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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340230/determinants-of-opioid-prescribing-for-nonmalignant-chronic-pain-in-us-outpatient-settings
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Rafia S Rasu, Maureen E Knell
Study Objectives.:  Identify prescribing trends for opioid use in non-malignant chronic pain (NMCP) from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). Determine predictors of opioid use based on patient-specific factors. Design.:  This cross-sectional study analyzed NAMCS data from 2000 to 2007. Pain medications prescribed were retrieved using NAMCS drug codes. Multivariate logistic models examined determinants of opioid prescribing among NMCP patients...
March 14, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340166/complete-blood-count-reference-ranges-from-a-rural-haitian-ambulatory-care-clinic
#2
Robert F Downey
Background: At rural healthcare centers in developing countries, it is difficult to recruit healthy individuals for reference range studies. So, in this study, I evaluated complete blood count (CBC) data to determine reference ranges for a rural Haitian population. Methods: A convenience sample of laboratory records was reviewed to obtain CBC results for 157 adult patients with normal screening examination results. Central 95% reference ranges were determined for male and female subjects...
March 10, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339988/utilization-of-health-care-services-and-ambulatory-resources-associated-with-chronic-noncancer-pain
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Cynthia Kay, Erica Wozniak, Joanne Bernstein
Objective.:  Examine traditional and uncompensated health care utilization associated with chronic noncancer pain. Design.:  Retrospective chart review. Setting.:  Tertiary academic medical center. Subjects.:  Internal medicine patients on long-term opioids for chronic noncancer pain with or without a pain agreement between April 1, 2014, and April 1, 2015 (N = 834). Patients without pain served as controls (N = 782)...
March 2, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339868/reigning-in-the-point-of-care-beast-assessing-quality-of-point-of-care-testing-within-the-ambulatory-network-of-a-large-health-system
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Valerie Arboleda, Omai Garner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338813/antibiotic-prescribing-for-acute-respiratory-infections-in-children-in-jordan
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Mera A Ababneh, Sayer I Al-Azzam, Rawan Ababneh, Abeer M Rababa'h, Saddam Al Demour
Background: Most acute respiratory infections (ARIs) in children are due to viral etiology; however, over-prescribing of antibiotics for ARIs is common. The aim of this investigation was to identify antibiotic prescribing prevalence for children with ARIs and to identify predictors of broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing. Methods: This was a prospective cross sectional study in a sample of ambulatory care settings in Jordan. Children (<18 years) presenting with ARIs were assessed in terms of patient's demographics, antibiotic prescription and clinical diagnosis...
February 24, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332939/pediatric-asthma-hospitalizations-among-urban-minority-children-and-the-continuity-of-primary-care
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Levon H Utidjian, Alexander G Fiks, A Russell Localio, Lihai Song, Mark J Ramos, Ron Keren, Louis M Bell, Robert W Grundmeier
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of ambulatory health care processes on asthma hospitalizations. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using electronic health records was completed. Patients aged 2-18 years receiving health care from 1 of 5 urban practices between Jan 1, 2004 and Dec 31, 2008 with asthma documented on their problem list were included. Independent variables were modifiable health care processes in the primary care setting: (1) use of asthma controller medications; (2) regular assessment of asthma symptoms; (3) use of spirometry; (4) provision of individualized asthma care plans; (5) timely influenza vaccination; (6) access to primary healthcare; and (7) use of pay for performance physician incentives...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332190/impact-of-disease-prevalence-adjustment-on-hospitalization-rates-for%C3%A2-chronic-ambulatory-care-sensitive-conditions-in-germany
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Johannes Pollmanns, Patrick S Romano, Maria Weyermann, Max Geraedts, Saskia E Drösler
OBJECTIVES: To explore effects of disease prevalence adjustment on ambulatory care-sensitive hospitalization (ACSH) rates used for quality comparisons. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: County-level hospital administrative data on adults discharged from German hospitals in 2011 and prevalence estimates based on administrative ambulatory diagnosis data were used. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cross-sectional study using in- and outpatient secondary data was performed...
