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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812802/diplomacy-and-health-the-end-of-the-utilitarian-era
#1
Sebastian Kevany, Marcus Matthews
Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), as a system of allocative efficiency for global health programs, is an influential criterion for resource allocation in the context of diplomacy and inherent foreign policy decisions therein. This is because such programs have diplomatic benefits and costs that can be uploaded from the recipient and affect the broader foreign policy interests of the donor and the diplomacy landscape between both parties. These diplomatic implications are vital to the long-term success of both the immediate program and any subsequent programs; hence it is important to articulate them alongside program performance, in terms of how well their interrelated interventions were perceived by the communities served...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812181/visit-attendance-patterns-in-nurse-family-partnership-community-sites
#2
Margaret L Holland, David L Olds, Ann M Dozier, Harriet J Kitzman
We examined visit attendance patterns of mothers enrolled in the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) home visitation program and associations between these patterns and characteristics of the families and sites, with the goal of increasing participant engagement. We utilized repeated measures latent class analysis to identify attendance patterns among 66,967 mothers in NFP sites across the USA. Mothers enrolled from 1996 to 2010. Data were collected by home visitors and aggregated by the NFP National Service Office...
August 15, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812056/initiating-a-standardized-regional-referral-and-counter-referral-system-in-guatemala-a-mixed-methods-study
#3
Rupa Kapoor, Leslie Avendaño, Maria Antonieta Sandoval, Andrea T Cruz, Esther M Sampayo, Miguel A Soto, Elizabeth A Camp, Heather L Crouse
Background:Few data exist for referral processes in resource-limited settings. We utilized mixed-methods to evaluate the impact of a standardized algorithm and training module developed for locally identified needs in referral/counter-referral procedures between primary health centers (PHCs) and a Guatemalan referral hospital. Methods: PHC personnel and hospital physicians participated in surveys and focus groups pre-implementation and 3, 6, and 12 months post-implementation to evaluate providers' experience with the system...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811819/adaptive-resource-utilization-prediction-system-for-infrastructure-as-a-service-cloud
#4
Qazi Zia Ullah, Shahzad Hassan, Gul Muhammad Khan
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud provides resources as a service from a pool of compute, network, and storage resources. Cloud providers can manage their resource usage by knowing future usage demand from the current and past usage patterns of resources. Resource usage prediction is of great importance for dynamic scaling of cloud resources to achieve efficiency in terms of cost and energy consumption while keeping quality of service. The purpose of this paper is to present a real-time resource usage prediction system...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811733/community-partners-in-care-6-month-outcomes-of-two-quality-improvement-depression-care-interventions-in-male-participants
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Pratik Mehta, Anthony Brown, Bowen Chung, Felica Jones, Lingqi Tang, James Gilmore, Jeanne Miranda, Kenneth Wells
OBJECTIVE: Limited data exist on approaches to improve depression services for men in under-resourced communities. This article explores this issue using a sub-analysis of male participants in Community Partners in Care (CPIC). DESIGN: Community partnered, cluster, randomized trial. SETTING: Hollywood-Metropolitan and South Los Angeles, California. PARTICIPANTS: 423 adult male clients with modified depression (PHQ-8 score≥10)...
2017: Ethnicity & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811341/the-u-s-culture-collection-network-responding-to-the-requirements-of-the-nagoya-protocol-on-access-and-benefit-sharing
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REVIEW
Kevin McCluskey, Katharine B Barker, Hazel A Barton, Kyria Boundy-Mills, Daniel R Brown, Jonathan A Coddington, Kevin Cook, Philippe Desmeth, David Geiser, Jessie A Glaeser, Stephanie Greene, Seogchan Kang, Michael W Lomas, Ulrich Melcher, Scott E Miller, David R Nobles, Kristina J Owens, Jerome H Reichman, Manuela da Silva, John Wertz, Cale Whitworth, David Smith
The U.S. Culture Collection Network held a meeting to share information about how culture collections are responding to the requirements of the recently enacted Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The meeting included representatives of many culture collections and other biological collections, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Secretariat of the CBD, interested scientific societies, and collection groups, including Scientific Collections International and the Global Genome Biodiversity Network...
August 15, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811123/emergency-department-involvement-in-accountable-care-organizations-in-massachusetts-a-survey-study
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Nissa J Ali, J Michael McWilliams, Stephen K Epstein, Peter B Smulowitz
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We assess Massachusetts emergency department (ED) involvement and internal ED constructs within accountable care organization contracts. METHODS: An online survey was distributed to 70 Massachusetts ED directors. Questions attempted to assess involvement of EDs in accountable care organizations and the structures in place in EDs-from departmental resources to physician incentives-to help achieve accountable care organization goals of decreasing spending and improving quality...
