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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542390/analysis-of-early-mesothelial-cell-responses-to-staphylococcus-epidermidis-isolated-from-patients-with-peritoneal-dialysis-associated-peritonitis
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Amanda L McGuire, Kieran T Mulroney, Christine F Carson, Ramesh Ram, Grant Morahan, Aron Chakera
The major complication of peritoneal dialysis (PD) is the development of peritonitis, an infection within the abdominal cavity, primarily caused by bacteria. PD peritonitis is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and health care costs. Staphylococcus epidermidis is the most frequently isolated cause of PD-associated peritonitis. Mesothelial cells are integral to the host response to peritonitis, and subsequent clinical outcomes, yet the effects of infection on mesothelial cells are not well characterised...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540411/negative-symptoms-anxiety-and-depression-as-mechanisms-of-change-of-a-12-month-trial-of-assertive-community-treatment-as-part-of-integrated-care-in-patients-with-first-and-multi-episode-schizophrenia-spectrum-disorders-access-i-trial
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Stefanie J Schmidt, Matthias Lange, Daniel Schöttle, Anne Karow, Benno G Schimmelmann, Martin Lambert
Assertive community treatment (ACT) has shown to be effective in improving both functional deficits and quality of life (QoL) in patients with severe mental illness. However, the mechanisms of this beneficial effect remained unclear. We examined mechanisms of change by testing potential mediators including two subdomains of negative symptoms, i.e. social amotivation as well as expressive negative symptoms, anxiety, and depression within a therapeutic ACT model (ACCESS I trial) in a sample of 120 first- and multi-episode patients with a schizophrenia spectrum disorder (DSM-IV)...
May 24, 2017: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537977/perioperative-use-of-focused-transthoracic-cardiac-ultrasound-a-survey-of-current-practice-and-opinion
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Frederick Conlin, Neil R Connelly, Michael P Eaton, Patrick J Broderick, Jennifer Friderici, Adam C Adler
BACKGROUND: The advent of portable ultrasound machines in recent years has led to greater availability of focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) in the perioperative and critical care setting. To our knowledge, its use in the perioperative setting among anesthesiologists remains undefined. We sought to assess the use of FoCUS by members of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) in clinical practice, to identify variations in its application, to outline limits to its use, and to understand the level of training of physicians using this technology...
May 19, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536137/the-right-care-every-time-improving-adherence-to-evidence-based-guidelines
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Jane Runnacles, Alice Roueché, Peter Lachman
Guidelines are integral to reducing variation in paediatric care by ensuring that children receive the right care, every time. However, for reasons discussed in this paper, clinicians do not always follow evidence-based guidelines. Strategies to improve guideline usage tend to focus on dissemination and education. These approaches, however, do not address some of the more complex factors that influence whether a guideline is used in clinical practice. In this article, part of the Equipped Quality Improvement series, we outline the literature on barriers to guideline adherence and present practical solutions to address these barriers...
May 23, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Education and Practice Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532995/histological-subtypes-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-are-related-to-gene-mutations-and-molecular-tumour-classification
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Julien Calderaro, Gabrielle Couchy, Sandrine Imbeaud, Giuliana Amaddeo, Eric Letouzé, Jean-Frédéric Blanc, Christophe Laurent, Yacine Hajji, Daniel Azoulay, Paulette Bioulac-Sage, Jean-Charles Nault, Jessica Zucman-Rossi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Our increasing understanding of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) biology holds promise for personalized care, however its translation into clinical practice requires a precise knowledge of its relationship to tumour phenotype. METHODS: We aimed at investigating molecular-phenotypic correlations in a large series of HCC. To this purpose, 343 surgically resected HCC were investigated by pathological review, immunohistochemistry, gene expression profiling and sequencing...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532500/extending-access-to-essential-services-against-constraints-the-three-tier-health-service-delivery-system-in-rural-china-1949-1980
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Xing Lin Feng, Melisa Martinez-Alvarez, Jun Zhong, Jin Xu, Beibei Yuan, Qingyue Meng, Dina Balabanova
BACKGROUND: China has made remarkable progress in scaling up essential services during the last six decades, making health care increasingly available in rural areas. This was partly achieved through the building of a three-tier health system in the 1950s, established as a linked network with health service facilities at county, township and village level, to extend services to the whole population. METHODS: We developed a Theory of Change to chart the policy context, contents and mechanisms that may have facilitated the establishment of the three-tier health service delivery system in rural China...
