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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530527/health-care-costs-associated-with-addition-titration-and-switching-antihypertensive-medications-after-first-line-treatment-results-from-a-commercially-insured-sample
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Kalyani B Sonawane Deshmukh, Jingjing Qian, Kimberly B Garza, Bradley M Wright, Peng Zeng, Cecilia M Ganduglia Cazaban, Richard A Hansen
BACKGROUND: Treatment modifications are necessary for addressing issues related to efficacy and tolerance of first-line monotherapy, but they increase the economic burden on patients and their health plans. Understanding the differences in costs between alternative treatment modification strategies, if any, can serve as a guideline for clinical decision making and for designing cost-containment strategies. OBJECTIVE: To compare the health care utilization costs between (a) addition (i...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529301/the-establishment-of-wonsan-laborers-hospital-during-the-japanese-occupation-and-its-significance
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Il Yeong Jeong, Young-Jeon Shin
On July 3, 1928, the Wonsan Labor Union established the Wonsan Laborers' Hospital in Seoku-dong, Wonsan for the purpose of reducing medical consultation fees for its members. The union's efforts to improve the welfare of its members include the establishment of an educational institute, a consumers union, a barbershop, and a relief department. The Laborers' Hospital, which began with ten wards, was led by a team of two doctors, one midwife, two pharmacists, and four nurses. The two doctors were Cheol-sun Cha and Jeong-kwon Lee, and the midwife/nurse was Sun-jeong Kim...
December 2016: Ŭi Sahak
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507221/allocation-of-antiretroviral-drugs-to-hiv-infected-patients-in-togo-perspectives-of-people-living-with-hiv-and-healthcare-providers
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Lonzozou Kpanake, Paul Clay Sorum, Etienne Mullet
AIM: To explore the way people living with HIV and healthcare providers in Togo judge the priority of HIV-infected patients regarding the allocation of antiretroviral drugs. METHOD: From June to September 2015, 200 adults living with HIV and 121 healthcare providers living in Togo were recruited for the study. They were presented with stories of a few lines depicting the situation of an HIV-infected patient and were instructed to judge the extent to which the patient should be given priority for antiretroviral drugs...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493274/developing-an-interministerial-substance-use-response-strategy-for-lebanon-process-content-and-lessons-learned
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Sandra Hajal, Nour Kik, Rabih El Chammay, Walid Ammar
Evidence on substance use in Lebanon shows an increase in usage, limited availability and accessibility to evidence-based services, and high level of stigma and discrimination. In line with the "Mental Health and Substance Use Strategy for Lebanon 2015-2020", the Ministry of Public Health initiated the process of developing a strategy focused on substance use response to address these challenges in collaboration with the Ministries of Education and Higher Education, Interior and Municipalities, Justice and Social Affairs...
May 1, 2017: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, la Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée Orientale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483745/mobile-app-for-treatment-of-stress-urinary-incontinence-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Malin Sjöström, Lars Lindholm, Eva Samuelsson
BACKGROUND: Mobile apps can increase access to care, facilitate self-management, and improve adherence to treatment. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) affects 10-35% of women and, currently, an app with instructions for pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) is available as first-line treatment. A previous randomized controlled study demonstrated that the app benefitted symptom severity and quality of life (QoL); in this study we investigate the cost-effectiveness of the app. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the health economy of the app for treating SUI...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481678/herpes-zoster-vaccine-a-health-economic-evaluation-for-switzerland
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Patricia R Blank, Zanfina Ademi, Xiaoyan Lu, Thomas D Szucs, Matthias Schwenkglenks
Herpes zoster (HZ) or "shingles" results from a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (VZV) acquired during primary infection (chickenpox) and surviving in the dorsal root ganglia. In about 20% of cases, a complication occurs, known as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). A live attenuated vaccine against VZV is available for the prevention of HZ and subsequent PHN. The present study aims to update an earlier evaluation estimating the cost-effectiveness of the HZ vaccine from a Swiss third party payer perspective...
May 8, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478747/creation-of-a-virtual-antidotes-network-between-pharmacy-departments-of-catalan-hospitals
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Raquel Aguilar-Salmerón, Edurne Fernández de Gamarra-Martínez, Milagros García-Peláez, Antoni Broto-Sumalla, Lidia Martínez-Sánchez, Santiago Nogué-Xarau
Objetive: To design a virtual antidote network between hospitals that could help to locate on-line those hospitals that stocked those antidotes with the highest difficulty in terms of availability, and ensured that the medication was loaned in case of necessity. METHODS: The application was developed by four hospital pharmacists and two clinical toxicologists with the support of a Healthcare Informatics Consultant Company. RESULTS: The antidotes network in Catalonia, Spain, was launched in July 2015...