August 12, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810059/targeted-genome-editing-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-using-crispr-cas9
#8
REVIEW
Behnom Farboud
Utilization of programmable nucleases to generate DNA lesions at precise endogenous sequences has transformed the ability to edit genomes from microbes to plants and animals. This is especially true in organisms that previously lacked the means to engineer precise genomic changes, like Caenorhabditis elegans. C. elegans is a 1 mm long free-living, nonparasitic, nematode worm, which is easily cultivated in a laboratory. Its detailed genetic map and relatively compact genome (~100 megabases) helped make it the first metazoan to have its entire genome sequenced...
August 15, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809198/a-comparison-of-danish-and-canadian-consumer-medication-information
#9
Helen Monkman, Christian Nøhr, Andre W Kushniruk
Many people around the world use prescription medications. Consumers often require information about their medications to support taking them safely and effectively. One source of such information is Consumer Medication Information (CMI). Canadians typically receive printed CMI when a new prescription is filled whereas Danes have the online resource min.medicin.dk. This study compared the content and design of Danish and Canadian CMI. Danish CMI satisfied seven of the 11 content utility criteria (developed in previous work) identified as supporting the safe and effective medication use...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809132/impact-of-primary-tracheoesophageal-puncture-on-outcomes-after-total-laryngectomy
#10
Aru Panwar, Oleg Militsakh, Robert Lindau, Andrew Coughlin, Harlan Sayles, Katherine R Rieke, William Lydiatt, Daniel Lydiatt, Russell Smith
Objectives To identify differences in postoperative wound complications associated with a primary tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP) at the time of laryngectomy versus no TEP. Study Design Retrospective review of large national data set. Setting Academic and nonacademic health care facilities in United States, contributing de-identified, risk-adjusted clinical data to the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. Subjects and Methods The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data set for years 2006 to 2012 identified 430 patients who underwent total laryngectomy with or without a primary TEP...
August 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809128/real-world-adherence-and-economic-outcomes-associated-with-paliperidone-palmitate-versus-oral-atypical-antipsychotics-in-schizophrenia-patients-with-substance-related-disorders-using-medicaid-benefits
#11
Kruti Joshi, Marie-Hélène Lafeuille, Rhiannon Kamstra, Sean Tiggelaar, Patrick Lefebvre, Edward Kim, Yong Yue, Neeta Tandon
AIM: Compare medication utilization, costs and healthcare resource use in schizophrenia patients with substance-related disorders initiated on once-monthly paliperidone palmitate (PP1M) or an oral atypical antipsychotic (OAA). MATERIALS & METHODS: Data from six Medicaid states (07/2009-03/2015) were used to compare outcomes between PP1M and OAA patients. RESULTS: PP1M patients had higher 12-month antipsychotic adherence and persistence than OAA patients...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808509/an-educational-intervention-to-increase-awareness-reduces-unnecessary-laboratory-testing-in-an-internal-medicine-resident-run-clinic
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Erika Leung, Shuang Song, Omar Al-Abboud, Shahed Shams, John English, Wisam Naji, Yafei Huang, Leon Robison, Fred Balis, Hameem I Kawsar
At our resident-run clinic in an underserved community, laboratory test costs in 2013 exceeded the government subsidy by $400 000. To optimize limited resources and improve patient care, an education program to reduce testing was implemented. Between November 2014 and January 2015, residents attended lectures on utilization of laboratory testing, focusing on standard practice guidelines, and analyses of unnecessary tests. Multivariate nonparametric statistical methods and subgroup analysis were used to evaluate cost reduction...
July 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808486/the-saudi-thoracic-society-guidelines-for-diagnosis-and-management-of-noncystic-fibrosis-bronchiectasis
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Hamdan Al-Jahdali, Abdullah Alshimemeri, Abdullah Mobeireek, Amr S Albanna, Nehad N Al Shirawi, Siraj Wali, Khaled Alkattan, Abdulrahman A Alrajhi, Khalid Mobaireek, Hassan S Alorainy, Mohamed S Al-Hajjaj, Anne B Chang, Stefano Aliberti
This is the first guideline developed by the Saudi Thoracic Society for the diagnosis and management of noncystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. Local experts including pulmonologists, infectious disease specialists, thoracic surgeons, respiratory therapists, and others from adult and pediatric departments provided the best practice evidence recommendations based on the available international and local literature. The main objective of this guideline is to utilize the current published evidence to develop recommendations about management of bronchiectasis suitable to our local health-care system and available resources...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807742/a-cost-utility-analysis-of-dynesys-dynamic-stabilization-versus-instrumented-fusion-for-the-treatment-of-degenerative-lumbar-spine-diseases
#14
Kan Liu, Wei Sun, Qiang Lu, Jiying Chen, Jiaguang Tang
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic chronic low back and leg pain resulting from lumbar spine degenerative disorders is highly prevalent in China, and for some patients, surgery is the final option for improvement. Several techniques for spinal non-fusion have been introduced to reduce the side-effects of fusion methods and hasten postoperative recovery. In this study, the authors have evaluated the cost-effectiveness of Dynesys posterior dynamic stabilization system (DY) compared with lumbar fusion techniques in the treatment of single-level degenerative lumbar spinal conditions...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807409/a-decade-of-imaging-surgeons-brain-function-part-i-terminology-techniques-and-clinical-translation
#15
REVIEW
Hemel Narendra Modi, Harsimrat Singh, Guang-Zhong Yang, Ara Darzi, Daniel Richard Leff
BACKGROUND: Functional neuroimaging has the potential to deepen our understanding of technical and nontechnical skill acquisition in surgeons, particularly as established assessment tools leave unanswered questions about inter-operator differences in ability that seem independent of experience. METHODS: In this first of a 2-part article, we aim to utilize our experience in neuroimaging surgeons to orientate the nonspecialist reader to the principles of brain imaging...
