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Heather Boon, Isabelle Gaboury, Lynda G Balneaves, Teresa Tsui, Jeremy Y Ng, Natalie Bozinovski
The following are abstracts of research presentations given at the 9th INCAM Research Symposium. The theme for this year's conference was "Expanding Person-Centred Care through Integrative Health Research", which was held on November 18 and 19, 2016 at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel in Ontario, Canada. The abstracts are grouped under the categories of oral or poster presentation based on their presentation at the Symposium. For more information, please visit:
October 26, 2016: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Joanna P MacEwan, Felicia M Forma, Jason Shafrin, Ainslie Hatch, Darius N Lakdawalla, Jean-Pierre Lindenmayer
BACKGROUND: Poor medication adherence contributes to negative treatment response, symptom relapse, and hospitalizations in schizophrenia. Many health plans use claims-based measures like medication possession ratios or proportion of days covered (PDC) to measure patient adherence to antipsychotics. Classifying patients solely on the basis of a single average PDC measure, however, may mask clinically meaningful variations over time in how patients arrive at an average PDC level. OBJECTIVE: To model patterns of medication adherence evolving over time for patients with schizophrenia who initiated treatment with an oral atypical antipsychotic and, based on these patterns, to identify groups of patients with different adherence behaviors...
November 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Linda M Herrick, William M Spalding, Yuri A Saito, James Moriarty, Cathy Schleck
OBJECTIVE: Patients with constipation account for 3.1 million United States physician visits a year, but care costs for patients with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) or chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) compared to the general public have received little study. The study aim was to describe healthcare utilization and compare medical costs for patients with IBS-C or CIC versus matched controls from a community-based sample. METHODS: A nested case-control sample (IBS-C and CIC cases) and matched controls (1:2) for each case group were selected from Olmsted County, MN individuals responding to a community-based survey of gastrointestinal symptoms (2008) who received healthcare from a participating Rochester Epidemiology Project (REP) provider...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Medical Economics
Erika D Sears, Peter R Swiatek, Hechuan Hou, Kevin C Chung
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of insurance type on use of diagnostic testing, treatments, and the efficiency of care for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. METHODS: The 2009 to 2013 Truven MarketScan Databases were used to identify adult patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Insurance type was categorized as fee-for-service versus capitated managed care. Multivariable regression models were created to evaluate the relationship between insurance type and costs, number of visits, treatment, and electrodiagnostic study use, and controlling for demographic characteristics and comorbidities...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Andrea A Kim, Irene Mukui, Peter W Young, Joy Mirjahangir, Sophie Mwanyumba, Joyce Wamicwe, Nancy Bowen, Lubbe Wiesner, Lucy Ng'ang'a, Kevin M De Cock
OBJECTIVES: This analysis assessed the impact of undisclosed HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy (ART) on national estimates of diagnosed HIV and ART coverage in Kenya. METHODS: HIV-positive dried blood spot samples from Kenya's second AIDS Indicator Survey were tested for an antiretroviral biomarker by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Weighted estimates of diagnosed HIV and ART coverage based on self-report were compared with those corrected for undisclosed HIV infection and ART use based on antiretroviral test results...
November 13, 2016: AIDS
Amal Aqul, Maureen M Jonas, Sarah Harney, Roshan Raza, Gregory S Sawicki, Paul D Mitchell, Rima Fawaz
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether liver stiffness measurement (LSM), determined by transient elastography (TE), correlates with presence and severity of liver disease (LD) in children and young adults with cystic fibrosis (CF). METHODS: Subjects underwent LSM at routine CF visits. Presence and severity of CFLD was determined by clinical parameters. Subjects were classified as no CFLD, CFLD without portal hypertension (PHTN), and CFLD with PHTN. LSM was compared to AST/platelet ratio index (APRI) as a correlate to severity of CFLD...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Fabio Massimo Perrotta, Fulvia Ceccarelli, Cristiana Barbati, Tania Colasanti, Monica Montepaone, Cristiano Alessandri, Guido Valesini, Ennio Lubrano
OBJECTIVES: Several molecules are involved in the pathogenesis of new bone formation in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The aim of the present study was to evaluate serum levels of semaphoring 3A in AS and to investigate any correlations with radiographic damage, disease activity, function and treatment. METHODS: AS patients who fulfilled the modified New York criteria were enrolled for this study. Healthy subjects were also enrolled as control group. BASDAI, ASDAS-CRP, BASMI, BASFI, patients and physician VAS, C-reactive protein and erythrocyte sedimentation rate were evaluated at baseline visit...