May 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457701/primary-care-physician-management-of-tick-bites-in-the-franche-comt%C3%A3-region-eastern-france-2013
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C Vandererven, A-P Bellanger, J-F Faucher, P Marguet
INTRODUCTION: Tick bites, which may lead to Lyme disease, often prompt patients to consult their primary care physicians (PCPs). The aim of the present study was to assess how and how often PCPs in the Franche-Comté region of France manage tick bites. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Standardized questionnaires were sent to a random sample of 400 PCPs in the Franche-Comté region, requesting their voluntary and anonymous participation. The questionnaires collected socio-demographic details and practice-related information about tick-bite prophylaxis, Lyme serology, and tick-borne encephalitis vaccination...
April 27, 2017: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444701/is-electrolyte-transfer-across-the-urothelium-important-ici-rs-2015
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REVIEW
Karen D McCloskey, Bahareh Vahabi, Christopher H Fry
AIMS: This article summarizes discussion at the International Consultation on Incontinence Research Society (ICI-RS) 2015 meeting of urine modification in the urinary tract by the urothelium. It considers the literature and proposes pertinent questions that need to be addressed to understand this phenomenon within a physiological context. METHODS: Following the ICI-RS meeting, publications in PubMed relating to urine modification in the renal pelvis, ureter, and bladder were reviewed...
April 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444095/judicial-demand-of-medications-through-the-federal-justice-of-the-state-of-paran%C3%A3
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Renato Mitsunori Nisihara, Ana Carolina Possebom, Luiza de Martino Cruvinel Borges, Ana Claudia Athanasio Shwetz, Fernanda Francis Benevides Bettes
Objective: To describe the profile of lawsuits related to drug requests filled at the Federal Justice of the State of Paraná. Methods: A cross-sectional study, and the data were obtained through consulting the lawsuits at the online system of the Federal Justice of Paraná. Results: Out of 347 lawsuits included in the study, 55% of plaintiffs were women, with a median age of 56 years. Oncology was the field with more requests (23.6%), and the highest mean costs...
January 2017: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422968/the-impact-of-a-point-of-care-testing-device-on-cvd-risk-assessment-completion-in-new-zealand-primary-care-practice-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-and-qualitative-investigation
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Sue Wells, Natasha Rafter, Timothy Kenealy, Geoff Herd, Kyle Eggleton, Rose Lightfoot, Kim Arcus, Angela Wadham, Yannan Jiang, Chris Bullen
OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of a point of care (POC) device for testing lipids and HbA1c in addition to testing by community laboratory facilities (usual practice) on the completion of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessments in general practice. METHODS: We conducted a pragmatic, cluster randomised controlled trial in 20 New Zealand general practices stratified by size and rurality and randomised to POC device plus usual practice or usual practice alone (controls)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413571/asthma-control-in-primary-care-the-results-of-an-observational-cross-sectional-study-in-italy-and-spain
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Maria Sandra Magnoni, Manuela Latorre, Germano Bettoncelli, M Guadalupe Sanchez-Herrero, Araceli Lopez, Eduardo Calvo, Andrea Rizzi, Marco Caminati, Gianenrico Senna, Pierluigi Paggiaro
BACKGROUND: Poor asthma control observed in several surveys may be related to a lack of systematic assessment by physicians and/or to patient underestimation of symptoms. Along this line, the purpose of this study was to investigate the level of asthma control in patients attending the GP office for different reasons, either for renewal of drug prescription or for worsening of asthma symptoms. METHODS: Each of the 145 General Practitioners (GP) in Italy and Spain selected at least eight asthmatic patients attending their office for a renewal of drug prescription (Group A) or for worsening of asthma symptoms (Group B), between May and December 2009...
2017: World Allergy Organization Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410403/assessing-gastroenterologist-and-patient-acceptance-of-biosimilars-in-ulcerative-colitis-and-crohn-s-disease-across-germany
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Emma Sullivan, James Piercy, John Waller, Christopher M Black, Sumesh Kachroo
OBJECTIVES: This study examined gastroenterologists' motivation for prescribing biosimilars, assessed their treatment preferences in relation to prescribing behaviour, and explored patient attitudes to biosimilars. METHODS: Data were taken from the Adelphi Real World Biosimilars Programme, a real-world, cross-sectional study undertaken in 2015-2016 with German gastroenterologists and patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. Gastroenterologists provided data on their prescribing behaviour and attitudes towards biosimilars, and invited the next eight eligible consecutive consulting patients to complete a detailed questionnaire...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403623/lithium-a-classic-drug-frequently-discussed-but-sadly-seldom-prescribed
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Olga Zivanovic
OBJECTIVE: Distinguished authors in the field have repeatedly alerted psychiatrists of the alarming trends in the treatment of bipolar disorders: decline of lithium use, paralleled by the increase of prescribing anticonvulsants and second-generation antipsychotic drugs. Research has been conducted in order to explore the factors that led to this development and to provide arguments for the need to reverse this trend. METHOD: This paper represents a narrative review of the literature containing retrieved research articles focusing on the efficacy of lithium...
