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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647859/high-touch-surfaces-microbial-neighbours-at-hand
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REVIEW
L Cobrado, A Silva-Dias, M M Azevedo, A G Rodrigues
Despite considerable efforts, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) continue to be globally responsible for serious morbidity, increased costs and prolonged length of stay. Among potentially preventable sources of microbial pathogens causing HAIs, patient care items and environmental surfaces frequently touched play an important role in the chain of transmission. Microorganisms contaminating such high-touch surfaces include Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, viruses, yeasts and parasites, with improved cleaning and disinfection effectively decreasing the rate of HAIs...
June 25, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647844/digital-health-technologies-to-promote-lifestyle-change-and-adherence
#2
REVIEW
Numan Khan, Francoise A Marvel, Jane Wang, Seth S Martin
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide with an estimated 17.5 million deaths annually, or 31% of all global deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The majority of these deaths are preventable by addressing lifestyle modification (i.e., smoking cessation, diet, obesity, and physical inactivity) and promoting medication adherence. At present, initiatives to develop cost-effective modalities to support self-management, lifestyle modification, and medication adherence are a leading priority...
August 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647442/the-impact-of-the-transition-from-volume-to-value-on-heart-failure-care-implications-of-novel-payment-models-and-quality-improvement-initiatives
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REVIEW
Dushyanth Srinivasan, Nihar R Desai
In response to wide variation in quality and outcomes as well as escalating health care costs, the U.S. health care system is transitioning away from a volume based payment system to a quality- and value-based system. Medicare, the largest insurer and payer of healthcare, has accelerated the movement towards value-based care with the development and implementation of myriad alternative payment models and pay for performance programs as part of the Affordable Care Act. Given that heart failure affects a significant number of Medicare patients and these patients account for a disproportionate amount of healthcare utilization and spending, heart failure has become a focal point for these initiatives...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646723/vacuum-assisted-complete-excision-of-solid-intraductal-intracystic-masses-and-complex-cysts-is-follow-up-necessary
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Vanessa Quinn-Laurin, Jean-Charles Hogue, Sylvie Pinault, Nathalie Duchesne
INTRODUCTION: Management of complex cysts and benign intraductal/intracystic masses is controversial. The aim of this study was to determine if the complete removal of the complex cyst lesions with ultrasound-guided vacuum-assisted excision (US-VAE) is sufficient for their safe management when the histological diagnosis obtained at biopsy is benign. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This is a single institution retrospective study performed on patients who underwent breast biopsy between April 2007 and September 2013...
June 21, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646580/biosimilars-for-psoriasis-worldwide-overview-of-regulatory-guidelines-uptake-and-implications-for-dermatology-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
A D Cohen, J J Wu, L Puig, S Chimenti, R Vender, M Rajagopalan, R Romiti, C de la Cruz, L Skov, C Zachariae, H S Young, P Foley, J M van der Walt, L Naldi, A Blauvelt
The introduction of biologic drugs for the treatment of patients with psoriasis has revolutionized treatment paradigms and enabled numerous patients to achieve disease control with an acceptable safety profile. However, the high cost of biologics limits access to these medications for the majority of patients worldwide. In recent years, the introduction of biosimilars for inflammatory diseases has become a fast evolving field. The future use of biosimilars offers the potential for decreased cost and increased access to biologic drugs for patients with psoriasis...
June 24, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645958/factors-predicting-self-reported-medication-low-adherence-in-a-large-sample-of-adults-in-the-us-general-population-a-cross-sectional-study
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Michael Feehan, Margaux A Morrison, Casey Tak, Donald E Morisky, Margaret M DeAngelis, Mark A Munger
OBJECTIVES: The study objective was to determine the level and correlates of self-reported medication low adherence in the US general population. SETTING: A 30 min cross-sectional online survey was conducted with a national sample of adults. PARTICIPANTS: 9202 adults (aged 18+) who had filled at least three or more prescriptions at a community pharmacy in the past 12 months. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTCOME MEASURES: Self-reported medication adherence was measured with the 8-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645569/impact-of-end-stage-kidney-disease-on-costs-and-outcomes-of-clostridium-difficile-infection
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Abhinav Goyal, Kshitij Chatterjee, Sujani Yadlapati, Janani Rangaswami
OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of ESKD on outcomes of Clostridium difficile infection including complications of infection, length of hospital stay, overall mortality, and health care burden. DESIGN: or methods National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database created by Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for the years 2009 through 2013 was used. Manufacturer provided sampling weights were used to produce national estimates. RESULTS: All cause unadjusted in-hospital mortality for patients with CDI and ESKD was significantly higher compared to those without ESKD (11...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645278/the-impact-of-mobile-phone-based-messages-on-maternal-and-child-healthcare-behaviour-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-survey-in-bangladesh
#8
Mafruha Alam, Catherine D'Este, Cathy Banwell, Kamalini Lokuge
BACKGROUND: Mobile phones are gradually becoming an integral part of healthcare services worldwide. We assessed the association between Aponjon mobile phone based messaging services and practices regarding childbirth and care of mother and neonates in selected areas in Bangladesh. METHODS: In early 2014, 476 subscriber mothers whose last born child's age was between 3 and 18 months, were recruited to the study by Dnet from selected areas of Bangladesh. One group of mothers received the early warning messages from Aponjon during pregnancy (exposed; n = 210) while the other group of new mothers did not receive the messages during pregnancy as they had enrolled in the service after childbirth (non-exposed; n = 266)...
