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Emmett Harrison, Paul B A Dhillon
INTRODUCTION: Rural family physicians are often required to meet a wide variety of medical service demands that are otherwise the responsibility of specialty physicians in urban centres. However, many rural physicians enjoy the practice variety and ability to meet patients' medical needs through this wider spectrum of care. We aimed to quantify and summarize the workload and clinical disorders seen by rural family physicians in Saskatchewan relative to urban family physicians. METHODS: We used Saskatchewan Ministry of Health billing data for 2015/16 to compare rural and urban care provision...
2018: Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine
Sophia Y Wang, Mariam S Hamid, David C Musch, Maria A Woodward
Importance: Nearly 2 million patients visit emergency departments (EDs) because of eye concerns annually in the United States. How hospitals currently assign these patients to treatment is important for designing systems that equitably allocate resources for eye care in urgent settings. Objective: To investigate factors associated with ophthalmology consultation for eye-related adult ED encounters to assess possible disparities by sex, race/ethnicity, language preference, or residential distance from the medical center...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
Arthur Bill Musk, Michael Hunter, Jennie Hui, Matthew W Knuiman, Mark Divitini, John P Beilby, Alan James
OBJECTIVE: To document the changing levels of tobacco smoking, respiratory symptoms, doctor-diagnosed asthma, and lung function in Busselton adults aged 46-65 years over the past 50 years. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS: Repeated cross-sectional population surveys (1966 to 2010-2015) of adults registered to vote in the Busselton shire, Western Australia, including a modified version of the British Medical Research Council questionnaire on respiratory symptoms. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: History of doctor-diagnosed asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tobacco smoking history, respiratory medications used, spirometry parameters (forced expiratory volume in one second [FEV1], forced vital capacity [FVC])...
March 19, 2018: Medical Journal of Australia
Gin S Malhi, Tim Outhred, Grace Morris, Philip M Boyce, Richard Bryant, Paul B Fitzgerald, Malcolm J Hopwood, Bill Lyndon, Roger Mulder, Greg Murray, Richard J Porter, Ajeet B Singh, Kristina Fritz
In December 2015, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists published a comprehensive set of mood disorder clinical practice guidelines for psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health professionals. This guideline summary, directed broadly at primary care physicians, is an abridged version that focuses on bipolar disorder. It is intended as an aid to the management of this complex disorder for primary care physicians working in collaboration with psychiatrists to implement successful long term management...
March 19, 2018: Medical Journal of Australia
Marcus Weitz, Guido F Laube, Maria Schmidt, Kai Krupka, Luisa Murer, Dominik Müller, Bernd Hoppe, Anja Büscher, Jens König, Martin Pohl, Therese Jungraithmayr, Florian Thiel, Heiko Billing, Ryszard Grenda, Jacek Rubik, Michael M Kaabak, Fatos Yalcinkaya, Rezan Topaloglu, Nicholas Webb, Luca Dello Strologo, Lars Pape, Silvio Nadalin, Burkhard Tönshoff
BACKGROUND: Infants with a body weight of less than 10 kg are often not considered to be suitable candidates for renal transplantation (RTx). The objective of this study was to evaluate this arbitrary weight threshold for pediatric RTx. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter, retrospective, match-controlled cohort study on infants weighing less than 10 kg at time of engrafting (low-weight group [LWG], n = 38) compared to a matched control group (n = 76) with a body weight of 10-15 kg, using data from the first 2 years post-transplant derived from the CERTAIN Registry...
March 13, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Lee Verweel, Zahava R S Rosenberg-Yunger, Taranom Movahedi, Allan H Malek
Background: Canada legalized assisted dying with the passing of Bill C-14, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), in June 2016. This legislation has implications for health care professionals participating in MAiD. This research aims to understand the effect that MAiD has on pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Canada. Methods: We conducted a thematic document analysis of pharmacy guidelines, position statements and standards of practice from pharmacy regulatory authorities across Canada...
