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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432127/sex-differences-in-hospitalizations-with-maintenance-hemodialysis
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Scott V Adams, Matthew Rivara, Elani Streja, Alfred K Cheung, Onyebuchi A Arah, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Rajnish Mehrotra
Hospitalization is a major source of morbidity among patients with ESRD undergoing maintenance hemodialysis and is a significant contributor to health care costs. To identify subgroups at the highest risk of hospitalization, we analyzed by sex, age, and race, adjusting for demographic and clinical characteristics, the hospitalization rates, and 30-day readmissions for 333,756 hospitalizations among 111,653 patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis in facilities operated by a large dialysis organization in the United States (2007-2011)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427471/quality-of-life-and-healthcare-service-utilization-among-methadone-maintenance-patients-in-a-mountainous-area-of-northern-vietnam
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Long Hoang Nguyen, Lan Huong Thi Nguyen, Victoria L Boggiano, Canh Dinh Hoang, Hung Van Nguyen, Huong Thi Le, Hai Quan Le, Tho Dinh Tran, Bach Xuan Tran, Carl A Latkin, Nabil Zary, Minh Thuc Thi Vu
BACKGROUND: The expansion of methadone maintenance treatment in mountainous areas in still limited and little is known about its health impacts on drug users. This study aimed to examine health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and health care access among patients engaging in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) in Tuyen Quang, a mountainous province in Vietnam. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey with 241 patients conveniently recruited in two MMT clinics (Son Duong and Tuyen Quang)...
April 20, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424767/direct-and-indirect-costs-of-asthma-management-in-greece-an-expert-panel-approach
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Kyriakos Souliotis, Hara Kousoulakou, Georgios Hillas, Petros Bakakos, Michalis Toumbis, Stelios Loukides, Theodoros Vassilakopoulos
OBJECTIVE: Asthma is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and is associated with significant economic burden worldwide. The objectives of this study were to map current resource use associated with the disease management and to estimate the annual direct and indirect costs per adult patient with asthma. METHODS: A Delphi panel with seven leading pulmonologists was conducted. A semistructured questionnaire was developed to elicit data on resource use and treatment patterns...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421638/renal-replacement-therapy-and-incremental-hemodialysis-for-veterans-with-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease
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Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Susan T Crowley, Srinivasan Beddhu, Joline L T Chen, John T Daugirdas, David S Goldfarb, Anna Jin, Csaba P Kovesdy, David J Leehey, Hamid Moradi, Sankar D Navaneethan, Keith C Norris, Yoshitsugu Obi, Ann O'Hare, Tariq Shafi, Elani Streja, Mark L Unruh, Tushar J Vachharajani, Steven Weisbord, Connie M Rhee
Each year approximately 13,000 Veterans transition to maintenance dialysis, mostly in the traditional form of thrice-weekly hemodialysis from the start. Among >6000 dialysis units nationwide, there are currently approximately 70 Veterans Affairs (VA) dialysis centers. Given this number of VA dialysis centers and their limited capacity, only 10% of all incident dialysis Veterans initiate treatment in a VA center. Evidence suggests that, among Veterans, the receipt of care within the VA system is associated with favorable outcomes, potentially because of the enhanced access to healthcare resources...
April 18, 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420945/controversies-and-recent-developments-of-the-low-fodmap-diet
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Peta Hill, Jane G Muir, Peter R Gibson
The low-fermentable oligo-, di-, and monosaccharide and polyol (FODMAP) diet is a 2-phased intervention, with strict reduction of all slowly absorbed or indigestible short-chain carbohydrates (ie, FODMAPs) followed by reintroduction of specific FODMAPs according to tolerance. The efficacy of the elimination phase of the FODMAP diet is well established, but the success of maintaining this diet has been shown in only a few observational studies. How the efficacy of the low-FODMAP diet compares with that of other therapies has received limited attention, but recent studies have shown this diet to be comparable or superior to diets that address eating style and choice of food as well as to gut hypnotherapy...
