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Pedro H T Q de Almeida, Joy C MacDermid, Tatiana Barcelos Pontes, Clarissa Cardoso Dos Santos-Couto-Paz, Licia Maria H da Mota, João Paulo C Matheus
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional descriptive study. INTRODUCTION: Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent musculoskeletal disease in the adult and older adult populations. The use of orthoses to stabilize the thumb's articular complex is one of the most common conservative management strategies. Despite substantial research about this topic, there is insufficient evidence about the optimal use of orthoses to inform clinical practice, contributing to practice variations within and across health professionals...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
Nikisha Mehta, Zoe Marshman
BackgroundThis systematic appraisal was conducted to determine if the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal (EBDJ) acts as a reliable and contemporary source of knowledge for practitioners across all disciplines within dentistry.ObjectivesThe main objectives were to determine i) the year the articles were published and included in the EBDJ; ii) if the articles published covered all fields equally within dentistry; iii) the type of study design of the articles reported in the journal and; iv) the level of expertise of the writers of the commentaries...
September 2016: Evidence-based Dentistry
Evan M Pucillo, Nancy Christensen-Mayer, Shelly D Poole, Denise M Whitten, Danielle Freeman, Blake R Bohe, Brandon R Swensen, A Gordon Smith, Nicholas E Johnson
BACKGROUND: Team-based care has been shown to offer more comprehensive benefits to patients when compared to standard physician-based care alone in clinics for chronic conditions. However, apart from grant-funded multidisciplinary clinics, there are no reports on the usage of same-day physical therapy (PT) consults within a daily outpatient neuromuscular disease (NMD) physician clinic. OBJECTIVE: To determine the impact of same-day PT consults at the University of Utah's outpatient Clinical Neurosciences Center...
2016: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
L Naffaa, M Rubin, A C Stamler, M Haddad, C Saade
AIM: To investigate the frequency of sonographic findings that required neurosurgical consultation for all referred outpatients suspected to have benign macrocrania (BMC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was performed from September 2011 until June 2015 for all outpatients referred to the ultrasound (US) department for BMC. Electronic medical records, US images, and reports were reviewed in conjunction with follow-up imaging. Each review consisted of gender, specialty of referring physician, first head circumference, head circumference at or closest to the time of the head US, the last head circumference, and any neurological issue prior to the US, at the time of US, or following the US, and clinical outcomes...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Radiology
Yutaka Imai
It has been confirmed that clinical significance of home blood pressure measurements (HBPM) is higher than clinic BP measurements and ambulatory BP monitoring. However, several drawbacks of HBPM have also been mentioned, e.g. selection and reporting biases, difficulties of calculation of multiple measurements, difficulties of onsite judgement of numerous recordings, etc. Recent devices for HBPM incorporate memory function. This function can overcome such drawbacks of HBPM. These memorized data can transmit, storage, retrieve, be arithmetic and control, be judged based on algorithm and be got feedback...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kathryn E Mansfield, Julius Sim, Peter Croft, Kelvin P Jordan
Chronic widespread pain (CWP) is common in the general population. It is unclear how people reporting this problem present in primary care; they may regularly consult for regional pains without being recognized as having a generalized condition. Our objectives were to determine the prevalence of people consulting in primary care for musculoskeletal conditions in different body regions on different occasions (recurrent regional pain consultation), the proportion with diagnosed generalized pain and survey-reported widespread pain, and if they have features characteristic of CWP...
September 29, 2016: Pain
Veerasamy Yengopal, Soraya Yasin Harnekar, Naren Patel, Nandi Siegfried
BACKGROUND: Childhood caries (tooth decay) consists of a form of tooth decay that affects the milk teeth (also known as baby or primary teeth) of children. This may range from tooth decay in a single tooth to rampant caries affecting all the teeth in the mouth. Primary teeth in young children are vital to their development and every effort should be made to retain these teeth for as long as is possible. Dental fillings or restorations have been used as an intervention to repair these damaged teeth...
October 17, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
G Suleyman, R Kenney, M J Zervos, A Weinmann
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Outpatient parenteral therapy (OPAT) has become a safe and effective modality for patients requiring intravenous or prolonged antimicrobial therapy since the 1970s. It is being increasingly utilized in various settings; however, studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of clinic-based OPAT are limited. Since 2012, patients being considered for OPAT have required an infectious disease (ID) consultation at our institution. Candidates receiving once-daily antimicrobials who were ineligible for home infusion or nursing home placement as determined by their insurance companies and those who preferred the clinic over nursing home or home infusion were referred to the ID clinic...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Torbjørn Moe Eggebø, Olav Andre Klefstad, Inger Økland, Elsa Lindtjørn, Sturla Hall Eik-Nes, Håkon Kristian Gjessing
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study was to investigate the accuracy of estimating fetal weight with ultrasound in pregnancies past term, using the eSnurra algorithm. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 419 women with pregnancy length 290 days, attending a specialist consultation at Stavanger University Hospital, Norway were included in a prospective observational study. Fetal weight was estimated using biparietal diameter (BPD) and abdominal circumference (AC). The algorithm implemented in an electronic calculation (eSnurra) was used for estimated fetal weight (EFW) calculation...
October 14, 2016: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Hamde Nazar, Steven Brice, Nasima Akhter, Adetayo Kasim, Ann Gunning, Sarah P Slight, Neil W Watson
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate an electronic patient referral system from one UK hospital Trust to community pharmacies across the North East of England. SETTING: Two hospital sites in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and 207 community pharmacies. PARTICIPANTS: Inpatients who were considered to benefit from on-going support and continuity of care after leaving hospital. INTERVENTION: Electronic transmission of an information related to patient's medicines to their nominated community pharmacy...
