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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806579/access-to-emergency-care-services-a-transversal-ecological-study-about-brazilian-emergency-health-care-network
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T A H Rocha, N C da Silva, P V Amaral, A C Q Barbosa, J V M Rocha, V Alvares, D G de Almeida, E Thumé, E B A F Thomaz, R C de Sousa Queiroz, M R de Souza, A Lein, N Toomey, C A Staton, J R N Vissoci, L A Facchini
OBJECTIVES: Studies of health geography are important in the planning and allocation of emergency health services. The geographical distribution of health facilities is an important factor in timely and quality access to emergency services; therefore, the present study analyzed the emergency health care network in Brazil, focusing the analysis at the roles of small hospitals (SHs). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional ecological study. METHODS: Data were collected from 9429 hospitals of which 3524 were SHs and 5905 were high-complexity centers (HCCs)...
August 11, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806484/tensions-in-perspectives-on-suicide-prevention-between-men-who-have-attempted-suicide-and-their-support-networks-secondary-analysis-of-qualitative-data
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Andrea S Fogarty, Michael Spurrier, Michael J Player, Kay Wilhelm, Erin L Whittle, Fiona Shand, Helen Christensen, Judith Proudfoot
BACKGROUND: Men generally have higher rates of suicide, despite fewer overt indicators of risk. Differences in presentation and response suggest a need to better understand why suicide prevention is less effective for men. OBJECTIVE: To explore the views of at-risk men, friends and family about the tensions inherent in suicide prevention and to consider how prevention may be improved. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of qualitative interview and focus group data, using thematic analysis techniques, alongside bracketing, construction and contextualisation...
August 14, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806405/characterizing-the-influence-of-transportation-infrastructure-on-emergency-medical-services-ems-in-urban-area-a-case-study-of-seoul-south-korea
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Jungwoo Cho, Myoungsoon You, Yoonjin Yoon
In highly urbanized area where traffic condition fluctuates constantly, transportation infrastructure is one of the major contributing factors to Emergency Medical Service (EMS) availability and patient outcome. In this paper, we assess the impact of traffic fluctuation to the EMS first response availability in urban area, by evaluating the k-minute coverage under 21 traffic scenarios. The set of traffic scenarios represents the time-of-day and day-of-week effects, and is generated by combining road link speed information from multiple historical speed databases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806373/patient-aligned-care-team-engagement-to-connect-veterans-experiencing-homelessness-with-appropriate-health-care
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Adi V Gundlapalli, Andrew Redd, Daniel Bolton, Megan E Vanneman, Marjorie E Carter, Erin Johnson, Matthew H Samore, Jamison D Fargo, Thomas P O'Toole
BACKGROUND: Veterans experiencing homelessness frequently use emergency and urgent care (ED). OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of a Patient-aligned Care Team (PACT) model tailored to the unique needs of Veterans experiencing homelessness (H-PACT) on frequency and type of ED visits in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical facilities. RESEARCH DESIGN: During a 12-month period, ED visits for 3981 homeless Veterans enrolled in (1) H-PACT at 20 VHA medical centers (enrolled) were compared with those of (2) 24,363 homeless Veterans not enrolled in H-PACT at the same sites (nonenrolled), and (3) 23,542 homeless Veterans at 12 non-H-PACT sites (usual care) using a difference-in-differences approach...
September 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805672/challenges-in-estimating-vaccine-coverage-in-refugee-and-displaced-populations-results-from-household-surveys-in-jordan-and-lebanon
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Timothy Roberton, William Weiss, Shannon Doocy
Ensuring the sustained immunization of displaced persons is a key objective in humanitarian emergencies. Typically, humanitarian actors measure coverage of single vaccines following an immunization campaign; few measure routine coverage of all vaccines. We undertook household surveys of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, outside of camps, using a mix of random and respondent-driven sampling, to measure coverage of all vaccinations included in the host country's vaccine schedule. We analyzed the results with a critical eye to data limitations and implications for similar studies...
August 12, 2017: Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805550/moving-toward-a-universal-digital-era-in-mass-casualty-incidents-and-disasters-emergency-personnel-s-perspective-in-romania
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Adrian Stănescu, Peter Eliot Gordon, Sanda Maria Copotoiu, Cristian Marius Boeriu
BACKGROUND: Despite a recognized need for improved communications and logistics in high acuity situations, the integration of telemedicine services into the mainstream health services has been difficult. This study reports on the opinions of Romanian professional responders to mass casualty incidents and disasters regarding the use and requirements of specific electronic medical documentation solutions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Doctors, nurses, paramedics, and fire department officers participated in a customized online structured questionnaire...
August 14, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805455/the-effect-of-a-peer-support-intervention-on-early-recovery-outcomes-in-men-recovering-from-coronary-bypass-surgery-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Tracey Jf Colella, Kathryn King-Shier
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Examine the effect of a professionally-guided telephone peer support intervention on recovery outcomes including depression, perceived social support, and health services utilization after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). METHODS: A randomized controlled trial was conducted with post-coronary artery bypass graft surgery men ( N=185) who were randomized before hospital discharge. The intervention arm received telephone-based peer support through weekly telephone calls from a peer volunteer over six weeks, initiated within 3-4 days of discharge...
