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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227489/technology-adoption-and-prediction-tools-for-everyday-technologies-aimed-at-people-with-dementia
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Priyanka Chaurasia, Sally I McClean, Chris D Nugent, Ian Cleland, Shuai Zhang, Mark P Donnelly, Bryan W Scotney, Chelsea Sanders, Ken Smith, Maria C Norton, JoAnn Tschanz, Priyanka Chaurasia, Sally I McClean, Chris D Nugent, Ian Cleland, Shuai Zhang, Mark P Donnelly, Bryan W Scotney, Chelsea Sanders, Ken Smith, Maria C Norton, JoAnn Tschanz, Shuai Zhang, Ian Cleland, Bryan W Scotney, Ken Smith, Maria C Norton, Chris D Nugent, Mark P Donnelly, JoAnn Tschanz, Priyanka Chaurasia, Sally I McClean, Chelsea Sanders
A wide range of assistive technologies have been developed to support the elderly population with the goal of promoting independent living. The adoption of these technology based solutions is, however, critical to their overarching success. In our previous research we addressed the significance of modelling user adoption to reminding technologies based on a range of physical, environmental and social factors. In our current work we build upon our initial modeling through considering a wider range of computational approaches and identify a reduced set of relevant features that can aid the medical professionals to make an informed choice of whether to recommend the technology or not...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203065/oral-drug-therapy-in-elderly-with-dysphagia-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place
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REVIEW
Serena Logrippo, Giovanna Ricci, Matteo Sestili, Marco Cespi, Letizia Ferrara, Giovanni F Palmieri, Roberta Ganzetti, Giulia Bonacucina, Paolo Blasi
Demographic indicators forecast that by 2050, the elderly will account for about one-third of the global population. Geriatric patients require a large number of medicines, and in most cases, these products are administered as solid oral solid dosage forms, as they are by far the most common formulations on the market. However, this population tends to suffer difficulties with swallowing. Caregivers in hospital geriatric units routinely compound in solid oral dosage forms for dysphagic patients by crushing the tablets or opening the capsules to facilitate administration...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153527/anemia-prevalence-and-hemoglobin-levels-are-associated-with-long-term-exposure-to-air-pollution-in-an-older-population
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Trenton Honda, Vivian C Pun, Justin Manjourides, Helen Suh
BACKGROUND: Anemia, a highly prevalent disorder in elderly populations, is associated with numerous adverse health outcomes, including increased mortality, impaired functional status and cognitive disorders. Approximately two-thirds of anemia in American elderly is caused by chronic inflammation or is unexplained. A potential contributing factor may include air pollution exposures, which have been shown to increase systemic inflammation and affect erythropoiesis. Few studies, however, have investigated the associations of air pollution on hemoglobin levels and anemia...
January 30, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144068/investigating-a-unilateral-pleural-effusion-a-tale-of-a-medical-error-and-diagnostic-delays
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Suminda Welagedara, Tokyo Moe Swe, Krishna Bajee Sriram
We report the case of an elderly Asian man where a medical error and diagnostic delays obscured the diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis (TB). The patient was hospitalized for evaluation of a unilateral pleural effusion. Initially, the patient was subjected to a pleural aspiration on the wrong side due to a lack of bedside ultrasound guidance. Subsequently, the patient underwent several investigations but not a blind closed pleural biopsy (BCPB) due to a lack of equipment. Furthermore, the patient was deemed to be too sick to undergo a thoracoscopic pleural procedure...
January 2017: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127752/malpractice-claim-fears-and-the-costs-of-treating-medicare-patients-a-new-approach-to-estimating-the-costs-of-defensive-medicine
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James D Reschovsky, Cynthia B Saiontz-Martinez
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the cost of defensive medicine among elderly Medicare patients. DATA SOURCES: We use a 2008 national physician survey linked to respondents' elderly Medicare patients' claims data. STUDY DESIGN: Using a sample of survey respondent/beneficiary dyads stratified by physician specialty, we estimated cross-sectional regressions of annual costs on patient covariates and a medical malpractice fear index formed from five validated physician survey questions...