March 22, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330751/reduction-in-heart-failure-hospitalizations-with-ambulatory-hemodynamic-monitoring-seen-in-clinical-trials-is-maintained-in-the-real-world
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Akshay S Desai, Arvind Bhimaraj, Rupinder Bharmi, Rita Jermyn, Kunjan Bhatt, David Shavelle, Margaret M Redfield, Robert Hull, Jamie A Pelzel, Kevin Davis, Nirav Dalal, Philip B Adamson, J Thomas Heywood
BACKGROUND: In the CHAMPION trial, heart failure hospitalization (HFH) rates were lower in patients managed with guidance from an implantable pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) sensor compared to usual care. OBJECTIVES: To examine the effectiveness of ambulatory hemodynamic monitoring in reducing HFH outside the clinical trial setting. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using US Medicare claims data from patients undergoing PAP sensor implantation between 6/1/2014 and 12/31/2015...
March 9, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329790/factors-associated-with-hospital-admission-for-older-adults-receiving-care-in-u-s-emergency-departments
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Alexander X Lo, Kellie L Flood, Kevin Biese, Timothy F Platts-Mills, John P Donnelly, Christopher R Carpenter
Background: Emergency departments (EDs) play a growing role in hospital admissions for older adults, yet nationally representative data on predictors of admission from the EDs are limited. Methods: We examined sociodemographic, clinical, and hospital characteristics associated with non-ICU admissions, using National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data and multivariate Poisson regression models. Results: There were an estimated 175 million ED visits by adults older than 65 years from 2001 to 2010...
October 21, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329223/effect-of-home-monitoring-via-mobile-app-on-the-number-of-in-person-visits-following-ambulatory-surgery-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Kathleen A Armstrong, Peter C Coyte, Mitchell Brown, Brett Beber, John L Semple
Importance: In the age of information and patient-centered care, new methods of delivering postoperative care must be developed and evaluated. Objective: To determine whether follow-up care delivered via a mobile app can be used to avert in-person follow-up care visits compared with conventional, in-person follow-up care in the first 30 days following ambulatory surgery. Design, Setting, and Participants: A randomized clinical trial was conducted from February 1 to August 31, 2015, among ambulatory patients undergoing breast reconstruction at an academic ambulatory care hospital...
March 22, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325699/spinal-correction-in-patients-with-fukuyama-congenital-muscular-dystrophy
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Wataru Saito, Takanori Namba, Gen Inoue, Takayuki Imura, Masayuki Miyagi, Toshiyuki Nakazawa, Eiki Shirasawa, Kentaro Uchida, Masashi Takaso
BACKGROUND: Fukuyama congenital muscular dystrophy (FCMD) is one of the most common congenital progressive muscular dystrophies in Japan. Some patients develop a severe spinal deformity that leads to an unstable sitting position or pain. Since 2008, we have treated FCMD using posterior spinal fusion. This study reports the short-term clinical and radiographic results of posterior spinal correction and fusion in FCMD. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 11 consecutive FCMD patients, average age 13 years old, treated with posterior spinal instrumentation and fusion between 2008 and 2015...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325511/corrigendum-to-the-electronic-medication-complete-communication-emc2-study-rationale-and-methods-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-strategy-to-promote-medication-safety-in-ambulatory-care-contemp-clin-trials-2016-72-77
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Stacy Cooper Bailey, Michael K Paasche-Orlow, William G Adams, Samantha A Brokenshire, Laura A Hedlund, Ryan P Hickson, Christine U Oramasionwu, Amy L Moore, Danielle M McCarthy, Laura M Curtis, Mary J Kwasny, Michael S Wolf
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324049/piloting-a-remission-strategy-in-type-2-diabetes-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Natalia McInnes, Ada Smith, Rose Otto, Jeffrey Vandermey, Zubin Punthakee, Diana Sherifali, Kumar Balasubramanian, Stephanie Hall, Hertzel C Gerstein
Context: Medical strategies targeting remission of type 2 diabetes have not been systematically studied. Objective: This trial assessed the feasibility, safety and potential to induce remission of a short-term intensive metabolic strategy. Design: A randomized, parallel, open-label pilot trial in 83 participants followed for 52 weeks. Setting: Ambulatory care. Participants: Patients with type 2 diabetes of up to 3 years in duration...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323324/preventing-hospitalization-with-veterans-affairs-home-based-primary-care-which-individuals-benefit-most
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Samuel T Edwards, Somnath Saha, Julia C Prentice, Steven D Pizer
OBJECTIVES: To examine how medical complexity modifies the relationship between enrollment in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home-based primary care (HBPC) and hospitalization for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions (ACSC) for veterans with diabetes mellitus and whether the effect of HBPC on hospitalizations varies according to clinical condition. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: VA and non-VA hospitals. PARTICIPANTS: VA beneficiaries aged 67 and older with diabetes mellitus and enrolled in Medicare (N = 364,972)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322677/vulvovaginitis-find-the-cause-to-treat-it
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Oluwatosin Goje, Jessian L Munoz
Vulvar and vaginal disorders are among the most common problems seen in ambulatory care. The cause is usually infectious, but noninfectious causes should also be considered, and differentiating them can be challenging. Accurate diagnosis based on patient history, physical examination, and laboratory testing is necessary so that effective therapy can be chosen.
