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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437620/american-association-of-clinical-endocrinologists-and-american-college-of-endocrinology-guidelines-for-management-of-dyslipidemia-and-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Paul S Jellinger, Yehuda Handelsman, Paul D Rosenblit, Zachary T Bloomgarden, Vivian A Fonseca, Alan J Garber, George Grunberger, Chris K Guerin, David S H Bell, Jeffrey I Mechanick, Rachel Pessah-Pollack, Kathleen Wyne, Donald Smith, Eliot A Brinton, Sergio Fazio, Michael Davidson
OBJECTIVE: The development of these guidelines is mandated by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Board of Directors and American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Board of Trustees and adheres with published AACE protocols for the standardized production of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). METHODS: Recommendations are based on diligent reviews of the clinical evidence with transparent incorporation of subjective factors, according to established AACE/ACE guidelines for guidelines protocols...
April 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416153/a-critical-review-of-patient-safety-indicators-attributed-to-trauma-surgeons
#2
Nicole Fox, Rebecca Willcutt, Adrienne Elberfeld, John Porter, Anthony J Mazzarelli
BACKGROUND: The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed patient safety indicators (PSIs) to identify events with a high likelihood of representing medical error. The purpose of this study was to validate PSIs attributed to trauma surgeons and compare validated PSIs to performance improvement (PI) and morbidity and mortality (M&M) data. We hypothesized that PSIs are not an indicator of quality of care in trauma. METHODS: PSI's attributed to trauma surgeons (n=9) at our institution were reviewed (Jan-Dec 2015)...
April 1, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412084/smfm-special-report-coding-update-of-the-smfm-definition-of-low-risk-for-cesarean-delivery-from-icd-9-cm-to-icd-10-cm
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J C Armstrong, P McDermott, G R Saade, S K Srinivas
In 2015, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) developed a low risk for cesarean delivery definition based on administrative claims-based diagnosis codes described by the International Classification of Disease, Clinical Modification, 9(th) revision. The SMFM definition is a clinical enrichment of two available measures from the Joint Commission (JC) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) measures. The SMFM measure excludes diagnosis codes that represent clinically relevant risk factors that are absolute or relative contraindications to vaginal birth while retaining diagnosis codes such as labor disorders that are discretionary risk factors for cesarean delivery...
April 12, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369646/loneliness-in-psychosis-a-meta-analytical-review
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Beata Michalska da Rocha, Stephen Rhodes, Eleni Vasilopoulou, Paul Hutton
Loneliness may be related to psychotic symptoms but a comprehensive synthesis of the literature in this area is lacking. The primary aim of the current study is to provide a systematic review and meta-analysis of the association between loneliness and psychotic symptoms in people with psychosis. A search of electronic databases was conducted (PsychINFO, MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Web of Science). A random effects meta-analysis was used to compute a pooled estimate of the correlation between loneliness and psychotic symptoms...
March 21, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350807/external-validation-and-comparison-of-two-variants-of-the-elixhauser-comorbidity-measures-for-all-cause-mortality
#5
Yannick Fortin, James A G Crispo, Deborah Cohen, Douglas S McNair, Donald R Mattison, Daniel Krewski
Assessing prevalent comorbidities is a common approach in health research for identifying clinical differences between individuals. The objective of this study was to validate and compare the predictive performance of two variants of the Elixhauser comorbidity measures (ECM) for inhospital mortality at index and at 1-year in the Cerner Health Facts® (HF) U.S. DATABASE: We estimated the prevalence of select comorbidities for individuals 18 to 89 years of age who received care at Cerner contributing health facilities between 2002 and 2011 using the AHRQ (version 3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237952/factors-associated-with-hospitalisations-in-chronic-conditions-deemed-avoidable-ecological-study-in-the-spanish-healthcare-system
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Ester Angulo-Pueyo, Manuel Ridao-López, Natalia Martínez-Lizaga, Sandra García-Armesto, Salvador Peiró, Enrique Bernal-Delgado
OBJECTIVES: Potentially avoidable hospitalisations have been used as a proxy for primary care quality. We aimed to analyse the ecological association between contextual and systemic factors featured in the Spanish healthcare system and the variation in potentially avoidable hospitalisations for a number of chronic conditions. METHODS: A cross-section ecological study based on the linkage of administrative data sources from virtually all healthcare areas (n=202) and autonomous communities (n=16) composing the Spanish National Health System was performed...