August 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805423/patterns-of-psychiatric-emergency-department-utilization-among-community-dwelling-medicare-beneficiaries-under-65
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Jingjing Qian, Saranrat Wittayanukorn, Richard A Hansen
This study estimated patterns and trends in all-cause (any reason, including psychiatry related) and psychiatric emergency department (ED) utilization among Medicare beneficiaries under 65 who were residing in community settings (i.e., noninstitutionalized or in their own homes). Medicare beneficiaries under the age of 65 enrolled in Medicare for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) due to permanent physical or mental disabilities are a population with poor health conditions and high utilization of health services; however, this vulnerable population has received limited attention from researchers and policymakers compared to the Medicare beneficiaries 65 years and older...
August 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805082/veterans-transitioning-from-isolation-to-integration-a-look-at-veteran-service-dog-partnerships
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Terry K Crowe, Victoria Sánchez, Alyse Howard, Brenna Western, Stephanie Barger
BACKGROUND: This study explored the dynamics of veteran/service dog partnerships by gathering the perspectives of veterans with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. METHODS: Exploratory qualitative methods (focus groups and individual interviews) were used to investigate veteran/service dog relationships related to community involvement, family and friend relationships, self-care, work, and leisure. Nine male veterans, Paws, and Stripes program graduates participated...
August 13, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804747/care-experiences-of-adults-with-a-dual-diagnosis-and-their-family-caregivers
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David B Nicholas, Avery Calhoun, Anne Marie McLaughlin, Janki Shankar, Linda Kreitzer, Masimba Uzande
Individuals diagnosed with developmental disability and mental illness (a "dual diagnosis") contend with multiple challenges and system-related barriers. Using an interpretive description approach, separate qualitative interviews were conducted with adults with a dual diagnosis (n = 7) and their caregiving parents (n = 8) to examine care-related experiences. Results indicate that individuals with a dual diagnosis and their families experience misunderstanding and stigma. Families provide informal complex care amid insufficient and uncoordinated services but are often excluded from formal care planning...
January 2017: Global Qualitative Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804702/testing-socio-cultural-valuation-methods-of-ecosystem-services-to-explain-land-use-preferences
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Katja Schmidt, Ariane Walz, Berta Martín-López, René Sachse
Socio-cultural valuation still emerges as a methodological field in ecosystem service (ES) research and until now lacks consistent formalisation and balanced application in ES assessments. In this study, we examine the explanatory value of ES values for land use preferences. We use 563 responses to a survey about the Pentland Hills regional park in Scotland. Specifically, we aim to (1) identify clusters of land use preferences by using a novel visualisation tool, (2) test if socio-cultural values of ESs or (3) user characteristics are linked with land use preferences, and (4) determine whether both socio-cultural values of ESs and user characteristics can predict land use preferences...
August 2017: Ecosystem Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804582/how-do-patients-perceive-and-expect-quality-of-surgery-diagnostics-and-emergency-services-in-tertiary-care-hospitals-an-evidence-of-gap-analysis-from-pakistan
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Iram Fatima, Ayesha Humayun, Muhammad Imran Anwar, Adil Iftikhar, Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Shafiq
OBJECTIVES: Service quality is one of the important gears to appraise services and determine the gray areas that need improvement. In countries with a resource-poor health system, the first step of measuring quality is yet to be taken. This study seeks to inform policy makers in developing contextual service quality models by identifying service quality gaps in tertiary care teaching hospitals using patients' perspective. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed using multistage cluster sampling, and a modified version of the SERVQUAL (SERV-service, QUAL-quality) instrument was administered to determine patient's expectations and perceptions...
July 2017: Oman Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804011/functional-outcomes-subsequent-healthcare-utilization-and-mortality-of-stroke-postacute-care-patients-in-taiwan-a-nationwide-propensity-score-matched-study
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Li-Ning Peng, Wan-Hsuan Lu, Chih-Kuang Liang, Ming-Yueh Chou, Chih-Ping Chung, Shu-Ling Tsai, Zhi-Jun Chen, Fei-Yuan Hsiao, Liang-Kung Chen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the benefits of the national stroke postacute care (PAC) program on clinical outcomes and subsequent healthcare utilization. DESIGN: Propensity score-matched case-control study using the National Health Insurance data. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 1480 stroke cases receiving PAC services and 3159 matched controls with similar stroke severity but without PAC services. MEASUREMENTS: Demographic characteristics, functional outcomes (modified Rankin Scale, Barthel Index, Lawton-Brody Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, Functional Oral Intake Scale, Mini-Nutritional Assessment, Berg Balance Test, Usual Gait Speed Test, 6-Minute Walk Test, Fugl-Meyer Assessment (modified sensation and motor), Mini-Mental State Examination, Motor Activity Log, and the Concise Chinese Aphasia Test), subsequent healthcare utilization (90-day stroke re-admission and emergency department visits), and 90-day mortality...
