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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627110/patient-preferences-for-healthcare-delivery-through-community-pharmacy-settings-in-the-usa-a-discrete-choice-study
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M Feehan, M Walsh, J Godin, D Sundwall, M A Munger
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: In order to improve public health, it is necessary to facilitate patients' easy access to affordable high-quality primary health care, and one enhanced approach to do so may be to provide primary healthcare services in the community pharmacy setting. Discrete choice experiments to evaluate patient demand for services in pharmacy are relatively limited and have been hampered by a focus on only a few service alternatives, most focusing on changes in more traditional pharmacy services...
June 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612044/health-care-merged-with-senior-housing-description-and-evaluation-of-a-successful-program
#2
Theresa Teta Barry
Objective: This article describes and evaluates a successful partnership between a large health care organization and housing for seniors. The program provides on-site, primary care visits by a physician and a nurse in addition to intensive social services to residents in an affordable senior housing apartment building located in Pennsylvania. Per Donabedian's "Structure-Process-Outcome" model, the program demonstrated positive health care outcomes for its participants via a prescribed structure. To provide guidance for replication in similar settings, we qualitatively evaluated the processes by which successful outcomes were obtained...
January 2017: Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608018/surgical-human-resources-according-to-types-of-health-care-facility-an-assessment-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Shirwa Sheik Ali, Zahra Jaffry, Meena N Cherian, Teena Kunjumen, Annette M Nkwowane, Andrew J M Leather, Hernan Montenegro Von Muhlenbrock, Edward Kelley, James Campbell
BACKGROUND: A robust health care system providing safe surgical care to a population can only be achieved in conjunction with access to competent surgical personnel. It has been reported that 5 billion people do not have access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed. This study aims to fill the existing gap in evidence by quantifying shortfalls in trained personnel delivering safe surgical and anaesthetic care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) according to the type of health care facility...
June 12, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600490/treating-tobacco-dependence-guidance-for-primary-care-on-life-saving-interventions-position-statement-of-the-ipcrg
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O C P Van Schayck, S Williams, V Barchilon, N Baxter, M Jawad, P A Katsaounou, B J Kirenga, C Panaitescu, K W I G Tsiligianni, N Zwar, A Ostrem
Tobacco smoking is the world's leading cause of premature death and disability. Global targets to reduce premature deaths by 25% by 2025 will require a substantial increase in the number of smokers making a quit attempt, and a significant improvement in the success rates of those attempts in low, middle and high income countries. In many countries the only place where the majority of smokers can access support to quit is primary care. There is strong evidence of cost-effective interventions in primary care yet many opportunities to put these into practice are missed...
June 9, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588156/clinical-presentation-of-adult-pulmonary-tuberculosis-ptb-a-study-of-103-cases-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital
#5
T K Barman, S Roy, M A Hossain, G R Bhuiyan, S Abedin
Tuberculosis, one of the oldest diseases known to affect humans, is a major cause of death worldwide. The disease, which is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, usually affects the lungs, although other organs are involved in up to one-third of causes. If properly treated, tuberculosis caused by drug-susceptible strains is curable in virtually all cases. If untreated, the disease may be fatal within five years in 50-65% of cases. Transmission usually takes place through the airborne spread of droplet nuclei produced by patients with infectious pulmonary tuberculosis...
April 2017: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578605/mortality-differences-between-traditional-medicare-and-medicare-advantage-a-risk-adjusted-assessment-using-claims-data
#6
Roy A Beveridge, Sean M Mendes, Arial Caplan, Teresa L Rogstad, Vanessa Olson, Meredith C Williams, Jacquelyn M McRae, Stefan Vargas
Medicare Advantage (MA) has grown rapidly since the Affordable Care Act; nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries now choose MA. An assessment of the comparative value of the 2 options is confounded by an apparent selection bias favoring MA, as reflected in mortality differences. Previous assessments have been hampered by lack of access to claims diagnosis data for the MA population. An indirect comparison of mortality as an outcome variable was conducted by modeling mortality on a traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare data set, applying the model to an MA data set, and then evaluating the ratio of actual-to-predicted mortality in the MA data set...
