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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339965/opioid-prescriptions-by-specialty-in-ohio-2010-2014
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Scott G Weiner, Olesya Baker, Ann F Rodgers, Chad Garner, Lewis S Nelson, Peter W Kreiner, Jeremiah D Schuur
Background. : The current US opioid epidemic is attributed to the large volume of prescribed opioids. This study analyzed the contribution of different medical specialties to overall opioids by evaluating the pill counts and morphine milligram equivalents (MMEs) of opioid prescriptions, stratified by provider specialty, and determined temporal trends. Methods. : This was an analysis of the Ohio prescription drug monitoring program database, which captures scheduled medication prescriptions filled in the state as well as prescriber specialty...
March 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339637/provider-perspectives-on-the-implementation-of-psychosocial-risk-screening-in-pediatric-cancer
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Anne E Kazak, Lamia P Barakat, Martha A Askins, Maureen McCafferty, Alyssa Lattomus, Nicole Ruppe, Janet Deatrick
Objective:  Psychosocial risk screening is an important initial step in delivering evidence-based care. This qualitative descriptive study identified how multidisciplinary pediatric oncology health-care providers perceive psychosocial risk screening to identify factors in uptake and implementation. Methods:  A script guided digitally recorded (transcribed) interviews regarding psychosocial screening and challenges to facilitators of screening. Participants were 15 multidisciplinary staff (physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physician assistant) at nine sites, three using the Psychosocial Assessment Tool© for research and six for clinical care...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335017/the-medical-battery-in-the-united-states-1870-1920-electrotherapy-at-home-and-in-the-clinic
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Anna Wexler
This paper focuses on the history of a portable shock-producing electrotherapeutic device known as the medical battery (1870-1920), which provided both direct and alternating current and was thought to cure a wide variety of ailments. The product occupied a unique space at the nexus of medicine, consumerism and quackery: it was simultaneously considered a legitimate device by medical professionals who practiced electrotherapeutics, yet identical versions were sold directly to consumers, often via newspaper advertisements and with cure-all marketing language...
March 16, 2017: Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334753/alcohol-screening-among-young-people-a-prospective-study-from-the-swiss-sentinel-surveillance-system-sentinella-of-physicians-a-priori-opinions
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Coralie Wenger-Bonny, Adjua Alexandra N'goran, Jérôme Pasquier, Charles Dvorak, Dagmar M Haller, Lilli Herzig
Background.: Systematic screening for excessive alcohol use among young people is recommended but rarely implemented. Family practitioners tend to select patients for screening, based on their preliminary subjective opinions, which may be biased. Objective.: To evaluate the ability of family practitioners to identify excessive alcohol use among young people prior to screening them. Methods.: This prospective study was conducted through Sentinella, an epidemiological network involving 150 family practitioners across Switzerland...
February 22, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334584/delayed-workup-of-rectal-bleeding-in-adult-primary-care-examining-process-of-care-failures
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Saul N Weingart, Elena M Stoffel, Daniel C Chung, Thomas D Sequist, Ruth I Lederman, Stephen R Pelletier, Helen M Shields
BACKGROUND: Although delayed colorectal cancer diagnoses figure prominently in medical malpractice claims, little is known about the quality of primary care clinicians' workup of rectal bleeding. METHODS: In this study, 438 patients were identified using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes for rectal bleeding, hemorrhoids, and blood in the stool at 10 Boston adult primary care practices. Following nurse chart abstraction, physician reviewers assessed the overall quality of care and key care processes...
January 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333613/collaborative-management-of-neurocognitive-disorders-in-primary-care-explorations-of-an-attempt-at-culture-change
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Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Barbara Mainguy
INTRODUCTION: Minor neurocognitive disorder (MiND; previously mild cognitive impairment) is a transitional zone between normal cognitive function and early stages of major neurocognitive disorder (previously called dementia). Of people with MiND, 5% to 10% progress to major neurocognitive disorder. Simple interventions such as memory activities, balance exercises, and anti-inflammatory diets have been shown to improve cognitive ability. Also, education and support in group settings have proved beneficial for patients with MiND...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329829/-end-of-life-care-i-m-not-going-to-worry-about-that-yet-health-literacy-gaps-and-end-of-life-planning-among-elderly-dialysis-patients
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Keren Ladin, Katie Buttafarro, Emily Hahn, Susan Koch-Weser, Daniel E Weiner
Purpose: Between 2000 and 2012, the incident dialysis population in the United States increased by nearly 60%, most sharply among adults 75 years and older. End-of-life (EOL) conversations among dialysis patients are associated with better patient-centered outcomes and lower use of aggressive interventions in the last month of life. This study examined how health literacy may affect engagement, comprehension, and satisfaction with EOL conversations among elderly dialysis patients. Design and Methods: Qualitative/descriptive study with semi-structured interviews about health literacy, EOL conversations, and goals of care with 31 elderly dialysis patients at 2 centers in Boston...