August 10, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803883/the-provision-of-emergency-contraception-in-kinshasa-s-private-sector-pharmacies-experiences-of-mystery-clients
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Julie H Hernandez, Mbadu Muanda Fidèle, Mélissa Garcia, Annie Glover
OBJECTIVES: Recent programmatic and research efforts on addressing gaps in health systems of low-income countries increasingly see task shifting, i.e. the provision of healthcare by non-medically trained personnel, as a possible solution to increase the availability of specific services and commodities. In Kinshasa, private-sector pharmacies are the primary and preferred provider of family planning (FP) methods, and thus constitute a potential resource for expanding access to specific contraceptives...
August 10, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803651/using-national-hip-fracture-registries-and-audit-databases-to-develop-an-international-perspective
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Antony Johansen, David Golding, Louise Brent, Jacqueline Close, Jan-Erik Gjertsen, Graeme Holt, Ami Hommel, Alma B Pedersen, Niels Dieter Röck, Karl-Göran Thorngren
Hip fracture is the commonest reason for older people to need emergency anaesthesia and surgery, and leads to prolonged dependence for many of those who survive. People with this injury are usually identified very early in their hospital care, so hip fracture is an ideal marker condition with which to audit the care offered to older people by health services around the world. We have reviewed the reports of eight national audit programmes, to examine the approach used in each, and highlight differences in case mix, management and outcomes in different countries...
August 2, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803593/predictors-of-obtaining-follow-up-care-in-the-province-of-ontario-canada-following-a-new-diagnosis-of-atrial-fibrillation-heart-failure-and-hypertension-in-the-emergency-department
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Clare L Atzema, Bing Yu, Noah M Ivers, Paula A Rochon, Douglas S Lee, Michael J Schull, Peter C Austin
OBJECTIVE: Patients with cardiovascular diseases are common in the emergency department (ED), and continuity of care following that visit is needed to ensure that they receive evidence-based diagnostic tests and therapy. We examined the frequency of follow-up care after discharge from an ED with a new diagnosis of one of three cardiovascular diseases. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients with a new diagnosis of heart failure, atrial fibrillation, or hypertension, who were discharged from 157 non-pediatric EDs in Ontario, Canada, between April 2007 and March 2014...
August 14, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803583/cross-sectional-survey-of-long-term-care-facilities-in-the-rockaway-peninsula-preparedness-and-response-during-hurricane-sandy
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Lynn Jiang, Christopher Tedeschi, Saleena Subaiya
BACKGROUND: Few studies have described the challenges experienced by long-term care facilities (LTCFs) following Hurricane Sandy. This study examined LTCF preparedness and experiences during and after the storm. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted 2 years after Hurricane Sandy to assess LTCF demographics, preparation, and post-storm resources. Surveys were conducted at LTCFs located on the Rockaway Peninsula of New York City. All LTCFs located in a heavily affected area were approached...
August 14, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802544/a-role-of-the-endothelial-nitric-oxide-system-in-acute-renal-colic-caused-by-ureteral-stone
#18
Emre Bulbul, Elif Funda Sener, Nahide Ekici Gunay, Bahadir Taslidere, Elif Taslidere, Serhat Koyuncu, Nurullah Gunay
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene polymorphisms play a role in some pathophysiological processes. In this study, the possible effects of endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene polymorphisms on ureteral stone disease in patients who were admitted to the emergency department with severe pain due to renal colic are examined. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study groups were designed as controls and patients. The control group was formed from the healthy volunteers who applied to the blood center next to the emergency service...
August 7, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801791/effectiveness-of-healthcare-coordination-in-patients-with-chronic-respiratory-diseases
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Donata Kurpas, Katarzyna Szwamel, Dorota Lenarcik, Marika Guzek, Artur Prusaczyk, Paweł Żuk, Jolanta Michalowska, Agnieszka Grzeda, Bożena Mroczek
Coordination of healthcare effectively prevents exacerbations and reduces the number of hospitalizations, emergency visits, and the mortality rate in patients with chronic respiratory diseases. The purpose of this study was to determine clinical effectiveness of ambulatory healthcare coordination in chronic respiratory patients and its effect on the level of healthcare services as an indicator of direct medical costs. We conducted a retrospective health record survey, using an online database of 550 patients with chronic respiratory diseases...
August 12, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801399/a-randomised-controlled-pilot-trial-evaluating-feasibility-and-acceptability-of-a-computer-based-tool-to-identify-and-reduce-harmful-and-hazardous-drinking-among-adolescents-with-alcohol-related-presentations-in-canadian-pediatric-emergency-departments
#20
Amanda S Newton, Nadia Dow, Kathryn Dong, Eleanor Fitzpatrick, T Cameron Wild, David W Johnson, Samina Ali, Ian Colman, Rhonda J Rosychuk
OBJECTIVE: This study piloted procedures and obtained data on intervention acceptability to determine the feasibility of a definitive randomised controlled trial (RCT) of the effectiveness of a computer-based brief intervention in the emergency department (ED). DESIGN: Two-arm, multi-site, pilot RCT. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Adolescents aged 12-17 years presenting to three Canadian pediatric EDs from July 2010 to January 2013 for an alcohol-related complaint...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
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