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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528421/end-of-life-care-for-glioblastoma-patients-at-a-large-academic-cancer-center
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Kamini E Kuchinad, Roy Strowd, Anne Evans, W Anthony Riley, Thomas J Smith
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a universally fatal disease, complicated by significant cognitive and physical disabilities, inherent to the disease course. The purpose of this study was to retrospectively analyze end-of-life care for GBM patients at an academic center and compare utilization of these services to national quality of care guidelines, with the goal of identifying opportunities to improve end-of-life care. Single center retrospective cohort study of GBM patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) between 2009 and 2014, using electronic medical records and hospice records...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528388/fertility-sparing-for-young-patients-with-gynecologic-cancer-how-mri-can-guide-patient-selection-prior-to-conservative-management
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REVIEW
Sinead H McEvoy, Stephanie Nougaret, Nadeem R Abu-Rustum, Hebert Alberto Vargas, Elizabeth A Sadowski, Christine O Menias, Fuki Shitano, Shinya Fujii, Ramon E Sosa, Joanna G Escalon, Evis Sala, Yulia Lakhman
Historically, cancer treatment has emphasized measures for the "cure" regardless of the long-term consequences. Advances in cancer detection and treatment have resulted in improved outcomes bringing to the fore various quality of life considerations including future fertility. For many young cancer patients, fertility preservation is now an integral component of clinical decision-making and treatment design. Optimal fertility-sparing options for young patients with gynecologic cancer are influenced by patient age, primary cancer, treatment regimens, and patient preferences...
May 20, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528371/assessment-of-the-psychometric-properties-of-the-eq-5d-3l-and-eq-5d-5l-instruments-in-psoriasis
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John Yfantopoulos, Athanasios Chantzaras, Stathis Kontodimas
The aim of this study was to assess the psychometric properties of the five-level (EQ-5D-5L) in comparison with the standard three-level (EQ-5D-3L) classification systems of the EQ-5D in a sample of psoriatic patients. Psoriatic subjects (n = 396) recruited from 16 private practicing centers from various areas of Greece self-completed the two EQ-5D versions and the Dermatology Life Quality Index, while information was also collected on socio-demographics, clinical characteristics and comorbidities. The EQ-5D-5L and EQ-5D-3L were evaluated in terms of agreement, feasibility, ceiling effects, redistribution properties, inconsistency, informativity, and convergent and known-groups validity...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528171/accountable-care-organizations-and-the-use-of-cancer-screening
#4
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 17, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528125/pre-registration-nursing-student-s-quality-of-practice-learning-clinical-learning-environment-inventory-actual-questionnaire
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Eleanor Shivers, Felicity Hasson, Paul Slater
BACKGROUND: Clinical learning is a vital component of nurse education and assessing student's experiences can provide useful insights for development. Whilst most research in this area has focused on the acute setting little attention has been given to all pre-registration nurses' experience across the clinical placements arenas. OBJECTIVES: To examine of pre-registration nursing students (first, second and third year) assessment of their actual experiences of their most recent clinical learning clinical learning experience...