May 23, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525409/preserved-analgesia-with-reduction-in-opioids-through-the-use-of-an-acute-pain-protocol-in-enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-for-open-hepatectomy
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Michael C Grant, Philip M Sommer, Cathy He, Sylvia Li, Andrew J Page, Alexander B Stone, Deborah Hobson, Elizabeth Wick, Christopher L Wu
BACKGROUND: Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathways are designed to restore baseline physiology, mitigate surgical stressors, and hasten recovery. Paramount to this approach is optimal pain control through multimodal analgesia and limiting reliance on opioid-based medications. Recent studies have fostered growing controversy surrounding the use of epidural analgesia in the ERAS setting, especially for higher-risk procedures. We examine the analgesic end points associated with the use of epidural within the ERAS framework for open hepatectomy...
May 18, 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524896/distress-screening-evaluating-a-protocol-for-gynecologic-cancer-survivors%C3%A2
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Cynae Johnson, Marshalee George, Amanda N Fader
BACKGROUND: A gynecologic cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment may cause significant morbidity, leading to increased distress levels and poorer quality of life (QOL) for survivors. Clinicians have explored opportunities to integrate comprehensive distress management protocols into clinical settings using existing supportive care resources.
. OBJECTIVES: The aims were to improve multidisciplinary management of distress using a clinical pathway for gynecologic cancer survivors and to improve patient satisfaction with distress management...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524624/pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-progress-in-understanding-the-disease-and-prioritizing-strategies-for-drug-development
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REVIEW
P Ghataorhe, C J Rhodes, L Harbaum, M Attard, J Wharton, M R Wilkins
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), at one time a largely overlooked disease, is now the subject of intense study in many academic and biotech groups. The availability of new treatments has increased awareness of the condition. This in turn has driven a change in the demographics of PAH, with an increase in the mean age at diagnosis. The diagnosis of PAH in more elderly patients has highlighted the need for careful phenotyping of patients and for further studies to understand how best to manage pulmonary hypertension associated with, for example, left heart disease...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521830/evidence-based-policy-responses-to-strengthen-health-community-and-legislative-systems-that-care-for-women-in-australia-with-female-genital-mutilation-cutting
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REVIEW
Nesrin Varol, John J Hall, Kirsten Black, Sabera Turkmani, Angela Dawson
BACKGROUND: The physical and psychological impact of female genital mutilation / cutting (FGM/C) can be substantial, long term, and irreversible. Parts of the health sector in Australia have developed guidelines in the management of FGM/C, but large gaps exist in community and professional knowledge of the consequences and treatment of FGM/C. The prevalence of FGM/C amongst Australian women is unknown. Our article reviews the literature on research on FGM/C in Australia, which focuses on health system response to women and girls with FGM/C...
