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Appropriate use criteria

Li-Jung Lin, Hsin-Yen Yen
BACKGROUND: The rising population of older adults is transforming Taiwan society. Although many long-term care facilities now operate for older adults, the transition from the home environment to long-term facilities may cause multiple issues, including relocation stress syndrome, for new residents. Autonomy is a critical element of the human experience. Leisure, as an expression of autonomy, has been shown to enhance self-image and promote feelings of competence and mastery. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between participation in leisure activities and adjustment to residential care using the continuity theory...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
Sam Denys, Michael Hofmann, Heleen Luts, Cécile Guérin, Ann Keymeulen, Katelijne Van Hoeck, Astrid van Wieringen, Karel Hoppenbrouwers, Jan Wouters
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to investigate the large-scale applicability of the Digit Triplet test (DTT) for school-age hearing screening in fifth grade elementary (5E) (9 to 12 years old) and third grade secondary (3S) (13 to 16 years old) school children. The reliability of the test is investigated as well as whether pass/fail criteria need to be corrected for training and/or age, and whether these criteria have to be refined with respect to referral rates and pure-tone audiometry results...
March 19, 2018: Ear and Hearing
Robert Roehle, Viktoria Wieske, Georg M Schuetz, Pascal Gueret, Daniele Andreini, Willem Bob Meijboom, Gianluca Pontone, Mario Garcia, Hatem Alkadhi, Lily Honoris, Jörg Hausleiter, Nuno Bettencourt, Elke Zimmermann, Sebastian Leschka, Bernhard Gerber, Carlos Rochitte, U Joseph Schoepf, Abbas Arjmand Shabestari, Bjarne Nørgaard, Akira Sato, Juhani Knuuti, Matthijs F L Meijs, Harald Brodoefel, Shona M M Jenkins, Kristian Altern Øvrehus, Axel Cosmus Pyndt Diederichsen, Ashraf Hamdan, Bjørn Arild Halvorsen, Vladimir Mendoza Rodriguez, Yung Liang Wan, Johannes Rixe, Mehraj Sheikh, Christoph Langer, Said Ghostine, Eugenio Martuscelli, Hiroyuki Niinuma, Arthur Scholte, Konstantin Nikolaou, Geir Ulimoen, Zhaoqi Zhang, Hans Mickley, Koen Nieman, Philipp Kaufmann, Ronny Ralf Büchel, Bernhard Herzog, Melvin Clouse, David A Halon, Jonathan Leipsic, David Bush, Reda Jakamy, Kai Sun, Lin Yang, Thorsten Johnson, Jean-Pierre Laissy, Roy Marcus, Simone Muraglia, Jean-Claude Tardif, Benjamin Chow, Narinder Paul, David Maintz, John Hoe, Albert de Roos, Robert Haase, Michael Laule, Peter Schlattmann, Marc Dewey
OBJECTIVES: To analyse the implementation, applicability and accuracy of the pretest probability calculation provided by NICE clinical guideline 95 for decision making about imaging in patients with chest pain of recent onset. METHODS: The definitions for pretest probability calculation in the original Duke clinical score and the NICE guideline were compared. We also calculated the agreement and disagreement in pretest probability and the resulting imaging and management groups based on individual patient data from the Collaborative Meta-Analysis of Cardiac CT (CoMe-CCT)...
March 19, 2018: European Radiology
Tejas K Patel, Parvati B Patel
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of mortality among patients due to adverse drug reactions that lead to hospitalisation (fatal ADRAd ), to explore the heterogeneity in its estimation through subgroup analysis of study characteristics, and to identify system-organ classes involved and causative drugs for fatal ADRAd . METHODS: We identified prospective ADRAd -related studies via screening of the PubMed and Google Scholar databases with appropriate key terms...
March 19, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Carla Caballero, Sejal Mistry, Joe Vero, Elizabeth B Torres
The variability inherently present in biophysical data is partly contributed by disparate sampling resolutions across instrumentations. This poses a potential problem for statistical inference using pooled data in open access repositories. Such repositories combine data collected from multiple research sites using variable sampling resolutions. One example is the Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange repository containing thousands of imaging and demographic records from participants in the spectrum of autism and age-matched neurotypical controls...