March 2018: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
Ryan Howard, Rishindra M Reddy
OBJECTIVE: Accurate medical documentation is a core competency in medical education and is critical to successful surgical practice. The following study aims to assess the coding accuracy of medical student documentation. DESIGN: Retrospective chart review identified patient encounters in a surgery clinic that contained documentation by both a faculty member and a third-year medical student. Records were de-identified and assigned a level of service (LOS) and diagnostic code by trained, expert coders...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Surgical Education
Andrew J Maiorana, Andrew D Williams, Christopher D Askew, Itamar Levinger, Jeff Coombes, Bill Vicenzino, Kade Davison, Neil A Smart, Steve E Selig
Regular exercise improves health but can also induce adverse responses. Although such episodes are rare, many guidelines for pre-participation exercise screening have historically had a low threshold for recommending medical clearance prior to the commencement of exercise, placing the responsibility for decision making about exercise participation on physicians. The 'clearance to exercise' model still occurs widely in practice, but creates cost burdens and barriers to the uptake of exercise. Moreover, many physicians are not provided the training, nor time in a standard consultation, to be able to effectively perform this role...
March 9, 2018: Sports Medicine
Neville W Goodman
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March 2018: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Katherine Baicker, Heidi L Allen, Bill J Wright, Sarah L Taubman, Amy N Finkelstein
Policy Points: We take advantage of Oregon's Medicaid lottery to gauge the causal effects of Medicaid coverage on mental health care, how effectively it addresses unmet needs, and how those effects differ for those with and without a history of depression. Medicaid coverage reduced the prevalence of undiagnosed depression by almost 50% and untreated depression by more than 60%. It increased use of medications and reduced the share of respondents reporting unmet mental health care needs by almost 40%. There are likely to be substantial mental health consequences of policy decisions about Medicaid coverage for vulnerable populations...
March 2018: Milbank Quarterly
Joao Paulo Souza, Olufemi T Oladapo, Bukola Fawole, Kidza Mugerwa, Rodrigo Reis, Francisco Barbosa-Junior, Livia Oliveira-Ciabati, Domingos Alves, A Metin Gülmezoglu
OBJECTIVE: To assess the accuracy of the WHO partograph alert line and other candidate predictors in the identification of women at risk of developing severe adverse birth outcomes DESIGN: a facility-based, multicentre, prospective cohort study. SETTING: 13 maternity hospitals located in Nigeria and Uganda. POPULATION: 9,995 women with spontaneous onset of labour presenting at cervical dilatation of ≤6 cm or undergoing induction of labour...
March 2, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Mark Fisher, Brandon Alba, Tawfiqul Bhuiya, Armen K Kasabian, Charles H Thorne, Neil Tanna
BACKGROUND: Recent health care changes have encouraged efforts to decrease costs. In plastic surgery, an area of potential cost savings includes appropriate use of pathologic examination. Specimens are frequently sent because of hospital policy, insurance request, or habit, even when clinically unnecessary. This is an area where evidence-based guidelines are lacking and significant cost-savings can be achieved. METHODS: All specimen submitted for pathologic examination at two hospitals between January and December of 2015 were queried for tissue expanders, breast implants, fat, skin, abdominal pannus, implant capsule, hardware, rib, bone, cartilage, scar, and keloid...
March 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
April Barnado, Robert J Carroll, Carolyn Casey, Lee Wheless, Joshua C Denny, Leslie J Crofford
OBJECTIVE: Phenome-wide association studies (PheWAS) scan across billing codes in the electronic health record (EHR) and re-purpose clinical EHR data for research. We examined if PheWAS could function as an EHR discovery tool for SLE and uncover novel clinical associations in male versus female SLE patients. METHODS: We used a de-identified version of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center EHR with over 2.8 million subjects. We performed PheWAS comparing 1) SLE cases vs...
