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Biemba Maliti, Patience Mbozi
Cancer care is increasingly complicated worldwide by its management with concurrent acute and chronic illness states. In low- and middle-income countries, including those in sub-Saharan Africa, this results in lower overall survival rates and a higher burden of cancer deaths. A case study is presented to highlight the challenges patients with cancer in Zambia-many of whom are also positive for HIV or AIDS-face in relationship to access to care and comanagement of disease states.
April 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Elisabeth Pordes, John Gordon, Lee M Sanders, Eyal Cohen
Children with medical complexity (CMC) are a subset of children and youth with special health care needs with high resource use and health care costs. Novel care delivery models in which care coordination and other services to CMC are provided are a focus of national and local health care and policy initiatives. Current models of care for CMC can be grouped into 3 main categories: (1) primary care-centered models, (2) consultative- or comanagement-centered models, and (3) episode-based models. Each model has unique advantages and disadvantages...
March 2018: Pediatrics
Carolyn Allshouse, Meg Comeau, Rylin Rodgers, Nora Wells
This article, written by a group of experienced parents of children with medical complexity (CMC), provides an overview of the demands of managing care from their unique perspective. The article articulates why attention to understanding the challenges that families of CMC face with a fragmented health care system, inadequate health insurance coverage, deficits in the delivery of medical care, and problems accessing other critical services (as well as lack of support for children and adolescents in developing and exercising self-management skills) are vital to efforts to improve the current system and positively impact the life course of vulnerable populations...
March 2018: Pediatrics
Amy H Cheung, Rachel A Zuckerbrot, Peter S Jensen, Danielle Laraque, Ruth E K Stein
OBJECTIVES: To update clinical practice guidelines to assist primary care (PC) in the screening and assessment of depression. In this second part of the updated guidelines, we address treatment and ongoing management of adolescent depression in the PC setting. METHODS: By using a combination of evidence- and consensus-based methodologies, the guidelines were updated in 2 phases as informed by (1) current scientific evidence (published and unpublished) and (2) revision and iteration among the steering committee, including youth and families with lived experience...
February 26, 2018: Pediatrics
Jessica H Hannick, William Adams, Jasmin Sandhu, Stephanie Kliethermes, Daniel J Mazur, Joshua J Meeks, Sabine Sobek, Christopher L Coogan, Aliyah Sadaf, Marcus L Quek, Elizabeth Schulwolf
Background/Aims: The morbidity of radical cystectomy remains high. A multidisciplinary approach utilizing hospitalist comanagement may improve outcomes. It is unclear what factors should be considered to determine which patients might benefit from this approach. We sought to determine if there are differences between the perceived need for co-management between urologists and hospitalists. Preoperative variables were analyzed to determine which factors might be associated with need for comanagement...
November 2017: Current Urology
Amanda Velazquez, Caroline M Apovian
Obesity is a chronic, relapsing disease that necessitates a multidisciplinary approach to management. Behavioral changes are the foundation to management, but adjunctive therapy is often warranted, including pharmacologic therapies and/or bariatric surgery. Until recently, treatment options included only short-term therapy (≤12 weeks), and paths beyond that schedule were challenging, as knowledge of the biology of obesity was lacking. With increased recognition of obesity as a chronic, complex medical disease, newer agents have been approved as long-term therapy, and the cornerstone of treatment is chronic behavior and lifestyle change...
January 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Kahli Zietlow, Shelley R McDonald, Richard Sloane, Jeffrey Browndyke, Sandhya Lagoo-Deenadayalan, Mitchell T Heflin
OBJECTIVES: To compare postoperative outcomes of individuals with and without cognitive impairment enrolled in the Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health (POSH) program at Duke University, a comanagement model involving surgery, anesthesia, and geriatrics. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of individuals enrolled in a quality improvement program. SETTING: Tertiary academic center. PARTICIPANTS: Older adults undergoing surgery and referred to POSH (N = 157)...
January 13, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Brittany A Davidson, Haley A Moss, Arif H Kamal
The vast majority of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer present with advanced-stage disease with a five-year survival rate less than 50%. Studies have shown that in the past, gynecologic oncologists were not routinely collaborating with palliative care physicians resulting in goals of care planning often not occurring until the last 30 days before death. In recent years, professional societies have been increasingly more vocal about the importance of incorporating palliative care early in a patient's disease course...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Mariano Sanz, Antonio Ceriello, Martin Buysschaert, Iain Chapple, Ryan T Demmer, Filippo Graziani, David Herrera, Søren Jepsen, Luca Lione, Phoebus Madianos, Manu Mathur, Eduard Montanya, Lior Shapira, Maurizio Tonetti, Daniel Vegh
BACKGROUND: Diabetes and periodontitis are chronic non-communicable diseases independently associated with mortality and have a bidirectional relationship. AIMS: To update the evidence for their epidemiological and mechanistic associations and re-examine the impact of effective periodontal therapy upon metabolic control (glycated haemoglobin, HbA1C). EPIDEMIOLOGY: There is strong evidence that people with periodontitis have elevated risk for dysglycaemia and insulin resistance...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
Mohamed A A Yousef, Darius Dranginis, Scott Rosenfeld
BACKGROUND: Children with neuromuscular disorders have a significant chance of developing scoliosis and/or hip dislocation during childhood and adolescence and often undergo surgical reconstruction. Because of their high rate of medical comorbidities, these patients are at higher risk of postoperative complications and are therefore often comanaged, along with orthopaedics, by pediatric medicine and critical care teams. Fever during the postoperative stay is a frequent occurrence and often prompts extensive diagnostic workup which increases the cost and burden on the health system but have unclear effects on the care of the patient...
