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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453985/realising-the-dream-of-becoming-a-nurse-underrepresented-bsc-nursing-students-experiences
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Brid O'Brien, Margaret M Graham, Deirdre O'Sullivan
BACKGROUND: This paper describes the experiences of underrepresented BSc nursing students in realising the dream of becoming a nurse in one university. In the past ten years, pre-registration nurse education has become established within higher education in Ireland. This development includes promoting access and inclusion of students from traditionally underrepresented groups in higher education. A third of nursing students currently access places on programmes through routes specifically designed for underrepresented groups...
April 18, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453969/reducing-intrusive-traumatic-memories-after-emergency-caesarean-section-a-proof-of-principle-randomized-controlled-study
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Antje Horsch, Yvan Vial, Céline Favrod, Mathilde Morisod Harari, Simon E Blackwell, Peter Watson, Lalitha Iyadurai, Michael B Bonsall, Emily A Holmes
Preventative psychological interventions to aid women after traumatic childbirth are needed. This proof-of-principle randomized controlled study evaluated whether the number of intrusive traumatic memories mothers experience after emergency caesarean section (ECS) could be reduced by a brief cognitive intervention. 56 women after ECS were randomized to one of two parallel groups in a 1:1 ratio: intervention (usual care plus cognitive task procedure) or control (usual care). The intervention group engaged in a visuospatial task (computer-game 'Tetris' via a handheld gaming device) for 15 min within six hours following their ECS...
April 6, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453916/digital-technology-and-clinical-decision-making-in-depression-treatment-current-findings-and-future-opportunities
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Kevin A Hallgren, Amy M Bauer, David C Atkins
Clinical decision making encompasses a broad set of processes that contribute to the effectiveness of depression treatments. There is emerging interest in using digital technologies to support effective and efficient clinical decision making. In this paper, we provide "snapshots" of research and current directions on ways that digital technologies can support clinical decision making in depression treatment. Practical facets of clinical decision making are reviewed, then research, design, and implementation opportunities where technology can potentially enhance clinical decision making are outlined...
April 28, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453863/use-of-a-geographic-information-system-to-assess-accessibility-to-health-facilities-providing-emergency-obstetric-and-newborn-care-in-bangladesh
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Mahbub E Chowdhury, Taposh K Biswas, Monjur Rahman, Kamal Pasha, Mollah A Hossain
OBJECTIVE: To use a geographic information system (GIS) to determine accessibility to health facilities for emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) and compare coverage with that stipulated by UN guidelines (5 EmONC facilities per 500 000 individuals, ≥1 comprehensive). METHODS: A cross-sectional study was undertaken of all public facilities providing EmONC in 24 districts of Bangladesh from March to October 2012. Accessibility to each facility was assessed by applying GIS to estimate the proportion of catchment population (comprehensive 500 000; basic 100 000) able to reach the nearest facility within 2 hours and 1 hour of travel time, respectively, by existing road networks...
April 28, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453826/unplanned-readmissions-within-30-days-after-discharge-improving-quality-through-easy-prediction
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Francesca Casalini, Susanna Salvetti, Silvia Memmini, Elena Lucaccini, Gabriele Massimetti, Pier Luigi Lopalco, Gaetano Pierpaolo Privitera
Objective: To propose an easy predictive model for the risk of rehospitalization, built from hospital administrative data, in order to prevent repeated admissions and to improve transitional care. Design: Retrospective cohort study. Setting: Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Pisana (Pisa University Hospital). Participants: Patients residing in the territory of the province of Pisa (Tuscany Region) with at least one unplanned hospital admission leading to a medical Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) in the calendar year 2012...
April 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453819/evaluation-of-a-care-transition-program-with-pharmacist-provided-home-based-medication-review-for-elderly-singaporeans-at-high-risk-of-readmissions
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McVin Hua Heng Cheen, Chong Ping Goon, Wan Chee Ong, Paik Shia Lim, Choon Nam Wan, Mei Yan Leong, Giat Yeng Khee
Objective: This study aimed to determine whether pharmacist-provided home-based medication review (HBMR) can reduce readmissions in the elderly. Design: Retrospective cohort study. Setting: Patient's home. Participants: Records of patients referred to a care transition program from March 2011 through March 2015 were reviewed. Patients aged 60 years and older taking more than 5 medications and had at least 2 unplanned admissions within 3 months preceding the first home visit were included...
