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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045009/trends-in-non-lactation-breast-abscesses-in-a-tertiary-hospital-setting
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Apoorva Saboo, Ian Bennett
BACKGROUND: The aim of this paper was to retrospectively review non-lactation breast abscesses treated in Princess Alexandra Hospital over a 10-year period and to illustrate the trends in size, risk factors, microbiological profile and management. METHODS: A computerized search of the medical records was undertaken to identify all adult patients with a diagnosis of breast abscesses during June 2005-June 2015. Patients concurrently breastfeeding were excluded. A retrospectively review of the clinical records was performed...
October 18, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042060/australian-general-practitioners-initiate-statin-therapy-primarily-on-the-basis-of-lipid-levels-new-zealand-general-practitioners-use-absolute-risk
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Chris Schilling, Josh Knight, Duncan Mortimer, Dennis Petrie, Philip Clarke, John Chalmers, Andrew Kerr, Rod Jackson
OBJECTIVES: To compare the determinants of initial statin prescribing between New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand has a system-wide absolute risk-based approach to primary care cardiovascular disease (CVD) management, while Australia has multiple guidelines. METHOD: Classification and Regression Tree (CART) analysis of two observational studies of primary care CVD management from New Zealand (PREDICT-CVD) and Australia (AusHeart). Over 80% of eligible New Zealanders have been screened for CVD risk...
October 10, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037461/sustained-improvement-in-vancomycin-dosing-and-monitoring-post-implementation-of-guidelines-results-of-a-three-year-follow-up-after-a-multifaceted-intervention-in-an-australian-teaching-hospital
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Cameron J Phillips, Ross A McKinnon, Richard J Woodman, David L Gordon
INTRODUCTION: Despite vancomycin being in use for over half-a-century, it is still not dosed or monitored appropriately in many centers around the world. The objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a multifaceted intervention to implement a vancomycin dosing and monitoring guideline across multiple medical and surgical units over time. METHODS: This was an observational before-and-after interventional cohort study. The pre-intervention period was August to December 2010-2011 and the post-intervention period was September to November 2012-2014...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024092/pharmaceutical-opioid-use-and-harm-in-australia-the-need-for-proactive-and-preventative-responses
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Briony Larance, Louisa Degenhardt, Amy Peacock, Natasa Gisev, Richard Mattick, Samantha Colledge, Gabrielle Campbell
There are parallels between the North American experience of escalating pharmaceutical opioid utilisation and harm and the trends being observed in Australia. In Australia, opioid utilisation has increased dramatically over the past two decades. There have been significant shifts away from the predominant prescribing of 'weak' and short-acting opioids, to 'strong' and long-acting opioids, for an increasing range of chronic pain indications. In concordance with escalating use, Australia is experiencing increases in opioid-related hospital admissions and overdose, as well as opioid dependence and treatment seeking...
October 12, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017473/australian-consumer-perspectives-attitudes-and-behaviours-on-antibiotic-use-and-antibiotic-resistance-a-qualitative-study-with-implications-for-public-health-policy-and-practice
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Elaine P M Lum, Katie Page, Lisa Nissen, Jenny Doust, Nicholas Graves
BACKGROUND: Consumers receive over 27 million antibiotic prescriptions annually in Australian primary healthcare. Hence, consumers are a key group to engage in the fight against antibiotic resistance. There is a paucity of research pertaining to consumers in the Australian healthcare environment. This study aimed to investigate the perspectives, attitudes and behaviours of Australian consumers on antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance, to inform national programs for reducing inappropriate antibiotic consumption...
October 10, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988804/the-experience-and-understanding-of-pain-management-in-recently-discharged-adult-trauma-patients-a-qualitative-study
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Helen Goldsmith, Andrea McCloughen, Kate Curtis
INTRODUCTION: Pain following injury is often intense, prolonged and debilitating. If poorly managed, this acute pain has the potential to delay rehabilitation and lead to chronic pain. Recent quantitative Australian research recommends implementing further information and interventions to improve trauma patient outcomes, however, to ensure effectiveness, exploration of the patient perspective is imperative to ensure the success of future pain management strategies. This study aimed to gain understanding about the experience of pain management using prescribed analgesic regimens of recently discharged adult trauma patients...