October 26, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Mohammad Taghi Noorbala, Mohammad Noorbala, Mohammad Hossein Dashti-Rahmatabadi, Mahdi Noorbala, Roghaye Noorbala, Behare Mozaffary
BACKGROUND: Recently, the radiation application research center for the atomic energy organization of Yazd (Iran) has developed a hydrogel dressing which was evaluated for quality and safety in 2008. Its efficacy for assisting in the wound healing process was approved for animal use, and its use has proven to be more effective than a related Syrian material. OBJECTIVES: We have already confirmed the safety and efficacy of Irgel use on mice (1, 2), so this study was conducted in order to further evaluate its effectiveness on human burn wounds, and to compare its efficacy with MaxGel, another hydrogel...
August 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
M Tashani, M Alfelali, O Barasheed, A S Alqahtani, L Heron, M Wong, H Rashid, R Booy
Sequential or co-administration of vaccines has potential to alter the immune response to any of the antigens. Existing literature suggests that prior immunisation of tetanus/diphtheria-containing vaccines can either enhance or suppress immune response to conjugate pneumococcal or meningococcal vaccines. We examined this interaction among adult Australian travellers before attending the Hajj pilgrimage 2014. We also investigated tolerability of these vaccines separately and concomitantly. We randomly assigned each participant to one of three vaccination schedules...
October 22, 2016: Vaccine
Michael Moore, Nanci Dobson, Wes Cetnarowski
INTRODUCTION: The application of 0.1% polyhexanide-betaine gel and irrigating solution was used in place of saline during standard of care wound treatment for 70 chronic wounds of various etiologies. Our goal in this study sample was to investigate the number of days to wound closure, change in absolute wound size, and antimicrobial initiation from baseline visit, following application of polyhexanide-betaine in standard of care wound treatment. Results suggested a benefit of Prontosan® (Polyhexanide-betaine, B...
October 26, 2016: Surgical Technology International
Emmanuelle Chaléat-Valayer, Angélique Denis, Kariman Abelin-Genevois, Amélie Zelmar, Fabienne Siani-Trebern, Sandrine Touzet, Alain Bergeret, Cyrille Colin, Jean-Baptiste Fassier
OBJECTIVE: Low-back pain (LBP) is a common and recurrent condition, but the evidence is scarce about effective strategies to prevent recurrence and disability in the longer term. This study investigated the effect of a light exercise program, initiated in the workplace and continued at home, in reducing recurrence of LBP episodes among healthcare workers. METHODS: A total of 353 healthcare workers from ten hospitals were enrolled in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) and were randomized to the intervention or control groups, the latter of which received usual care...
October 3, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Kaweh Mansouri, Tarek Shaarawy
PURPOSE: To compare safety, tolerability and intraocular pressure (IOP)-lowering efficacy of pattern scanning laser trabeculoplasty (PSLT) with selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) in fellow eyes of untreated patients with glaucoma. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-nine patients (58 eyes) with primary and secondary open angle glaucoma (OAG) were randomized to undergo PSLT or SLT in each eye. METHODS: Pattern scanning laser trabeculoplasty was performed using the Pascal laser (Pascal Streamline 577; Topcon Inc...
October 25, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Pei-Li Wang, Lei Zhang, Shao-Li Wang, Qiao-Ning Yang, Zhu-Ye Gao, Jian-Peng Du, Da-Wu Zhang, Chang-Geng Fu, Feng Gu, Hao Xu, Li-Zhi Li, Cheng-Long Wang, Da-Zhuo Shi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prognosis effect of Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) for benefifiting qi and activating blood circulation adjunctive to conventional treatment in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: A total of 702 patients with ACS who underwent PCI were enrolled and randomly assigned to receive conventional treatment plus CHMs for benefifiting qi and activating blood circulation (treatment group, 351 cases) or conventional treatment alone (control group, 351 cases) for 6 months...
