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The White Book (WB) of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) in Europe is produced by the 4 European PRM Bodies (European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine - EARM, European Society of PRM - ESPRM, European Union of Medical Specialists - PRM Section, European College of PRM-ECPRM served by the European Union of Medical Specialists-PRM Board) and constitutes the reference book for PRM physicians in Europe. It has now reached its third edition; the first was published in 1989 and the second in 2006/2007...
April 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Yin-Chi Cheng, Chin-Chou Huang, Wei-Sheng Chen, De-Feng Huang, Shiow-Ching Shun, Shao-Yu Tsai
BACKGROUND: Sleep disturbances and hypertension are common health issues in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Limited information is available regarding the objective sleep quality and the variation of diurnal blood pressure (BP) in patients with SLE. Moreover, the relationship between sleep patterns and diurnal BP variation in SLE patients is not clear. PURPOSE: To explore the subjective/objective sleep patterns and the diurnal BP variation in women with SLE, to identify the factors associated with diurnal BP variation, and to identify the predictors of this variation...
April 2018: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
Steven R Lane, Holly Miller, Elizabeth Ames, Lawrence Garber, David C Kibbe, Joseph H Schneider, Christoph U Lehmann
BACKGROUND: Secure clinical messaging and document exchange utilizing the Direct Protocol (Direct interoperability) has been widely implemented in health information technology (HIT) applications including electronic health records (EHRs) and by health care providers and organizations in the United States. While Direct interoperability has allowed clinicians and institutions to satisfy regulatory requirements and has facilitated communication and electronic data exchange as patients transition across care environments, feature and function enhancements to HIT implementations of the Direct Protocol are required to optimize the use of this technology...
January 2018: Applied Clinical Informatics
Ripdaman Singh, Fergal O'Hagan
Purpose During return to work (RTW), communication between health care providers and employers largely takes place through standardize paper-based forms. Information technology (IT) platforms may provide advantages in enabling information exchange and decision-making through sharing of guidelines and resources. We investigated stakeholder perspectives on the prospect of IT use for RTW communication in Ontario, Canada. Methods Consistent with the exploratory nature of the questions, qualitative methods were used...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Swathi Eluri, Raymond K Cross, Christopher Martin, Kevin P Weinfurt, Kathryn E Flynn, Millie D Long, Wenli Chen, Kristen Anton, Robert S Sandler, Michael D Kappelman
BACKGROUND: Aspects of sexual health, which can be adversely affected by chronic disease, have been inadequately explored in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). AIMS: We evaluated patient-reported interest in sexual activity and satisfaction with sex life in a large cohort of IBD patients. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study within the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Partners Internet cohort. Sequential participants completed a 6-question supplemental online survey to examine sexual interest and satisfaction using the Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System® (PROMIS® ) Sexual Function and Satisfaction measures...
March 21, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Jung Yeon Park, Hyo Jeong Ahn, Ba Raem Yoo, Kyu Ri Hwang, Taek Sang Lee, Hye Won Jeon, Sun Min Kim, Byoung Jae Kim
Objective: This study was conducted to determine the effectiveness and safety of medical treatment with sublingual misoprostol (MS) in the 1st trimester miscarriage under the approval by Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA) for off-label usage by the single medical center in Korea. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was performed in one institution between April 2013 and June 2016. Ninety-one patients diagnosed with miscarriage before 14 weeks of gestation and wanted to try medical treatment were included...
March 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Zahra Hajiebrahimi, Ghahraman Mahmoodi, Ghasem Abedi
Introduction: Health-care service processes need to be assessed over time. We aimed to assess the breast cancer care process in primary health system of Golestan Province, North Iran. Materials and Methods: To perform a descriptive cross-sectional study, information on breast cancer care processes in primary health-care system was collected using a "collecting form" from 234 health houses, 29 health posts, 44 urban health centers, and 80 rural health centers in Golestan Province...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Stephanie M Topp, Anjali Sharma, Clement N Moonga, Chisele Chileshe, George Magwende, German Henostroza
Introduction: In 2013, the Zambian Correctional Service (ZCS) partnered with the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia on the Zambian Prisons Health System Strengthening project, seeking to tackle structural, organisational and cultural weaknesses within the prison health system. We present findings from a nested evaluation of the project impact on high, mid-level and facility-level health governance and health service arrangements in the Zambian Correctional Service. Methods: Mixed methods were used, including document review, indepth interviews with ministry (11) and prison facility (6) officials, focus group discussions (12) with male and female inmates in six of the eleven intervention prisons, and participant observation during project workshops and meetings...