May 18, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521558/rising-utilization-of-inpatient-pediatric-asthma-pathways
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Sunitha V Kaiser, Jonathan Rodean, Arpi Bekmezian, Matt Hall, Samir S Shah, Sanjay Mahant, Kavita Parikh, Rustin Morse, Henry Puls, Michael D Cabana
INTRODUCTION: Clinical pathways are detailed care plans that operationalize evidence-based guidelines into an accessible format for health providers. Their goal is to link evidence to practice to optimize patient outcomes and delivery efficiency. It is unknown to what extent inpatient pediatric asthma pathways are being utilized nationally. OBJECTIVES: (1) Describe inpatient pediatric asthma pathway design and implementation across a large hospital network. (2) Compare characteristics of hospitals with and without pathways...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516345/performance-and-cost-evaluation-of-health-information-systems-using-micro-costing-and-discrete-event-simulation
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Olfa Rejeb, Claire Pilet, Sabri Hamana, Xiaolan Xie, Thierry Durand, Saber Aloui, Anne Doly, Pierre Biron, Lionel Perrier, Vincent Augusto
Innovation and health-care funding reforms have contributed to the deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to improve patient care. Many health-care organizations considered the application of ICT as a crucial key to enhance health-care management. The purpose of this paper is to provide a methodology to assess the organizational impact of high-level Health Information System (HIS) on patient pathway. We propose an integrated performance evaluation of HIS approach through the combination of formal modeling using the Architecture of Integrated Information Systems (ARIS) models, a micro-costing approach for cost evaluation, and a Discrete-Event Simulation (DES) approach...
May 17, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513185/moderate-dementia-relational-social-engagement-rse-during-family-visits
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Bruce Walmsley, Lynne McCormack
OBJECTIVE: This qualitative study seeks evidence of retained social awareness in individuals with moderate dementia residing in care-homes, when engaged in interactive family visits. METHOD: Speech/non-speech data collected from 10/15-minute video-recorded family interactions of five family groups (12 individuals; 2 sessions per family group) were coded using thematic analysis. RESULTS: Interactional patterns embedded in familiar bonds provided the context for the superordinate theme: relational social engagement (RSE)...
May 17, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513084/exploring-the-role-of-occupational-therapy-in-caring-for-cancer-survivors-in-australia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Nicole Buckland, Lynette Mackenzie
BACKGROUND/AIM: With increasing rates of cancer survival in Australia, more people are living with long-term side effects of cancer and its treatment, and cancer survivorship is now considered a distinct phase of cancer care. While occupational therapists play an integral role in multidisciplinary care for people with chronic conditions, there is little evidence documenting the occupational therapy role for people living with chronic cancer-related conditions. This study aimed to explore the views of Australian occupational therapists about current practice and what constitutes best practice for cancer survivors...
May 16, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512080/using-text-messaging-in-long-term-arthroplasty-follow-up-a-pilot-study
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Oliver Blocker, Alison Bullock, Rhidian Morgan-Jones, Adel Ghandour, James Richardson
BACKGROUND: Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and mobile technology have the potential to change the way patients are monitored following joint replacement surgery. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of text messaging to record PROMs in long-term follow-up of hip and knee arthroplasty. Our participants were 17 patients 2-years-plus post hip or knee arthroplasty attending clinic with a mobile telephone number on record. METHODS: A simple PROM (Oswestry Very Short Form) was texted to the patient...
May 16, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501885/euforea-rhinology-research-forum-2016-report-of-the-brainstorming-sessions-on-needs-and-priorities-in-rhinitis-and-rhinosinusitis
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P W Hellings, C A Akdis, C Bachert, J Bousquet, B Pugin, G Adriaensen, R Advani, I Agache, C Anjo, R Anmolsingh, E Annoni, T Bieber, A Bizaki, I Braverman, I Callebaut, J A Castillo Vizuete, T Chalermwatanachai, R Chmielewski, C Cingi, L Cools, C Coppije, M E Cornet, I De Boeck, E De Corso, G De Greve, M Doulaptsi, R Edmiston, S Erskine, E Gevaert, P Gevaert, K Golebski, C Hopkins, V Hox, C Jaeggi, G Joos, S Khwaja, A Kjeldsen, L Klimek, M Koennecke, I Kortekaas Krohn, O Krysko, B N Kumar, C Langdon, B Lange, G Lekakis, P Levie, E Lourijsen, V J Lund, K Martens, R Mösges, J Mullol, T D Nyembue, S Palkonen, C Philpott, J Pimentel, A Poirrier, A C Pratas, E Prokopakis, L Pujols, P Rombaux, C Schmidt-Weber, C Segboer, I Spacova, J Staikuniene, B Steelant, E A Steinsvik, A Teufelberger, L Van Gerven, K Van Gool, R Verbrugge, B Verhaeghe, P Virkkula, S Vlaminck, E Vries-Uss, M Wagenmann, T Zuberbier, S F Seys, W J Fokkens
The first European Rhinology Research Forum organized by the European Forum for Research and Education in Allergy and Airway Diseases (EUFOREA) was held in the Royal Academy of Medicine in Brussels on 17th and 18th November 2016, in collaboration with the European Rhinologic Society (ERS) and the Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (GA2LEN). One hundred and thirty participants (medical doctors from different specialties, researchers, as well as patients and industry representatives) from 27 countries took part in the multiple perspective discussions including brainstorming sessions on care pathways and research needs in rhinitis and rhinosinusitis...