February 2018: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Ashley E Neal, Elizabeth Lehto, Karen Hughes Miller, Craig Ziegler, Erin Davis
OBJECTIVE: Although pediatrician-reported relevance of Canadian cardiology-specific objectives has been studied, similar data are not available for the 2016 American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) cardiology-specific objectives. This study asked Kentucky trainees, pediatricians, and pediatric cardiologists to identify "most important" content within these objectives. DESIGN, METHODS, OUTCOME MEASURES: This cross-sectional study used an original, online survey instrument based on the 2016 ABP cardiology-specific objectives...
January 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
Steven A Farmer, Paul N Casale, Linda D Gillam, John S Rumsfeld, Shari Erickson, Neil M Kirschner, Kevin de Regnier, Bruce R Williams, R Shawn Martin, Mark B McClellan
Importance: The US health care system faces an unsustainable trajectory of high costs and inconsistent outcomes. The fee-for-service payment model has contributed to inefficiency, and new payment methods are a promising approach to improving value. Health reforms are needed to increase patient access, reduce costs, and improve health care quality, and the landmark Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act presents a roadmap for reform. The product of a collaboration between primary care and cardiology clinicians, this review describes a conceptual approach to delivery and payment reforms that aim to better support primary care-cardiology comanagement of chronic cardiovascular disease (CVD)...
November 22, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
Xiu-Min Li
The prevalence of food allergy is increasing. Food allergy can be life threatening and there is no approved treatment available. Allergen avoidance and rescue medication remain the sole management tools. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is common in the United States. However, research into safety and efficacy for food allergy is limited. Continued scientific research into food allergy herbal formula 2 (FAHF-2), refined methods of formulation, purified compounds, and other modalities are needed...
February 2018: Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America
Richard L Rabin, Arnold R Rabin, Amy D Zhang, Edward N Burney, Douglas J Rhee
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review discusses the options available to be used in conjunction with phacoemulsification cataract surgery to control intraocular pressure. We present a strategy for planning which surgery should be performed based on goals of care. RECENT FINDINGS: New clinical evidence for using the CyPass, Kahook and Xen45 devices has been published recently and is summarized. SUMMARY: Cataract and glaucoma frequently exist together...
January 2018: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
James M Healy, Kimberly A Davis, Kevin Y Pei
Importance: Anticipating postsurgical complications is a vital physician skill, particularly when counseling surgically complex patients on their risks of intervention. Although internists and surgeons both counsel patients on surgical risks, it is uncertain who is better equipped to accurately anticipate surgical complications. Objective: To examine how internal medicine and general surgery trainees compare in their assessment of risk of surgically complex patients...
October 11, 2017: JAMA Surgery
Owoicho Adogwa, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Victoria D Vuong, Jessica Moreno, Joseph Cheng, Isaac O Karikari, Carlos A Bagley
OBJECTIVE Geriatric patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery have unique needs due to the physiological changes of aging. They are at risk for adverse outcomes such as delirium, infection, and iatrogenic complications, and these complications, in turn, contribute to the risk of functional decline, nursing home admission, and death. Whether preoperative and perioperative comanagement by a geriatrician reduces the incidence of in-hospital complications and length of in-hospital stay after elective lumbar spine surgery remains unknown...
December 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Katherine M O'Connor, David G Zipes, Joshua K Schaffzin, Rebecca Rosenberg
Surgical comanagement is an increasingly common practice in pediatric hospital medicine. Information about the structure and financing of such care is limited. The aim of the researchers for this study was to investigate pediatric hospitalist surgical comanagement models and to assess pediatric hospitalist familiarity with and patterns of billing for surgical patients. We conducted a cross-sectional cohort web-based survey of pediatric hospitalists using the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on Hospital Medicine listserv...
September 7, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
Hung-Jui Tan, Mark S Litwin, Karim Chamie, Debra Saliba, Jim C Hu
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the extent to which geriatric and related healthcare services are provided to older adults undergoing surgery for kidney cancer, a potential growth area in geriatrics and oncology. DESIGN: Population-based observational study. SETTING: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results cancer data linked with Medicare claims. PARTICIPANTS: Adults aged 65 and older with kidney cancer treated surgically from 2000 to 2009 (N = 19,129)...
October 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Al Alam, James Rachal, Veronica Theresa Tucci, Nidal Moukaddam
Patients who present to the emergency department (ED) with mental illness or behavioral complaints merit workup for underlying physical conditions that can trigger, mimic, or worsen psychiatric symptoms. However, there are wide variations in quality of care for these individuals. Psychiatry and emergency medicine specialty guidelines support a tailored, customized approach to patients. Our group has long advocated a dynamic comanagement approach for medical clearance in the ED, and this article summarizes best-practice approaches to the medical clearance of patients with psychiatric illness, tips on history taking, system reviews, clinical/physical examination, and common pitfalls in the medical clearance process...
September 2017: Psychiatric Clinics of North America
David S Estores, Ku-Lang Chang
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EE) is an allergic disorder of the esophagus. This diagnosis requires the presence of specific symptoms and a significantly elevated number of eosinophils in the esophageal lining as determined by endoscopic biopsies. Symptoms tend to be nonspecific among patients younger than 15 years. Among adults, dysphagia is the most common symptom. Comanagement with a gastroenterology subspecialist is essential, particularly for EE patients with a stricture. EE is commonly misdiagnosed as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)...
July 2017: FP Essentials
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