January 26, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070457/the-concurrent-validity-and-reliability-of-the-leg-motion-system-for-measuring-ankle-dorsiflexion-range-of-motion-in-older-adults
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Carlos Romero Morales, César Calvo Lobo, David Rodríguez Sanz, Irene Sanz Corbalán, Beatriz Ruiz Ruiz, Daniel López López
BACKGROUND: New reliable devices for range of motion (ROM) measures in older adults are necessary to improve knowledge about the functional capability in this population. Dorsiflexion ROM limitation is associated with ankle injuries, foot pain, lower limb disorders, loss of balance, gait control disorders and fall risk in older adults. The aim of the present study was to assess the validity and reliability of the Leg Motion device for measuring ankle dorsiflexion ROM in older adults. METHODS: Adescriptive repeated-measures study was designed to test the reliability of Leg Motion in thirty-three healthy elderly patients older than 65 years...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017211/how-to-assess-tendon-reflexes-of-the-lower-limb-in-the-elderly
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EDITORIAL
Monica Ziff, Richard J Stark
BACKGROUND: Clinicians frequently experience difficulty in eliciting the reflexes of elderly patients using standard methods due to paratonia/frontal rigidity. If reflexes are incorrectly thought to be absent, important diagnostic errors may be made. Neurologists use alternative methods when technical difficulties require them, but these are not widely used by non-neurologists. METHODS: A neurologist and a medical student both used standard and non-standard techniques to assess reflexes of the lower limb in geriatric inpatients, aged over 65, to determine which method permitted the most confident assessment of the presence of knee and ankle reflexes...
January 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001123/fine-scale-spatial-and-temporal-variation-in-temperature-and-arrhythmia-episodes-in-the-va-normative-aging-study
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Antonella Zanobetti, Brent A Coull, Itai Kloog, David Sparrow, Pantel S Vokonas, Diane R Gold, Joel Schwartz
: Many studies have demonstrated that cold and hot temperatures are associated with increased deaths and hospitalization rates; new findings indicate also an association with more specific cardiac risk factors. Most of these existing studies have relied on few weather stations to characterize exposures; few have used residence-specific estimates of temperature, or examined the exposure-response function. We investigated the association of arrhythmia episodes with spatial and temporal variation in temperature...
January 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982065/acute-kidney-injury-as-a-risk-factor-for-diagnostic-discrepancy-among-geriatric-patients-a-pilot-study
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Chia-Ter Chao, Hung-Bin Tsai, Chih-Kang Chiang, Jenq-Wen Huang, Kuan-Yu Hung
Diagnostic discrepancy, defined as different admission and discharge diagnoses, could be a potential source of diagnostic error. We evaluated whether acute kidney injury (AKI) in the elderly affected their risk for diagnostic discrepancy. Patients aged ≥60 years from the general medical wards were prospectively enrolled and divided according to AKI status upon admission, using the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) criteria. We compared their discharge and admission diagnoses and identified patients with a diagnostic discrepancy, using multiple logistic regression analysis to evaluate the relationship between initial AKI and the presence of a diagnostic discrepancy...
December 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933555/pharmacist-s-comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-introduction-and-evaluation-at-elderly-patient-admission
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Faiza Rhalimi, Mounir Rhalimi, Alain Rauss
BACKGROUND: The role of the clinical pharmacist within the healthcare system remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to describe a pharmacist's comprehensive geriatric assessment (pCGA) at admission of elderly patients and to assess its relevance in terms of medication compliance and pharmacist interventions (PIs). METHODS: We conducted a prospective interventional study over 29 months in a 34-bed medical/rehabilitation geriatric ward in a French geriatric hospital...
December 8, 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913837/hospitalizations-due-to-preventable-adverse-reactions-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Nidhi S Patel, Tejas K Patel, Parvati B Patel, Viren N Naik, C B Tripathi
PURPOSE: The study aimed to measure the percentage of preventable adverse drug reactions that lead to the hospitalization (PADRAd) and to explore the heterogeneity in its estimation through subgroup analysis of study characteristics. METHODS: Two investigators independently searched in electronic databases and related bibliography for prospective studies involving PADRAd. We excluded studies investigating medication errors and spontaneous and retrospective reporting...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784045/association-between-method-of-prescribing-and-primary-nonadherence-to-dermatologic-medication-in-an-urban-hospital-population
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Adewole S Adamson, Elizabeth A Suarez, April R Gorman
Importance: Prescription underuse is associated with poorer clinical outcomes. A significant proportion of underuse is owing to primary nonadherence, defined as the rate at which patients fail to fill and pick up new prescriptions. Although electronic prescribing increases coordination of care and decreases errors, its effect on primary nonadherence is less certain. Objectives: To analyze factors associated with primary nonadherence to dermatologic medications and study whether electronic prescribing affects rates of primary nonadherence...
January 1, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761112/hospitalizations-due-to-adverse-drug-events-in-the-elderly-a-retrospective-register-study
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Outi Laatikainen, Sami Sneck, Risto Bloigu, Minna Lahtinen, Timo Lauri, Miia Turpeinen
Adverse drug events (ADEs) are more likely to affect geriatric patients due to physiological changes occurring with aging. Even though this is an internationally recognized problem, similar research data in Finland is still lacking. The aim of this study was to determine the number of geriatric medication-related hospitalizations in the Finnish patient population and to discover the potential means of recognizing patients particularly at risk of ADEs. The study was conducted retrospectively from the 2014 emergency department patient records in Oulu University Hospital...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747829/risk-factors-associated-with-the-requirement-for-pharmaceutical-intervention-in-the-hospital-setting-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Emma Suggett, John Marriott
BACKGROUND: A number of methods exist for the risk assessment of hospital inpatients to determine the likelihood of patients experiencing drug-related problems (DRPs), including manual review of a patient's medication (medication reviews) and more complex electronic assessment using decision support alerts in electronic prescribing systems. A systematic review was conducted to determine the evidence base for potential risks associated with adult hospital inpatients that could not only lead to medication-related issues but might also be directly associated with pharmacist intervention...
