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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/28339340/patient-perspectives-on-language-discordance-during-healthcare-visits-findings-from-the-extremely-high-density-multicultural-state-of-qatar
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Huda Abdelrahim, Maha Elnashar, Amal Khidir, Amal Killawi, Maya Hammoud, Abdul Latif Al-Khal, Michael D Fetters
Reducing language and cultural barriers in healthcare are significant factors in resolving health disparities. Qatar's rapidly growing multicultural population presents new challenges to the healthcare system. The purpose of this research was to explore patients' perspectives about language discordance, and the strategies used to overcome language barriers during patients' visits. Participants were recruited and interviewed from four language groups (Arabic = 24, English = 20, Hindi = 20, and Urdu = 20), all of whom were living in Qatar and utilizing Hamad General Hospital-Outpatient Clinics as a source of their healthcare services...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338650/risk-factors-associated-to-hospital-mortality-in-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury-on-hemodialysis
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Mariela Alejandra Linares-Linares, Jorge Arturo Figueroa-Tarrillo, Renato Cerna Viacava, Nilton Yhuri Carreazo, Renzo P Valdivia-Vega
INTRODUCTION: The worldwide incidence of acute kidney injury is 18% and the overall hospital mortality can rise above 50%. In Peru, there are few series about mortality of acute kidney injury in hemodialysis patients. OBJECTIVES: To identify risk factors associated to hospital mortality of acute kidney injury in hemodialysis patients. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort of patients with acute kidney injury in hemodialysis of Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins gathered between January 2013 and December 2015...
March 6, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338425/assessing-the-reliability-of-performing-citywide-chronic-disease-surveillance-using-emergency-department-data-from-sentinel-hospitals
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David C Lee, Jordan L Swartz, Christian A Koziatek, Andrew J Vinson, Jessica K Athens, Stella S Yi
Given the inequalities in the distribution of disease burden, geographically detailed methods of disease surveillance are needed to identify local hot spots of chronic disease. However, few data sources include the patient-level addresses needed to perform these studies. Given that individual hospitals would have access to this geographically granular data, this study assessed the reliability of estimating chronic disease prevalence using emergency department surveillance at specific hospitals. Neighborhood-level diabetes, hypertension, and asthma prevalence were estimated using emergency claims data from each individual hospital in New York City from 2009-2012...
March 24, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334960/neural-mechanisms-of-reinforcement-learning-in-unmedicated-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
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Marcus Rothkirch, Jonas Tonn, Stephan Köhler, Philipp Sterzer
According to current concepts, major depressive disorder is strongly related to dysfunctional neural processing of motivational information, entailing impairments in reinforcement learning. While computational modelling can reveal the precise nature of neural learning signals, it has not been used to study learning-related neural dysfunctions in unmedicated patients with major depressive disorder so far. We thus aimed at comparing the neural coding of reward and punishment prediction errors, representing indicators of neural learning-related processes, between unmedicated patients with major depressive disorder and healthy participants...
February 20, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334591/crossing-the-communication-chasm-challenges-and-opportunities-in-transitions-of-care-from-the-hospital-to-the-primary-care-clinic
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Nicholas A Rattray, Jason J Sico, LeeAnn M Cox, Alissa L Russ, Marianne S Matthias, Richard M Frankel
BACKGROUND: Transitions of care from specialty and acute settings to primary care abound. Compared to the continuity in end-of-shift handoffs, care transitions involve provider communication between practices and facilities with their own cultures and bureaucracies. Using the transition from acute care to outpatient primary care for stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients as a case study, this qualitative research explored communication practices and institutional arrangements among clinical providers responsible for longitudinal management of hypertension...
March 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334584/delayed-workup-of-rectal-bleeding-in-adult-primary-care-examining-process-of-care-failures
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Saul N Weingart, Elena M Stoffel, Daniel C Chung, Thomas D Sequist, Ruth I Lederman, Stephen R Pelletier, Helen M Shields
BACKGROUND: Although delayed colorectal cancer diagnoses figure prominently in medical malpractice claims, little is known about the quality of primary care clinicians' workup of rectal bleeding. METHODS: In this study, 438 patients were identified using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes for rectal bleeding, hemorrhoids, and blood in the stool at 10 Boston adult primary care practices. Following nurse chart abstraction, physician reviewers assessed the overall quality of care and key care processes...
