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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534036/highly-successful-hepatitis-c-virus-hcv-treatment-outcomes-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hcv-coinfected-patients-at-a-large-urban-ryan-white-clinic
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Manish Patel, Saira Rab, Aley G Kalapila, Alison Kyle, Ike Solomon Okosun, Lesley Miller
BACKGROUND: The introduction of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) created a major paradigm shift in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. Currently, there is little "real-world" data regarding hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment outcomes in the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/HCV-coinfected population. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study examined HCV treatment outcomes of HIV/HCV-coinfected patients at a large, urban, Ryan White-funded clinic caring for an underserved population...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532291/using-key-informant-method-to-determine-the-prevalence-and-causes-of-childhood-blindness-in-south-eastern-nigeria
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Ada E Aghaji, Ifeoma R Ezegwui, Jude O Shiweobi, Cyril C Mamah, Mary N Okoloagu, Ernest N Onwasigwe
PURPOSE: To determine the prevalence and causes of childhood blindness in an underserved community in south-eastern Nigeria using the key informant method. METHODS: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study. Key informants (KI) appointed by their respective communities received 1-day training on identification of blind children in their communities. Two weeks later, the research team visited the agreed sites within the community and examined the identified children...
May 22, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529823/obesity-and-sexual-abuse-in-american-indians-and-alaska-natives
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James A Levine, Shelly K McCrady-Spitzer, William Bighorse
Mainstream American culture frequently minimizes the prevalence and significance of sexual abuse. Unfortunately, this denial of extensive victimization of women is also present in many underserved populations. In June 2007, Amnesty International released its report on sexual abuse in indigenous women, which states that, "One in three Native American or Alaska Native women will be raped at some point in their lives. Most do not seek justice because they know they will be met with inaction or indifference." This report highlighted an infrequently discussed issue namely, very high levels of sexual abuse in Native American and Alaska Native women...
August 2016: Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529226/self-perceived-income-sufficiency-and-self-reported-income-level-among-a-health-inequity-population
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Yelena N Tarasenko, Nancy E Schoenberg
This study presents a dynamic approach to collecting income information. We conducted a cross-sectional survey of 2,022 residents of historically underserved Appalachian Kentucky, an ideal location due to pervasive low income and our ability to control for potential confounders such as race/ethnicity and residential heterogeneity. In unadjusted analyses, nearly half of the sample indicated they struggled to meet their needs; 43% said they made just enough to get by; and 10% indicated they had more than they needed to live well...
2017: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524379/the-reliability-and-validity-of-three-item-screening-measures-for-burnout-evidence-from-group-employed-health-care-practitioners-in-upstate-new-york
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Moira R Riley, David C Mohr, Anthony C Waddimba
We investigate the psychometric validity and reliability of three-item screening measures for emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and personal achievement comprising an abbreviated version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory®. Despite its utilization in multiple studies, the shortened instrument has not been sufficiently validated in diverse settings, populations, and organizational contexts. We examine its ability to assess burnout accruing from patient care practice in a rural, underserved area. Utilizing data from a cross-sectional survey of 308 rural-based medical professionals, we investigate how the three short-form subscales of the nine-item abbreviated inventory compare with their gold-standard parent subscales from the original 22-item human services scale in measuring corresponding dimensions of burnout...
May 19, 2017: Stress and Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520876/geographic-information-systems-mapping-of-diabetic-retinopathy-in-an-ocular-telemedicine-network
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Pooja D Jani, Lauren Forbes, Philip McDaniel, Anthony Viera, Seema Garg
Importance: Minimal information exists on the use of geographic information systems mapping for visualizing access barriers to eye care for patients with diabetes. Objective: To use geographic information systems mapping techniques to visualize (1) the locations of patients participating in the North Carolina Diabetic Retinopathy Telemedicine Network, (2) the locations of primary care clinicians and ophthalmologists across the state, and (3) the travel times associated with traveling to the 5 primary care clinics in our study...
May 18, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520833/evaluation-of-diabetic-retinal-screening-and-factors-for-ophthalmology-referral-in-a-telemedicine-network
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Pooja D Jani, Lauren Forbes, Arkopal Choudhury, John S Preisser, Anthony J Viera, Seema Garg
Importance: Retinal telescreening for evaluation of diabetic retinopathy (DR) in the primary care setting may be useful in reaching rural and underserved patients. Objectives: To evaluate telemedicine retinal screenings for patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes and identify factors for ophthalmology referral in the North Carolina Diabetic Retinopathy Telemedicine Network. Design, Setting, and Participants: A preimplementation and postimplementation evaluation was conducted from January 6, 2014, to November 1, 2015, at 5 primary care clinics serving rural and underserved populations in North Carolina among 1787 adult patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes who received primary care at the clinics and obtained retinal telescreening to determine the presence and severity of DR...
