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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351299/what-influences-where-they-seek-care-caregivers-preferences-for-under-five-child-healthcare-services-in-urban-slums-of-malawi-a-discrete-choice-experiment
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Edgar Arnold Lungu, Amarech Guda Obse, Catherine Darker, Regien Biesma
Access to and utilisation of quality healthcare promotes positive child health outcomes. However, to be optimally utilised, the healthcare system needs to be responsive to the expectations of the population it serves. Health systems in many sub-Saharan African countries, including Malawi, have historically focused on promoting access to health services by the rural poor. However, in the context of increasing urbanisation and consequent proliferation of urban slums, promoting health of children under five years of age in these settings is a public health imperative...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350780/an-evolutionary-concept-analysis-of-futility-in-healthcare
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Lauren Morata
AIM: To report a concept analysis of futility in healthcare. BACKGROUND: Each member of the healthcare team, the physician, the nurse, the patient, the family and all others involved perceive futility differently. The current evidence and knowledge in regard to futility in healthcare manifest a plethora of definitions, meanings and interpretations without consensus. DESIGN: Concept analysis. DATA SOURCES: Databases searched included Medline, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Academic Search Premier, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and PsycINFO...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350568/abp-980-promising-trastuzumab-biosimilar-for-her2-positive-breast-cancer
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Elisavet Paplomata, Rita Nahta
Approval of the HER2-targeted antibody trastuzumab dramatically improved outcomes for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. Multiple trastuzumab biosimilars, including ABP 980, are in clinical development. Biosimilars are not identical to the reference biologic, but exhibit equivalence and safety in analytical and clinical studies. Areas covered: A brief introduction to trastuzumab, overview of trastuzumab biosimilars, and detailed review of ABP 980 preclinical and clinical studies are included. We searched PubMed and 2016-2017 ASCO and ESMO conference proceedings for "ABP 980" or "trastuzumab biosimilar"...
January 19, 2018: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350508/the-health-information-technology-special-issue-has-it-become-a-mandatory-part-of-health-and-healthcare
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Jacob Reider
The 7th annual Health Information Technology (IT) issue provides a window into how health IT tools are working well, how they may not be working as intended, and what we can do to continue making progress toward optimal use of technology to accomplish our shared goals: better health, better care experience, and lower per capita cost.
January 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349812/drug-promotion-practices-a-review
#5
Nilan T Jacob
Over the years, the pharmaceutical industry has been at the forefront of research and innovation in drug discovery and development. The process of drug discovery extending from pre-clinical studies to multi-centric clinical trials and post-marketing phase is a costly affair running into billions of dollars. On the flip side, not all investigational molecules clear the trial phases and get approved; which puts pressure on the manufacturers to maximise the profit from approved drugs. It is in this key area, the practice of drug promotion plays its role...
January 18, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349215/public-health-and-the-economy-could-be-served-by-reallocating-medical-expenditures-to-social-programs
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Linda Diem Tran, Frederick J Zimmerman, Jonathan E Fielding
As much as 30% of US health care spending in the United States does not improve individual or population health. To a large extent this excess spending results from prices that are too high and from administrative waste. In the public sector, and particularly at the state level, where budget constraints are severe and reluctance to raise taxes high, this spending crowds out social, educational, and public-health investments. Over time, as spending on medical care increases, spending on improvements to the social determinants of health are starved...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349202/healthcare-access-a-sequence-sensitive-approach
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Marco J Haenssgen, Proochista Ariana
It is widely accepted that healthcare-seeking behaviour is neither limited to nor terminated by access to one single healthcare provider. Yet the sequential conceptualisation of healthcare-seeking processes has not diffused into quantitative research, which continues to analyse healthcare access as a "one-off" event. The ensuing lack of understanding healthcare behaviour is problematic in light of the immense burden of premature death especially in low- and middle-income countries. This paper presents an alternative approach...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348914/exploring-health-insurance-services-in-sudan-from-the-perspectives-of-insurers
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Anas Mustafa Ahmed Salim, Fatima Hashim Mahmoud Hamed
Background: It has been 20 years since the introduction of health insurance in Sudan. This study was the first one that explored health insurance services in Sudan from the perspectives of the insurers. Methods: This was a qualitative, exploratory, interview study. The sampling frame was the list of Social Health Insurance and Private Health Insurance institutions in Sudan. Participants were selected from the four Social Health Insurance institutions and from five Private Health Insurance companies...