October 14, 2016: BMJ Open
Karla Köpke, Kerstin Prahm, Silke Buda, Walter Haas
BACKGROUND: Every year epidemic waves of influenza and other acute respiratory infections (ARIs) cause a highly variable burden of disease in the population. Thus, assessment of the situation and adaptation of prevention strategies have to rely on real time syndromic surveillance. OBJECTIVE: We have established an ICD-10-based electronic system allowing rapid capture and transmission of information on ARI (SEED(ARI)), in Germany. Here we report the evaluation of this new system based on results of the syndromic and virologic surveillance carried out by the working group on influenza in Germany (AGI)...
October 13, 2016: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
Dominick Mboya, Christopher Mshana, Flora Kessy, Sandra Alba, Christian Lengeler, Sabine Renggli, Bart Vander Plaetse, Mohamed A Mohamed, Alexander Schulze
BACKGROUND: Assessing quality of health services, for example through supportive supervision, is essential for strengthening healthcare delivery. Most systematic health facility assessment mechanisms, however, are not suitable for routine supervision. The objective of this study is to describe a quality assessment methodology using an electronic format that can be embedded in supervision activities and conducted by council health staff. METHODS: An electronic Tool to Improve Quality of Healthcare (e-TIQH) was developed to assess the quality of primary healthcare provision...
October 13, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Amado Rivero-Santana, Daniel Ferreira, Lilisbeth Perestelo-Pérez, Eric Westman, Lars-Olof Wahlund, Antonio Sarría, Pedro Serrano-Aguilar
BACKGROUND: Differential diagnosis in dementia is at present one of the main challenges both in clinical practice and research. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers are included in the current diagnostic criteria of Alzheimer's disease (AD) but their clinical utility is still unclear. OBJECTIVE: We performed a systematic review of studies analyzing the diagnostic performance of CSF Aβ42, total tau (t-tau), and phosphorylated tau (p-tau) in the discrimination between AD and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) dementias...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Andrew O Frank, Lorraine H De Souza
This article aims to describe the clinical features of electric powered indoor/outdoor wheelchair (EPIOC) users with cerebral palsy (CP) that are problematic to optimal prescription and to explore comorbidities, features of CP, and conditions secondary to disability impacting on equipment provision for children and adults. The method is a cross-sectional study of EPIOC users (n = 102) with a primary diagnosis of CP. This is a retrospective review of electronic and case note records of EPIOC recipients attending a specialist wheelchair service in 2007-2008...
October 7, 2016: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
A D Murray, L Daines, D Archibald, R A Hawkes, C Schiphorst, P Kelly, L Grant, N Mutrie
OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationships between golf and health. DESIGN: Scoping review. DATA SOURCES: Published and unpublished reports of any age or language, identified by searching electronic databases, platforms, reference lists, websites and from consulting experts. REVIEW METHODS: A 3-step search strategy identified relevant published primary and secondary studies as well as grey literature. Identified studies were screened for final inclusion...
October 3, 2016: British Journal of Sports Medicine
Daniel Fulford, Delphine S Tuot, Christina Mangurian
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October 1, 2016: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
Ross Elledge, Jason Green, Alan Attard
Surgery of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is increasingly recognised as a subspecialist area of interest within our specialty and many procedures such as arthroscopy, arthroplasty, and replacement of the TMJ are becoming increasingly centralised and restricted to certain regions. We previously made a national survey of trainees and have sought to augment this with a survey of trainers to find out the nature of practice and patterns of referral nationally. We have also examined the consultants' expectations of competent final-year trainees...
September 26, 2016: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Liam J Caffery, Mutaz Farjian, Anthony C Smith
We undertook a scoping review of the published literature to identify and summarise key findings on the telehealth interventions that influence waiting times or waiting lists for specialist outpatient services. Searches were conducted to identify relevant articles. Articles were included if the telehealth intervention restructured or made the referral process more efficient. We excluded studies that simply increased capacity. Two categories of interventions were identified - electronic consultations and image-based triage...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Helen Butlin, Elizabeth Anne Kinsella, Carla Garcia, Glenn Bauman
OBJECTIVE: The concept of "wisdom" is beginning to emerge in the oncology literature, raising questions concerning: (1) how the concept of wisdom is used in oncology literature; (2) the ways in which wisdom has been a focus of inquiry within oncology care; and (3) how wisdom is characterized when the term is used. METHOD: A scoping review, using Arksey and O'Malley's five-step framework, was undertaken to address these questions. In consultation with oncology reference librarians, "wisdom"- and "oncology"-related search terms were identified, and four electronic databases were searched: CINAHL, SocINDEX, PubMed, and PsychINFO...
September 26, 2016: Palliative & Supportive Care
Shu Su, Chunhua Zhang, Fan Zhang, Hui Li, Xuewei Yang, Xiaojun Tang
BACKGROUND: Several case-control studies have demonstrated a relationship between leptin receptor (LEPR) gene polymorphism and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) risk, though the results have not always been consistent among diverse populations. This meta-analysis was designed to assess a more accurate association between LEPR polymorphism and T2DM. METHODS: Eight electronic databases were consulted and researchers searched for Chinese and English peer-reviewed articles, published between 2000 and 2015, that referred to the association between LEPR polymorphism and T2DM...
August 26, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
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