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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145584/critical-lessons-from-high-value-oncology-practices
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Douglas W Blayney, Melora K Simon, Beatrice Podtschaske, Scott Ramsey, Margaret Shyu, Craig Lindquist, Arnold Milstein
Importance: Cancer care is expensive. Cancer care provided by practice organizations varies in total spending incurred by patients and payers during treatment episodes and in quality of care, and this unnecessary variation contributes to the high cost. Objective: To use the variation in total spending and quality of care to assess oncology practice attributes distinguishing "high value" that may be tested and adopted by others to produce similar results. Design, Setting, and Participants: "Positive deviance" was used in this exploratory mixed-methods (quantitative and qualitative) analysis of interview results...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144490/neonatal-lung-ultrasound-exam-guidelines
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D Kurepa, N Zaghloul, L Watkins, J Liu
Point-of-care ultrasound (POC-US) is increasingly used especially in emergency and critical-care medicine. It is focused, quick and does not expose patients to ionizing radiation. It encompasses all organ systems and has well-defined indications. Lung ultrasound (LUS) represents one of the most exciting applications in the field of POC-US. It is particularly important to emphasize the role of LUS in neonatology due to the specific pathology inherent in lung immaturity as well as in the particular sensitivity of neonates to repeated radiation exposure...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144156/upmc-prescription-for-wellness-a-quality-improvement-case-study-for-supporting-patient-engagement-and-health-behavior-change
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Rebecca J Maners, Eric Bakow, Michael D Parkinson, Gary S Fischer, Geoffrey R Camp
Addressing patient health and care behaviors that underlie much of chronic disease continues to challenge providers, medical practices, health systems, and insurers. Improving health and care as described by the Quadruple Aim requires innovation at the front lines of clinical care: the doctor-patient interaction and office practice. This article describes the use of Lean Six Sigma in a quality improvement (QI) effort to design an effective and scalable method for physicians to prescribe health coaching for healthy behaviors in a primary care medical home within a large integrated delivery and financing system...
November 1, 2017: American Journal of Medical Quality: the Official Journal of the American College of Medical Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143614/composite-measures-of-women-s-empowerment-and-their-association-with-maternal-mortality-in-low-income-countries
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Chiao-Wen Lan, Paula Tavrow
BACKGROUND: Maternal mortality has declined significantly since 1990. While better access to emergency obstetrical care is partially responsible, women's empowerment might also be a contributing factor. Gender equality composite measures generally include various dimensions of women's advancement, including educational parity, formal employment, and political participation. In this paper, we compare several composite measures to assess which, if any, are associated with maternal mortality ratios (MMRs) in low-income countries, after controlling for other macro-level and direct determinants...
November 8, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140970/clinical-impact-of-external-laryngeal-manipulation-during-laryngoscopy-on-tracheal-intubation-success-in-critically-ill-children
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Taiki Kojima, Elizabeth K Laverriere, Erin B Owen, Ilana Harwayne-Gidansky, Asha N Shenoi, Natalie Napolitano, Kyle J Rehder, Michelle A Adu-Darko, Sholeen T Nett, Debbie Spear, Keith Meyer, John S Giuliano, Keiko M Tarquinio, Ronald C Sanders, Jan Hau Lee, Dennis W Simon, Paula A Vanderford, Anthony Y Lee, Calvin A Brown, Peter W Skippen, Ryan K Breuer, Iris Toedt-Pingel, Simon J Parsons, Eleanor A Gradidge, Lily B Glater, Kathleen Culver, Simon Li, Lee A Polikoff, Joy D Howell, Gabrielle Nuthall, Gokul K Bysani, Ana L Graciano, Guillaume Emeriaud, Osamu Saito, Alberto Orioles, Karen Walson, Philipp Jung, Awni M Al-Subu, Takanari Ikeyama, Rakshay Shetty, Kathleen M Yoder, Vinay M Nadkarni, Akira Nishisaki
OBJECTIVES: External laryngeal manipulation is a commonly used maneuver to improve visualization of the glottis during tracheal intubation in children. However, the effectiveness to improve tracheal intubation attempt success rate in the nonanesthesia setting is not clear. The study objective was to evaluate the association between external laryngeal manipulation use and initial tracheal intubation attempt success in PICUs. DESIGN: A retrospective observational study using a multicenter emergency airway quality improvement registry...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138206/monitor-ic-study-a-mixed-methods-prospective-multicentre-controlled-cohort-study-assessing-5-year-outcomes-of-icu-survivors-and-related-healthcare-costs-a-study-protocol
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Wytske Geense, Marieke Zegers, Hester Vermeulen, Mark van den Boogaard, Johannes van der Hoeven
INTRODUCTION: Due to advances in critical care medicine, more patients survive their critical illness. However, intensive care unit (ICU) survivors often experience long-term physical, cognitive and mental problems, summarised as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), impacting their health-related quality of life (HRQoL). In what frequency PICS occurs, and to what extent this influences ICU survivors' HRQoL, is mostly unknown. The aims of this study are therefore to study the: (1) 5-year patient outcomes, (2) predictors for PICS, (3) ratio between HRQoL of ICU survivors and healthcare-related costs, and (4) care and support needs...