September 28, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969150/patient-demographic-and-clinician-factors-in-antibiotic-prescribing-for-upper-respiratory-tract-infections-in-the-australian-capital-territory-from-2006-2015
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Hannah Glenn, Justin Friedman, Alexander A Borecki, Camilla Bradshaw, Nicolas Grandjean-Thomsen, Harrison Pickup, Michelle Yue Yin, Catherine Jun, Mohamed E Abdel-Latif
INTRODUCTION: National antibiotic stewardship programs aim to mitigate rising antimicrobial resistance and associated healthcare costs by promoting safe and appropriate antibiotic prescribing. AIM: This study aimed to analyse patient and clinician demographic factors that may influence antibiotic prescribing for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTIs). Trends in antibiotic prescribing patterns were also analysed over the study period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective cross-sectional study analysed data from the Australian National University Medical School Clinical Audit Project database, comprising data collected by students during patient encounters over a two week period each April-May between 2006 and 2015 (excluding 2013)...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967286/an-audit-of-the-management-of-nicotine-withdrawal-in-an-australian-inpatient-unit-are-we-there-yet
#8
Reena Iyer, David Smith, Sharon Lawn
OBJECTIVES: This paper reports outcomes of a clinical audit of smoke-free policy implementation within an Australian inpatient psychiatric setting. It aimed to evaluate assessment of smoking status and subsequent management of nicotine withdrawal, and investigate any patient factors influencing these processes. METHODS: A total of 67 medical case notes were retrospectively analysed for inpatients admitted to psychiatric units of a general hospital in South Australia, from July to September 2015...
September 1, 2017: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963279/urine-and-serum-midkine-levels-in-an-australian-chronic-kidney-disease-clinic-population-an-observational-study
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Victoria K Campbell, Chris M Anstey, Ryan P Gately, Drew C Comeau, Carolyn J Clark, Euan P Noble, Kumar Mahadevan, Peter R Hollett, Andrea J Pollock, Sharron T Hall, Darren R Jones, Dominic Burg, Nicholas A Gray
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The cytokine midkine (MK) is pathologically implicated in progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its systemic consequences and has potential as both a biomarker and therapeutic target. To date, there are no published data on MK levels in patients with different stages of CKD. This study aims to quantify MK levels in patients with CKD and to identify any correlation with CKD stage, cause, progression, comorbid disease or prescribed medication. METHODS: In this observational, single-centre study, demographic data were collected, and serum and urine assayed from 197 patients with CKD and 19 healthy volunteers in an outpatient setting...
September 27, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961843/global-patterns-of-care-in-advanced-stage-mycosis-fungoides-sezary-syndrome-a-multicenter-retrospective-follow-up-study-from-the-cutaneous-lymphoma-international-consortium
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P Quaglino, M Maule, H M Prince, P Porcu, S Horwitz, M Duvic, R Talpur, M Vermeer, M Bagot, J Guitart, E Papadavid, J A Sanches, E Hodak, M Sugaya, E Berti, P Ortiz-Romero, N Pimpinelli, O Servitje, A Pileri, P L Zinzani, T Estrach, R Knobler, R Stadler, M T Fierro, S Alberti Violetti, I Amitay-Laish, C Antoniou, C Astrua, S Chaganti, F Child, A Combalia, S Fabbro, P Fava, V Grandi, C Jonak, E Martinez-Escala, M Kheterpal, E J Kim, C McCormack, T Miyagaki, D Miyashiro, S Morris, C Muniesa, V Nikolaou, G Ognibene, F Onida, S Osella-Abate, S Porkert, C Postigo-Llorente, C Ram-Wolff, S Ribero, K Rogers, M Sanlorenzo, R Stranzenbach, N Spaccarelli, A Stevens, D Zugna, A H Rook, L J Geskin, R Willemze, S Whittaker, R Hoppe, J Scarisbrick, Y Kim
Background: Advanced-stage mycosis fungoides (MF)/Sézary syndrome (SS) patients are weighted by an unfavorable prognosis and share an unmet clinical need of effective treatments. International guidelines are available detailing treatment options for the different stages but without recommending treatments in any particular order due to lack of comparative trials. The aims of this second CLIC study were to retrospectively analyze the pattern of care worldwide for advanced-stage MF/SS patients, the distribution of treatments according to geographical areas (USA versus non-USA), and whether the heterogeneity of approaches has potential impact on survival...