May 18, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506398/integration-of-pharmacists-into-patient-centered-medical-homes-in-federally-qualified-health-centers-in-texas
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Shui Ling Wong, Jamie C Barner, Kristina Sucic, Michelle Nguyen, Karen L Rascati
OBJECTIVES: To describe the integration and implementation of pharmacy services in patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) as adopted by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and compare them with usual care (UC). SETTING: Four FQHCs (3 PCMHs, 1 UC) in Austin, TX, that provide care to the underserved populations. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Pharmacists have worked under a collaborative practice agreement with internal medicine physicians since 2005...
May 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506091/reaching-the-unreachable-novel-approaches-to-telemedicine-screening-of-underserved-populations-for-vitreoretinal-disease
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Ann P Murchison, Julia A Haller, Eileen Mayro, Lisa Hark, Emily Gower, Carrie Huisingh, Lindsay Rhodes, David S Friedman, David J Lee, Byron L Lam
Telemedicine involves electronic communication between a physician in one location and a patient in another location to provide remote medical care. Ophthalmologists are increasingly employing telemedicine, particularly in retinal disease screening and monitoring. Telemedicine has been utilized to decrease barriers to care and yield greater patient satisfaction and lower costs, while maintaining high sensitivity and specificity. This review discusses common patient barriers to eye care, innovative approaches to retinal disease screening and monitoring using telemedicine, and eye care policy initiatives needed to enact large-scale telemedicine eye disease screening programs...
May 16, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505083/family-planning-and-the-samburu-a-qualitative-study-exploring-the-thoughts-of-men-on-a-population-health-and-environment-programme-in-rural-kenya
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Loren Kock, Audrey Prost
Population Health and Environment (PHE) strategies are argued to improve ecosystem and human health by addressing family size and its effects on natural resource use, food security, and reproductive health. This study investigates men's views on a PHE family planning (FP) programme delivered among the pastoral Samburu tribe in rural northern Kenya. Three focus group discussions and nine semi-structured interviews were conducted with 27 Samburu men. These discussions revealed support for environmentally-sensitised family planning promotion...
May 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501717/assisting-asylum-seekers-in-a-time-of-global-forced-displacement-five%C3%A2-clinical-cases
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Katherine C McKenzie, Arielle Thomas
According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, over 65 million people were displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution in 2015. Many physicians express an interest in human rights and a desire to assist this group of refugees and asylum seekers. Physicians are able to use their unique skills by performing medical forensic evaluations of individuals seeking asylum. Some asylum seekers have psychological or physical scars or functional abnormalities relating to injuries or ill-treatment they experience due to persecution...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495349/factors-that-impact-patient-web-portal-readiness-pwpr-among-the-underserved
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Priya Nambisan
OBJECTIVE: Healthcare organizations in the US are increasingly using Patient Portals as a means to provide patients with partial access to their health records and thereby comply with the 'meaningful use' of Health Information Technology policy issued by the US federal government. Patient portals are used to not only provide access to parts of the health records such as lab results but also offer services such as customized educational materials and appointment scheduling. While prior studies examining the adoption rates of these patient portals have not offered consistent findings, many of the studies have reported limited adoption and use [1] of patient portals, especially among the underserved population...
June 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492456/calmer-life-a-hybrid-effectiveness-implementation-trial-for-late-life-anxiety-conducted-in-low-income-mental-health-underserved-communities
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Srijana Shrestha, Nancy Wilson, Mark E Kunik, Paula Wagener, Amber B Amspoker, Terri Barrera, Jessica Freshour, Cynthia Kraus-Schuman, Jane Bavineau, Maria Turner, Melinda A Stanley
OBJECTIVE: Anxiety is common among older adults and is associated with multiple negative outcomes. Late-life anxiety is usually unrecognized by providers and undertreated, although evidence supports the effectiveness of psychosocial treatment. Access to mental health care is especially poor among African American seniors. New treatment models are needed to expand the reach of mental health care to minority elders. METHODS: Our article outlines a study designed to test the effectiveness and implementation potential of Calmer Life (CL), a community-based, person-centered, flexible and culturally tailored intervention for late-life anxiety and worry, offered in low-income, mental health-underserved and predominantly African American communities...