November 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137860/quality-of-anthropometric-measurements-in-spanish-intensive-care-units-the-camies-study
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M A García-Martínez, T Cherednichenko, Y Hidalgo Encinas, A I Catalá Espinosa, A Arrascaeta Llanes, J A Acosta Escribano
INTRODUCTION: Real body weight and height are essential data to be obtained in all critically ill patients (CIP), due to their influence in the designing of therapies and monitoring. Visual estimation is a very inaccurate practice. No precise descriptions of anthropometric measurements among CIP are available in the clinical practice guides. OBJECTIVE: To describe anthropometric quality in CIP, health professional perception of such quality, and its influencing factors...
November 11, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137503/global-lessons-in-frugal-innovation-to-improve-health-care-delivery-in-the-united-states
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Yasser Bhatti, Andrea Taylor, Matthew Harris, Hester Wadge, Erin Escobar, Matt Prime, Hannah Patel, Alexander W Carter, Greg Parston, Ara W Darzi, Krishna Udayakumar
In a 2015 global study of low-cost or frugal innovations, we identified five leading innovations that scaled successfully in their original contexts and that may provide insights for scaling such innovations in the United States. We describe common themes among these diverse innovations, critical factors for their translation to the United States to improve the efficiency and quality of health care, and lessons for the implementation and scaling of other innovations. We highlight promising trends in the United States that support adapting these innovations, including growing interest in moving care out of health care facilities and into community and home settings; the growth of alternative payment models and incentives to experiment with new approaches to population health and care delivery; and the increasing use of diverse health professionals, such as community health workers and advanced practice providers...
November 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135750/student-and-educator-experiences-of-maternal-child-simulation-based-learning-a-systematic-review-of-qualitative-evidence
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Karen MacKinnon, Lenora Marcellus, Julie Rivers, Carol Gordon, Maureen Ryan, Diane Butcher
BACKGROUND: Although maternal-child care is a pillar of primary health care, there is a global shortage of maternal-child health care providers. Nurse educators experience difficulties providing undergraduate students with maternal-child learning experiences for a number of reasons. Simulation has the potential to complement learning in clinical and classroom settings. Although systematic reviews of simulation are available, no systematic reviews of qualitative evidence related to maternal-child simulation-based learning (SBL) for undergraduate nursing students and/or educators have been located...
November 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133983/concomitant-psychiatric-symptoms-and-impaired-quality-of-life-in-women-with-cervical-cancer-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Stephanie Klügel, Caroline Lücke, Aurora Meta, Meike Schild-Suhren, Eduard Malik, Alexandra Philipsen, Helge Ho Müller
Our aim was to summarize the current relevant literature on concomitant psychiatric symptoms with a focus on anxiety/depression in a population with gynecologic cancer; to identify the predictors, associated factors, and prevention strategies of psychiatric disorders; to examine psychiatric disorders in a population with recurrent gynecologic cancer; and to describe the limitations of the literature and future research areas. Little is known about attending psychiatric disorders in patients with gynecologic and other malignant diseases like cervical or breast cancer...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132638/impact-of-an-integrated-electronic-handover-tool-on-pediatric-junior-medical-staff-jms-handover
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Daryl R Cheng, James Liddle, Emily Mailes, Mike South
BACKGROUND: Clinical medical handover between doctors forms a critical part of the patient care process. However, with the evolution of junior medical staff (JMS) working conditions, time pressure and increasing clinical and administrative loads mean that quality clinical handover is increasingly important yet more challenging to achieve. This study evaluated the impact of a newly integrated electronic handover tool on JMS adoption and usage of the tool, as well as impacts on the quality (accuracy and redundancy) of handover data, JMS perceived workflow (time management and communication) and JMS satisfaction...
December 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132597/retrospective-review-of-pediatric-transport-where-do-our-patients-go-after-transport
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REVIEW
Emily Krennerich, Curtis G Sitler, Manish Shah, Fong Lam, Jeanine Graf
OBJECTIVE: This review describes disposition of transported children and identifies contributing factors affecting optimal patient placement. The study describes timing and patient placement indicators in transport patients to identify areas of improvement, re-education, and training. METHODS: A retrospective chart review for transports via our pediatric specialty transport team from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014, was performed. Patients were identified by the transport quality assurance performance improvement database, hospital electronic medical records, and transport medical records...
November 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132505/the-mobility-and-impact-of-frailty-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Bellal Joseph, Faisal S Jehan
Prevalence of pre-existing frailty in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) is increasing. Critical illness leads to a catabolic state that further diminishes body reserves and contributes to frailty independent of age and prehospital functional status. Because early mobilization of patients in the ICU results in accelerated recovery and improvement in functional status and quality of life, frailty can severely affect the mobility of patients in ICU ultimately prolonging recovery. Understanding the concept of frailty and the association of frailty and its impact on mobility in the ICU, identifying patients, and timely resource allocation helps in optimum care and improves clinical outcomes...