January 1, 2017: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556509/regulating-the-for-profit-private-healthcare-providers-towards-universal-health-coverage-a-qualitative-study-of-legal-and-organizational-framework-in-mongolia
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Uranchimeg Tsevelvaanchig, Indermohan S Narula, Hebe Gouda, Peter S Hill
BACKGROUND: Regulating the behavior of private providers in the context of mixed health systems has become increasingly important and challenging in many developing countries moving towards universal health coverage including Mongolia. This study examines the current regulatory architecture for private healthcare in Mongolia exploring its role for improving accessibility, affordability, and quality of private care and identifies gaps in policy design and implementation. METHODS: Qualitative research methods were used including documentary review, analysis, and in-depth interviews with 45 representatives of key actors involved in and affected by regulations in Mongolia's mixed health system, along with long-term participant observation...
May 29, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537961/the-affordable-care-act-and-cancer-care-delivery
#8
Gabriel A Brooks, J Russell Hoverman, Carrie H Colla
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has reformed US health care delivery through insurance coverage expansion, experiments in payment design, and funding for patient-centered clinical and health care delivery research. The impact on cancer care specifically has been far reaching, with new ACA-related programs that encourage coordinated, patient-centered, cost-effective care. Insurance expansions through private exchanges and Medicaid, along with preexisting condition clauses, have helped more than 20 million Americans gain health care coverage...
May 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536093/development-of-trust-in-an-online-breast-cancer-forum-a-qualitative-study
#9
Melanie Lovatt, Peter A Bath, Julie Ellis
BACKGROUND: Online health forums provide peer support for a range of medical conditions including life-threatening and terminal illnesses. Trust is an important component of peer-to-peer support, although relatively little is known about how trust forms within online health forums. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to examine how trust develops and influences sharing among users of an online breast cancer forum. METHODS: An interpretive qualitative approach was adopted...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534313/class-based-chronicities-of-suffering-and-seeking-help-comparing-addiction-treatment-programs-in-uganda
#10
Julia Vorhölter
Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this article looks at changing discourses and practices in the field of mental health care in Uganda. In particular, it analyzes two psychotherapeutic institutions designed to treat drug- and alcohol-addiction, and their accessibility and affordability for people from different class backgrounds. The first center is a high-class residential facility near Kampala which offers state-of-the-art addiction therapy, but is affordable only for the rich. The second center, a church-funded organization in Northern Uganda, cares mainly for people from poor, rural families who cannot afford exp/tensive treatment...
May 22, 2017: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529137/medicaid-participation-among-liver-transplant-candidates-after-the-affordable-care-act-medicaid-expansion
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Dmitry Tumin, Eliza W Beal, Khalid Mumtaz, Don Hayes, Joseph D Tobias, Timothy M Pawlik, W Kenneth Washburn, Sylvester M Black
BACKGROUND: The 2014 Medicaid expansion in participating states increased insurance coverage among people with chronic health conditions, but its implications for access to surgical care remain unclear. We investigated how Medicaid expansion influenced the insurance status of candidates for liver transplantation (LT) and transplant center payor mix. STUDY DESIGN: Data on LT candidates age 18-64 years in 2012-2013 (pre-expansion) and 2014-2015 (post-expansion) were obtained from the United Network for Organ Sharing registry...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528171/accountable-care-organizations-and-the-use-of-cancer-screening
#12
Christian P Meyer, Anna Krasnova, Jesse D Sammon, Stuart R Lipsitz, Joel S Weissman, Maxine Sun, Quoc-Dien Trinh
Cancer preventive services, when used appropriately, result in improved health, better quality of life and decreased costs. For these reasons, cancer preventive services represent important priorities within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among the many provisions to improve access to preventive services the ACA introduced Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as trajectory to deliver coordinated, high-quality care. In order to evaluate this benchmark, we analyzed (in 2016/Boston) screening prevalence of breast cancer, a recommended screening test according to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and prostate cancer, for which screening is no longer recommended by the USPSTF, among traditional Medicare beneficiaries and those enrolled in ACOs...
May 18, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527534/austerity-and-the-sector-wide-approach-to-health-the-mozambique-experience
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James Pfeiffer, Sarah Gimbel, Baltazar Chilundo, Stephen Gloyd, Rachel Chapman, Kenneth Sherr
Fiscal austerity policies imposed by the IMF have reduced investments in social services, leaving post-independence nations like Mozambique struggling to recover from civil war and high disease burden. By 2000, a sector-wide approach (SWAp) was promoted to maximize aid effectiveness. 'Like-minded' bilateral donors, from Europe and Canada, promoted a unified approach to health sector support focusing on joint planning, common basket funding, and streamlined monitoring and evaluation to improve sector coordination, amplify country ownership, and build sustainable health systems...