2018: BMJ Global Health
Jean-Paul Dossou, Jenny A Cresswell, Patrick Makoutodé, Vincent De Brouwere, Sophie Witter, Veronique Filippi, Lydie G Kanhonou, Sourou B Goufodji, Isabelle L Lange, Lionel Lawin, Fabien Affo, Bruno Marchal
Background: In 2009, the Benin government introduced a user fee exemption policy for caesarean sections. We analyse this policy with regard to how the existing ideas and institutions related to user fees influenced key steps of the policy cycle and draw lessons that could inform the policy dialogue for universal health coverage in the West African region. Methods: Following the policy stages model, we analyse the agenda setting, policy formulation and legitimation phase, and assess the implementation fidelity and policy results...
2018: BMJ Global Health
Chris N Glover
Ecological risk assessments principally rely on simplified metrics of organismal sensitivity that do not consider mechanism or biological traits. As such, they are unable to adequately extrapolate from standard laboratory tests to real-world settings, and largely fail to account for the diversity of organisms and environmental variables that occur in natural environments. However, an understanding of how stressors influence organism health can compensate for these limitations. Mechanistic knowledge can be used to account for species differences in basal biological function and variability in environmental factors, including spatial and temporal changes in the chemical, physical and biological milieu...
2018: Conservation Physiology
Stefanie Schütte, Paula N Marin Acevedo, Antoine Flahault
Background: Existing health systems all over the world are different due to the different combinations of components that can be considered for their establishment. The ranking of health systems has been a focal points for many years especially the issue of performance. In 2000 the World Health Organization (WHO) performed a ranking to compare the Performance of the health system of the member countries. Since then other health system rankings have been performed and it became an issue of public discussion...
June 2018: Journal of Global Health
Ananya Doda, Gita Negi, Dushyant Singh Gaur, Meena Harsh
INTRODUCTION: Health-care professionals are trained health-care providers who occupy a potential vanguard position in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) prevention programs and the management of AIDS patients. This study was performed to assess HIV/AIDS-related knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) and perceptions among health-care professionals at a tertiary health-care institution in Uttarakhand, India, and to identify the target group where more education on HIV is needed...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
Thomas R Aunins, Katherine A Marsh, Gitanjali Subramanya, Susan L Uprichard, Alan S Perelson, Anushree Chatterjee
Hepatitis C virus infection is a global health problem, with nearly 2 million new infections occurring every year and up to 85% of these becoming chronic infections that pose serious long-term health risks. To effectively reduce the prevalence of HCV infection and associated diseases, it is important to understand the intracellular dynamics of the viral lifecycle. Here, we present a detailed mathematical model that represents the full hepatitis C lifecycle. It is the first full HCV model to be fit to acute intracellular infection data and the first to explore the functions of distinct viral proteins, probing multiple hypotheses of cis - and trans -acting mechanisms to provide insights for drug targeting...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Virology
Kai Cui, Fuhai Shen, Bing Han, Hongbo Liu, Jie Chen
OBJECTIVE: To explore the difference of cumulative incidence rate of coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) among four large state-owned coal enterprises in northern China, we created an index system for evaluating the quality of comprehensive measures against CWP and applied the system to evaluate and compare the measures of the four coal enterprises. METHODS: A two-round Delphi investigation was conducted to identify the indicators in the index system. The weight values of the indicators were calculated with analytic hierarchy process methods...