May 14, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496277/a-framework-for-integrating-biosimilars-into-the-didactic-core-requirements-of-a-doctor-of-pharmacy-curriculum
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REVIEW
Edward Li, Jennifer Liu, Monica Ramchandani
Biologic drugs approved via the abbreviated United States biosimilar approval pathway are anticipated to improve access to medications by addressing increasing health care expenditures. Surveys of health care practitioners indicate that there is inadequate knowledge and understanding about biosimilars; this must be addressed to ensure safe and effective use of this new category of products. Concepts of biosimilar development, manufacturing, regulation, naming, formulary, and inventory considerations, as well as patient and provider education should be included within the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum as preparation for clinical practice...
April 2017: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494481/enhanced-hip-fracture-management-use-of-statistical-methods-and-dataset-to-evaluate-a-fractured-neck-of-femur-fast-track-pathway-pilot-study
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Nigel Gilchrist, Kristian Dalzell, Scott Pearson, Gary Hooper, Kit Hoeben, Jeremy Hickling, John McKie, Ma Yi, Sandra Chamberlain, Caroline McCullough, Marc Gutenstein
The increasing elderly population and subsequent rise in total hip fracture(s) in this group means more effective management strategies are necessary to improve efficiency. We have changed our patient care strategy from the emergency department (ED), acute orthopaedic wards, operating theatre, post-operation and rehabilitation, and called it Fracture Neck of Femur Fast Track Pathway. All clinical data and actions were captured, integrated and displayed on a weekly basis using 'signalfromnoise' (SFN) software...
May 12, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486581/impact-of-financial-incentives-for-inter-provider-care-coordination-on-health-care-resource-utilization-among-elderly-acute-stroke-patients
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Takumi Nishi, Toshiki Maeda, Akira Babazono
Objective: To examine the impact of inter-provider care coordination on health-care resource utilization among elderly acute stroke patients. Design: A retrospective cohort study using health-care insurance claims data. Setting: Claims data of the Fukuoka Prefecture Wide-Area Association of Latter-Stage Elderly Healthcare. Participants: About, 6409 patients aged 75 years or older admitted for acute stroke and moved to rehabilitation wards from 1 April 2010 to 30 September 2015...
May 9, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469892/chasing-the-golden-hour-lessons-learned-from-improving-initial-neutropenic-sepsis-management
#20
Caroline Forde, Paula Scullin
Neutropenic sepsis remains a time critical and potentially fatal complication of systemic anti-cancer therapy. A target 'door to needle' time of one hour for first dose empirical intravenous antibiotics continues to be promoted nationally. A baseline audit (June 2011) highlighted shortfalls in care in the Belfast Trust, with only 15% of patients receiving antibiotics within sixty minutes. A multi-professional group within the Trust was established to try and initiate the improvements in neutropenic sepsis recognition and initial management that were urgently required...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
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