June 24, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645260/within-class-differences-in-cancer-risk-for-sulfonylurea-treatments-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-zodiac-55-a-study-protocol
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Dennis Schrijnders, Geertruida H de Bock, Sebastiaan T Houweling, Kornelis J J van Hateren, Klaas H Groenier, Jeffrey A Johnson, Henk J G Bilo, Nanne Kleefstra, Gijs W D Landman
BACKGROUND: Patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) are at increased risk for developing cancer. As approximately 8% of the world's population is living with T2D, even a slight increase in cancer risk could result in an enormous impact on the number of persons developing cancer. In addition, several glucose lowering drug classes for treating patients with T2D have been associated with a difference in risk of cancer overall, and especially for obesity related cancers. In what way and to what degree cancer risk is modified by the use of different sulfonylureas (SU) is unclear...
June 23, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644963/self-report-and-subjective-history-in-the-diagnosis-of-painful-neck-conditions-a-systematic-review-of-diagnostic-accuracy-studies
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REVIEW
Adam Mizer, Alexa Bachmann, Jessie Gibson, Megan Burrowbridge Donaldson
Rising healthcare costs and inherent risks with over-utilizing diagnostic imaging require a quality subjective examination to improve effectiveness and time management of physical examinations. This systematic review investigates the diagnostic accuracy of subjective history and self-report items to determine if there is significant alteration in the probability of identifying specific painful neck conditions. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines were followed. INCLUSION CRITERIA: 1) Written in the English language 2) Cervical pain with/without referred upper extremity or head pain 3) Subjective history or self-report items 4) Study designs that reported diagnostic statistics or allowed calculation of sensitivities, specificities, diagnostic odds ratios, and likelihood ratios 5) used a reference standard that has a sensitivity or specificity ≥75% or a diagnostic tool that is strongly supported in the literature where this data is not available...
June 8, 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644742/new-legal-requirements-for-submission-of-product-information-to-poisons-centres-in-eu-member-states
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Ronald de Groot, Pieter Brekelmans, Herbert Desel, Irma de Vries
In the past eight years, the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT) has been intensively involved in a European Commission led process to develop EU legislation on the information of hazardous products that companies have to notify to EU Poisons Centres (or equivalent "appointed bodies"). As a result of this process, the Commission adopted Regulation (EU) No 2017/542, amending the CLP Regulation by adding an Annex on harmonised product submission requirements. Harmonised mixture information requirements: Detailed and consistent information on the composition of the hazardous product will become available to EU Poisons Centres (PC)...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644360/quality-improvement-in-pediatric-endoscopy-a-clinical-report-from-the-naspghan-endoscopy-committee
#12
Robert E Kramer, Catharine M Walsh, Diana G Lerner, Douglas S Fishman
The current era of healthcare reform emphasizes the provision of effective, safe, equitable, high-quality, and cost-effective care. Within the realm of gastrointestinal endoscopy in adults, renewed efforts are in place to accurately define and measure quality indicators across the spectrum of endoscopic care. In pediatrics, however, this movement has been less-defined and lacks much of the evidence-base that supports these initiatives in adult care. A need, therefore, exists to help define quality metrics tailored to pediatric practice and provide a toolbox for the development of robust quality improvement (QI) programs within pediatric endoscopy units...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644300/breathlessness-in-the-primary-care-setting
#13
Noel Baxter
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Breathlessness is a high-volume problem with 10% of adults experiencing the symptom daily placing a heavy burden on the health and wider economy. As it worsens, they enter the specialist and hospital-based symptom services where costs quickly escalate and people may find themselves in a place not of their choosing. For many, their care will be delivered by a disease or organ specialist and can find themselves passing between physicians without coordination for symptom support...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644095/impact-of-adherence-to-antidepressants-on-healthcare-outcomes-and-costs-among-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-and-comorbid-major-depressive-disorder
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Charles Vega, Russell V Becker, Lisa Mucha, Betty H Lorenz, Michael T Eaddy, Augustina O Ogbonnaya
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between adherence to antidepressants and an effect on clinical outcomes and healthcare costs in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) and comorbid type 2 diabetes (T2D). METHODS: This retrospective study used MarketScan claims data from January 2012 to March 2014. Study entry was the first claim for an antidepressant and a diagnosis code for MDD and T2D in the prior 6 months. Adherence and persistence to antidepressant therapy in the first 180 days were defined as medication possession ratio (MPR) ≥80% and length of therapy (LOT), with no treatment gap of >15 days, respectively...