December 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132370/expanding-malaria-diagnosis-and-treatment-in-lao-pdr-lessons-learned-from-a-public-private-mix-initiative
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Nouannipha Simmalavong, Sengkham Phommixay, Phoudaliphone Kongmanivong, Odai Sichanthongthip, Bouasy Hongvangthong, Deyer Gopinath, David M Sintasath
BACKGROUND: As in other countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), the private health sector constitutes a significant avenue where malaria services are provided and presents a unique opportunity for public-private collaboration. In September 2008, a public-private mix (PPM) strategy was launched initially in four northern and southern provinces in Lao PDR to increase access to rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), improve quality of care, and collect routine malaria data from the private sector...
November 13, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131465/psychometric-analysis-of-subjective-sedation-scales-used-for-critically-ill-paediatric-patients
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Xiaohua Ge, Tingting Zhang, Lingling Zhou
AIMS: This study evaluated the psychometric properties of subjective sedation scales using one psychometric scoring system to identify the appropriate scale that is most suitable for clinical care practice. BACKGROUND: A number of published sedation assessment scales for paediatric patients are currently used to attempt to achieve a moderate depth of sedation to avoid the undesirable effects caused by over- or undersedation. However, there has been no systematic review of these scales...
November 12, 2017: Nursing in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128883/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-effect-of-low-level-laser-therapy-lllt-on-chemotherapy-induced-oral-mucositis-in-pediatric-and-young-patients
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REVIEW
Mengxue He, Binghua Zhang, Nanping Shen, Na Wu, Jiwen Sun
Oral mucositis is one of the most frequent complications after chemotherapy, occurring in approximately 52 to 80% of children receiving treatment for cancer. Recently, it has been suggested that the use of low-energy laser could reduce the grade of oral mucositis and alleviate the symptoms. In 2014, Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology has recommended low-level laser therapy in prevention of mucositis for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation patients because of its beneficial effects in majority of recent studies...
November 11, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128685/unravelling-positive-aspects-of-caregiving-in-dementia-an-integrative-review-of-research-literature
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REVIEW
Doris S F Yu, Sheung-Tak Cheng, Jungfang Wang
BACKGROUND: Family caregiving is the crucial informal care resource to lessen the burdens associated with dementia. Research in this field has focused on reducing the caregiver's burden, but little attention has been given to promoting the positive aspects of caregiving. OBJECTIVES: To conduct a systematic critical review of research on the nature of positive aspects of caregiving, and the factors predicting this phenomenon among family caregivers of dementia patients, with the ultimate purpose of gaining insights to explain how and why it emerges...
October 16, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126196/interface-information-interaction-a-narrative-review-of-design-and-functional-requirements-for-clinical-decision-support
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Kristen Miller, Danielle Mosby, Muge Capan, Rebecca Kowalski, Raj Ratwani, Yaman Noaiseh, Rachel Kraft, Sanford Schwartz, William S Weintraub, Ryan Arnold
Objective: Provider acceptance and associated patient outcomes are widely discussed in the evaluation of clinical decision support systems (CDSSs), but critical design criteria for tools have generally been overlooked. The objective of this work is to inform electronic health record alert optimization and clinical practice workflow by identifying, compiling, and reporting design recommendations for CDSS to support the efficient, effective, and timely delivery of high-quality care. Material and Methods: A narrative review was conducted from 2000 to 2016 in PubMed and The Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society to identify papers that discussed/recommended design features of CDSSs that are associated with the success of these systems...
November 6, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126109/do-prospective-payment-systems-ppss-lead-to-desirable-providers-incentives-and-patients-outcomes-a-systematic-review-of-evidence-from-developing-countries
#19
Si Ying Tan, G J Melendez-Torres
The reform of provider payment systems, from retrospective to prospective payment, has been heralded as the right move to contain costs in the light of rising health expenditures in many countries. However, there are concerns on quality trade-off. The heightened attention given to prospective payment system (PPS) reforms and the rise of empirical evidence regarding PPS interventions among developing countries suggest that a systematic review is necessary to understand the effects of PPS reforms in developing countries...
November 6, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122503/social-media-scholarship-and-alternative-metrics-for-academic-promotion-and%C3%A2-tenure
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Daniel Cabrera, Durga Roy, Margaret S Chisolm
Traditionally, scholars focused their efforts in the domains of clinical care, research, and education; however, the last decade has witnessed the rise of novel areas of development such as innovation, quality improvement, informatics, and recently, digital scholarship. Academic institutions adapted and began considering these fields for academic promotion and tenure. Social media has become a critical space for the dissemination of knowledge and outreach to community and policy makers and also for the creation of communities of practice...
November 6, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
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