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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437823/-medicolegal-assessment-of-psychic-sequelae-after-minor-traumatic-events
#1
Bernhard Widder
The majority of medicolegal assessments in claimed psychic sequelae after accidents concerns minor traumatic events. In this case, the focus is on three questions: Was the event appropriate to cause a traumatic disturbance according to current psychiatric classification systems (especially current DSM-5)? Which psychical or physical initial injury can be proven beyond reasonable doubt ("full proof") according to German law? What is the impact of personality characteristics and competing life events in the development and maintenance of the mental disorder? Causality between mental disorders and minor traumatic events is to be confirmed especially in the case of persistent physical accident sequelae, but attention has to be paid to the differences in the various legal requirements...
April 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437600/how-are-behavioral-theories-used-in-interventions-to-promote-physical-activity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-systematic-review
#2
Ingrid Demmelmaier, Maura D Iversen
OBJECTIVES: To identify the use of behavioral theories (BTs) in physical activity (PA) interventions in populations with RA. METHODS: This review includes articles published in English between 01-01-1980 and 08-12-2015 in MEDLINE, Cochrane and CINAHL identified by a strategic literature search. Included studies were: published in international peer-reviewed journals; mentioned "theory", evaluated a PA intervention for adults with RA; and had ≥ 1 PA variable as the outcome...
April 24, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437321/medical-expenditures-associated-with-diabetes-among-youth-with-medicaid-coverage
#3
Sundar S Shrestha, Ping Zhang, Theodore J Thompson, Edward W Gregg, Ann Albright, Giuseppina Imperatore
BACKGROUND: Information on diabetes-related excess medical expenditures for youth is important to understand the magnitude of financial burden and to plan the health care resources needed for managing diabetes. However, diabetes-related excess medical expenditures for youth covered by Medicaid program have not been investigated recently. OBJECTIVE: To estimate excess diabetes-related medical expenditures among youth aged below 20 years enrolled in Medicaid programs in the United States...
April 21, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437320/development-of-a-claims-based-frailty-indicator-anchored-to-a-well-established-frailty-phenotype
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Jodi B Segal, Hsien-Yen Chang, Yu Du, Jeremy D Walston, Michelle C Carlson, Ravi Varadhan
BACKGROUND: Fried and colleagues described a frailty phenotype measured in the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS). This phenotype is manifest when ≥3 of the following are present: low grip strength, low energy, slowed waking speed, low physical activity, or unintentional weight loss. We sought to approximate frailty phenotype using only administrative claims data to enable frailty to be assessed without physical performance measures. STUDY DESIGN: We used the CHS cohort data linked to participants Medicare claims...
April 21, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437319/quality-of-antiepileptic-treatment-among-older-medicare-beneficiaries-with-epilepsy-a-retrospective-claims-data-analysis
#5
Maria Pisu, Joshua Richman, Kendra Piper, Roy Martin, Ellen Funkhouser, Chen Dai, Lucia Juarez, Jerzy P Szaflarski, Edward Faught
BACKGROUND: Enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs (EI-AEDs) are not recommended for older adults with epilepsy. Quality Indicator for Epilepsy Treatment 9 (QUIET-9) states that new patients should not receive EI-AEDs as first line of treatment. In light of reported racial/ethnic disparities in epilepsy care, we investigated EI-AED use and QUIET-9 concordance across major racial/ethnic groups of Medicare beneficiaries. RESEARCH DESIGN: Retrospective analyses of 2008-2010 Medicare claims for a 5% random sample of beneficiaries 67 years old and above in 2009 augmented for minority representation...
April 21, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437195/home-health-chains-and-practice-patterns-evidence-of-2008-medicare-reimbursement-revision
#6
Sean Shenghsiu Huang, Hyunjee Kim
Home health agencies (HHAs) are known to exploit the Medicare reimbursement schedule by targeting a specific number of therapy visits. These targeting behaviors cause unnecessary medical spending. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that during fiscal year 2015, Medicare made more than $10 billion in improper payments to HHAs. Better understanding of heterogeneous gaming behaviors among HHAs can inform policy makers to more effectively oversee the home health care industry. This article aims to study how home health chains adjust and adopt new targeting behaviors as compared to independent agencies under the new reimbursement schedule...