May 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495348/development-of-a-tripolar-model-of-technology-acceptance-hospital-based-physicians-perspective-on-ehr
#14
Mher Beglaryan, Varduhi Petrosyan, Edward Bunker
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In health care, information technologies (IT) hold a promise to harness an ever-increasing flow of health related information and bring significant benefits including improved quality of care, efficiency, and cost containment. One of the main tools for collecting and utilizing health data is the Electronic Health Record (EHR). EHRs implementation can face numerous barriers to acceptance including attitudes and perceptions of potential users, required effort attributed to their implementation and usage, and resistance to change...
June 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494776/aggregated-n-of-1-trials-for-unlicensed-medicines-for-small-populations-an-assessment-of-a-trial-with-ephedrine-for-myasthenia-gravis
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Stephanie S Weinreich, Charlotte Vrinten, Marja R Kuijpers, Alexander F Lipka, Kirsten J M Schimmel, Erik W van Zwet, Christine Gispen-de Wied, Yechiel A Hekster, Jan J G M Verschuuren, Martina C Cornel
BACKGROUND: Inexpensive medicines with a long history of use may currently be prescribed off-label for rare indications. Reimbursement is at the discretion of health insurance companies, and may be unpredictable. The example addressed was ephedrine as add-on treatment for myasthenia gravis. Stakeholders from academia, a patient organization, the Dutch National Health Care Institute (NHCI) and Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB) advised on the trial design. The NHCI and MEB agreed to provide scientific advice on the suitability of the evidence generated by the trial, for regulatory decisions...
May 12, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457939/the-medical-home-at-50-are-children-with-medical-complexity-the-key-to-proving-its-value
#16
REVIEW
Carlos F Lerner, Thomas S Klitzner
The medical home has been widely promoted as a model of primary care with the potential to transform the healthcare delivery system. Although this model was initially focused on children with chronic conditions, the American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed a generalization of the model, promoting the statement "Every child deserves a medical home." Recently, other major professional and governmental organizations have embraced this more inclusive vision, and the medical home concept has been promoted in provisions of the Affordable Care Act...
April 27, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448328/hospice-or-community-network-choices-in-end-of-life-care-in-jamaica
#17
Roger Lee Mendoza
AIM: Now considered a subspecialty of medicine and nursing, palliative care is a critical aspect of healthcare at the end of life. National and international healthcare agencies typically attribute its slow or haphazard growth in developing countries to various resource constraints. However, this study provides evidence of the substantial and widening gap between policy advocacy and patient choices in end-of-life care. It does so by establishing the incentives and risks that underlie decision-making by patients and providers against the relative scarcity of palliative care and hospices in these countries...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429989/personalized-medicine-what-are-the-challenges-for-health-services
#18
Walter Ricciardi
Genetics and genomics, together with other biomedical sciences and digital technologies, have a vital role to play in transforming health services to become systems that can work for health in the 21st century in ways that are affordable and that respond to individuals' requirement for more autonomy. Health services should embrace this agenda and implement changes in the organization of care.
January 1, 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426520/nursing-practice-research-and-education-in-the-west-the-best-is-yet-to-come
#19
Heather M Young, Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Linda Sarna
PURPOSE: This paper celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Western Institute of Nursing, the nursing organization representing 13 states in the Western United States, and envisions a preferred future for nursing practice, research, and education. BACKGROUND: Three landmark calls to action contribute to transforming nursing and healthcare: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010; the Institute of Medicine report Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health; and the report Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing...
May 2017: Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419126/availability-and-affordability-of-antimalarial-and-antibiotic-medicines-in-malawi
#20
MULTICENTER STUDY
Felix Khuluza, Lutz Heide
BACKGROUND: Availability and affordability of medicines are key determinants of universal health coverage, yet achieving them presents a major challenge especially in low-income countries. We here present an analysis of availability and prices of antimalarial and antibiotic medicines in public, faith-based and private health facilities in Malawi. Medicines are provided free of charge in the public health care system of Malawi. In contrast, facilities of the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) usually charge their patients for medicines, as do private for-profit facilities...
2017: PloS One
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