October 24, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Young Eun Roh, Bo Ryung Kim, Won Bok Choi, Young Mi Kim, Min-Jung Cho, Hye-Young Kim, Kyung Hee Park, Kwang Hoon Kim, Peter Chun, Su Young Kim, Min Jung Kwak
PURPOSE: This study investigated the prevalence and risk factors associated with vitamin D deficiency in children. METHODS: We analyzed the medical records of 330 patients from the age of 6 to 12, who visited the endocrinology clinic of the Department of Pediatrics at Pusan National University Hospital, from September, 2013 to May, 2014. According to their serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels, the patients were grouped into either the deficiency group (25(OH)D<20 ng/mL), or the sufficiency group (25(OH)D≥20 ng/mL)...
September 2016: Annals of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism
Christina Gaarslev, Melissa Yee, Georgi Chan, Stephanie Fletcher-Lartey, Rabia Khan
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance is a public health challenge supplemented by inappropriate prescribing, especially for an upper respiratory tract infection in primary care. Patient/carer expectations have been identified as one of the main drivers for inappropriate antibiotics prescribing by primary care physicians. The aim of this study was to understand who is more likely to expect an antibiotic for an upper respiratory tract infection from their doctor and the reasons underlying it...
2016: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
Laura Housden, Sabrina T Wong, Annette J Browne, Martin Dawes
In Canada, increasing numbers of people with chronic conditions have prompted calls for innovative approaches to delivering primary care. These approaches may include group medical visits (GMVs) and the introduction of nurse practitioners (NPs). We examined why NPs in the province of British Columbia were not using GMVs. This case study is part of a larger research project that examined the impact of GMVs with NPs for patients with chronic conditions. We completed open-ended interviews with seven NPs working in primary care...
October 24, 2016: Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice
Steven L Bernstein, June-Marie Weiss, Benjamin Toll, Susan M Zbikowski
INTRODUCTION: Quitlines (QL) are an effective means for smoking cessation, but a paucity of data exist examining the dose-response relationship between use of QL services and quit rates, especially among low-income smokers. The purpose of this study was to study the relationship between tobacco abstinence and use of QL services among low-income smokers. METHODS: Secondary analysis of a randomized trial of every- or some-day smokers aged 18 years or older visiting an urban emergency department...
December 2016: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Matthew Ward
: Aim To understand the frequency, urgency, and rationale of emergency department and urgent care (ED/UC) use by diabetic patients of a Family Medicine Health Team (FHT). METHODS: A retrospective, observational study with comparison control groups was conducted from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014. A total of 693 diabetic patients were compared with two, age-standardized non-diabetic groups: one with a higher disease burden based on International Classification of Diseases 9 diagnoses and the other from a randomized patient pool...
October 25, 2016: Primary Health Care Research & Development
Susanna Holmlund, Tommi Kauko, Jaakko Matomäki, Miia Tuominen, Juha Mäkinen, Päivi Rautava
BACKGROUND: To date, several studies concerning the effects of induced abortion (IA) on women's later psychosocial well-being and future delivery complications have been published. However, the lack of reports on woman's physical well-being during their first full-term pregnancy occurring after IA is what inspired the current study. Here, we evaluate the physical well-being and use of maternity services of first-time mothers with a history of IA. METHODS: Finnish National Birth Registry data from 2008 to 2010 were linked with the Induced Abortion Registry data from 1983 to 2007...
October 24, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Laura Jenkins, Jeremy Cosgrove, Paul Chappell, Ammar Kheder, Dilraj Sokhi, Markus Reuber
The diagnostic distinction between epilepsy and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) can be challenging. Previous studies have demonstrated that experts in conversation analysis can identify linguistic and interactional features in transcripts and recordings of interviews with patients that reliably distinguish between epilepsy and PNES. In this study, ten senior neurology trainees took part in a one-day intervention workshop about linguistic and interactional differences in the conversation behavior of patients with epilepsy and those with PNES...
October 21, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
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