February 26, 2018: Arthritis Care & Research
Kenji Tsuda, Tetsuya Tanimoto, Saori Sakaue, Tomohiko Sato, Kaduki Kouno, Tamae Hamaki, Kazutaka Hosoda, Mutsuko Ohnishi, Tsunehiko Komatsu, Masahiro Kami, Eiji Kusumi
Hidden barriers to visit a medical facility especially for young busy workers have been neglected in the aging society. The aim of this cross-sectional study is to analyze demographics of patients who had visited the first known convenient clinic located inside a railway station, which is adjusted to the lifestyle of working generations.We analyzed de-identified data of patients who had visited the department of internal medicine of a clinic, which is located inside a railway station building and offers primary care with after-hours accessibility in Tokyo, between August 2013 and June 2016...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Shi Chen, Yingying Yang, Yimin Qv, Yun Zou, Huijuan Zhu, Fengying Gong, Yongwei Zou, Hongbo Yang, Linjie Wang, Bill Q Lian, Cynthia Liu, Yu Jiang, Chengsheng Yan, Jianqiang Li, Qing Wang, Hui Pan
Low birthweight (LBW) is closely associated with fetal and perinatal mortality and morbidity. We identified the risk factors of LBW and geographical differences in LBW incidence in 30 Chinese provinces in the present study.This study was a population-based, retrospective cohort study performed in 30 Chinese provinces. We used data from the free National Pre-pregnancy Checkups Project, which is a countrywide population-based retrospective cohort study. To identify regional differences in LBW incidence, we used the Qinling-Huaihe climate line to divide China into northern and southern sections and the Heihe-Tengchong economic line to divide it into eastern and western sections...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
James Rotenberg, Bruce Kinosian, Peter Boling, George Taler
The Independence at Home (IAH) Demonstration Year 2 results confirmed that the first-year savings were 10 times as great as those of the pioneer accountable care organizations during their initial 2 years. We update projected savings from nationwide conversion of the IAH demonstration, incorporating Year 2 results and improving attribution of IAH-qualified (IAH-Q) Medicare beneficiaries to home-based primary care (HBPC) practices. Applying IAH qualifying criteria to beneficiaries in the Medicare 5% claims file, the effect of expanding HBPC to the 2...
February 23, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Samantha R Lattof
People working in Ghana's informal sector have low rates of enrolment in the publicly funded National Health Insurance Scheme. Informal sector workers, including migrant girls and women from northern Ghana working as head porters (kayayei), report challenges obtaining insurance and seeking formal health care. This article analyses how health insurance status affects kayayei migrants' care-seeking behaviours. This mixed-methods study involved surveying 625 migrants using respondent-driven sampling and conducting in-depth interviews with a sub-sample of 48 migrants...
February 15, 2018: Health Policy and Planning
Michael J Ray, William E Trick, Michael Y Lin
OBJECTIVE Because antibacterial history is difficult to obtain, especially when the exposure occurred at an outside hospital, we assessed whether infection-related diagnostic billing codes, which are more readily available through hospital discharge databases, could infer prior antibacterial receipt. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. PARTICIPANTS This study included 121,916 hospitalizations representing 78,094 patients across the 3 hospitals. METHODS We obtained hospital inpatient data from 3 Chicago-area hospitals...
February 20, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Leonardo Martinez, David M le Roux, Whitney Barnett, Attie Stadler, Mark P Nicol, Heather J Zar
Background: Tuberculosis is a leading cause of global childhood mortality. However, the epidemiology and burden of tuberculosis in infancy is not well understood. We aimed to investigate tuberculin skin test conversion and tuberculosis in the Drakenstein Child Health study, a South African birth cohort in a community in which tuberculosis incidence is hyperendemic. Methods: In this prospective birth cohort study, we enrolled pregnant women older than 18 years who were between 20 and 28 weeks' gestation and who were attending antenatal care in a peri-urban, impoverished South African setting...
January 2018: Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
Kishan M Thadikonda, Amber D Shaffer, Amanda L Stapleton
OBJECTIVES: 1. Determine the percentage of patients under the age of 3 undergoing adenoidectomy-alone who require subsequent management of residual sleep disordered breathing (SDB).2. Characterize complications following adenoidectomy and determine if any perioperative factors are associated with intra-operative or post-operative complications and outcomes. METHODS: Case series with chart review was conducted including children seen at a tertiary care children's hospital between 2008 and 2012...
March 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
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