September 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716124/safer-drug-use-in-primary-care-a-pilot-intervention-study-to-identify-improvement-needs-and-make-agreements-for-change-in-five-swedish-primary-care-units
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Sara Modig, Cecilia Lenander, Nina Viberg, Patrik Midlöv
BACKGROUND: There is an urgent need to improve patient safety in the area of medication treatment among the elderly. The aim of this study was to explore which improvement needs and strengths, relating to medication safety, arise from a multi-professional intervention in primary care and further to describe and follow up on the agreements for change that were established within the intervention. METHODS: The SÄKLÄK project was a multi-professional intervention in primary care consisting of self-assessment, peer-review, feedback and written agreements for change...
October 4, 2016: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27673753/high-prevalence-of-medication-discrepancies-between-home-health-referrals-and-centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-home-health-certification-and-plan-of-care-and-their-potential-to-affect-safety-of-vulnerable-elderly-adults
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Abraham A Brody, Bryan Gibson, David Tresner-Kirsch, Heidi Kramer, Iona Thraen, Matthew E Coarr, Randall Rupper
OBJECTIVES: To describe the prevalence of discrepancies between medication lists that referring providers and home healthcare (HH) nurses create. DESIGN: The active medication list from the hospital at time of HH initiation was compared with the HH agency's plan of care medication list. An electronic algorithm was developed to compare the two lists for discrepancies. SETTING: Single large hospital and HH agency in the western United States...
November 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27651004/prevalence-and-related-factors-of-ineffective-self-health-management-in-polymedicated-patients-over-the-age-of-65-years
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Alonso Montiel-Luque, Antonio Jesús Núñez-Montenegro, Esther Martín-Aurioles, Felicísima García-Dillana, Maria Carmen Toro-Toro, José Antonio González-Correa
PURPOSE: To determine the prevalence of Ineffective Self-Health Management (ISHM) (00078) and its related factors in polymedicated patients over the age of 65 years. METHODS: A cross-sectional, descriptive design was used. A home interview was conducted with each participant (N = 375) for data collection. FINDINGS: The prevalence of ISHM was 37.3%. The risk factors associated were social risk, depression, noncompliance, medication errors, and confusion with medications...
September 21, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Knowledge
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27647359/cutaneous-problems-in-elderly-diabetics-a-population-based-comparative-cross-sectional-survey
#18
N Asokan, V G Binesh
BACKGROUND: There are few population-based studies on prevalence of cutaneous problems in diabetes mellitus. AIMS: To identify skin problems associated with diabetes mellitus among elderly persons in a village in Kerala. METHODS: In this population-based cross-sectional survey, we compared the prevalence of skin problems among 287 elderly diabetics (aged 65 years or more) with 275 randomly selected elderly persons without diabetes mellitus...
September 20, 2016: Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27638408/the-prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-visual-impairment-among-the-elderly-in-eastern-taiwan
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Wen-Li Wang, Nancy Chen, Min-Muh Sheu, Jen-Hung Wang, Wen-Lin Hsu, Yih-Jin Hu
Visual impairment is associated with disability and poor quality of life. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence and associated risk factors of visual impairment among the suburban elderly in Eastern Taiwan. The cross-sectional research was conducted from April 2012 to August 2012. The ocular condition examination took place in suburban areas of Hualien County. Medical records from local infirmaries and questionnaires were utilized to collect demographic data and systemic disease status. Logistic regression models were used for the simultaneous analysis of the association between the prevalence of visual impairment and risk factors...
September 2016: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27633589/-potentially-inappropriate-medications-in-geriatrics-which-tools-to-detect-them
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REVIEW
Aude Desnoyer, Bertrand Guignard, Pierre-Olivier Lang, Jules Desmeules, Nicole Vogt-Ferrier, Pascal Bonnabry
BACKGROUND: Potentially inappropriate prescriptions include over-prescription, which refers to prescription of more drugs than clinically needed, mis-prescription which refers to incorrect prescription of a drug that is needed (as per drug, dose, drug interactions, duration of therapy, duplication, follow-up, etc.) and under-prescription which stands for failure to prescribe drugs that are needed. They are associated with adverse drug events, increased use of health-care services, morbimortality and health-care costs, and poorer quality of life...
November 2016: La Presse Médicale
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