2018: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
Jing Tian, Jiangping Xue, Xiaojuan Hu, Qinghua Han, Yanbo Zhang
BACKGROUND: Due to a lack of an appropriate disease-specific patient-reported outcome (PRO) instrument for chronic heart failure including its social support and treatment aspects in China, this study was performed to develop a patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) for patients with chronic heart failure and evaluate its reliability, validity, and feasibility. METHODS: According to the standard PROM guidelines established by the Food and Drug Administration, an item pool was formed by reviewing a large amount of relevant literature and interviewing patients with chronic heart failure about their main symptoms...
March 20, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Dandan Huang, Huiqing Guo
Livestock odor properties have not been well understood and the role of hedonic tone (HT) in establishing appropriate odor impact criteria has not been investigated. Five odor properties, including odor concentration (OC), intensity (OI), HT, persistence, and character descriptor, were studied for odorous air from a commercial dairy barn, layer barn, and broiler barn by taking measurements in all four seasons. The seasonal OC of the dairy, layer, and broiler barns averaged 447±162OUm-3 , 583±216OUm-3 , and 766±148OUm-3 , respectively...
March 5, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
O Naughton, A Donnelly, P Nolan, F Pilla, B D Misstear, B Broderick
Estimating pollutant concentrations at a local and regional scale is essential in environmental and health policy decision making. Here we present a novel land use regression (LUR) modelling methodology that exploits the high temporal resolution of fixed-site monitoring (FSM) to produce a national-scale air quality model for the key pollutant NO2 . The methodology partitions concentration time series from a national FSM network into wind-dependent sectors or "wedges". A LUR model is derived using predictor variables calculated within the directional wind sectors, and compared against the long-term average concentrations within each sector...
March 2, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
John R Weinstein, Lisa M Thompson, Anaité Díaz Artiga, Joe P Bryan, William E Arriaga, Saad B Omer, John P McCracken
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth is the leading cause of death among children <5 years of age. Accurate determination of prematurity is necessary to provide appropriate neonatal care and guide preventive measures. To estimate the most accurate method to identify infants at risk for adverse outcomes, we assessed the validity of two widely available methods-last menstrual period (LMP) and the New Ballard (NB) neonatal assessment-against ultrasound in determining gestational age and preterm birth in highland Guatemala...
2018: PloS One
Minna M Wieck, Aaron J Cunningham, Brandon Behrens, Erika T Ohm, Bryan G Maxwell, Nicholas A Hamilton, M Christopher Adams, Frederick J Cole, Mubeen A Jafri
BACKGROUND: Expediting evaluation and intervention for severely injured patients has remained a mainstay of advanced trauma care. One technique, direct to operating room (DOR) resuscitation, for selective adult patients has demonstrated decreased mortality. We sought to investigate the application of this protocol in children. METHODS: All DOR pediatric patients from 2009-2016 at a pediatric Level I Trauma Center were identified. DOR criteria included penetrating injury, chest injuries, amputations, significant blood loss, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and surgeon discretion...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Zoheir Elkahtib
BACKGROUND: Most health-care organisations are increasingly interested in assessing the quality of their services. Patient satisfaction has a central role in the quality assessment in health care because it reflects the appropriateness of services from the clients' perspectives. The aim of this study was to assess the level of satisfaction in patients with non-communicable diseases (mainly diabetes and hypertension) who receive services from UNRWA health centres in Gaza governorates. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study we chose a random sample of participants who presented to the randomly selected six health centres for treatment of non-communicable diseases...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Kathleen A Quan, Jennifer Yim, Doug Merrill, Usme Khusbu, Keith Madey, Linda Dickey, Amish A Dangodara, Scott E Rudkin, Margaret O'Brien, Daniel Thompson, Nimisha Parekh, C Gregory Albers, William C Wilson, Lauri Thrupp, Cassiana E Bittencourt, Susan S Huang, Shruti K Gohil
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March 19, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, Hamza A Rayes, Ankit Sakhuja, Mohammad Hassan Murad, Jeffrey B Geske, Jacob C Jentzer
The data on speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) in patients with sepsis are limited. This systematic review from 1975 to 2016 included studies in adults and children evaluating cardiovascular dysfunction in sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock utilizing STE for systolic global longitudinal strain (GLS). The primary outcome was short- or long-term mortality. Given the significant methodological and statistical differences between published studies, combining the data using meta-analysis methods was not appropriate...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
C B Terwee, C A C Prinsen, A Chiarotto, M J Westerman, D L Patrick, J Alonso, L M Bouter, H C W de Vet, L B Mokkink
BACKGROUND: Content validity is the most important measurement property of a patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) and the most challenging to assess. Our aims were to: (1) develop standards for evaluating the quality of PROM development; (2) update the original COSMIN standards for assessing the quality of content validity studies of PROMs; (3) develop criteria for what constitutes good content validity of PROMs, and (4) develop a rating system for summarizing the evidence on a PROM's content validity and grading the quality of the evidence in systematic reviews of PROMs...