January 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334561/determining-current-insulin-pen-use-practices-and-errors-in-the-inpatient-setting
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Katelyn E Brown, John B Hertig
BACKGROUND: The use of insulin pens in the inpatient setting has continued to be a controversial decision. Insulin pens provide several advantages, but given significant reports of medication errors, several organizations have issued alerts to caution users about safety concerns. A survey was conducted to assess the prevalence of insulin pen use and current utilization trends in the inpatient setting. METHODS: The 31-question guided-logic survey was developed based on review of primary literature regarding insulin pen utilization and evaluated by a panel of medication safety experts from a variety of health care settings...
December 2016: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334244/cognitive-screening-tests-versus-comprehensive-neuropsychological-test-batteries-a-national-academy-of-neuropsychology-education-paper%C3%A2
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Tresa M Roebuck-Spencer, Tannahill Glen, Antonio E Puente, Robert L Denney, Ronald M Ruff, Gayle Hostetter, Kevin J Bianchini
The American Medical Association Current Procedural Panel developed a new billing code making behavioral health screening a reimbursable healthcare service. The use of computerized testing as a means for cognitive screening and brief cognitive testing is increasing at a rapid rate. The purpose of this education paper is to provide information to clinicians, healthcare administrators, and policy developers about the purpose, strengths, and limitations of cognitive screening tests versus comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations...
March 10, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334115/faster-a-user-friendly-tool-for-ultrafast-and-robust-cell-segmentation-in-large-scale-microscopy
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Oliver Hilsenbeck, Michael Schwarzfischer, Dirk Loeffler, Sotiris Dimopoulos, Simon Hastreiter, Carsten Marr, Fabian J Theis, Timm Schroeder
Motivation: Quantitative large-scale cell microscopy is widely used in biological and medical research. Such experiments produce huge amounts of image data and thus require automated analysis. However, automated detection of cell outlines (cell segmentation) is typically challenging due to, e.g., high cell densities, cell-to-cell variability and low signal-to-noise ratios. Results: Here, we evaluate accuracy and speed of various state-of-the-art approaches for cell segmentation in light microscopy images using challenging real and synthetic image data...
February 22, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332925/implications-of-clinical-documentation-in-accuracy-a-pilot-study-among-general-surgery-residents
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Andrea Garcia, Lee Revere, Sherene Sharath, Panos Kougias
Accurate and reliable medical records are necessary for assessing, improving, and reimbursing healthcare services. Clear and concise physician documentation is essential to assuring accurate and reliable medical records. Yet, prior literature reveals surgery residents do not receive adequate, beneficial education on medical record documentation and coding. This is concerning because the evaluation of and reimbursement for healthcare service delivery relies on the physician's ability to produce appropriate medical records, which then get translated into billable codes...
March 23, 2017: Hospital Topics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332331/computed-tomography-for-head-injuries-in-children-change-in-australian-usage-rates-over-time
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Ed Oakley, Rachel May, Tobias Hoeppner, Kam Sinn, Jeremy Furyk, Simon Craig, Pamela Rosengarten, Amit Kochar, David Krieser, Sarah Dalton, Stuart Dalziel, Jocelyn Neutze, Tim Cain, Kim Jachno, Franz E Babl
OBJECTIVE: Paediatric head injury is a common presentation to the ED. North American studies demonstrate increasing use of computed tomography (CT) brain scan (CTB) to investigate head injury. No such data exists for Australian EDs. The aim of this study was to describe CTB use in head injury over time in eight Australian EDs. METHODS: Retrospective ED electronic database and medical imaging database audit was undertaken for the years 2001-2010 by International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 9 or 10 code for head injury in children <16 years...
April 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332105/emergency-department-burden-of-diverticulitis-in-the-usa-2006-2013
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Andrea Bollom, Jasmine Austrie, William Hirsch, Judy Nee, Daniel Friedlander, Kelli Ellingson, Vivian Cheng, Anthony Lembo
GOALS: The aim of this study was to analyze recent trends in emergency department (ED) visits for diverticulitis between 2006 and 2013. BACKGROUND: Acute diverticulitis is a serious medical condition that frequently leads to ED visits, hospitalizations, and surgeries resulting in a significant health care burden. METHODS: Data were obtained from the National Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) records in which diverticulitis (ICD-9-CM codes 562...
March 22, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331566/person-centered-prediction-of-survival-in-population-based-screening-program-by-an-intelligent-clinical-decision-support-system
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Reza Safdari, Elham Maserat, Hamid Asadzadeh Aghdaei, Amir Hossein Javan Amoli, Hamid Mohaghegh Shalmani
AIM: To survey person centered survival rate in population based screening program by an intelligent clinical decision support system. BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer is the most common malignancy and major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Colorectal cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer death in Iran. In this survey, we used cosine similarity as data mining technique and intelligent system for estimating survival of at risk groups in the screening plan...
