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Joshua D Wallach, Patrick G Sullivan, John F Trepanowski, Ewout W Steyerberg, John P A Ioannidis
OBJECTIVE:  To evaluate the frequency, validity, and relevance of statistically significant (P<0.05) sex-treatment interactions in randomized controlled trials in Cochrane meta-analyses. DESIGN:  Meta-epidemiological study. DATA SOURCES:  Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) and PubMed. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR STUDY SELECTION:  Reviews published in the CDSR with sex-treatment subgroup analyses in the forest plots, using data from randomized controlled trials...
November 24, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Cecilia Lau, Venkata Kolli
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to understand and appraise app use by medical students during their clerkships. METHODS: Following Creighton University IRB approval, a voluntary and anonymous paper-based, 15-question survey was distributed to third-year medical students. Data were analyzed using Microsoft Excel. RESULTS: Of 112 medical students available, 76.7% (86) participated in the survey. All participants owned a smartphone or tablet with 84...
November 23, 2016: Academic Psychiatry
Lauren A Maggio, Laura L Moorhead, John M Willinsky
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the nature of physicians' use of research evidence in experimental conditions of open access to inform training and policy. DESIGN: This qualitative study was a component of a larger mixed-methods initiative that provided 336 physicians with relatively complete access to research literature via PubMed and UpToDate, for 1 year via an online portal, with their usage recorded in web logs. Using a semistructured interview protocol, a subset of 38 physician participants were interviewed about their use of research articles in general and were probed about their reasons for accessing specific articles as identified through their web logs...
November 21, 2016: BMJ Open
Rita Banzi, Marien González-Lorenzo, Koren Hyogene Kwag, Stefanos Bonovas, Lorenzo Moja
Evidence-based healthcare requires the integration of the best research evidence with clinical expertise and patients' values. International publishers are developing evidence-based information services and resources designed to overcome the difficulties in retrieving, assessing and updating medical information as well as to facilitate a rapid access to valid clinical knowledge. Point-of-care information summaries are defined as web-based medical compendia that are specifically designed to deliver pre-digested, rapidly accessible, comprehensive, and periodically updated information to health care providers...
November 2016: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Paweł Paśko, Tomasz Rodacki, Renata Domagała-Rodacka, Danuta Owczarek
Background Overactive bladder syndrome is a condition where one or more of the symptoms such as pollakiuria, urgent need to urinate, nocturia and urinary incontinence is observed. Its prevalence ranges between 7 and 27 % in men and 9-43 % in women. The role of a pharmacist is to educate the patient on medications administration scheme, and drug interactions with particular food or food components. Aim of the review To assess a potential impact of food and fruit juice on the pharmacokinetic and therapeutic effects of medications used in treating overactive bladder syndrome...
December 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Emily Johnson, Vamsi K Emani, Jinma Ren
BACKGROUND: With advances in mobile technology, accessibility of clinical resources at the point of care has increased. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this research was to identify if six selected mobile point-of-care tools meet the needs of clinicians in internal medicine. Point-of-care tools were evaluated for breadth of coverage, ease of use, and quality. METHODS: Six point-of-care tools were evaluated utilizing four different devices (two smartphones and two tablets)...
October 12, 2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
G Ordaz-Jurado, A Budía-Alba, P Bahilo-Mateu, J D López-Acón, M Trassierra-Villa, F Boronat-Tormo
OBJECTIVE: Double J ureteral stents are frequently used to allow free diuresis from the kidney to the bladder, but their presence has a major impact on patient's quality of life (QoL). Our aim is to describe such impact, and to describe possible solutions that can alleviate the symptoms associated with their use. METHODS: Systematic search in bibliographic sources including Cochrane library, UpToDate, Pubmed, Tripdatabase, selecting publications between 2000- 2015, and also the EAU European guidelines (2016)...
October 2016: Archivos Españoles de Urología
Antonella Gallo, Giovanna Passaro, Antonio Gasbarrini, Raffaele Landolfi, Massimo Montalto
Alterations of intestinal microflora may significantly contribute to the pathogenesis of different inflammatory and autoimmune disorders. There is emerging interest on the role of selective modulation of microflora in inducing benefits in inflammatory intestinal disorders, by as probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, antibiotics, and fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). To summarize recent evidences on microflora modulation in main intestinal inflammatory disorders, PubMed was searched using terms microbiota, intestinal flora, probiotics, prebiotics, fecal transplantation...
August 28, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Soudabeh Khodambashi, Heidi Gilstad, Øystein Nytrø
Publishing clinical guidelines (GLs) on the web increases their accessibility. However, evaluating their usability and understanding how users interact with the websites has been neglected. In this study we used Tobii eye-tracker to analyse users' interaction with five commercial and public GL sites popular in Norway (four in Norwegian and one English of US origin (UpToDate)). We measured number of clicks and usage rate for search functions, task completion time, users' objective and perception of task success rate...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Francesco Orio, Giovanna Muscogiuri, Cinar Nese, Stefano Palomba, Silvia Savastano, Domenico Tafuri, Giorgio Colarieti, Giovanbattista La Sala, Annamaria Colao, Bulent O Yildiz
BACKGROUND: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in reproductive aged women and is characterized by two of the following three features: oligoovulation or anovulation, clinical and/or biochemical signs of hyperandrogenism, or polycystic ovaries. SUMMARY: It has been demonstrated that PCOS includes a complex number of systemic symptoms in addition to symptoms related to the reproductive apparatus. It has been associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease...