March 10, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329388/healthcare-claims-data-an-underutilized-tool-for-pediatric-outpatient-antimicrobial-stewardship
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Joshua R Watson, Ling Wang, Jennifer Klima, Melissa Moore-Clingenpeel, Sean Gleeson, Kelly Kelleher, Preeti Jaggi
Background: Healthcare claims are under-utilized to identify factors associated with high outpatient antibiotic use. Methods: We evaluated ambulatory encounter claims of Medicaid-insured children in 34 Ohio counties in 2014. 1) Rates of total antibiotic and azithromycin prescriptions dispensed were determined by county of patient residence. 2) Standardized treatment rates by county were estimated for uncomplicated upper respiratory tract encounters (acute otitis media, pharyngitis, sinusitis, presumed viral infection) after adjusting for patient age and encounter provider type...
March 9, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328806/craniosynostosis-scheuermann-s-disease-and-intellectual-disability-resembling-shprintzen-goldberg-syndrome-a-report-on-a-family-over-4-generations-case-report
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Ali Al Kaissi, Zahra Marrakchi, Nabil M Nassib, Jochen Hofstaetter, Franz Grill, Rudolf Ganger, Susanne Gerit Kircher
RATIONALE: Craniosynostosis is a disorder characterized by premature fusion of cranial sutures with subsequent development of abnormal craniofacial contour associated with variable skeletal and extra-skeletal abnormalities. In this family syndromic type of craniosynostosis was recognized and the etiology behind diverse forms of deformities have been diagnosed. PATIENT CONCERNS: The negative impact of the disorder on the child and his family is enormous. Particularly when the diagnosis is late and little can be done...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326860/latvian-family-physicians-experience-diagnosing-depression-in-somatically-presenting-depression-patients-a-qualitative-study
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Maija S Leff, Jeļena Vrubļevska, Agita Lūse, Elmārs Rancāns
BACKGROUND: Depression continues to be under-diagnosed in primary care settings. One factor that influences physicians' likelihood of diagnosing depression is patients' presentation style. Patients who initially present with somatic symptoms are diagnosed at a lower rate and with greater delay than patients who present with psychosocial complaints. OBJECTIVES: To identify the barriers preventing depression diagnosis in somatically presenting patients in an Eastern European primary care setting...
December 2017: European Journal of General Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326113/factors-that-affect-the-adherence-to-adhd-medications-during-a-treatment-continuation-period-in-children-and-adolescents-a-nationwide-retrospective-cohort-study-using-korean-health-insurance-data-from-2007-to-2011
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Soo-Young Bhang, Young Sook Kwack, Yoo-Sook Joung, Soyoung Irene Lee, Bongseog Kim, Seok Han Sohn, Un-Sun Chung, Jaewon Yang, Minha Hong, Geon Ho Bahn, Hyung-Yun Choi, In Hwan Oh, Yeon Jung Lee, Jun-Won Hwang
OBJECTIVE: Several factors, such as male gender, older age, type of insurance, comorbid conditions, and medication type, have been associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication adherence rates, but the results have been inconsistent. We analyzed data to answer several questions: 1) How old were patients who first refilled their treatment medications used primarily for ADHD, regardless of the medication type? 2) What socio-demographic factors are associated with medication adherence? 3) What medical conditions, such as medication type and comorbid diagnosis, influence adherence? METHODS: We analyzed National Health Insurance data, which comprised continuously enrolled Korean National Medical Insurance children (6-18 years) with at least 2 ADHD prescription claims (January 2008-December 2011)...
March 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323747/supporting-a-youth-with-cerebellar-ataxia-into-adolescence
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Veronica Meneses, Zurisadai Gonzalez-Castillo, Veronica B Edgar, Marilyn Augustyn
Zoe, a 13-year-old white girl, presents as a new patient to your pediatric clinic with complaints of frequent emesis, anxiety, and learning problems, and previous diagnosis of cerebellar ataxia. Parents accompany Zoe and state, "it is really hard for her to go out, she gets sick and falls easily." She was born full term by vaginal delivery without complications. Given globally delayed milestones, she received early intervention services. Feeding problems began at infancy, including gastroesophageal reflux and aspiration pneumonia...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322417/reduction-of-acute-hepatitis-b-through-vaccina-tion-of-adolescents-with-no-decrease-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-due-to-immigration-in-a-low-ende-micity-country
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Jean-Luc Richard, Christian Schaetti, Sabine Basler, Virginie Masserey Spicher
With a hepatitis B prevalence of 0.3%, Switzerland is a country with low endemicity. Unlike most other countries, Switzerland's recommendation for vaccination against hepatitis B has since 1998 focused on adolescents aged 11 to 15 years rather than on infants, in addition to risk groups since 1982. This paper describes the evolution of the incidence of acute hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and newly reported chronic cases in Switzerland, as well as their epidemiological features, in order to discuss the implications for the control of hepatitis B through vaccination...