2017: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331504/clozapine-treatment-and-cannabis-use-in-adolescents-with-psychotic-disorders-a-retrospective-cohort-chart-review
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Sephora M Tang, Aylar Ansarian, Darren B Courtney
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between clozapine treatment and frequency of cannabis use in adolescents with co-occurring psychotic and cannabis use disorder in a retrospective cohort chart review. METHOD: We conducted a retrospective cohort chart review of patients diagnosed with a psychotic disorder and concurrent cannabis use disorder admitted to a tertiary care youth inpatient unit from 2010-2012. Longitudinal exposure and outcome data was coded month-by-month...
2017: Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330379/patient-self-defined-goals
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Sandra Ellen Schellinger, Eric Worden Anderson, Monica Schmitz Frazer, Cindy Lynn Cain
This research, a descriptive qualitative analysis of self-defined serious illness goals, expands the knowledge of what goals are important beyond the physical-making existing disease-specific guidelines more holistic. Integration of goals of care discussions and documentation is standard for quality palliative care but not consistently executed into general and specialty practice. Over 14 months, lay health-care workers (care guides) provided monthly supportive visits for 160 patients with advanced heart failure, cancer, and dementia expected to die in 2 to 3 years...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329658/potential-relationship-between-rosacea-and-parkinson-s-disease
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Erin Ibler, Beatrice Nardone, Sara Majewski, Nicholas Guido, Thy Huynh, Sarah Lyon, Stephanie M Rangel, Bethanee Schlosser, Dennis P West, Anne E Laumann
Rosacea is a common inflammatory condition characterized by transient or persistent facial erythema, telangiectasias, papules and pustules, for which an association has been reported to exist with Parkinson's disease (PD). We used a large, urban, single center, electronic medical record repository by searching the Northwestern Medicine Enterprise Data Warehouse (NMEDW) (> 4 million patients) for this association. Patients were included if they had an in-person encounter (Jan 2001 to May 2016) and with 1 year documentation of follow-up...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329650/increased-risk-of-opportunistic-infections-among-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-psoriasis-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-the-united-kingdom
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Junko Takeshita, Daniel B Shin, Alexis Ogdie, Joel M Gelfand
Infection is the second leading cause of death among psoriasis patients on phototherapy or systemic medications. The types of infections associated with psoriasis remain poorly understood. The aim of our study was to determine the risk of opportunistic infection (OI) among patients with psoriasis. We conducted a cohort study of patients with (N=199,700) and without (N=954,315) psoriasis in The Health Improvement Network electronic medical record database. Patients receiving phototherapy or systemic therapy were considered to have moderate-to-severe psoriasis (N=12,442)...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329311/comparative-effectiveness-of-high-dose-versus-standard-dose-influenza-vaccines-among-us-medicare-beneficiaries-in-preventing-postinfluenza-deaths-during-2012-2013-and-2013-2014
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David K Shay, Yoganand Chillarige, Jeffrey Kelman, Richard A Forshee, Ivo M Foppa, Michael Wernecke, Yun Lu, Jill M Ferdinands, Arjun Iyengar, Alicia M Fry, Chris Worrall, Hector S Izurieta
Background.: Recipients of high-dose vs standard-dose influenza vaccines have fewer influenza illnesses. We evaluated the comparative effectiveness of high-dose vaccine in preventing postinfluenza deaths during 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, when influenza viruses and vaccines were similar. Methods.: We identified Medicare beneficiaries aged ≥65 years who received high-dose or standard-dose vaccines in community-located pharmacies offering both vaccines. The primary outcome was death in the 30 days following an inpatient or emergency department encounter listing an influenza International of Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification code...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329147/a-claims-based-examination-of-health-care-costs-among-spouses-of-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease
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Daniel M Gilden, Joanna M Kubisiak, Kristin Kahle-Wrobleski, Daniel E Ball, Lee Bowman
Background: Spouses of Alzheimer's disease patients (AD spouses) may experience substantial health effects associated with their partner's chronic cognitive and behavioral dysfunction. Studies examining associations between the medical experiences of AD spouses in the period before and after their partner's AD diagnosis are limited, particularly those which measure health care resource use and cost. Methods: AD patients were identified through multiple Medicare claims containing an AD diagnostic code...
March 16, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
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