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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149366/prescribing-of-noacs-has-outnumbered-warfarin-exploring-how-physicians-choose-anticoagulant-treatments
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Anne Katrine Eek, Erik Øie, Anne Gerd Granas
PURPOSE: The development of non-vitamin K-dependent oral anticoagulants (NOACs) is a new alternative to treatment with warfarin. The purpose of this study was to explore drug prescription decisions of NOACs or warfarin from hospital physicians in cardiovascular departments. METHODS: A qualitative study with focus group interviews was conducted in three different hospitals. The interview guide explored the background of prescribing anticoagulants (warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban) and experiences with effect and side-effects they had observed in patients...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148311/for-which-clinical-rules-do-doctors-want-decision-support-and-why-a-survey-of-dutch-general-practitioners
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Stephanie Medlock, Saeid Eslami, Marjan Askari, Derk L Arts, Esther M van de Glind, Henk J Brouwer, Henk C van Weert, Sophia E de Rooij, Ameen Abu-Hanna
Despite the promise of decision support for improving care, alerts are often overridden or ignored. We evaluated Dutch general practitioners' intention to accept decision support in a proposed implementation based on clinical rules regarding care for elderly patients, and their reasons for wanting or not wanting support. We developed a survey based on literature and structured interviews and distributed it to all doctors who would receive support in the proposed implementation (n = 43), of which 65 percent responded...
November 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148202/common-paediatric-conditions-of-the-lower-limb
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REVIEW
Ashlee M Dobbe, Paul J Gibbons
Growing children are susceptible to a number of disorders to their lower extremities of varying degrees of severity. The diagnosis and management of these conditions can be challenging. With musculoskeletal symptoms being one of the leading reasons for visits to general practitioners, a working knowledge of the basics of these disorders can help in the appropriate diagnosis, treatment, counselling, and specialist referral. This review covers common disorders affecting the hip, the knee and the foot. The aim is to assist general practitioners in recognising developmental norms and differentiating physiological from pathological conditions and to identify when a specialist referral is necessary...
November 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148105/experiences-of-nurse-case-managers-within-a-central-discharge-planning-role-of-collaboration-between-physicians-patients-and-other-healthcare-professionals-a-sociocultural-qualitative-study
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Jorun E Thoma, Marion A Waite
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Purpose of this study was to gain knowledge of Nurse Case Managers' (NCM) experiences within the German acute care context of collaboration with patients and physicians in a discharge planning role. Further to learn about patients' assignment to the management of the NCMs. Explicitly, to explore critical incidences of interactions between NCM, patients and health care practitioner in discharge planning to understand the factor that contributes to effective collaboration...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146649/what-are-older-smokers-attitudes-to-quitting-and-how-are-they-managed-in-primary-care-an-analysis-of-the-cross-sectional-english-smoking-toolkit-study
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Hannah Jordan, Mira Hidajat, Nick Payne, Jean Adams, Martin White, Yoav Ben-Shlomo
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether age is associated with access to smoking cessation services. DESIGN: Data from the Smoking Toolkit Study 2006-2015, a repeated multiwave cross-sectional household survey (n=181 157). SETTING: England. PARTICIPANTS: Past-year smokers who participated in any of the 102 waves stratified into age groups. OUTCOME MEASURES: Amount smoked and nicotine dependency, self-reported quit attempts and use of smoking cessation interventions...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146648/economic-evaluation-of-an-e-mental-health-intervention-for-patients-with-retinal-exudative-diseases-who-receive-intraocular-anti-vegf-injections-e-pseye-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Hilde P A van der Aa, Ger H M B van Rens, Frank D Verbraak, Machteld Bosscha, Marc A Koopmanschap, Hannie C Comijs, Pim Cuijpers, Ruth M A van Nispen
INTRODUCTION: Because of the great potential of vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors (anti-VEGF) for retinal exudative diseases, an increased number of patients receives this treatment. However, during this treatment, patients are subjected to frequent invasive intravitreal injections, and the effects on reversing the process of vision loss are uncertain, which may have negative consequences for patients' mental health. One in three patients experience at least mild symptoms of depression/anxiety...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145905/-a-girl-with-a-tumour-on-the-thorax
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M B Notenboom-Kool, W Opstelten
A healthy 1-year old girl visits her general practitioner with a solitary dome-shaped tumour on her thorax. The lesion is about one cm in diameter and is present since several months. Pathological research reveals a solitary giant molluscum contagiosum. This is a common viral disease of the childhood. In contrast to this case, mollusca contagiosa typically present as several small papules.