October 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954419/vetcompass-australia-a-national-big-data-collection-system-for-veterinary-science
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Paul McGreevy, Peter Thomson, Navneet K Dhand, David Raubenheimer, Sophie Masters, Caroline S Mansfield, Timothy Baldwin, Ricardo J Soares Magalhaes, Jacquie Rand, Peter Hill, Anne Peaston, James Gilkerson, Martin Combs, Shane Raidal, Peter Irwin, Peter Irons, Richard Squires, David Brodbelt, Jeremy Hammond
VetCompass Australia is veterinary medical records-based research coordinated with the global VetCompass endeavor to maximize its quality and effectiveness for Australian companion animals (cats, dogs, and horses). Bringing together all seven Australian veterinary schools, it is the first nationwide surveillance system collating clinical records on companion-animal diseases and treatments. VetCompass data service collects and aggregates real-time, clinical records for researchers to interrogate, delivering sustainable and cost-effective access to data from hundreds of veterinary practitioners nationwide...
September 26, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947832/human-modified-habitats-facilitate-forest-dwelling-populations-of-an-invasive-predator-vulpes-vulpes
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Bronwyn A Hradsky, Alan Robley, Ray Alexander, Euan G Ritchie, Alan York, Julian Di Stefano
Invasive and over-abundant predators pose a major threat to biodiversity and often benefit from human activities. Effective management requires understanding predator use of human-modified habitats (including resource subsidies and disturbed environments), and individual variation within populations. We investigated selection for human-modified habitats by invasive red foxes, Vulpes vulpes, within two predominantly forested Australian landscapes. We predicted that foxes would select for human-modified habitats in their range locations and fine-scale movements, but that selection would vary between individuals...
September 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939954/bleeding-related-admissions-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-receiving-antithrombotic-therapy-results-from-the-tasmanian-atrial-fibrillation-taf-study
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Endalkachew Admassie, Leanne Chalmers, Luke R Bereznicki
PURPOSE: Limited data are available from the Australian setting regarding bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) receiving antithrombotic therapy. We aimed to investigate the incidence of hospital admissions due to bleeding and factors associated with bleeding in patients with AF who received antithrombotic therapy. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted involving all patients with AF admitted to the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania, Australia, between January 2011 and July 2015...
September 22, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929323/what-type-and-dose-of-antidepressants-are-cancer-and-non-cancer-inpatients-being-prescribed-a-retrospective-case-control-study-at-an-australian-tertiary-hospital
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Saira Sanjida, Kelly Mulvogue, Joanne Shaw, Jeremy Couper, David Kissane, Sallie-Anne Pearson, Melanie A Price, Monika Janda
PURPOSE: Cancer patients are often prescribed antidepressants, but little data is available about whether the type and dose are similar to prescriptions to patients with other chronic diseases. This study compared the prescription practices of antidepressants to cancer and non-cancer inpatients at a major Australian tertiary hospital and assessed side effects and potential drug-drug interactions. METHODS: Inpatients diagnosed with cancer within the past 12 months and prescribed antidepressants were age and gender matched to inpatients with other chronic disease conditions...