February 23, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437161/randomized-phase-iii-trial-of-trastuzumab-plus-capecitabine-with-or-without-pertuzumab-in-patients-with-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer-who-experienced-disease-progression-during-or-after-trastuzumab-based-therapy
#7
Ander Urruticoechea, Mohammed Rizwanullah, Seock-Ah Im, Antonio Carlos Sánchez Ruiz, István Láng, Gianluca Tomasello, Hannah Douthwaite, Tanja Badovinac Crnjevic, Sarah Heeson, Jennifer Eng-Wong, Montserrat Muñoz
Purpose To assess the efficacy and safety of trastuzumab plus capecitabine with or without pertuzumab in patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive metastatic breast cancer who experienced disease progression during or after trastuzumab-based therapy and received a prior taxane. Patients and Methods Patients were randomly assigned to arm A: trastuzumab 8 mg/kg → 6 mg/kg once every 3 weeks plus capecitabine 1,250 mg/m(2) twice a day (2 weeks on, 1 week off, every 3 weeks); or arm B: pertuzumab 840 mg → 420 mg once every 3 weeks plus trastuzumab at the same dose and schedule as arm A plus capecitabine 1,000 mg/m(2) on the same schedule as arm A...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437031/patient-reported-outcome-pro-questionnaires-for-men-who-have-radical-surgery-for-prostate-cancer-a-conceptual-review-of-existing-instruments
#8
REVIEW
Evangelia Protopapa, Jan van der Meulen, Caroline M Moore, Sarah C Smith
OBJECTIVES: To critically review conceptual frameworks for available patient reported outcome (PRO) questionnaires in men having radical prostatectomy; psychometrically evaluate each questionnaire; identify whether each is appropriate for use at the level of the individual patient. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched PubMed, the Reports and Publications database of the University of Oxford Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Group and the website of the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) for psychometric reviews of prostate cancer specific PRO questionnaires...
April 24, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436575/the-influence-of-first-hand-testimony-and-hearsay-on-children-s-belief-in-the-improbable
#9
Jonathan D Lane, Samuel Ronfard, Diana El-Sherif
Children (3.5-8.5 years; n = 105) heard claims about the occurrence of improbable or impossible events, then were asked whether the events could really happen. Some claims were based on informants' first-hand observations and others were hearsay. A baseline group (n = 56) reported their beliefs about these events without hearing testimony. Neither first-hand claims nor hearsay influenced beliefs about impossible events, which remained low across the age range. Hearsay (but not first-hand claims) did influence beliefs about improbable events...
April 24, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436336/cardiovascular-screening-of-young-athletes-a-review-of-economic-evaluations
#10
Sophie Gerkens, Hans Van Brabandt, Anja Desomer, Christian Leonard, Mattias Neyt
OBJECTIVES: Some experts have promoted preparticipative cardiovascular screening programs for young athletes and have claimed that such programs were cost-effective without performing a critical analysis of studies supporting this statement. In this systematic review, a critical assessment of economic evaluations on these programs is performed to determine if they really provide value for money. METHODS: A systematic review of economic evaluations was performed on December 24, 2014...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436256/clinical-and-economic-impact-of-hyperkalemia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-heart-failure
#11
Michael Polson, Todd C Lord, Anne Kangethe, Lindsay Speicher, Carolyn Farnum, Melanie Brenner, Nina Oestreicher, Paula Alvarez
BACKGROUND: Hyperkalemia (HK) is a concern for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and heart failure (HF), and for those receiving treatments that inhibit the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAASi). An analysis of 1.7 million medical records of patients in the United States revealed that among individuals with more than 2 potassium values during 2007 to 2012, HK was detected in 34.6% of patients with CKD and 30.0% of patients with HF. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of HK and use of RAASi therapies at optimal and suboptimal doses in patients with CKD and/or HF with health care resource utilization and overall cost of care in a diverse cohort of commercially insured patients...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435035/the-expanding-role-of-advanced-practice-providers-in-urologic-procedural-care
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Joshua P Langston, Richard Duszak, Venetia L Orcutt, Heather Schultz, Brad Hornberger, Lawrence C Jenkins, Jennifer Hemingway, Danny R Hughes, Raj S Pruthi, Matthew E Nielsen
OBJECTIVE: To understand the role of Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) in urologic procedural care, and its change over time. As the population ages and the urologic workforce struggles to meet patient access demands, the role of APPs in the provision of all aspects of urologic care is increasing. However, little is currently known about their role in procedural care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Commonly performed urologic procedures were linked to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes from 1994 to 2012...
April 20, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434919/a-review-of-dtca-techniques-appraising-their-success-and-potential-impact-on-medication-users
#13
REVIEW
Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar, Ashna Medina Siraj, Louise Curley
BACKGROUND: Direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) has been present in some countries for nearly two decades. Its success and ramifications have been examined but not yet cataloged recently in a comprehensive manner. OBJECTIVE: To review existing literature studies on the topic of DTCA techniques to provide an analysis of the current methods considered by drug marketers to enhance the effect of pharmaceutical product promotion and its success, as well as examine ramifications on the drug use process...
April 12, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434855/health-care-use-before-a-first-demyelinating-event-suggestive-of-a-multiple-sclerosis-prodrome-a-matched-cohort-study
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José M A Wijnands, Elaine Kingwell, Feng Zhu, Yinshan Zhao, Tanja Högg, Karen Stadnyk, Okechukwu Ekuma, Xinya Lu, Charity Evans, John D Fisk, Ruth Ann Marrie, Helen Tremlett
BACKGROUND: Degenerative processes in neurodegenerative diseases can start years before clinical manifestation. We aimed to establish whether a multiple sclerosis prodromal period exists by examining patterns of health-care use before a first demyelinating event. METHODS: In this matched cohort study, we used data from linked health administrative and clinical databases from four Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia) to compare hospital, physician, and prescription use data from people with multiple sclerosis and matched general population controls in the 5 years before the first demyelinating disease claim (health administrative index date) or clinically reported symptom onset (clinical index date)...