June 23, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644091/prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-the-role-of-pcsk9-inhibitors
#15
Ivan Pećin, Merel L Hartgers, G Kees Hovingh, Ricardo Dent, Željko Reiner
Familial hypercholesterolaemia is an autosomal dominant inherited disorder characterised by elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and consequently an increased risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Familial hypercholesterolaemia is relatively common, but is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Cardiologists are likely to encounter many individuals with familial hypercholesterolaemia; however, patients presenting with premature ASCVD are rarely screened for familial hypercholesterolaemia and fasting lipid levels are infrequently documented...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643568/process-mining-based-method-of-designing-and-optimizing-the-layouts-of-emergency-departments-in-hospitals
#16
Farhood Rismanchian, Young Hoon Lee
OBJECTIVE: This article proposes an approach to help designers analyze complex care processes and identify the optimal layout of an emergency department (ED) considering several objectives simultaneously. These objectives include minimizing the distances traveled by patients, maximizing design preferences, and minimizing the relocation costs. BACKGROUND: Rising demand for healthcare services leads to increasing demand for new hospital buildings as well as renovating existing ones...
July 2017: HERD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643266/adherence-to-osteoporosis-medicines-in-estonia-a-comprehensive-15-year-retrospective-prescriptions-database-study
#17
Ott Laius, Heti Pisarev, Katre Maasalu, Sulev Kõks, Aare Märtson
Some patients do not take medicines as they are supposed to. Our research showed that in Estonia, one fifth of patients did not start treatment with osteoporosis medicines and only 20% used the medicines for at least 3 years as they should. This induces unnecessary costs to the healthcare system. PURPOSE: Medication non-adherence is the number one reason for not obtaining the expected clinical effect of medicines. With osteoporosis treatment, it has been shown that both implementation of treatment and persistence influence the risk of fractures significantly...
December 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643228/a-urologic-stethoscope-urologist-performed-sonography-using-a-pocket-size-ultrasound-device-in-the-point-of-care-setting
#18
Arnon Lavi, Sharon Tzemah, Anan Hussein, Ibrahim Bishara, Nikolay Shcherbakov, Genady Zelichenko, Alon Mashiah, Michael Gross, Leonid Cherbinski, Ziv Neeman, Michael Cohen
PURPOSE: Ultrasound is commonly used in urology. Technical advances with reduced size and cost led to diffusion of small ultrasound devices to many clinical settings. Even so, most ultrasound studies are performed by non-urologists. We aimed to evaluate the utility of a pocket-size ultrasound device (Vscan™ GE Healthcare) and the quality of urologist performed study. METHODS: Three consecutive studies were performed: (1) a urologist using the pocket ultrasound, (2) a sonographist using the pocket ultrasound, and (3) a sonographist using a standard ultrasound device...
June 22, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643178/economic-evaluation-of-tobramycin-inhalation-powder-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-pulmonary-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infection-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
#19
Srilekha Panguluri, Praveen Gunda, Laurie Debonnett, Kamal Hamed
BACKGROUND: Chronic lung infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs in approximately 50% of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). This infection further compromises lung function, and significantly contributes to the increased healthcare costs. OBJECTIVES: Inhaled tobramycin, used to manage P. aeruginosa infection in CF patients, is available as powder (tobramycin inhalation powder, TIP) and solution (tobramycin inhalation solution, TIS). Evidence suggests increased adherence with the use of TIP over TIS...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642857/healthcare-costs-of-osteoporotic-fracture-in-korea-information-from-the-national-health-insurance-claims-database-2008-2011
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Ha Young Kim, Yong-Chan Ha, Tae-Young Kim, Hyemin Cho, Young-Kyun Lee, Ji-Yeon Baek, Sunmee Jang
BACKGROUND: The present study estimated healthcare costs of osteoporotic fractures including spine, hip, distal radius and humerus in Koreans over 50 years of age using national claims data. METHODS: Korea National Health Insurance data between 2008 and 2011 was searched for all claims records of outpatient visits or hospital admissions of patients ≥50-year-of-age. Osteoporosis-related fractures were identified using certain the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision codes and site-specific physician claims for procedures in a patient age cut-off value of 50 years...
May 2017: Journal of Bone Metabolism
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