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145588/the-perspectives-of-pre-frail-and-frail-older-people-on-being-advised-about-exercise-a-qualitative-study
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Agathe Daria Jadczak, Joanne Dollard, Neha Mahajan, Renuka Visvanathan
Background: Exercise is considered to be the most effective strategy to treat, prevent and delay frailty, a prevalent geriatric syndrome observed in clinical practice. Encouraging frail older people to take up exercise is crucial in the management of this condition. The study aimed to explore pre-frail and frail older peoples' perspectives in relation to being advised about exercise and their perceptions of the general practitioners' (GPs) role in promoting exercise for older people. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 community-dwelling older (median age 83 years) participants screened pre-frail or frail using the FRAIL Screen...
November 14, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145037/time-to-diagnosis-and-treatment-for-cancer-patients-in-the-netherlands-room-for-improvement
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Charles C W Helsper, Nicole N F van Erp, Petra P H M Peeters, Niek N J de Wit
BACKGROUND & AIM: Reducing the duration of the diagnostic cancer care pathway is intensively pursued. The aim of this study was to chart the diagnostic pathway for the five most common cancers in the Netherlands. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using cancer patients' anonymised primary care data (free text and coded) linked to the Netherlands Cancer Registry. We determined the median duration of the following: 1. Primary care intervals (IPCs): the first cancer-related general practitioner consultation to referral, 2...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144593/risk-factors-for-seasonal-influenza-virus-detection-in-stools-of-patients-consulting-in-general-practice-for-acute-respiratory-infections-in-france-2014-2016
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L Minodier, S Masse, L Capai, T Blanchon, P E Ceccaldi, S van der Werf, T Hanslik, N R Charrel, A Falchi
BACKGROUND: Previous studies reported detection of influenza RNA in stools of patients with seasonal influenza infection. While this detection may have a clinical significance, other factors may influence the stools positivity for influenza viruses. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to investigate demographical, clinical and microbiological factors which could favour the presence of influenza viral RNA in the stools of patients with laboratory-confirmed influenza infection...
November 16, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143731/the-treatment-of-depression-in-primary-care
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Sebastian Trautmann, Katja Beesdo-Baum
BACKGROUND: General practitioners play a key role in the care of patients with depressive disorders. We studied the frequency and type of treatment of depressive disorders in primary care. METHODS: In a cross-sectional epidemiological study on a particular day in six different regions in Germany, 253 physicians and 3563 unselected patients were asked to fill in a questionnaire assessing the diagnosis and treatment of depression. A total of 3431 usable patient data sets and 3211 sets of usable data from both the patient and the physician were subjected to further analysis...
October 27, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143480/telephone-discharge-support-for-frail-vulnerable-older-people-discharged-from-hospital-impact-on-readmission-rates-participant-and-general-practitioner-feedback
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Claire P Heppenstall, Hugh C Hanger, Timothy J Wilkinson, Michelle Dhanak
OBJECTIVE: To assess the use and acceptability to older participants and general practitioners (GPs) of telephone support postdischarge to reduce readmissions. METHODS: A prospective cohort study of older people after discharge from a specialist geriatric unit, and comparison with a previous cohort. Telephone follow-up calls were made fortnightly for three months. Structured questionnaires were used to obtain feedback from participants and GPs. RESULTS: Readmission rates were high, 40%, despite the intervention...
November 15, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143161/point-of-care-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-and-portable-echocardiography-for-assessment-of-patients-with-suspected-heart-failure-in-primary-care-rationale-and-design-of-the-three-part-handheld-bnp-program-and-results-of-the-training-study
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Caroline Morbach, Thomas Buck, Christian Rost, Sebastian Peter, Stephan Günther, Stefan Störk, Christiane Prettin, Raimund Erbel, Georg Ertl, Christiane E Angermann
BACKGROUND: Patients with suspected heart failure (HF) often present first to general practitioners (GPs). Timely and accurate HF diagnosis and reliable prognostic information have remained unmet goals in primary care, where patient evaluation often relies on clinical assessment only. The Handheld-BNP program investigates whether additional use of portable echocardiography (ECHO) and point-of-care determination of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) improves the accuracy of HF diagnosis and aids risk prediction in primary care...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141629/the-potential-impact-of-brexit-and-immigration-policies-on-the-gp-workforce-in-england-a-cross-sectional-observational-study-of-gp-qualification-region-and-the-characteristics-of-the-areas-and-population-they-served-in-september-2016
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Aneez Esmail, Maria Panagioti, Evangelos Kontopantelis
BACKGROUND: The UK is dependent on international doctors, with a greater proportion of non-UK qualified doctors working in its universal health care system than in any other European country, except Ireland and Norway. The terms of the UK exit from the European Union can reduce the ability of European Economic Area (EEA) qualified doctors to work in the UK, while new visa requirements will significantly restrict the influx of non-EEA doctors. We aimed to explore the implications of policy restrictions on immigration, by regionally and spatially describing the characteristics of general practitioners (GPs) by region of medical qualification and the characteristics of the populations they serve...