February 24, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226332/responsible-safe-and-effective-prescription-of-opioids-for-chronic-non-cancer-pain-american-society-of-interventional-pain-physicians-asipp-guidelines
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Adam M Kaye, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, Heath McAnally, Konstantin Slavin, Andrea M Trescot, Susan Blank, Vidyasagar Pampati, Salahadin Abdi, Jay S Grider, Alan D Kaye, Kavita N Manchikanti, Harold Cordner, Christopher G Gharibo, Michael E Harned, Sheri L Albers, Sairam Atluri, Steve M Aydin, Sanjay Bakshi, Robert L Barkin, Ramsin M Benyamin, Mark V Boswell, Ricardo M Buenaventura, Aaron K Calodney, David L Cedeno, Sukdeb Datta, Timothy R Deer, Bert Fellows, Vincent Galan, Vahid Grami, Hans Hansen, Standiford Helm Ii, Rafael Justiz, Dhanalakshmi Koyyalagunta, Yogesh Malla, Annu Navani, Kent H Nouri, Ramarao Pasupuleti, Nalini Sehgal, Sanford M Silverman, Thomas T Simopoulos, Vijay Singh, Daneshvari R Solanki, Peter S Staats, Ricardo Vallejo, Bradley W Wargo, Arthur Watanabe, Joshua A Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Opioid use, abuse, and adverse consequences, including death, have escalated at an alarming rate since the 1990s. In an attempt to control opioid abuse, numerous regulations and guidelines for responsible opioid prescribing have been developed by various organizations. However, the US opioid epidemic is continuing and drug dose deaths tripled during 1999 to 2015. Recent data show a continuing increase in deaths due to natural and semisynthetic opioids, a decline in methadone deaths, and an explosive increase in the rates of deaths involving other opioids, specifically heroin and illicit synthetic fentanyl...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217384/decreasing-hospital-length-of-stay-following-lumbar-fusion-utilizing-multidisciplinary-committee-meetings-involving-surgeons-and-other-caretakers
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Lisa B E Shields, Lisa Clark, Steven D Glassman, Christopher B Shields
BACKGROUND: Although hospital length of stay (LOS) following lumbar fusion has decreased for a variety of reasons, different institutions find their LOS over the benchmarks published by the national Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Over a 3-year period, this prospective study introduced utilization of multidisciplinary committee meetings between surgeons and other caretakers to decrease LOS following spinal fusion surgery without compromising the quality of care. METHODS: A multidisciplinary committee was established to assess factors and institute recommendations that influence hospital LOS following lumbar fusion compared to the national compared to the national AHRQ benchmark at baseline and at 1 and 2 years after adjusting our standard practice...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211108/evaluation-of-the-quality-and-health-literacy-demand-of-online-renal-diet-information
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K Lambert, J Mullan, K Mansfield, A Koukomous, L Mesiti
BACKGROUND: Dietary modification is critical in the self-management of chronic kidney disease. The present study describes the accuracy, quality and health literacy demand of renal diet information for adults with kidney disease obtained from the Internet and YouTube (www.youtube.com). METHODS: A comprehensive content analysis was undertaken in April and July 2015 of 254 eligible websites and 161 YouTube videos. The accuracy of the renal diet information was evaluated by comparing the key messages with relevant evidence-based guidelines for the dietary management of people with kidney disease...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208749/graphic-warning-labels-and-the-cost-savings-from-reduced-smoking-among-pregnant-women
#10
John A Tauras, Richard M Peck, Kai-Wen Cheng, Frank J Chaloupka
Introduction: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has estimated the economic impact of Graphic Warning Labels (GWLs). By omitting the impact on tobacco consumption by pregnant women, the FDA analysis underestimates the economic benefits that would occur from the proposed regulations. There is a strong link between the occurrence of low birth weight babies and smoking while pregnant. Low birth weight babies in turn generate much higher hospital costs than normal birth weight babies. This study aims to fill the gap by quantifying the national hospital cost savings from the reductions in prenatal smoking that will arise if GWLs are implemented in the U...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203120/international-lessons-in-new-methods-for-grading-and-integrating-cost-effectiveness-evidence-into-clinical-practice-guidelines
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REVIEW
Kathryn M Antioch, Michael F Drummond, Louis W Niessen, Hindrik Vondeling
Economic evidence is influential in health technology assessment world-wide. Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) can enable economists to include economic information on health care provision. Application of economic evidence in CPGs, and its integration into clinical practice and national decision making is hampered by objections from professions, paucity of economic evidence or lack of policy commitment. The use of state-of-art economic methodologies will improve this. Economic evidence can be graded by 'checklists' to establish the best evidence for decision making given methodological rigor...
