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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730757/psoriatic-arthritis-treatment-regimens-therapy-duration-and-reasons-for-cessation-in-the-biologics-era-a-multi-centre-australian-study
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Kathleen Tymms, Ayano Kelly, Paul Bird, Hedley Griffiths, Julien de Jager, Geoff Littlejohn, Sandra Louw, Lynden Roberts, Peter Youssef, Jane Zochling, Dave Nichols
AIM: To describe the treatment regimens, duration of therapy and reasons for disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) cessation in a large psoriatic arthritis (PsA) cohort. METHODS: A retrospective non-interventional multi-centre study using Audit4 electronic medical records, with de-identified, routinely collected clinical data from rheumatology practices in the OPAL consortium (Optimising Patient outcomes in Australian rheumatoLogy) during November 2015. Baseline characteristics, type and duration of conventional and biologic DMARDs (cDMARD and bDMARD, respectively), disease activity (Disease Activity Score of 28 joints C-reactive protein [DAS28-CRP]), and reasons for treatment cessation were recorded...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728560/patient-oriented-education-and-medication-management-intervention-for-people-with-decompensated-cirrhosis-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Kelly L Hayward, Jennifer H Martin, W Neil Cottrell, Antara Karmakar, Leigh U Horsfall, Preya J Patel, David D Smith, Katharine M Irvine, Elizabeth E Powell, Patricia C Valery
BACKGROUND: People with decompensated cirrhosis require complex medical care and are often prescribed an intricate and frequently changing medication and lifestyle regimen. However, many patients mismanage their medications or have poor comprehension of their disease and self-management tasks. This can lead to harm, hospitalization, and death. METHODS/DESIGN: A patient-oriented education and medication management intervention has been developed for implementation at a tertiary hospital hepatology outpatient center in Queensland, Australia...
July 20, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703092/pharmaceutical-benefits-advisory-committee-recommendations-in-australia
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Erika Turkstra, Emilie Bettington, Maria L Donohue, Merehau C Mervin
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine submissions made to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and assess whether the predicted financial impact was associated with a recommendation. The second objective was to assess whether the financial and utilization estimates for listing the proposed medicine were reliable. METHODS: Data were extracted from public summary documents of major submissions considered by the PBAC from 2012 to 2014. Information collected included whether submissions were accepted, rejected, or deferred; estimated use; and financial impact...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702089/diabetes-educator-role-boundaries-in-australia-a-documentary-analysis
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Olivia King, Susan Nancarrow, Sandra Grace, Alan Borthwick
BACKGROUND: Diabetes educators provide self-management education for people living with diabetes to promote optimal health and wellbeing. Their national association is the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), established in 1981. In Australia the diabetes educator workforce is a diverse, interdisciplinary entity, with nurses, podiatrists, dietitians and several other health professional groups recognised by ADEA as providers of diabetes education. Historically nurses have filled the diabetes educator role and anecdotally, nurses are perceived to have wider scope of practice when undertaking the diabetes educator role than the other professions eligible to practise diabetes education...
2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701117/antibiotics-for-acute-respiratory-infections-in-general-practice-comparison-of-prescribing-rates-with-guideline-recommendations
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Amanda R McCullough, Allan J Pollack, Malene Plejdrup Hansen, Paul P Glasziou, David Fm Looke, Helena C Britt, Christopher B Del Mar
OBJECTIVE: To compare the current rate of antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections (ARIs) in Australian general practice with the recommendations in the most widely consulted therapeutic guidelines in Australia (Therapeutic Guidelines). DESIGN AND SETTING: Comparison of general practice activity data for April 2010 - March 2015 (derived from Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health [BEACH] study) with estimated rates of prescribing recommended by Therapeutic Guidelines...
July 17, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680512/the-presenting-and-prescribing-patterns-of-migraine-in-an-australian-emergency-department-a-descriptive-exploratory-study
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Emily Shao, James Hughes, Rob Eley
BACKGROUND: Migraine is a common neurological condition that frequently presents to the emergency department (ED). Many medications are available to treat migraine. This study aims to characterize the demographics of patients who present to a large metropolitan ED with migraine, and to identify the medications used in treating this condition. METHODS: This study is a retrospective database interrogation of clinical records, used to collect quantitative data on patient demographics and medication prescriptions in the ED...
