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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927185/the-contribution-of-the-composite-of-clinical-process-indicators-as-a-measure-of-hospital-performance-in-the-management-of-acute-coronary-syndromes-insights-from-the-concordance-registry
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Bernadette Aliprandi-Costa, James Sockler, Leonard Kritharides, Lucy Morgan, Lan-Chi Snell, Janice Gullick, David Brieger, Isuru Ranasinghe
Aims: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a costly condition for health service provision yet variation in the delivery of care between hospitals persists. A composite measure of adherence with evidence-based clinical-process indicators (CPIs) could better inform hospital performance reporting and clinical outcomes in the management of ACS. Methods: Data on 7444 ACS patients from 39 Australian hospitals were used to derive a hospital-specific composite quality score by calculating mean adherence to 14 evidence-based CPIs...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927181/relationship-of-depression-screening-in-cardiometabolic-disease-with-vascular-events-and-mortality-findings-from-a-large-primary-care-cohort-with-4-years-follow-up
#2
Bhautesh Dinesh Jani, Charles Boachie, Colin McCowan, Sarah J E Barry, Jonathan Cavanagh, Frances S Mair
Aims: Benefits of routine depression screening for cardiometabolic disease patients remain unclear. We examined the association between depression screening and all-cause mortality and vascular events in cardiometabolic disease patients. Methods and results: 125 143 patients with cardiometabolic diseases (coronary heart disease, diabetes or previous stroke) in the UK participated in primary care chronic disease management in 2008/09, which included depression screening using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Score...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926855/a-comparison-of-the-efficacy-of-once-daily-fluticasone-furoate-vilanterole-with-twice-daily-fluticasone-propionate-salmeterol-in-elderly-asthmatics
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Yoshihisa Ishiura, Masaki Fujimura, Yasutaka Shiba, Noriyuki Ohkura, Johsuke Hara, Miki Abo, Kazuo Kasahara
Background Asthma in the elderly population has been focused because it affects quality of life and results in a higher hospitalization rate and mortality. Fluticasone furoate (FF)/vilanterole (VI) is a novel inhaled corticosteroids (ICS)/long-acting β2 agonist (LABA) combination being developed for once-daily administration for asthma with greater anti-inflammatory activity and longer duration of bronchidilation. The Ellipta(TM) dry powder inhaler (DPI) has also been available as a new device with high levels of satisfaction and preference...
September 19, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926813/risk-assessment-to-groundwater-of-pit-latrine-rural-sanitation-policy-in-developing-country-settings
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Jan O Back, Michael O Rivett, Laura B Hinz, Nyree Mackay, Gift J Wanangwa, Owen L Phiri, Chrispine Emmanuel Songola, Mavuto A S Thomas, Steve Kumwenda, Muthi Nhlema, Alexandra V M Miller, Robert M Kalin
Parallel global rise in pit-latrine sanitation and groundwater-supply provision is of concern due to the frequent spatial proximity of these activities. Study of such an area in Malawi has allowed understanding of risks posed to groundwater from the recent implementation of a typical developing-country pit-latrine sanitation policy to be gained. This has assisted the development of a risk-assessment framework approach pragmatic to regulatory-practitioner management of this issue. The framework involves water-supply and pit-latrine mapping, monitoring of key groundwater contamination indicators and surveys of possible environmental site-condition factors and culminates in an integrated statistical evaluation of these datasets to identify the significant factors controlling risks posed...
September 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926812/isotope-and-microbiome-data-provide-complementary-information-to-identify-natural-nitrate-attenuation-processes-in-groundwater
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Elena Hernández-Del Amo, Anna Menció, Frederic Gich, Josep Mas-Pla, Lluís Bañeras
Natural attenuation processes alleviate the impact of fertilization practices on groundwater resources. Therefore, identifying the occurrence of denitrification has become a requirement for water quality management. Several approaches are useful for this purpose, such as isotopic and microbiological methods, each of them providing distinct but complementary information about denitrification reactions, attenuation rates and their occurrence in the aquifer. In this paper, we investigate the contribution of both approaches to describe denitrification in a consolidated rock aquifer (limestone and marls), with a porosity related to fracture networks located in the northeastern sector of the Osona basin (NE Spain)...