2017: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation: C/E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162926/-effectiveness-of-an-intervention-to-improve-safety-culture-less-is-more
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J J López-Picazo, P Ferrer-Bas, B Garrido-Corro, V Pujalte-Ródenas, P de la Cruz Murie, M Blázquez-Pedrero, S Sánchez-Lorca, P Soler-Gallego, C Albacete-Moreno, T Alcaraz-Pérez, S Pérez-Romero
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of a long-term initiative to improve safety culture among professionals working in a Health Area, and to know their perceived usefulness. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An uncontrolled intervention study was designed in a public health care organization including a 3rd level hospital and 5,000 professionals. To measure the impact, the AHRQ Survey was conducted by telephone. A total of 7 dimensions of culture were measured, before starting the project (2012, n=100) and 3 years later (2015, n=207)...
February 2, 2017: Revista de Calidad Asistencial: Organo de la Sociedad Española de Calidad Asistencial
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152967/enhancing-a-culture-of-patient-safety-in-an-oncologic-hospital-setting
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Shannon Bristow
135 Background: Patient safety is a priority for all hospitals and staff members. With approx. 1:10 hospitalized patients experiencing an adverse event(1), healthcare lags behind other industries with regards to safety. Oncology patients have an increased risk of adverse events due to an immunocompromised status, coupled with complex treatments. Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center (ERMC) recognized the need to heighten patient safety while maintaining a positive patient experience...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152906/development-of-an-oncology-quality-metric-evaluation-and-prioritization-tool-qmept
#14
Michelle Evangelista
260 Background: For reporting purposes and to enable ongoing quality improvement, it is essential that metrics reflective of quality oncology care delivery are tracked and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Collection of performance data and incorporation into a usable dashboard can require significant IT resources, both in personnel time and direct costs. The Tisch Cancer Institute (TCI) identified a myriad of cancer quality metrics that required prioritization in order to best allocate limited IT resources and a standardized process to facilitate comparison across different disease groups...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152882/what-is-the-real-rate-of-surgical-site-infection
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Claire Marten, Kimberly Potts, Lynn Cloutier, Katherine Cain, Shauna Fenton, Tara Tatum, Deepthi James, Cheryl Hubbs, Jennifer Burzawa, Shital Vachhani, Alpa Manchandia Nick, Larissa Meyer, Linda Graviss, Kathy Ware, Anne Park, Thomas A Aloia, Diane C Bodurka, Charles F Levenback, Kathleen M Schmeler
171 Background: Surgical site infections (SSI) are associated with patient morbidity and increased healthcare costs. Although several national organizations monitor SSI including the University Health System Consortium (UHC), National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), there is no standard reporting methodology. We compared SSI rates from these databases to our own chart review. METHODS: We queried the UHC, NSQIP, NHSN and AHRQ databases from 7/2012-6/2014 for SSI following gynecologic surgery at our institution...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100387/-economic-burden-of-esophageal-cancer-in-china-from-1996-to-2015-a-systematic-review
#16
L W Guo, C L Shi, H Y Huang, L Wang, X P Yue, S Z Liu, J Li, K Su, M Dai, X B Sun, J F Shi
Objective: To explore existing evidence of economic burden of esophageal cancer in China over the past 20 years. Methods: Based on PubMed, CNKI and Wanfang, literatures published from 1996 to 2015 were retrieved with the key words such as " economic burden" , "cost of illness" and so on. Then the information excerpted from those literatures were analyzed after several exclusionary procedures for non-esophageal cancer related literatures. The information about subjects and data source, methodology, main results were structurally abstracted and then analyzed...