2017: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671945/are-scabies-and-impetigo-normalised-a-cross-sectional-comparative-study-of-hospitalised-children-in-northern-australia-assessing-clinical-recognition-and-treatment-of-skin-infections
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Daniel K Yeoh, Aleisha Anderson, Gavin Cleland, Asha C Bowen
BACKGROUND: Complications of scabies and impetigo such as glomerulonephritis and invasive bacterial infection in Australian Aboriginal children remain significant problems and the overall global burden of disease attributable to these skin infections remains high despite the availability of effective treatment. We hypothesised that one factor contributing to this high burden is that skin infection is under-recognised and hence under-treated, in settings where prevalence is high. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, cross-sectional study to assess the burden of scabies, impetigo, tinea and pediculosis in children admitted to two regional Australian hospitals from October 2015 to January 2016...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669145/junior-doctors-preparedness-to-prescribe-monitor-and-treat-patients-with-the-antibiotic-vancomycin-in-an-australian-teaching-hospital
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Cameron J Phillips, Ross A McKinnon, Richard J Woodman, David L Gordon
Purpose: We aimed to assess preparedness of junior doctors to use vancomycin, and determined association between education and provision of a pocket guideline on self-reported confidence and objective knowledge. Methods: This was a two component cross-sectional study. A sixty-minute educational session and provision of a pocket guideline were implemented. Preparedness was evaluated by self-reported confidence survey in early and late stages of each training year, and by continuing medical education (CME) knowledge scores...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667226/a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-pharmaceutical-industry-funded-events-for-health-professionals-in-australia
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Alice Fabbri, Quinn Grundy, Barbara Mintzes, Swestika Swandari, Ray Moynihan, Emily Walkom, Lisa A Bero
OBJECTIVES: To analyse patterns and characteristics of pharmaceutical industry sponsorship of events for Australian health professionals and to understand the implications of recent changes in transparency provisions that no longer require reporting of payments for food and beverages. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: 301 publicly available company transparency reports downloaded from the website of Medicines Australia, the pharmaceutical industry trade association, covering the period from October 2011 to September 2015...
June 30, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664893/preclinical-radiotherapy-at-the-australian-synchrotron-s-imaging-and-medical-beamline-instrumentation-dosimetry-and-a-small-animal-feasibility-study
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Jayde Livingstone, Jean François Adam, Jeffrey C Crosbie, Chris J Hall, Jessica E Lye, Jonathan McKinlay, Daniele Pelliccia, Frédéric Pouzoulet, Yolanda Prezado, Andrew W Stevenson, Daniel Häusermann
Therapeutic applications of synchrotron X-rays such as microbeam (MRT) and minibeam (MBRT) radiation therapy promise significant advantages over conventional clinical techniques for some diseases if successfully transferred to clinical practice. Preclinical studies show clear evidence that a number of normal tissues in animal models display a tolerance to much higher doses from MRT compared with conventional radiotherapy. However, a wide spread in the parameters studied makes it difficult to make any conclusions about the associated tumour control or normal tissue complication probabilities...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Synchrotron Radiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664628/medication-prescribed-by-australian-paediatricians-psychotropics-predominate
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Daryl Efron, Margie H Danchin, Noel E Cranswick, Alisha Gulenc, Stephen Hearps, Harriet Hiscock
AIM: The aims of this study were to examine: (i) medications prescribed by Australian general and community paediatricians, (ii) predictors of prescribing (child age, gender) and (iii) changes in medication prescription between 2008 and 2013. METHODS: Two patient-level practice national audits were conducted by the Australian Paediatric Research Network in 2008 and 2013. General and community paediatricians in outpatient clinics and private practices recorded demographic data, diagnoses and medications prescribed for all patients seen over a 2-week period...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660496/role-of-cost-on-failure-to-access-prescribed-pharmaceuticals-the-case-of-statins
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Ian McRae, Kees van Gool, Jane Hall, Laurann Yen
BACKGROUND: In Australia, as in many other Western countries, patient surveys suggest the costs of medicines lead to deferring or avoiding filling of prescriptions. The Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme provides approved prescription medicines at subsidised prices with relatively low patient co-payments. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme defines patient co-payment levels per script depending on whether patients are "concessional" (holding prescribed pension or other government concession cards) or "general", and whether they have reached a safety net defined by total out-of-pocket costs for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme-approved medicines...
June 28, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651509/drivers-of-choice-of-resuscitation-fluid-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-discrete-choice-experiment
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Colman B Taylor, Naomi E Hammond, Tracey-Lea Laba, Nicola Watts, Kelly Thompson, Manoj Saxena, Sharon Micallef, Simon Finfer, John Myburgh
OBJECTIVE: To understand the fundamental drivers, and their relative importance, of doctors' and nurses' choice of resuscitation fluid in critically ill patients in Australia and New Zealand. DESIGN: A discrete choice experiment (DCE) administered via an online survey. Respondents were presented with one of four randomly selected DCE choice sets, each including five patient scenarios. The respondent chose between two types of hypothetical resuscitation fluid. The fluid type was characterised by several attributes and each attribute had pre-specified levels...