September 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926583/influence-of-attitudes-and-behavior-of-milkers-on-the-hygienic-and-sanitary-quality-of-milk
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Oscar David Múnera-Bedoya, Laerte D Cassoli, Paulo F Machado, Mario Fernando Cerón-Muñoz
Recognizing how human behaviors affect the milk process can be useful to understand variations in hygienic and sanitary parameters in bulk tank milk. Furthermore, this knowledge could be used to design management programs that guarantee milk quality, favoring the optimization of such processes. Forty-six milkers from the same number of dairy farms in Antioquia province (Colombia) were interviewed to establish the main factors associated to milk quality. Technical knowledge, motivations, and behavior of the personnel and its effect on hygienic and sanitary quality of milk were evaluated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926467/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-efficacy-and-safety-of-novel-interleukin-inhibitors-in-the-management-of-psoriatic-arthritis
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Jawad Bilal, Irbaz Bin Riaz, Muhammad Umar Kamal, Mazen Elyan, Dominick Sudano, Muhammad Asim Khan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to systemically review the efficacy and safety of inhibitors of interleukin 6 (IL-6): clazakizumab, IL-12/23: ustekinumab, and IL-17A: secukinumab, brodalumab, and ixekizumab in psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS: The literature search was conducted using MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, Scopus, and Web of Science. We included randomized controlled trials that assessed the efficacy of IL inhibitors and reported American College of Rheumatology 20 response at 24 weeks...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925635/diabetes-self-management-facilitating-lifestyle-change
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Marlon Russell Koenigsberg, Jennifer Corliss
Healthy eating and increased physical activity can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes mellitus and facilitate diabetes management. Current guidelines recommend long-term weight loss of 5% to 7% of body weight and 150 minutes of at least moderate-intensity physical activity per week for most patients with prediabetes and diabetes. Techniques to assess and facilitate adherence to these lifestyle changes can be practical in primary care. During office visits, physicians should assess and gradually encourage patients' readiness to work toward change...
September 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925416/extracting-autism-spectrum-disorder-data-from-the-electronic-health-record
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Ruth A Bush, Cynthia D Connelly, Alexa Pérez, Halsey Barlow, George J Chiang
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the health care utilization patterns of individuals with pediatric autism spectrum disorder (ASD). OBJECTIVES: Electronic health record (EHR) data provide an opportunity to study medical utilization and track outcomes among children with ASD.  Methods: Using a pediatric, tertiary, academic hospital's Epic EHR, search queries were built to identify individuals aged 2-18 with International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes, 299...
July 19, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925415/quality-requirements-for-electronic-health-record-systems-a-japanese-german-information-management-perspective
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Alfred Winter, Katsuhiko Takabayashi, Franziska Jahn, Eizen Kimura, Rolf Engelbrecht, Reinhold Haux, Masayuki Honda, Ursula H Hübner, Sozo Inoue, Christian D Kohl, Takehiro Matsumoto, Yasushi Matsumura, Kengo Miyo, Naoki Nakashima, Hans-Ulrich Prokosch, Martin Staemmler
BACKGROUND: For more than 30 years, there has been close cooperation between Japanese and German scientists with regard to information systems in health care. Collaboration has been formalized by an agreement between the respective scientific associations. Following this agreement, two joint workshops took place to explore the similarities and differences of electronic health record systems (EHRS) against the background of the two national healthcare systems that share many commonalities...
August 7, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925334/comparative-patient-satisfaction-and-feasibility-of-a-pilot-parkinson-s-disease-enrichment-program
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Tabina K Choudhury, Celeste Harris, Kathleen Crist, Terry K Satterwhite, Michele K York
BACKGROUND: Available treatment options for Parkinson's disease (PD) are primarily aimed at pharmacological and/or neurosurgical management of motor symptoms. However, many patients also experience chronic non-motor symptoms (NMS), including significant cognitive and mood changes. Currently, there is a gap in the neuropsychological literature regarding the efficacy of nonpharmacological treatment options for cognitive and mood changes in PD. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the efficacy and patient satisfaction of a pilot nonpharmacological intervention for alleviating NMS in patients with PD...
September 2017: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925073/role-of-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-in-clinical-stratification-in-heart-failure-a-position-paper-from-the-committee-on-exercise-physiology-and-training-of-the-heart-failure-association-of-the-european-society-of-cardiology
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REVIEW
Ugo Corrà, Pier Giuseppe Agostoni, Stefan D Anker, Andrew J S Coats, Maria G Crespo Leiro, Rudolph A de Boer, Veli-Pekka Hairola, Loreena Hill, Mitja Lainscak, Lars H Lund, Marco Metra, Piotr Ponikowski, Jillian Riley, Petar M Seferović, Massimo F Piepoli
Traditionally, the main indication for cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) in heart failure (HF) was for the selection of candidates to heart transplantation: CPET was mainly performed in middle-aged male patients with HF and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction. Today, CPET is used in broader patients' populations, including women, elderly, patients with co-morbidities, those with preserved ejection fraction, or left ventricular assistance device recipients, i.e. individuals with different responses to incremental exercise and markedly different prognosis...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925010/temporal-trends-in-quality-of-primary-care-for-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-population-based-retrospective-cohort-study-after-implementation-of-a-quality-improvement-initiative
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Carlos K H Wong, Colman S C Fung, Esther Y T Yu, Eric Y F Wan, Anca K C Chan, Cindy L K Lam
BACKGROUND: This study examined whether temporal trends exist in treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and quality of diabetes care after implementation of quality improvement initiative in primary care setting. METHODS: We conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study of 202,284 patients with T2D who were routinely managed in primary care clinics. We examined the change over time and the variability between clinics in quality-of-care from Hospital Authority administrative data over a five-year period (2009-2013), and used multilevel logistic regression to adjust for patient and clinic characteristics...