March 17, 2018: Quality of Life Research
Xiaomei Yao, Emily Vella, Melissa Brouwers
The methodological rigour of original studies on a diagnostic or prognostic research topic, and systematic reviews of these primary studies, varies; improving overall quality is warranted. This paper, the second of the series, outlines key concepts and essential steps required to conduct a high-quality systematic review on diagnostic topics. It is comprised of six aspects: clarifying the project objectives; generating an appropriate research question; searching the literature and selecting study criteria; assessing risk of bias of eligible studies, reporting and analyzing data, and interpreting data and making conclusions...
March 2018: Surgical Oncology
Mohammed S ElSheemy, Akram A Elmarakbi, Mohammed Hytham, Hamdy Ibrahim, Sanjay Khadgi, Ahmed M Al-Kandari
To compare the outcome of mini-percutaneous nephrolithotomy (Mini-PNL) versus standard-PNL for renal stones. Retrospective study was performed between March 2010 and May 2013 for patients treated by Mini-PNL or standard-PNL through 18 and 30 Fr tracts, respectively, using pneumatic lithotripsy. Semirigid ureteroscope (8.5/11.5 Fr) was used for Mini-PNL and 24 Fr nephroscope for standard-PNL. Both groups were compared in stone free rate(SFR), complications and operative time using Student-t, Mann-Whitney, Chi square or Fisher's exact tests as appropriate in addition to logistic regression analysis...
March 16, 2018: Urolithiasis
Bastiaan Van Grootven, Lynn McNicoll, Daniel A Mendelson, Susan M Friedman, Katleen Fagard, Koen Milisen, Johan Flamaing, Mieke Deschodt
OBJECTIVE: To find consensus on appropriate and feasible structure, process and outcome indicators for the evaluation of in-hospital geriatric co-management programmes. DESIGN: An international two-round Delphi study based on a systematic literature review (searching databases, reference lists, prospective citations and trial registers). SETTING: Western Europe and the USA. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-three people with at least 2 years of clinical experience in geriatric co-management were recruited...
March 16, 2018: BMJ Open
Andrew Booth, Jane Noyes, Kate Flemming, Ansgar Gehardus, Philip Wahlster, Gert Jan van der Wilt, Kati Mozygemba, Pietro Refolo, Dario Sacchini, Marcia Tummers, Eva Rehfuess
OBJECTIVE: To compare and contrast different methods of qualitative evidence synthesis (QES) against criteria identified from the literature and to map their attributes to inform selection of the most appropriate QES method to answer research questions addressed by qualitative research. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Electronic databases, citation searching and a study register were used to identify studies reporting QES methods. Attributes compiled from 26 methodological papers (2001-2014) were used as a framework for data extraction...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Shadi Saleh, Mohamad Alameddine, Angie Farah, Nour El Arnaout, Hani Dimassi, Carles Muntaner, Christo El Morr
OBJECTIVES: Assess the effect of selected low-cost eHealth tools on diabetes/hypertension detection and referrals rates in rural settings and refugee camps in Lebanon and explore the barriers to showing-up to scheduled appointments at Primary Healthcare Centers (PHC). METHODS: Community-based screening for diabetes and hypertension was conducted in five rural and three refugee camp PHCs using an eHealth netbook application. Remote referrals were generated based on pre-set criteria...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Public Health
Ji-Eun Cho, Jun Sang Yoo, Kyoung Eun Kim, Sung Tae Cho, Woo Seok Jang, Ki Hun Cho, Wan-Hee Lee
The purpose of this study was to critically evaluate the effects of robot-assisted gait training (RAGT) on gait-related function in patients with acute/subacute stroke. We conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials published between May 2012 and April 2016. This search included 334 articles (Cochrane, 51 articles; Embase, 175 articles; PubMed, 108 articles). Based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria, 7 studies were selected for this review. We performed a quality evaluation using the PEDro scale...
2018: BioMed Research International
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