April 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453361/trends-in-hospital-utilization-and-costs-among-pediatric-palliative-care-recipients
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Prasanna Ananth, Patrice Melvin, Jay G Berry, Joanne Wolfe
OBJECTIVE AND BACKGROUND: Few previous studies have explored how pediatric palliative care (PPC) influences hospital utilization. We evaluated this among PPC recipients in a single center. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of 109 patients ≥2 years of age who received PPC consultation at a large quaternary children's hospital from April 2009 to September 2010. We assessed frequencies of hospital admissions and emergency department (ED) visits, use of intensive interventions, and hospital costs...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449321/a-review-of-associated-controversies-surrounding-glucocorticoid-use-in-veterinary-emergency-and-critical-care
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Maya A Aharon, Jennifer E Prittie, Kate Buriko
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature in human and veterinary medicine regarding the indications for, efficacy of, and controversies surrounding glucocorticoid (GC) administration in the emergency and critical care (ECC) setting, and to provide an overview of the most commonly used synthetic GC formulations. MEDICATIONS: Synthetic GCs vary in GC and mineralocorticoid potency, hypothalamic pituitary axis suppression, duration of action, route of administration, and clinical indication for use...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448949/utility-of-the-fitbit-flex-to-evaluate-sleep-in-major-depressive-disorder-a-comparison-against-polysomnography-and-wrist-worn-actigraphy
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Jesse D Cook, Michael L Prairie, David T Plante
BACKGROUND: Sleep disturbance is a common and important component of affective illness. Fitness activity trackers are emerging as alternative means to estimate sleep in psychiatric patients; however, their ability to quantify sleep in mood disorders has not been empirically evaluated. Thus, this study sought to evaluate the utility of the Fitbit Flex (FBF) to estimate sleep in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) relative to gold standard polysomnography (PSG) and a widely-used actigraph (Actiwatch-2; AW-2)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448825/health-policy-in-the-concertaci%C3%A3-n-era-1990-2010-reforms-the-chilean-way
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María Soledad Martinez-Gutierrez, Cristóbal Cuadrado
The Chilean health system has experienced important transformations in the last decades with a neoliberal turn to privatization of the health insurance and healthcare market since the Pinochet reforms of the 1980s. During 20 years of center-left political coalition governments several reforms were attempted to regulate and reform such markets. This paper analyzes regulatory policies for the private health insurance and health care delivery market, adopted during the 1990-2010 period. A framework of variation in market types developed by Gingrich is adopted as analytical perspective...
April 9, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448781/assessment-of-clinical-pharmacy-interventions-to-reduce-outpatient-use-of-high-risk-medications-in-the-elderly
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Sarah C Weddle, A Shaun Rowe, Julie W Jeter, Rachel C Renwick, Shaunta' M Chamberlin, Andrea S Franks
BACKGROUND: Use of high-risk medications in the elderly (HRME) and drug-disease (Rx-DIS) interactions in the elderly, as defined by the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) Measures, are significantly associated with mortality, hospital admission, and need for emergency care. No published studies to date evaluate interventions to reduce the use of HEDIS-defined HRME, although many studies have postulated a beneficial effect of such interventions. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of pharmacist interventions on use of HRME and Rx-DIS interactions in the outpatient elderly population...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448780/integration-strategies-of-pharmacists-in-primary-care-based-accountable-care-organizations-a-report-from-the-accountable-care-organization-research-network-services-and-education
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Tina Joseph, Genevieve M Hale, Sara M Eltaki, Yesenia Prados, Renee Jones, Matthew J Seamon, Cynthia Moreau, Stephanie A Gernant
BACKGROUND: The accountable care organization (ACO) is an innovative health care delivery model centered on value-based care. ACOs consisting of primary care providers are increasingly becoming commonplace in practice; however, medication management remains suboptimal. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: As experts in medication management, pharmacists perform direct patient care and assist in the transition from one provider to another, which places them in an ideal position to manage multiple aspects of patient care...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448775/exploring-electronic-medical-record-and-self-administered-medication-risk-screening-tools-in-a-primary-care-clinic
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Mark J Makowsky, Ken Cor, Tat Wong
BACKGROUND: Electronic medical record (EMR) screening for indicators of medication risk could improve efficiency in identifying primary care clinic patients in need of clinical pharmacist care compared with patient self-reporting. OBJECTIVES: To (a) compare the performance of an EMR medication risk assessment questionnaire (MRAQ) with a self-administered (SA) MRAQ and (b) explore each tool's ability to predict indicators of health behavior, health status, and health care utilization...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448570/disease-burden-for-patients-with-primary-immunodeficiency-diseases-identified-at-reference-hospitals-in-guanajuato-mexico