November 16, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140450/smoking-cessation-delivery-by-general-practitioners-in-crete-greece
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Charis Girvalaki, Sophia Papadakis, Constantine Vardavas, Eleni Petridou, Andrew Pipe, Christos Lionis
Background: Tobacco dependence treatment in clinical settings is of prime public health importance, especially in Greece, a country experiencing one of the highest rates of tobacco use in Europe. Methods: Our study aimed to examine the characteristics of tobacco users and document rates of tobacco treatment delivery in general practice settings in Crete, Greece. A cross-sectional sample of patients (n = 2, 261) was screened for current tobacco use in 25 general practices in Crete, Greece in 2015/16...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140183/full-title-examining-the-presence-of-back-pain-in-competitive-athletes-a-focus-on-stress-and-recovery
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Jahan Heidari, Johanna Belz, Monika Hasenbring, Jens Kleinert, Claudia Levenig, Michael Kellmann
Context - Explanatory approaches for back pain (BP) in athletes focus on biomechanical factors while neglecting psychological perspectives. Psychological factors have gained importance in the prediction of injuries in athletes and BP in the general population, with stress and recovery emerging as central risk factors. However, scarce evidence exists regarding the role of these aspects for the prevalent burden of back pain (BP). Objective - To investigate the association between stress and recovery parameters and the presence of BP...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139190/a-man-before-his-time-russell-s-insights-into-nicotine-smoking-treatment-and-curbing-the-smoking-problem
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Ann McNeill, Debbie Robson
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: This narrative review aimed to provide a brief overview of five key research 'classics' produced by the innovative and radical thought leader, Professor Michael Anthony Hamilton Russell (1932-2009), drawing upon his other work wherever feasible. METHODS: Narrative review. From more than 250 publications, we selected papers we considered seminal texts, published in 1971, 1976, 1978, 1979 and 1991. RESULTS: Russell was among the first researchers to explain that smoking was a dependence disorder caused by the drug nicotine decades before this was recognized formally...
November 15, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139074/excessive-use-of-nitrogenous-fertilizers-an-unawareness-causing-serious-threats-to-environment-and-human-health
#18
Moddassir Ahmed, Muhammad Rauf, Zahid Mukhtar, Nasir Ahmad Saeed
Farmers occasionally need to add nitrogen fertilizer to their farms and gardens to make available just the precise nutrients for their plants' growth. The applications of inorganic nitrogen fertilizers to various crops have been continuously increasing since last many decades globally. Although nitrogen fertilizer contributes substantially to yield enhancement, but excessive use of this manure has posed serious threats to environment and human health. Rate of nitrogen fertilizers application has a close relationship with nitrate accumulation in surrounding environment, groundwater, as well as leafy and root vegetables...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138956/nurses-attitudes-and-practices-towards-provision-of-survivorship-care-for-people-with-a-haematological-cancer-on-completion-of-treatment
#19
Raymond Javan Chan, Elise Button, Alison Thomas, Priscilla Gates, Patsy Yates
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to assess cancer nurses' perceptions of responsibility, confidence levels and practice in relation to survivorship care for people with a haematological malignancy on completion of treatment. METHODS: A prospective cross-sectional survey was conducted. An online survey was distributed to members of two Australian professional bodies. RESULTS: A total of 310 cancer nurses participated in the study, representing a response rate of 28%...
November 14, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138209/healthcare-providers-gestational-weight-gain-counselling-practises-and-the-influence-of-knowledge-and-attitudes-a-cross-sectional-mixed-methods-study
#20
Jill Morris, Hara Nikolopoulos, Tanya Berry, Venu Jain, Michael Vallis, Helena Piccinini-Vallis, Rhonda C Bell
OBJECTIVE: To understand current gestational weight gain (GWG) counselling practices of healthcare providers, and the relationships between practices, knowledge and attitudes. DESIGN: Concurrent mixed methods with data integration: cross-sectional survey and semistructured interviews. PARTICIPANTS: Prenatal healthcare providers in Canada: general practitioners, obstetricians, midwives, nurse practitioners and registered nurses in primary care settings...
November 14, 2017: BMJ Open
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