May 11, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528091/antiproliferative-activity-of-ontario-grown-onions-against-colorectal-adenocarcinoma-cells
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Abdulmonem I Murayyan, Cynthya M Manohar, Gordon Hayward, Suresh Neethirajan
Cancer is the leading cause of mortality in Canada and other industrialized nations; the development of new/improved cancer therapies is desperately needed and continues to be a major focus of cancer research. Flavonoids, which are found in high levels in onions, have been shown to exert antiproliferative and potentially anti-cancer activities. To test their therapeutic potential, we assessed the antiproliferative, cytotoxic, apoptosis-inducing, and anti-migratory activities of five onion varieties grown in Ontario against human adenocarcinoma (Caco-2) cells...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528017/-identification-of-sentinel-events-in-primary-care
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G Olivera Cañadas, A Cañada Dorado, M Drake Canela, B Fernández-Martínez, G Ordóñez León, M Cimas Ballesteros
OBJECTIVE: To identify and describe a list of sentinel events (SEs) for Primary Care (PC). METHODODOLOGY: A structured experts' consensus was obtained by using two online questionnaires. The participants were selected because of their expertise in PC and patient safety. The first questionnaire assessed the suitability of the hospital SEs established in the National Quality Forum 2006 for use in PC via responses of "yes", "no", or "yes but with modification". In the latter case, a re-wording of the SE was requested...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Calidad Asistencial: Organo de la Sociedad Española de Calidad Asistencial
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527930/outcomes-of-open-and-endovascular-lower-extremity-revascularization-in-active-smokers-with-advanced-peripheral-arterial-disease
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Samuel L Chen, Matthew D Whealon, Nii-Kabu Kabutey, Isabella J Kuo, Michael D Sgroi, Roy M Fujitani
OBJECTIVE: Concern over perioperative and long-term durability of lower extremity revascularizations among active smokers is a frequent deterrent for vascular surgeons to perform elective lower extremity revascularization. In this study, we examined perioperative outcomes of lower extremity endovascular (LEE) revascularization and open lower extremity bypass (LEB) in active smokers with intermittent claudication (IC) and critical limb ischemia (CLI). METHODS: Active smokers undergoing LEE or LEB from 2011 to 2014 were identified in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) targeted vascular data set...
June 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527678/patient-reported-quality-of-life-after-endovascular-repair-of-thoracoabdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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Andrew J Meltzer, Peter H Connolly, Sharif Ellozy, Darren B Schneider
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess patient-reported physical and emotional well-being during follow-up after endovascular repair of TAAA. METHODS: All patients were treated in the context of a physician-sponsored investigational device exemption clinical study for patients at high risk for open TAAA repair. The SF-36 instrument was administered preoperatively, and at 1, 6, and 12 months. Results were analyzed using paired t-tests, with sub-group comparisons to assess impact of adverse events and technical results on quality of life...
May 17, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527657/clinical-outcomes-and-cost-effectiveness-of-brief-guided-parent-delivered-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-and-solution-focused-brief-therapy-for-treatment-of-childhood-anxiety-disorders-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Cathy Creswell, Mara Violato, Hannah Fairbanks, Elizabeth White, Monika Parkinson, Gemma Abitabile, Alessandro Leidi, Peter J Cooper
BACKGROUND: Half of all lifetime anxiety disorders emerge before age 12 years; however, access to evidence-based psychological therapies for affected children is poor. We aimed to compare the clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness of two brief psychological treatments for children with anxiety referred to routine child mental health settings. We hypothesised that brief guided parent-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) would be associated with better clinical outcomes than solution-focused brief therapy and would be cost-effective...
May 17, 2017: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527635/shared-decision-making-in-preventive-care-in-switzerland-from-theory-to-action
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Kevin Selby, Reto Auer, Jacques Cornuz
Switzerland with its decentralized, liberal health system and its tradition of direct democracy may be an ideal place for shared decision making (SDM) to take root organically, rather than using top-down regulations seen in other countries. There are now multiple directives and programmes in place to encourage SDM, with the creation of several decision aids and specific training programs in the five Swiss medical schools. There has been an emphasis on preventive care, with the integration of patient preference into an organized colorectal cancer screening program, clear recommendations for prostate cancer screening, and inroads into the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease...
May 17, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527621/physical-activity-patterns-and-associations-with-health-related-quality-of-life-in-bladder-cancer-survivors
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Ajay Gopalakrishna, Thomas A Longo, Joseph J Fantony, Michael R Harrison, Brant A Inman
INTRODUCTION: Physical activity has been shown to significantly improve health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and survivorship in a variety of patients with cancer . However, little is known about the physical activity patterns of bladder cancer survivors and how these are related to HRQOL in the United States. Our objective was to describe self-reported physical activity patterns and HRQOL and examine the association between these measures in a large cohort of bladder cancer survivors...