May 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490278/the-perceived-experience-of-children-bereaved-by-parental-suicide
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Jennifer K Schreiber, Diana C Sands, John R Jordan
Children whose parent died by suicide are a vulnerable and underserved population. This phenomenon will be described, as well as implications for practice and research. "Double Whammy," a conceptualization of the overall experience of this marginalized group, emerged through two in-depth interviews from a phenomenological qualitative study with professionals who facilitate support groups for children bereaved by parental suicide. It was corroborated with current literature and practice experiences of the authors and their colleagues...
June 2017: Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488990/patient-and-practitioner-perspectives-on-culturally-centered-integrated-care-to-address-health-disparities-in-primary-care
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Glenda Wrenn, Fatima Kasiah, Allyson Belton, Sheena Dorvil, Kristin Roberts, Brian Mcgregor, Kisha Holden
INTRODUCTION: Addressing the multifaceted health and mental health needs of ethnically and culturally diverse individuals is a challenge within the current health care system. Integrated care provides a promising approach to improve mental health treatment-seeking disparities; however, adaptation of care models to impact African Americans is lacking. Although resources to support engagement of diverse populations in depression care exist, little has been developed to tailor patient preferences in accessing and engaging mental health services that are integrated into primary care...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487466/the-national-cancer-institute-community-cancer-centers-program-ncccp-sustaining-quality-and-reducing-disparities-in-guideline-concordant-breast-and-colon-cancer-care
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Pamela Spain, Stephanie Teixeira-Poit, Michael T Halpern, Kathleen Castro, Irene Prabhu Das, Brenda Adjei, Rebecca Lewis, Steven B Clauser
BACKGROUND: The National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) pilot was designed to improve quality of cancer care and reduce disparities at community hospitals. The NCCCP's primary intervention was the implementation of the Commission on Cancer Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS). The RQRS is a hospital-based data collection and evaluation system allowing near real-time assessment of selected breast and colon cancer quality of care measures. Building on previous NCCCP analyses, this study examined whether improvements in quality cancer care within NCCCP hospitals early in the program were sustained and whether improvements were notable for minority or underserved populations...
May 9, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486877/effects-of-the-mental-health-parity-and-addictions-equality-act-on-depression-treatment-choice-in-primary-care-facilities
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Daniel M Goldberg, Hsien-Chang Lin
Objective The Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equality Act (MHPAEA) of 2010 in the United States sought to expand mental health insurance benefits on par with medical benefits. As primary care facilities are often the first step in identifying mental health concerns, it is essential to examine the association of this policy with primary care physicians' choice on depression treatment. Method A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted using data from the 2007-2012 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, including a weighted total of 162,699,930 depression patients...
January 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486027/safety-evaluation-of-an-automated-remote-monitoring-system-for-heart-failure-in-an-urban-indigent-population
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Sandra Gross-Schulman, Laura Myerchin Sklaroff, Crystal Coyazo Hertz, Jeffrey J Guterman
Heart Failure (HF) is the most expensive preventable condition, regardless of patient ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, sex, and insurance status. Remote telemonitoring with timely outpatient care can significantly reduce avoidable HF hospitalizations. Human outreach, the traditional method used for remote monitoring, is effective but costly. Automated systems can potentially provide positive clinical, fiscal, and satisfaction outcomes in chronic disease monitoring. The authors implemented a telephonic HF automated remote monitoring system that utilizes deterministic decision tree logic to identify patients who are at risk of clinical decompensation...
May 9, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483741/recruitment-of-community-college-students-into-a-web-assisted-tobacco-intervention-study
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Scott McIntosh, Tye Johnson, Andrew F Wall, Alexander V Prokhorov, Karen Sue Calabro, Duncan Ververs, Vanessa Assibey-Mensah, Deborah J Ossip
BACKGROUND: United States college students, particularly those attending community colleges, have higher smoking rates than the national average. Recruitment of such smokers into research studies has not been studied in depth, despite a moderate amount information on study recruitment success with smokers from traditional four-year colleges. Recruitment channels and success are evolving as technology evolves, so it is important to understand how to best target, implement, and evaluate recruitment strategies...
May 8, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478870/intent-to-use-preexposure-prophylaxis-prep-hiv-risk-behaviors-and-self-report-neurocognitive-symptoms-by-high-risk-drug-users-a-mediation-analysis
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Roman Shrestha, Pramila Karki, Tania B Huedo-Medina, Michael Copenhaver
Neurocognitive impairment (NCI) and HIV risk are significant correlates of intent to use preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The extent to which similar outcomes could occur when these factors operate together, particularly for people who use drugs (PWUD), remains an important unanswered question. We therefore sought evidence that HIV risk behavior mediated the relationship between NCI and intent to use PrEP in high-risk PWUD in treatment. HIV-uninfected, methadone-maintained people who reported HIV-risk behaviors were enrolled (n = 400)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC
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