2018: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346543/the-impact-of-reported-beta-lactam-allergy-in-hospitalized-patients-with-hematologic-malignancies-requiring-antibiotics
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Kuan-Hsiang Gary Huang, Valerie Cluzet, Keith Hamilton, Olajumoke Fadugba
Background: Patients hospitalized with hematologic malignancy are particularly vulnerable to infection. The impact of reported beta-lactam (BL) allergy in this population remains unknown. Objective: To define the impact of reported BL-only allergy (BLOA) label on clinical outcomes compared to those with no BL allergy (NBLA) in hematologic malignancy inpatients requiring systemic antibiotics. Methods: Retrospective cohort study of adult inpatients with hematologic malignancy admitted at two tertiary care hospitals 2010-2015...
January 16, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346039/evaluation-of-a-french-regional-telemedicine-network-dedicated-to-neurological-emergencies-a-14-year-study
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Elisabeth Medeiros de Bustos, Eric Berthier, Didier Chavot, Benjamin Bouamra, Thierry Moulin
BACKGROUND: Equality in healthcare between urban and rural areas is problematic in France. Telemedicine networks are expected to improve equality in expertise assessment. We aimed to evaluate the use and impact of a regional rural French telemedicine network, dedicated to medical and surgical neurological emergencies, on interhospital patient transfers. METHODS: Eight community hospital emergency departments were remotely connected to the only university hospital in Franche-Comté, France...
January 18, 2018: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345473/highly-sensitive-and-ultrastable-skin-sensors-for-biopressure-and-bioforce-measurements-based-on-hierarchical-microstructures
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Qi-Jun Sun, Jiaqing Zhuang, Shishir Venkatesh, Ye Zhou, Su-Ting Han, Wei Wu, Ka-Wai Kong, Wen-Jung Li, Xianfeng Chen, Robert K Y Li, Vellaisamy A L Roy
Piezoresistive microsensors are considered to be essential components of the future wearable electronic devices. However, the expensive cost, complex fabrication technology, poor stability, and low yield have limited their developments for practical applications. Here, we present a cost-effective, relatively simple, and high-yield fabrication approach to construct highly sensitive and ultrastable piezoresistive sensors using a bioinspired hierarchically structured graphite/polydimethylsiloxane composite as the active layer...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345003/investigation-of-attributes-which-guide-choice-in-cataract-surgery-services-in-urban-sydney-australia
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Celeste Gilbert, Lisa Keay, Anna Palagyi, Vu Quang Do, Peter McCluskey, Andrew White, Nicole Carnt, Fiona Stapleton, Tracey-Lea Laba
BACKGROUND: It is critical to consult patients to develop patient-centred cataract surgery care. We aimed to identify attributes patients consider when making decisions about cataract surgery in an Australian context, where both publicly and privately funded surgery are available. This is the first step in investigating how decisions are made about cataract surgery services. METHODS: This observational qualitative study was undertaken in two public hospitals and one private practice in Sydney, Australia...
January 17, 2018: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344378/clinical-outcomes-and-costs-of-cardiac-revascularisation-in-england-and-new-york-state
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Francisco Leyva, Tian Qiu, Felicity Evison, Christopher Christoforou, David McNulty, Peter Ludman, Daniel Ray
Objectives: Healthcare expenditure per-capita in the USA is higher than in England. We hypothesised that clinical outcomes after cardiac revascularisation are better in the USA. We compared costs and outcomes of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in England and New York State (NYS). Methods: Costs and total mortality were assessed using the Hospital Episode Statistics for England and the Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System for NYS...
2018: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343250/evaluation-of-health-status-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-treated-with-and-without-interferon
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R Ragusa, G Bertino, A Bruno, E Frazzetto, F Cicciu, G Giorgianni, L Lupo
BACKGROUND: The evolution of technology in healthcare has increased the health care's costs and, the universal healthcare systems, in developed countries, need to ensure proper allocation of resources. Thus, the major issue is assessing the effectiveness of new medical technologies. The evaluation of quality of life in response to new treatments has become a key indicator in chronic conditions for which medical interventions are evaluated not only in terms of increasing the number of expected life years but also in terms of increasing quality of life...