May 17, 2017: Urologic Oncology
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/28527523/advances-in-radiation-oncology-what-to-consider
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REVIEW
John V Hegde, Allen M Chen, Robert K Chin
Treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck is rapidly evolving due to changing patient populations, an emphasis on quality of life-related outcomes, and advances in radiotherapy concepts and techniques to meet these new demands. This review includes recent and ongoing studies that are potentially practice changing, including improvements in intensity-modulated radiotherapy planning, the use of deintensified regimens in the human papilloma virus-related setting, and adjuvant therapy after transoral robotic surgery...
May 17, 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527516/a-feasible-economical-and-accurate-analytical-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-six-alkaloid-markers-in-aconiti-lateralis-radix-praeparata-from-different-manufacturing-sources-and-processing-ways
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Yi-Bei Zhang, Juan DA, Jing-Xian Zhang, Shang-Rong Li, Xin Chen, Hua-Li Long, Qiu-Rong Wang, Lu-Ying Cai, Shuai Yao, Jin-Jun Hou, Wan-Ying Wu, De-An Guo
Aconiti Lateralis Radix Praeparata (Fuzi) is a commonly used traditional Chinese medicine in clinic for its potency in restoring yang and rescuing from collapse. Aconiti alkaloids, mainly including monoester-diterpenoidaconitines (MDAs) and diester-diterpenoidaconitines (DDAs), are considered to act as both bioactive and toxic constituents. In the present study, a feasible, economical, and accurate HPLC method for simultaneous determination of six alkaloid markers using the Single Standard for Determination of Multi-Components (SSDMC) method was developed and fully validated...
April 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527515/optimization-of-critical-medium-components-for-enhancing-antibacterial-thiopeptide-nocathiacin-i-production-with-significantly-improved-quality
#16
Mao-Yu Yang, Jia-Wei Zhang, Xu-Ri Wu, Yi-Jun Chen
Nocathiacin I, a glycosylated thiopeptide antibiotic, displays excellent antibacterial activities against multidrug resistant bacterial pathogens. Previously, a novel nocathiacin I formulation for intravenous administration has been successfully developed and its aqueous solubility is greatly enhanced for clinical application. The purpose of the present study was to increase the fermentation titer of nocathiacin I and reduce or eliminate analogous impurities by screening the medium ingredients using response surface methodology...
April 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527506/technology-enabled-population-health-management-two-communities-use-of-an-electronic-care-alert-system
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REVIEW
Todd Rowland, Jill Nielsen-Farrell, Kathy Church, Barbara Riddell
Population health management is an approach to improve the health outcomes of a specific group of people, such as frequent users of the emergency department or those at high-risk for hospital admissions. When combined with quality improvement strategies, the targeted application of health information exchange and health information technology (health IT) can swiftly move health care systems and providers from basic to advanced population health management. One such tool is an electronic alert system (alert system), which informs a provider or site about a patient's visit to the emergency department or hospital admission on a daily basis...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527504/telehealth-in-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Adam S Tenforde, Jaye E Hefner, Jodi E Kodish-Wachs, Mary A Iaccarino, Sabrina Paganoni
Telehealth refers to health care interactions that leverage telecommunication devices to provide medical care outside the traditional face-to-face, in-person medical encounter. Technology advances and research have expanded use of telehealth in health care delivery. Physical medicine and rehabilitation providers may use telehealth to deliver care to populations with neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions, commonly treated in both acute care and outpatient settings. Patients with impaired mobility and those living in locations with reduced access to care may particularly benefit...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527503/have-electronic-health-records-improved-the-quality-of-patient-care
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EDITORIAL
Louis Krenn, David Schlossman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527502/selection-and-implementation-of-an-electronic-health-record
#20
REVIEW
Grant S Fletcher, Thomas H Payne
Electronic health records (EHRs) are now the standard of practice in most communities, because of transition to reimbursement that increasingly focuses on risk sharing and quality measurement, and government EHR incentive programs. The selection and implementation of an EHR is one of the most important decisions a practice faces. Organizing the search for an EHR that fits a practice, negotiating a contract, planning and successfully implementing an EHR are best accomplished with a well-informed, strong, multidisciplinary team using project management techniques...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
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