June 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645960/efficacy-of-adding-a-physiotherapy-rehabilitation-programme-to-arthroscopic-management-of-femoroacetabular-impingement-syndrome-a-randomised-controlled-trial-fair
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Kim L Bennell, Libby Spiers, Amir Takla, John O'Donnell, Jessica Kasza, David J Hunter, Rana S Hinman
OBJECTIVES: Although several rehabilitation programmes following hip arthroscopy for femoracetabular impingement (FAI) syndrome have been described, there are no clinical trials evaluating whether formal physiotherapy-prescribed rehabilitation improves recovery compared with self-directed rehabilitation. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of adding a physiotherapist-prescribed rehabilitation programme to arthroscopic surgery for FAI syndrome. DESIGN: Randomised controlled trial...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645230/implementation-in-action-how-australian-exercise-physiologists-approach-exercise-prescription-for-people-with-mental-illness
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Robert Stanton, Simon Rosenbaum, Oscar Lederman, Brenda Happell
BACKGROUND: Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are trained to deliver exercise and physical activity interventions for people with chronic and complex health conditions including those with mental illness. However, their views on exercise for mental illness, their exercise prescription practices, and need for further training are unknown. AIMS: To examine the way in which Australian AEPs prescribe exercise for people with mental illness. METHODS: Eighty-one AEPs (33...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637576/antimicrobial-use-and-resistance-in-australia-aura-surveillance-system-coordinating-national-data-on-antimicrobial-use-and-resistance-for-australia
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John D Turnidge, Kathy T Meleady
Objective The aim of the present study was to describe the process of establishment and coordination of the national Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) surveillance system.Methods Existing surveillance programs conducted by health organisations at state or multi-jurisdictional levels were reviewed, and gaps and opportunities identified for the development of a national system. In view of the time frame available as part of the Australian Government Department of Health funding agreement, the strategy used by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care was to commence work with existing surveillance programs, expanding and enhancing them and developing new systems where gaps were identified...
June 22, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630629/the-cedar-study-a-longitudinal-study-of-the-clinical-effects-of-conventional-dmards-and-biologic-dmards-in-australian-rheumatology-practice
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Lynden Roberts, Kathleen Tymms, Julien de Jager, Geoffrey Littlejohn, Hedley Griffiths, Dave Nicholls, Paul Bird, Jennifer Young, Julie Hill, Jane Zochling
OBJECTIVES: To observe the choices of conventional disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (cDMARDs) and biologic DMARDs (bDMARDs) in the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Australian routine clinical practice, to assess treatment survival and determine the effect of cDMARDs/bDMARDs on disease activity. METHODS: Routinely collected, deidentified clinical data was sourced from 20 Australian rheumatology practices. RA patients aged ≥18 years, who had received cDMARDs/bDMARDs and a recorded subsequent visit, were included...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623627/clozapine-induced-gastrointestinal-hypomotility-a-22-year-bi-national-pharmacovigilance-study-of-serious-or-fatal-slow-gut-reactions-and-comparison-with-international-drug-safety-advice
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Susanna Every-Palmer, Pete M Ellis
INTRODUCTION: Clozapine is the preferred antipsychotic for treatment-resistant schizophrenia, but has significant adverse effects, including gastrointestinal hypomotility or 'slow gut', which may result in severe constipation, ileus, bowel obstruction, and even death. These gastrointestinal effects remain inadequately recognized. METHODS: We reviewed all reports of serious clozapine-induced gastrointestinal hypomotility (CIGH) submitted to the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration and New Zealand Pharmacovigilance Centre between 1992 and 2013...
June 16, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609599/assessment-and-management-of-asthma-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-in-australian-general-practice
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Helen K Reddel, Lisa Valenti, Kylie L Easton, Julie Gordon, Clare Bayram, Graeme C Miller
BACKGROUND: Dispensing data suggest potential issues with the quality use of medicines for airways disease. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article was to describe the management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in general practice, and investigate the appropriateness of prescribing. METHODS: The method used for this study consisted of a national cross‑sectional survey of 91 Australian general practitioners (GPs) participating in the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program...
June 2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608525/antimicrobials-used-for-surgical-prophylaxis-by-equine-veterinary-practitioners-in-australia
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L Y Hardefeldt, G F Browning, K Thursky, J R Gilkerson, H Billman-Jacobe, M A Stevenson, K E Bailey
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobials are widely used in Australian veterinary practices, but no investigation into the classes of antimicrobials used or the appropriateness of use in horses has been conducted. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to describe antimicrobial use for surgical prophylaxis in equine practice in Australia. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional questionnaire survey. METHODS: An online questionnaire was used to document antimicrobial usage patterns...
June 13, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
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