April 1, 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400743/contrasting-complement-control-temporal-adjunct-control-and-controlled-verbal-gerund-subjects-in-asd-the-role-of-contextual-cues-in-reference-assignment
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Vikki Janke, Alexandra Perovic
This study examines two complex syntactic dependencies (complement control and sentence-final temporal adjunct control) and one pragmatic dependency (controlled verbal gerund subjects) in children with ASD. Sixteen high-functioning (HFA) children (aged 6-16) with a diagnosis of autism and no language impairment, matched on age, gender and non-verbal MA to one TD control group, and on age, gender and verbal MA to another TD control group, undertook three picture-selection tasks. Task 1 measured their base-line interpretations of the empty categories (ec)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392702/hepatic-encephalopathy-what-the-multidisciplinary-team-can-do
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REVIEW
Andy Liu, Eric R Yoo, Osama Siddique, Ryan B Perumpail, George Cholankeril, Aijaz Ahmed
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a complex disease requiring a multidisciplinary approach among specialists, primary care team, family, and caregivers. HE is currently a diagnosis of exclusion, requiring an extensive workup to exclude other possible etiologies, including mental status changes, metabolic, infectious, traumatic, and iatrogenic causes. The categorization of HE encompasses a continuum, varying from the clinically silent minimal HE (MHE), which is only detectable using psychometric tests, to overt HE, which is further divided into four grades of severity...
2017: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381514/burnout-psychological-morbidity-job-stress-and-job-satisfaction-in-chinese-neurologists
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Xinyu Zhou, Juncai Pu, Xiaoni Zhong, Dan Zhu, Dinghong Yin, Lining Yang, Yuqing Zhang, Yuying Fu, Haiyang Wang, Peng Xie
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence of and personal and professional characteristics associated with burnout, psychological morbidity, job stress, and job satisfaction in Chinese neurologists. METHODS: The China Neurologist Association conducted a national cross-sectional study from September 2014 to March 2015. A questionnaire including the Maslach Burnout Inventory, the 12-item General Health Questionnaire, the Consultants' Mental Health Questionnaire, and questions assessing personal and professional characteristics, career satisfaction, and current doctor-patient relationships was administered...
April 5, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372830/air-and-its-sonographic-appearance-understanding-the-artifacts
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Simran Buttar, Denrick Cooper, Patrick Olivieri, Michael Barca, Aaran B Drake, Melvin Ku, Gabriel Rose, Sebastian D Siadecki, Turandot Saul
BACKGROUND: Although air has traditionally been considered a barrier to sonographic imaging, when encountered in unusual settings it can serve as an important indicator of various pathologic states as well. Clinician recognition and thorough understanding of the characteristic pattern of artifacts generated by air are critical for making a number of important diagnoses. CASE SERIES: We present five emergency department cases in which air was visualized in a pathologic location...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365528/european-organisation-for-research-and-treatment-of-cancer-consensus-recommendations-for-the-treatment-of-mycosis-fungoides-s%C3%A3-zary-syndrome-update-2017
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REVIEW
Franz Trautinger, Johanna Eder, Chalid Assaf, Martine Bagot, Antonio Cozzio, Reinhard Dummer, Robert Gniadecki, Claus-Detlev Klemke, Pablo L Ortiz-Romero, Evangelia Papadavid, Nicola Pimpinelli, Pietro Quaglino, Annamari Ranki, Julia Scarisbrick, Rudolf Stadler, Liisa Väkevä, Maarten H Vermeer, Sean Whittaker, Rein Willemze, Robert Knobler
In order to provide a common standard for the treatment of mycosis fungoides (MF) and Sézary syndrome (SS), the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer-Cutaneous Lymphoma Task Force (EORTC-CLTF) published in 2006 its consensus recommendations for the stage-adapted selection of management options for these neoplasms. Since then, the understanding of the pathophysiology and epidemiology of MF/SS has advanced, the staging system has been revised, new outcome data have been published and novel treatment options have been introduced...
March 30, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350722/buccal-midazolam-compared-with-rectal-diazepam-reduces-seizure-duration-in-children-in-the-outpatient-setting
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Raffaella Moretti, Sebastien Julliand, Victoria Elisa Rinaldi, Luigi Titomanlio
BACKGROUND: Seizures are very common in children. They frequently happen in outpatient settings, in the presence of caregivers who are not always trained in their management. First-line rescue therapy is based on benzodiazepine, historically diazepam. Recent studies have investigated the use of other benzodiazepines in the treatment of acute seizures. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to evaluate the management of pediatric seizures carried out by parents or caregivers in an outpatient setting and to evaluate the differences in terms of immediate management and subsequent outcome when comparing the use of rectal diazepam versus buccal midazolam...
March 27, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
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