March 21, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322074/speaking-a-different-language
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Anne G Ciriello, Zoelle B Dizon, Tessie W October
BACKGROUND: Family conferences in the pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) often include palliative care (PC) providers. We do not know how ICU communication differs when the PC team is present. AIM: To compare language used by PC team and ICU physicians during family conferences. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort review of ICU family conferences with and without the PC team. SETTING: Forty-four bed pediatric ICU in a tertiary medical center...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321324/choosing-wisely-the-canadian-society-of-nephrology-s-list-of-5-items-physicians-and-patients-should-question
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Emilie Chan, Brenda Hemmelgarn, Scott Klarenbach, Braden Manns, Reem Mustafa, Gihad Nesrallah, Rory McQuillan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to contribute to the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign and develop a list of 5 items for nephrology health care professionals and patients to re-evaluate based on evidence that they are overused or misused. SOURCES OF INFORMATION: A working group was formed from the Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN) Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. This working group sequentially used a multistage Delphi method, a survey of CSN members, a modified Delphi process, and a comprehensive literature review to determine 10 candidate items representing potentially ineffective care in nephrology...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320565/handshake-free-zone-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-initial-feasibility-study
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Joanna J Parga, Maria Valadez, Ruey-Kang R Chang, Anahit Sarin-Gulian, Heaven Holdbrooks, Mark S Sklansky
BACKGROUND: The handshake represents a social custom with special importance in health care settings. However, handshakes can transmit disease and compliance with hand hygiene protocols averages <50%. We hypothesized that a handshake-free zone (HFZ) could be established within our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and would be well-received by patient families and their health care providers (HCPs). METHODS: We established an HFZ and conducted a prospective cohort study in the NICU at 2 UCLA Medical Centers...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320454/mitigation-of-disease-and-treatment-related-risks-in-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis
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REVIEW
Martin Bergman, Amy Lundholm
Psoriatic arthritis is a part of the family of diseases referred to as spondyloarthropathies, a diverse group of chronic inflammatory disorders with common clinical, radiographic, and genetic features. Peripheral arthritis is the most common symptom of psoriatic arthritis and patients also frequently experience involvement of the entheses, spine, skin, and nails. Due to the diverse clinical spectrum of disease severity, tissues affected, and associated comorbidities, the treatment of psoriatic arthritis can be challenging and it is necessary to mitigate risks associated with both the disease and its treatment...
March 20, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320334/use-of-a-patient-decision-aid-for-prenatal-screening-for-down-syndrome-what-do-pregnant-women-say
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Maria Esther Leiva Portocarrero, Anik M C Giguère, Johanie Lépine, Mirjam M Garvelink, Hubert Robitaille, Agathe Delanoë, Isabelle Lévesque, Brenda J Wilson, François Rousseau, France Légaré
BACKGROUND: Patient decision aids (PtDAs) help people make difficult, values-sensitive decisions. Prenatal screening for assessing the risk of genetic conditions in the fetus is one such decision and patient decision aids are rarely used in this clinical context. We sought to identify factors influencing pregnant women's use of a patient decision aid for deciding about prenatal screening for Down syndrome (DS). METHODS: This qualitative study was embedded in a sequential mixed-methods research program whose main aim is to implement shared decision-making (SDM) in the context of prenatal screening for DS in the province of Quebec, Canada...
March 20, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319979/patient-experience-a-critical-indicator-of-healthcare-performance
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Pamela H Guler
Patient experience has become a critical differentiator for healthcare organizations, and it will only grow in importance as transparency and consumerism dominate the healthcare landscape. Creating and sustaining a consistently exceptional experience that promotes patient engagement and the best outcomes is far more than just "satisfying" patients, going well beyond amenities that may be provided.Perception of care experience is often shaped by methods we use to address the biopsychosocial needs of patients...
April 2017: Frontiers of Health Services Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318950/cholesteryl-ester-storage-disease-an-underdiagnosed-cause-of-cirrhosis-in-adults
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REVIEW
Mamta Pant, Kiyoko Oshima
Cholesteryl Ester Storage Disease (CESD), is a rare multisystem autosomal recessive disorder and belongs to the broad family of lysosomal storage disorders. It can present anytime from infancy and childhood to even adulthood. The clinical manifestations are generally severe in infants and with milder forms in adults. One of the prominent sites of involvement is liver. Due to low awareness of this condition among physicians including surgical pathologists, majority of the liver biopsies, especially from the adults are often misdiagnosed as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease/non-alcoholic steatohepatitis or cryptogenic cirrhosis...
February 9, 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
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