September 19, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919832/seasonal-patterns-of-oral-antihistamine-and-intranasal-corticosteroid-purchases-from-australian-community-pharmacies-a-retrospective-observational-study
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A Simon Carney, David B Price, Pete K Smith, Richard Harvey, Vicky Kritikos, Sinthia Z Bosnic-Anticevich, Louise Christian, Derek A Skinner, Victoria Carter, Alice Ms Durieux
PURPOSE: To explore patterns in the purchase of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) oral antihistamines (OAHs) and intranasal corticosteroids (INCSs) by patients, from pharmacies in different geographical regions of Australia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective observational study using a database containing anonymous pharmacy transaction data from 20.0% of the pharmacies in Australia that link doctor prescriptions and OTC information. Pharmacy purchases of at least one prescription or OTC rhinitis treatment during 2013 and 2014 were assessed...
2017: Pragmatic and Observational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914073/problems-managed-and-medications-prescribed-during-encounters-with-people-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-australian-general-practice
#16
Rachael C Birch, Kitty-Rose Foley, Allan Pollack, Helena Britt, Nicholas Lennox, Julian N Trollor
Autism spectrum disorder is associated with high rates of co-occurring health conditions. While elevated prescription rates of psychotropic medications have been reported in the United Kingdom and the United States, there is a paucity of research investigating clinical and prescribing practices in Australia. This study describes the problems managed and medications prescribed by general practitioners in Australia during encounters where an autism spectrum disorder was recorded. Information was collected from 2000 to 2014 as part of the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health programme...
September 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913958/preoperative-nutritional-management-of-bariatric-patients-in-australia-the-current-practice-of-dietitians
#17
Ruth Bourne, Judith Tweedie, Fiona Pelly
AIM: The aim of this observational study was to investigate the reported practices of Australian dietitians managing bariatric surgery patients in the preoperative stage. METHODS: An online survey of dietitians providing nutritional care to bariatric patients was developed for the purpose of this investigation. The survey questions were guided by the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Perioperative Nutritional, Metabolic and Nonsurgical Support of the Bariatric Surgery Patient guidelines and current literature...
September 15, 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895247/the-prevalence-of-pain-and-analgesia-use-in-the-australian-population-findings-from-the-2011-to-2012-australian-national-health-survey
#18
April Miller, Kristy Sanderson, Raimondo Bruno, Monique Breslin, Amanda L Neil
BACKGROUND: Opioid analgesic use and associated adverse events have increased over the last 15 years, including in Australia. Whether this is associated with increased chronic pain prevalence in the Australian population is unknown. This study aimed to estimate (1) the prevalence of chronic pain and analgesia use in the Australian population by age and sex; (2) the severity of pain in the population with chronic pain by sex; and (3) the distribution of recent pain severity in those using analgesia by age and sex...
September 12, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895169/we-have-had-a-gutful-the-need-for-deprescribing-proton-pump-inhibitors
#19
M Naunton, G M Peterson, L S Deeks, H Young, S Kosari
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) prescribing may often be inappropriate and expose patients to a risk of adverse effects, while incurring unnecessary healthcare expenditure. Our objective was to determine PPI usage in Australia since 2002 and review international studies investigating inappropriate PPI prescribing, including those that discussed interventions to address this issue. METHODS: Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) data were analysed...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886264/lack-of-asthma-and-rhinitis-control-in-general-practitioner-managed-patients-prescribed-fixed-dose-combination-therapy-in-australia
#20
Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich, Vicky Kritikos, Victoria Carter, Kwok Yin Yan, Carol Armour, Dermot Ryan, David Price
OBJECTIVES: The first aim of the study (i) assess the current asthma status of general-practitioner-managed patients receiving regular fixed-dose combination inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting beta2 agonist (FDC ICS/LABA) therapy and (ii) explore patients' perceptions of asthma control and attitudes/behaviors regarding preventer inhaler use. METHODS: A cross-sectional observational study of Australian adults with a current physician diagnosis of asthma receiving ≥2 prescriptions of FDC ICS/LABA therapy in the previous year, who were recruited through general practice to receive a structured in-depth asthma review between May 2012 and January 2014...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
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