January 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092325/persistent-pain-after-motor-vehicle-collision-comparative-effectiveness-of-opioids-vs-nonsteroidal-antiinflammatory-drugs-prescribed-from-the-emergency-department-a-propensity-matched-analysis
#17
Francesca L Beaudoin, Roee Gutman, Roland C Merchant, Melissa A Clark, Robert A Swor, Jeffrey S Jones, David C Lee, David A Peak, Robert M Domeier, Niels K Rathlev, Samuel A McLean
Each year millions of Americans present to the emergency department (ED) for care after a motor vehicle collision (MVC); the majority (>90%) are discharged to home after evaluation. Acute musculoskeletal pain is the norm in this population, and such patients are typically discharged to home with prescriptions for oral opioid analgesics or nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The influence of acute pain management on subsequent pain outcomes in this common ED population is unknown. We evaluated the effect of opioid analgesics vs NSAIDs initiated from the ED on the presence of moderate to severe musculoskeletal pain and ongoing opioid use at 6 weeks in a large cohort of adult ED patients presenting to the ED after MVC (n = 948)...
February 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048659/tu-fg-201-03-automatic-pre-delivery-verification-using-statistical-analysis-of-consistencies-in-treatment-plan-parameters-by-the-treatment-site-and-modality
#18
S Liu, Y Wu, X Chang, H Li, D Yang
PURPOSE: A novel computer software system, namely APDV (Automatic Pre-Delivery Verification), has been developed for verifying patient treatment plan parameters right prior to treatment deliveries in order to automatically detect and prevent catastrophic errors. METHODS: APDV is designed to continuously monitor new DICOM plan files on the TMS computer at the treatment console. When new plans to be delivered are detected, APDV checks the consistencies of plan parameters and high-level plan statistics using underlying rules and statistical properties based on given treatment site, technique and modality...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047279/su-f-t-275-a-correlation-study-on-3d-fluence-based-qa-and-2d-dose-measurement-based-qa
#19
S Liu, T Mazur, H Li, O Green, B Sun, S Mutic, D Yang
PURPOSE: The aim of this paper was to demonstrate the feasibility and creditability of computing and verifying 3D fluencies to assure IMRT and VMAT treatment deliveries, by correlating the passing rates of the 3D fluence-based QA (P(ά)) to the passing rates of 2D dose measurementbased QA (P(Dm)). METHODS: 3D volumetric primary fluencies are calculated by forward-projecting the beam apertures and modulated by beam MU values at all gantry angles. We first introduce simulated machine parameter errors (MU, MLC positions, jaw, gantry and collimator) to the plan...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033241/financial-resource-utilization-and-mortality-impacts-of-teaching-hospital-status-on-pediatric-patients-admitted-for-sepsis
#20
Benson S Hsu, Benjamin D Meyer, Saquib A Lakhani
BACKGROUND: With the changing healthcare landscape in the United States, teaching hospitals face increasing pressure to provide medical education as well as cost effective care. Our study investigated the financial, resource utilization, and mortality impact of teaching hospital status on pediatric patients admitted with sepsis. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, weighted statistical analysis of hospitalized children with the diagnosis of sepsis. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 2009 Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) provided the data for analysis...
December 28, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
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