August 12, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Stephen John Walters, Cindy Stern, Suzanne Robertson-Malt
BACKGROUND: There is a growing call by consumers and governments for healthcare to adopt systems and approaches to care to improve patient safety. Collaboration within healthcare settings is an important factor for improving systems of care. By using validated measurement instruments a standardized approach to assessing collaboration is possible, otherwise it is only an assumption that collaboration is occurring in any healthcare setting. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to evaluate and compare measurement properties of instruments that measure collaboration within healthcare settings, specifically those which have been psychometrically tested and validated...
April 2016: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
N Martínez-Velilla, L Cadore, Á Casas-Herrero, F Idoate-Saralegui, M Izquierdo
BACKGROUND: To critically review the effect of interventions incorporating exercise and early rehabilitation (physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physical activity) in the functional outcomes (i.e., active daily living tests, such as Barthel Index Scores, Timed-up-and go, mobility tests), and feasibility in hospitalized elderly medical patients. DESIGN: Systematic review of the literature. METHODS: A literature search was conducted using the following databases and medical resources from 1966 to January 2014: PubMed (Medline), PEDro, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Google Scholar, ClinicalTrials...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Witold Górski, Wojciech J Piotrowski
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease of unknown etiology. Most commonly it results in the formation of non-caseating granulomas in intrathoracic lymph nodes and lung parenchyma, but the clinical course and picture may be complicated by extrapulmonary involvement and many non-respiratory signs and symptoms which are directly related to the disease. In addition, sarcoidosis patients may suffer from a plethora of symptoms of uncertain or unknown origin. Fatigue is one of these symptoms, and according to some authors it is reported by the majority of patients with active sarcoidosis, but also by a smaller proportion of patients with inactive sarcoidosis, or even with complete clinical and radiological remission...
2016: Pneumonologia i Alergologia Polska
Eline H Schreuders, Esmée J Grobbee, Ernst J Kuipers, Manon C W Spaander, Sander J O Veldhuyzen van Zanten
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The efficacy of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is dependent on participation and subsequent adherence to surveillance. The internet is increasingly used for health information and important to support decision-making. We evaluated the accuracy, quality, and readability of online information on CRC screening and surveillance. METHODS: A Website Accuracy Score and Polyp Score were developed, which award points for various aspects of CRC screening and surveillance...
July 9, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Peter Hutten-Czapski
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2016: Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine
Anna R Thorner, Bin Cao, Terrence Jiang, Amy J Warner, Peter A Bonis
Background.  UpToDate is an online clinical decision support resource that is used extensively by clinicians around the world. Digital surveillance techniques have shown promise to aid with the detection and monitoring of infectious disease outbreaks. We sought to determine whether UpToDate searches for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) could be used to detect and monitor MERS outbreaks in Saudi Arabia. Methods.  We analyzed daily searches related to MERS in Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia during 3 outbreaks in these cities in 2014 and 2015 and compared them with reported cases during the same periods...
January 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
James A Onate, Joshua S Everhart, Daniel R Clifton, Thomas M Best, James R Borchers, Ajit M W Chaudhari
OBJECTIVE: A stated goal of the preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) is to reduce musculoskeletal injury, yet the musculoskeletal portion of the PPE is reportedly of questionable use in assessing lower extremity injury risk in high school-aged athletes. The objectives of this study are: (1) identify clinical assessment tools demonstrated to effectively determine lower extremity injury risk in a prospective setting, and (2) critically assess the methodological quality of prospective lower extremity risk assessment studies that use these tools...
November 2016: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
Anja C Roden, Eunhee S Yi
CONTEXT: Pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (PLCH) is a rare histiocytic disorder that almost exclusively affects the lungs of smokers. PLCH is characterized by bronchiolocentric nodules and/or cysts in an upper and mid lung distribution with sparing of the costophrenic angles. The diagnosis can be challenging and often requires transbronchial biopsy or surgical lung biopsy. Pulmonary hypertension is a relatively common and sometimes severe complication of PLCH. The pathogenesis of PLCH is still debated...
March 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Anne Siri Johnsen, Sabina Fattah, Stephen J M Sollid, Marius Rehn
OBJECTIVE: This systematic review identifies, describes and appraises the literature describing the utilisation of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the early medical response to major incidents. SETTING: Early prehospital phase of a major incident. DESIGN: Systematic literature review performed according to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, the Web of Science, PsycINFO, Scopus, Cinahl, Bibsys Ask, Norart, Svemed and UpToDate were searched using phrases that combined HEMS and 'major incidents' to identify when and how HEMS was utilised...
2016: BMJ Open
Dinara Saparova, Nathanial S Nolan
OBJECTIVES: Current US medical students have begun to rely on electronic information repositories-such as UpToDate, AccessMedicine, and Wikipedia-for their pre-clerkship medical education. However, it is unclear whether these resources are appropriate for this level of learning due to factors involving information quality, level of evidence, and the requisite knowledgebase. This study evaluated appropriateness of electronic information resources from a novel perspective: amount of mental effort learners invest in interactions with these resources and effects of the experienced mental effort on learning...
January 2016: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
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