September 19, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924696/guidelines-for-quality-control-of-pet-ct-scans-in-a-multicenter-clinical-study
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Ivalina Hristova, Ronald Boellaard, Paul Galette, Lalitha K Shankar, Yan Liu, Sigrid Stroobants, Otto S Hoekstra, Wim J G Oyen
To date, there is no published detailed checklist with parameters referencing the DICOM tag information with respect to the quality control (QC) of PET/CT scans. The aims of these guidelines are to provide the know-how for effectively controlling the quality of PET/CT scans in multicenter studies, to standardize the QC, to give sponsors and regulatory agencies a basis for justification of the data quality when using standardized uptake values as an imaging biomarker, to document the compliance with the imaging guidelines, to verify the per protocol population versus intent to treat population, and to safeguard the validity of multicenter study conclusions employing standardized uptake value (SUV) as an imaging biomarker which is paramount to the scientific community...
September 18, 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924692/sediment-core-data-reconstruct-the-management-history-and-usage-of-a-heavily-modified-urban-lake-in-berlin-germany
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Robert Ladwig, Lena Heinrich, Gabriel Singer, Michael Hupfer
Urban surface waters face several stressors associated with industry and urban water management. Over much of the past century, the wastewater treatment in Berlin, Germany, relied on inefficient sewage farms, which resulted in severe eutrophication and sediment contamination in the recipient surface waterbodies. A prominent example is Lake Tegel, where a multitude of management measures were applied in the last decades for the purpose of ecosystem restoration. In this study, we analyzed sediment cores of three lakes with X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy: Lake Tegel, Lake Großer Wannsee, which is environmentally similar but has a different management history, and Lake Userin, which serves as a reference located in a nature protection area...
September 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924477/a-new-paradigm-in-low-risk-papillary-microcarcinoma-active-surveillance
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Alex González Bóssolo, Michelle Mangual Garcia, Paula Jeffs González, Miosotis Garcia, Guillermo Villarmarzo, Jose Hernán Martinez
Classical papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC) is a variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) known to have excellent prognosis. It has a mortality of 0.3%, even in the presence of distance metastasis. The latest American Thyroid Association guidelines state that although lobectomy is acceptable, active surveillance can be considered in the appropriate setting. We present the case of a 37-year-old female with a history of PTMC who underwent surgical management consisting of a total thyroidectomy. Although she has remained disease-free, her quality of life has been greatly affected by the sequelae of this procedure...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924341/intraocular-pressure-spikes-following-neodymium-doped-yttrium-aluminum-garnet-laser-capsulotomy-current-prevalence-and-management-in-israel
#17
Asaf Achiron
AIM: The current treatment for posterior capsular opacification (PCO), neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser capsulotomy, may lead to increased intraocular pressure (IOP). Our aim was to survey routines in the management of IOP spikes and to identify the rate of IOP spikes following prophylactic apraclonidine treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A survey questionnaire among ophthalmologists and a retrospective registry review was used. Patients were administered apraclonidine 0...
May 2017: Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924296/applied-carbohydrate-counting
#18
Lovely Gupta, Deepak Khandelwal, Sanjay Kalra
Carbohydrate counting or "carb counting" is a meal planning technique for persons with diabetes for managing blood glucose levels by tracking the grams of carbohydrate consumed at meals. With better patient education and awareness, carb counting has become an important step in diabetes management. People with all types of diabetes can be benefited with this approach via improved glycaemic control and quality of life. In the first part of this review basic principles of carbohydrate counting, its application in clinical practice and exchange lists pertaining primarily to South Asian populations have been discussed...
September 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924245/understanding-the-factors-affecting-self-management-of-copd-from-the-perspectives-of-healthcare-practitioners-a-qualitative-study
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Oladapo J Ogunbayo, Sian Russell, James J Newham, Karen Heslop-Marshall, Paul Netts, Barbara Hanratty, Eileen Kaner
Self-management is recognised as an essential criteria for the provision of high quality care for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The management of COPD is usually delivered by a wide range of healthcare practitioners. This study aimed to understand the factors affecting self-management of COPD from the perspectives of the different multidisciplinary healthcare teams involved in COPD care. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants from primary care, specialist respiratory and pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) teams...
September 18, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923988/contemporary-management-of-cardiogenic-shock-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
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REVIEW
Sean van Diepen, Jason N Katz, Nancy M Albert, Timothy D Henry, Alice K Jacobs, Navin K Kapur, Ahmet Kilic, Venu Menon, E Magnus Ohman, Nancy K Sweitzer, Holger Thiele, Jeffrey B Washam, Mauricio G Cohen
Cardiogenic shock is a high-acuity, potentially complex, and hemodynamically diverse state of end-organ hypoperfusion that is frequently associated with multisystem organ failure. Despite improving survival in recent years, patient morbidity and mortality remain high, and there are few evidence-based therapeutic interventions known to clearly improve patient outcomes. This scientific statement on cardiogenic shock summarizes the epidemiology, pathophysiology, causes, and outcomes of cardiogenic shock; reviews contemporary best medical, surgical, mechanical circulatory support, and palliative care practices; advocates for the development of regionalized systems of care; and outlines future research priorities...
September 18, 2017: Circulation
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