posed to the child due to LD, a multidisciplinary approach towards intervention is warranted. Given the paucity of evidence-based standardized treatment approaches, consensus guidelines for management of LD are needed. PROCESS: The meeting on formulation of national consensus guidelines on neurodevelopmental disorders was organized by Indian Academy of Pediatrics in Mumbai, on 18th and 19th December, 2015...
March 29, 2017: Indian Pediatrics
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