April 20, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434807/claimed-effects-outcome-variables-and-methods-of-measurement-for-health-claims-proposed-under-european-community-regulation-1924-2006-in-the-framework-of-protection-against-oxidative-damage-and-cardiovascular-health
#15
REVIEW
D Martini, S Rossi, B Biasini, I Zavaroni, G Bedogni, M Musci, C Pruneti, G Passeri, M Ventura, S Di Nuzzo, D Galli, P Mirandola, M Vitale, A Dei Cas, R C Bonadonna, D Del Rio
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The high number of negative opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to the requests for authorization of health claims is largely due to the design of human intervention studies, including the inappropriate choice of outcome variables (OVs) and of their methods of measurement (MMs). The present manuscript reports the results of an investigation aimed to collect, collate and critically analyse the information in relation to claimed effects, OVs and MMs, in the context of protection against oxidative damage and cardiovascular health compliant with Regulation 1924/2006...
February 13, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434723/labeling-strategies-to-overcome-the-problem-of-niche-markets-for-sustainable-milk-products-the-example-of-pasture-raised-milk
#16
S Kühl, B Gassler, A Spiller
Pasture-raised milk is gaining in importance in some European countries and in the United States. The production of pasture-raised milk is linked to higher costs, as the milk is normally collected and processed separately from conventional barn milk. This could hinder the production of sustainable milk products. We discuss alternative labeling strategies that allow the mixing of pasture-raised (sustainable) and conventional milk to reduce costs and break free from the current niche market. The lower price would allow for more pasture-raised milk to be produced and enter the mainstream market...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434458/relationship-between-state-malpractice-environment-and-quality-of-health-care-in-the-united-states
#17
Karl Y Bilimoria, Jeanette W Chung, Christina A Minami, Min-Woong Sohn, Emily S Pavey, Jane L Holl, Michelle M Mello
BACKGROUND: One major intent of the medical malpractice system in the United States is to deter negligent care and to create incentives for delivering high-quality health care. A study was conducted to assess whether state-level measures of malpractice risk were associated with hospital quality and patient safety. METHODS: In an observational study of short-term, acute-care general hospitals in the United States that publicly reported in the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Hospital Compare in 2011, hierarchical regression models were used to estimate associations between state-specific malpractice environment measures (rates of paid claims, average Medicare Malpractice Geographic Practice Cost Index [MGPCI], absence of tort reform laws, and a composite measure) and measures of hospital quality (processes of care, imaging utilization, 30-day mortality and readmission, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Indicators, and patient experience from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems [HCAHPS])...
May 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433815/patterns-and-predictors-of-persistent-opioid-use-following-hip-or-knee-arthroplasty
#18
Seoyoung C Kim, Niteesh Choudhry, Jessica M Franklin, Katsiaryna Bykov, Matthias Eikermann, Joyce Lii, Michael A Fischer, Brian T Bateman
OBJECTIVE: The relationship between arthroplasty and long-term opioid use in patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis is not well studied. We examined the prevalence, patterns and predictors of persistent opioid use after hip or knee arthroplasty. METHOD: Using claims data (2004-2013) from a U.S. commercial health plan, we identified adults who underwent hip or knee arthroplasty and filled ≥1 opioid prescription within 30 days after the surgery. We defined persistent opioid users as patients who filled ≥1 opioid prescription every month during the 1-year postoperative period based on group-based trajectory models...
April 19, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433347/phonological-and-semantic-processing-during-comprehension-in-wernicke-s-aphasia-an-n400-and-phonological-mapping-negativity-study
#19
Holly Robson, Emma Pilkington, Louise Evans, Vincent Deluca, James L Keidel
Comprehension impairments in Wernicke's aphasia are thought to result from a combination of impaired phonological and semantic processes. However, the relationship between these cognitive processes and language comprehension has only been inferred through offline neuropsychological tasks. This study used ERPs to investigate phonological and semantic processing during online single word comprehension. EEG was recorded in a group of Wernicke's aphasia n=8 and control participants n=10 while performing a word-picture verification task...
April 19, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432756/high-rate-of-systemic-corticosteroid-prescription-among-outpatient-visits-for-psoriasis-a-population-based-epidemiological-study-using-the-korean-national-health-insurance-database
#20
Sang Jun Eun, Sihyeok Jang, Jin Yong Lee, Young Kyung Do, Seong Jin Jo
The use of systemic corticosteroids (SC) for the treatment of psoriasis is not recommended according to textbooks and guidelines. In clinical practise, however, many physicians frequently prescribe SC for patients with psoriasis. To determine the magnitude of SC prescription for outpatients with psoriasis in Korea and identify factors associated with the use of SC, we used the 2010-2014 nationwide claims data of the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service of Korea. In frequency analysis for the full scale of prescribed SC, oral methylprednisolone was the most frequently prescribed SC, followed by dexamethasone and betamethasone injections...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
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