August 11, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807041/the-feasibility-and-re-aim-evaluation-of-the-tame-health-pilot-study
#16
Zakkoyya H Lewis, Kenneth J Ottenbacher, Steve R Fisher, Kristofer Jennings, Arleen F Brown, Maria C Swartz, Eloisa Martinez, Elizabeth J Lyons
BACKGROUND: Conducting 5 A's counseling in clinic and utilizing technology-based resources are recommended to promote physical activity but little is known about how to implement such an intervention. This investigation aimed to determine the feasibility and acceptability, using the RE-AIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, Maintenance) framework, of a pragmatic, primary care-based intervention that incorporated 5 A's counseling and self-control through an activity monitor...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806952/socio-cultural-contexts-of-end-of-life-conversations-and-decisions-bereaved-family-cancer-caregivers-retrospective-co-constructions
#17
Jennifer Nyawira Githaiga, Leslie Swartz
BACKGROUND: End-of-life communication becomes increasingly difficult in terminal cancer, which inevitably entails conversations around dying and death. In resource-limited areas, the context of end-of-life communication is usually home-based palliative care comprising mostly women in the family who play critical roles as informal caregivers. This article examined the content and contexts of family end-of-life conversations and decisions based on the retrospective accounts of a sample of bereaved women family cancer caregivers in Nairobi, Kenya...
August 14, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806942/impact-of-inpatient-care-in-emergency-department-on-outcomes-a-quasi-experimental-cohort-study
#18
Aisha Lateef, Soo Hoon Lee, Dale Andrew Fisher, Wei-Ping Goh, Hui Fen Han, Uma Chandra Segara, Tiong Beng Sim, Malcolm Mahadehvan, Khean Teik Goh, Noel Cheah, Aymeric Yt Lim, Phillip H Phan, Reshma A Merchant
BACKGROUND: Hospitals around the world are faced with the issue of boarders in emergency department (ED), patients marked for admission but with no available inpatient bed. Boarder status is known to be associated with delayed inpatient care and suboptimal outcomes. A new care delivery system was developed in our institution where boarders received full inpatient care from a designated medical team, acute medical team (AMT), while still residing at ED. The current study examines the impact of this AMT intervention on patient outcomes...
August 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806775/depression-screening-with-patient-targeted-feedback-in-cardiology-the-cost-effectiveness-of-depscreen-info
#19
Christian Brettschneider, Sebastian Kohlmann, Benjamin Gierk, Bernd Löwe, Hans-Helmut König
BACKGROUND: Although depression is common in patients with heart disease, screening for depression is much debated. DEPSCREEN-INFO showed that a patient-targeted feedback in addition to screening results in lower depression level six months after screening. The purpose of this analysis was to perform a cost-effectiveness analysis of DEPSCREEN-INFO. METHODS: Patients with coronary heart disease or arterial hypertension were included. Participants in both groups were screened for depression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806196/the-costs-of-hiv-treatment-and-care-in-ghana-a-longitudinal-multi-site-analysis
#20
Evelinn Mikkelsen, Jan Hontelez, Justice Nonvignon, Sam Amon, Felix A Asante, Moses K Aikins, Julie van de Haterd, Rob Baltussen
OBJECTIVE: To determine cost-functions that describe the dynamics of costs of HIV treatment and care in Ghana by CD4 cell count at treatment initiation and over time on antiretroviral therapy (ART). DESIGN: We used detailed longitudinal healthcare utilization data from clinical health records of HIV-infected patients at seven Ghanaian ART clinics to estimate cost-functions of treatment and care by CD4 cell count at treatment initiation and time on ART. METHODS: We developed two linear regression models; one with individual random effects to determine the relationship between CD4 cell count at ART initiation and costs of treatment and care, and one with individual fixed effects to determine the causal effect of time in care on costs of treatment and care...
August 12, 2017: AIDS
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