March 21, 2018: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Susan C Slade, Kathleen Philip, Meg E Morris
BACKGROUND: Although allied health clinicians play a key role in the provision of healthcare, embedding a culture of research within public and private health systems remains a challenge. In this rapid review we critically evaluate frameworks for embedding research into routine allied health practice, as the basis for high quality, safe, efficient and consumer-focused care. METHODS: A rapid review (PROSPERO: CRD42017075699) was conducted to evaluate frameworks designed to create and embed research in the health sector...
March 21, 2018: Health Research Policy and Systems
Dominique Briand, Emmanuel Roux, Jean Christophe Desconnets, Carmen Gervet, Christovam Barcellos
BACKGROUND: Since prehistory to present times and despite a rough combat against it, malaria remains a concern for human beings. While evolutions of science and technology through times allowed for some infectious diseases eradication in the 20th century, malaria resists. OBJECTIVES: This review aims at assessing how Internet and web technologies are used in fighting malaria. Precisely, how do malaria fighting actors profit from these developments, how do they deal with ensuing phenomena, such as the increase of data volume, and did these technologies bring new opportunities for fighting malaria? METHODS: Eleven web platforms linked to spatio-temporal malaria information are reviewed, focusing on data, metadata, web services and categories of users...
March 21, 2018: Malaria Journal
Farhaan S Vahidy, Ellie G Meyer, Arvind B Bambhroliya, Jennifer R Meeks, Charles E Begley, Tzu-Ching Wu, Jon E Tyson, Charles C Miller, Ritvij Bowry, Wamda O Ahmed, Gretchel A Gealogo, Louise D McCullough, Steven Warach, Sean I Savitz
BACKGROUND: Intracerebral hemorrhage is a devastating disease with no specific treatment modalities. A significant proportion of patients with intracerebral hemorrhage are transferred to large stroke treatment centers, such as Comprehensive Stroke Centers, because of perceived need for higher level of care. However, evidence of improvement in patient-centered outcomes for these patients treated at larger stroke treatment centers as compared to community hospitals is lacking. METHODS / DESIGN: "Efficient Resource Utilization for Patients with Intracerebral Hemorrhage (EnRICH)" is a prospective, multisite, state-wide, cohort study designed to assess the impact of level of care on long-term patient-centered outcomes for patients with primary / non-traumatic intracerebral hemorrhage...
March 21, 2018: BMC Neurology
Adam Wright, Pamela M Neri, Skye Aaron, Thu-Trang T Hickman, Francine L Maloney, Daniel A Solomon, Dustin McEvoy, Angela Ai, Kevin Kron, Gianna Zuccotti
Background: Microbiology laboratory results are complex and cumbersome to review. We sought to develop a new review tool to improve the ease and accuracy of microbiology results review. Methods: We observed and informally interviewed clinicians to determine areas in which existing microbiology review tools were lacking. We developed a new tool that reorganizes microbiology results by time and organism. We conducted a scenario-based usability evaluation to compare the new tool to existing legacy tools, using a balanced block design...
March 17, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
Suelayne Gonçalves do Nascimento, Cleonice Patrícia Andrade Lima de Carvalho, Ricarlly Soares da Silva, Conceição Maria de Oliveira, Cristine Vieira do Bonfim
OBJECTIVE: To describe occurrences of mortality due to cervical cancer in Recife (PE), in northeastern Brazil. METHOD: This was a time-series ecological study using data from the Mortality Information System (SIM) regarding the total number of deaths due to cervical cancer (C53 ICD10) that occurred between 2000 and 2012. RESULTS: It was observed that the risk of death due to this form of cancer was higher among women over 60 years of age, those of mixed skin color (53...
2018: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Jo Durham, Lisa Schubert, Lisa Vaughan, Cameron D Willis
BACKGROUND: Middle ear disease (otitis media) is endemic among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia and represents an important cause of hearing loss. The disease is the result of a mix of biological, environmental and host risk factors that interact in complex, non-linear ways along a dynamic continuum. As such, it is generally recognised that a holistic, systems approach is required to reverse the high rates of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children...
2018: PloS One
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