January 17, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343236/barriers-to-timely-diagnosis-of-interstitial-lung-disease-in-the-real-world-the-intensity-survey
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Gregory P Cosgrove, Pauline Bianchi, Sherry Danese, David J Lederer
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and other interstitial lung diseases (ILD) presents significant clinical challenges. To gain insights regarding the diagnostic experience of patients with ILD and to identify potential barriers to a timely and accurate diagnosis, we developed an online questionnaire and conducted a national survey of adults with a self-reported diagnosis of ILD. METHODS: A pre-specified total of 600 subjects were recruited to participate in a 40-question online survey...
January 17, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342960/a-low-cost-inkjet-printed-aptamer-based-electrochemical-biosensor-for-the-selective-detection-of-lysozyme
#16
Niazul Islam Khan, Alec G Maddaus, Edward Song
Recently, inkjet-printing has gained increased popularity in applications such as flexible electronics and disposable sensors, as well as in wearable sensors because of its multifarious advantages. This work presents a novel, low-cost immobilization technique using inkjet-printing for the development of an aptamer-based biosensor for the detection of lysozyme, an important biomarker in various disease diagnosis. The strong affinity between the carbon nanotube (CNT) and the single-stranded DNA is exploited to immobilize the aptamers onto the working electrode by printing the ink containing the dispersion of CNT-aptamer complex...
January 15, 2018: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342439/review-of-ophthalmology-medical-professional-liability-claims-in-the-united-states-from-2006-through-2015
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Atalie C Thompson, P Divya Parikh, Eleonora M Lad
PURPOSE: To describe characteristics of closed medical professional liability (MPL) claims against ophthalmologists in the United States. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of MPL claims from 2006-2015. Data were obtained from the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA) Data Sharing Project (DSP). Comparison was made between ophthalmology and all healthcare specialties for physician demographics, prevalence and costs associated with closed claims, and resolution of claims...
January 13, 2018: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342417/a-study-of-the-cost-effectiveness-of-fenestrated-branched-evar-compared-with-open-surgery-for-patients-with-complex-aortic-aneurysms-at-2-years
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Morgane Michel, Jean-Pierre Becquemin, Jean Marzelle, Céline Quelen, Isabelle Durand-Zaleski
OBJECTIVES: The aim was to assess the cost-effectiveness of fenestrated and branched stent grafts (f/b EVAR) compared with open surgical repair (OSR) in thoraco-abdominal or complex abdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAA/AAA) at 2 years. METHODS: Two matched cohorts of patients with TAAA or complex AAA were compared after a follow-up of two years. Patients included in the WINDOW French multicentre prospective registry were treated by f/b EVAR, and OSR patients were extracted from the French national hospital discharge database...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341392/cannabis-use-is-associated-with-reduced-prevalence-of-progressive-stages-of-alcoholic-liver-disease
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Adeyinka Charles Adejumo, Tokunbo Opeyemi Ajayi, Oluwole Muyiwa Adegbala, Kelechi Lauretta Adejumo, Samson Alliu, Akintunde Micheal Akinjero, Nnaemeka Egbuna Onyeakusi, Ogooluwa Ojelabi, Terence Ndonyi Bukong
BACKGROUND: Abusive alcohol use has well-established health risks including causing liver disease (ALD) characterized by alcoholic steatosis (AS), steatohepatitis (AH), fibrosis, cirrhosis (AC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Strikingly, a significant number of individuals who abuse alcohol also use Cannabis, which has seen increased legalization globally. While cannabis has demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties, its combined use with alcohol and the development of liver disease remains unclear...
January 17, 2018: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340940/characterizing-potentially-preventable-admissions-a-mixed-methods-study-of-rates-associated-factors-outcomes-and-physician-decision-making
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Lisa M Daniels, Atsushi Sorita, Deanne T Kashiwagi, Masashi Okubo, Evan Small, Eric C Polley, Adam P Sawatsky
BACKGROUND: Potentially preventable admissions are a target for healthcare cost containment. OBJECTIVE: To identify rates of, characterize associations with, and explore physician decision-making around potentially preventable admissions. DESIGN: A comparative cohort study was used to determine rates of potentially preventable admissions and to identify associated factors and patient outcomes. A qualitative case study was used to explore physicians' clinical decision-making...
January 16, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
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