March 2017: Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322642/impact-of-volume-management-on-volume-overload-and-rehospitalization-in-capd-patients
#16
Yi Xu, Shen-Min Yang, Xiao-Hua Wang, Hai-Fang Wang, Mei-E Niu, Yi-Qun Yang, Guo-Yuan Lu, Jian-Hong Pang, Fei Wang, Lin Li
Heart failure due to volume overload is a major reason for rehospitalization in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients. Strict volume control provides better cardiac functions and blood pressure in this population. Volume management, which is a volume control strategy, may decrease volume overload and related complications. Using a quasi-experimental design, 66 continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients were randomly assigned to the intervention group ( n = 34) and control group ( n = 32)...
December 1, 2016: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320676/smartphone-based-rapid-screening-of-urinary-biomarkers
#17
Haakon Karlsen, Tao Dong
An ambulatory pre-screening Point-of-Care (POC) device compatible with commercially available diapers has been developed to rapidly screen urine samples for incontinent or functionally impaired elderly. This POC device consists of a set of colorimetric reaction pads with accompanying reference colors. A smartphone with camera is a convenient tool for analysis of colorimetric assays; and a software application has been developed for smartphones to photograph the colorimetric assay and classify colorimetric reactions according to the reference colors...
April 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320599/ambulatory-surgery-for-primary-hyperparathyroidism-a-67-case-series
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D Culié, B Pescetto, O Dassonville, N Guevara, D Benisvy, J Santini
INTRODUCTION: Surgery for primary hyperparathyroidism, targeted by ultrasound and scintigraphy, satisfies the theoretical criteria allowing ambulatory surgery. The purpose of this study was to validate this strategy on a homogeneous case series assessed by this imaging strategy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All patients operated for primary hyperparathyroidism by ambulatory surgery from 01/01/13 to 30/04/15 were included in this retrospective study. The usual endpoints of ambulatory surgery were evaluated...
March 17, 2017: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320329/external-validation-of-the-vulnerable-elder-s-survey-for-predicting-mortality-and-emergency-admission-in-older-community-dwelling-people-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Emma Wallace, Ronald McDowell, Kathleen Bennett, Tom Fahey, Susan M Smith
BACKGROUND: Prospective external validation of the Vulnerable Elder's Survey (VES-13) in primary care remains limited. The aim of this study is to externally validate the VES-13 in predicting mortality and emergency admission in older community-dwelling adults. METHODS: Design: Prospective cohort study with 2 years follow-up (2010-2012). SETTING: 15 General Practices (GPs) in the Republic of Ireland. PARTICIPANTS: n = 862, aged ≥70 years, community-dwellers Exposure: VES-13 calculated at baseline, where a score of ≥3 denoted high risk...
March 20, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317452/recent-advances-in-diagnostic-testing-for-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease
#20
Rishi D Naik, Michael F Vaezi
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has a large economic burden with important complications that include esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus, and adenocarcinoma. Despite endoscopy, validated patient questionnaires, and traditional ambulatory pH monitoring, the diagnosis of GERD continues to be challenging. Areas covered: This review will explore the difficulties in diagnosing GERD with a focus on new developments, ranging from basic fundamental changes (histology and immunohistochemistry) to direct patient care (narrow-band imaging, impedance, and response to anti-reflux surgery)...
March 20, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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