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Eduardo Guaní-Guerra, Ana Isabel Jiménez-Romero, Ulises Noel García-Ramírez, José Manuel Velázquez-Ávalos, Edgar Martínez-Guzmán, Eunice Sandoval-Ramírez, Ignacio Camacho-Meza
BACKGROUND: In addition to the deleterious effect on health, there is considerable economic and psychosocial morbidity associated with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PID). Also, the cost of a late diagnosis frequently results in a heavy disease burden on the patient. The objective of this study was to collect and analyze data on patients with PID in the state of Guanajuato in Mexico, to indirectly estimate the burden of the disease. METHODS: An observational, longitudinal, and comparative study was conducted...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448329/effect-of-educational-program-on-self-care-behaviors-and-health-outcome-among-patients-with-heart-failure-an-experimental-study
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Manal M Al-Sutari, Muayyad M Ahmad
OBJECTIVES: To implement an educational program for patients with heart failure and to assess its effectiveness on self-care behaviors and health outcomes (frequency of hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and deaths). METHODS: A comparative-experimental design was used. A total of 144 participants were randomized into the intervention group (who received individualized education session, self-care manual, and weekly phone calls) and the control group (who received usual care)...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448322/dexmedetomidine-as-a-rescue-therapy-for-emergence-delirium-in-adults-a-case-series
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Matthew D Read, Christopher V Maani, Scott Blackwell
Emergence delirium (ED) in adult patients encountered in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) is not well studied; nor are ED treatment strategies. Similar to delirium in the intensive care unit, ED in the PACU can result in serious complications. We describe 3 cases of ED in the PACU in patients with a history of posttraumatic stress disorder who were successfully treated with dexmedetomidine. Although likely utilized more frequently in recent years, the use of dexmedetomidine in the PACU for treatment of ED is not established in the literature...
April 26, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448300/assessment-of-the-quality-of-nursing-care-from-perspectives-of-nurses-who-experienced-hospitalization-as-patients
#17
Rana M Elayan, Muayyad M Ahmad
Nurses as patients or caregivers evaluated their care differently than nonnurses. A qualitative design with content analysis was used to provide an assessment of the quality of nursing care by examining nurses' perceptions as recipients of care. The 231 participants were registered nurses recruited from 8 hospitals in Amman, Jordan. Participants evaluated the quality of nursing care as either high (29.5%) or low (70.5%). Four improvement themes emerged: improving competency, serve with caring, professionalism, and administrative factors...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Nursing Care Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448224/patient-characteristics-associated-with-inpatient-psychiatric-re-admissions-and-the-utility-of-the-readmit-clinical-risk-index
#18
Autumn Pearl Roque, Lillian Jeannette Findlay, Chizimuzo Okoli, Peggy El-Mallakh
In response to the problem of frequent 30-day readmissions to inpatient psychiatric facilities, Vigod and colleagues (2015) developed the READMIT clinical risk index to identify risk factors for psychiatric inpatient readmissions. The purpose of this descriptive retrospective study was to examine the effectiveness of the READMIT clinical risk index to identify patients that are at high risk for a 30-day inpatient psychiatric readmission at a state psychiatric hospital in the southeastern US. Data were extracted from the discharge summaries of patients discharged between September 2013 and December 2014...
May 2017: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448197/surgical-site-infections-and-associated-operative-characteristics
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Paul K Waltz, Brian S Zuckerbraun
Surgical site infection (SSI) contributes significantly to surgical morbidity. Patient factors and operative factors contribute to the risk of development of SSI. This review focuses on understanding operative characteristics that are associated with an increased risk of SSI. Much attention has been given to protocol care to reduce SSI, such as hair removal, skin preparation, and pre-operative antibiotic agents. Even with this, the appropriate antibiotic and re-dosing regimens often remain a challenge. Other operative factors such as blood loss/transfusion, emergency/urgent cases, duration of the operation, type of anesthesia, and resident involvement are also potentially modifiable to reduce the risk of SSI...
April 27, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447914/diagnosis-of-life-threatening-alpha-gal-food-allergy-appears-to-be-patient-driven
#20
Mary Grace Flaherty, Samantha Jan Kaplan, Maya R Jerath
OBJECTIVE: Patients exhibiting life-threatening symptoms associated with the alpha-gal food allergy (delayed urticaria or anaphylaxis due to mammalian meat) are frequently undiagnosed, causing unnecessary emergency department (ED) and health care visits, and extensive pain and suffering. This study aimed to determine the path to diagnosis experienced by alpha-gal patients. METHODS: Semistructured interviews were conducted from March to June 2016 with a chronological systematic sample of approximately 10% of patients diagnosed with alpha-gal and treated by the University of North Carolina Allergy and Immunology Clinic (n = 28)...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Primary Care & Community Health
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