January 2017: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420270/stages-of-change-in-audiology-comparison-of-three-self-assessment-measures
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Elisabeth Ingo, K Jonas Brännström, Gerhard Andersson, Thomas Lunner, Ariane Laplante-Lévesque
OBJECTIVE: In a clinical setting, theories of health behaviour change could help audiologists and other hearing health care professionals understand the barriers that prevent people with hearing problems to seek audiological help. The transtheoretical (stages of change) model of health behaviour change is one of these theories. It describes a person's journey towards health behaviour change (e.g. seeking help or taking up rehabilitation) in separate stages: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and, finally, maintenance...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418280/twenty-first-century-pathologists-advocacy
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Timothy Craig Allen
Pathologists' advocacy plays a central role in the establishment of continuously improving patient care quality and patient safety, and in the maintenance and progress of pathology as a profession. Pathology advocacy's primary goal is the betterment of patient safety and quality medical care; however, payment is a necessary and appropriate component to both, and has a central role in advocacy. Now is the time to become involved in pathology advocacy; the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) are two of the most consequential pieces of legislation impacting the pathology and laboratory industry in the last 20 years...
April 18, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416079/management-of-childhood-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-an-integrative-review-of-the-literature
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Louise Fleming, Marcia Van Riper, Kathleen Knafl
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is an endocrine condition that requires parents to administer steroids up to three times daily, supplementing maintenance doses with oral or injectable doses during times of illness. The purpose of this integrative review was to explore the management, care, and associated health issues for children with CAH and the family response to the condition. Four literature indexes were searched, with 39 articles included. Four themes emerged: (a) Health- and Development-Related Issues, (a) Effects of Excess Androgens, (c) Life Experience of CAH, and (d) Managing and Averting Adrenal Crisis...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416042/earthquakes-fuel-crisis-power-outages-and-health-care-in-nepal-implications-for-the-future
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Bipin Adhikari, Shiva Raj Mishra, Sujan Babu Marahatta, Nils Kaehler, Kumar Paudel, Janak Adhikari, Shristi Raut
Earthquakes are a major natural calamity with pervasive effects on human life and nature. Similar effects are mimicked by man-made disasters such as fuel crises and power outages in developing countries. Natural and man-made disasters can cause intangible human suffering and often leave scars of lifelong psychosocial damage. Lessons from these disasters are frequently not implemented. The main objective of this study was to review the effects of the 2015 earthquakes, fuel crisis, and power outages on the health services of Nepal and formulate recommendations for the future...
April 18, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410182/parent-and-health-care-provider-perceptions-for-development-of-a-web-based-weight-management-program-for-survivors-of-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-a-mixed-methods-study
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Sara Folta, Winnie Chang, Rachel Hill, Michael Kelly, Susan Meagher, W Paul Bowman, Fang Fang Zhang
BACKGROUND: Survivors of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) may experience unhealthy weight gain during treatment, which has been associated with higher risk for chronic health issues. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to obtain feedback on weight management in pediatric ALL survivors and on the content and implementation of a Web-based weight management program. METHODS: Study participants included 54 parent survey respondents and 19 pediatric oncology professionals in 4 focus groups...
February 9, 2017: JMIR Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406789/risk-of-venous-thromboembolism-after-a-single-normal-proximal-lower-extremity-venous-ultrasound
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Myles M Mitsunaga, Shannon Kogachi, Hyo-Chun Yoon
CONTEXT: The optimal lower extremity venous ultrasound (US) protocol to diagnose deep venous thrombosis of the popliteal and more proximal veins is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To determine the three-month rate of symptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE) and clinical outcomes of inpatients and ambulatory patients with normal findings on single venous ultrasound of the popliteal and more proximal veins (single proximal US). DESIGN: Single proximal US results and clinical data of all inpatient and ambulatory patients with suspected acute deep venous thrombosis were retrospectively reviewed during a 12-month period between January and December 2014...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406459/homesound-real-time-audio-event-detection-based-on-high-performance-computing-for-behaviour-and-surveillance-remote-monitoring
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Rosa Ma Alsina-Pagès, Joan Navarro, Francesc Alías, Marcos Hervás
The consistent growth in human life expectancy during the recent years has driven governments and private organizations to increase the efforts in caring for the eldest segment of the population. These institutions have built hospitals and retirement homes that have been rapidly overfilled, making their associated maintenance and operating costs prohibitive. The latest advances in technology and communications envisage new ways to monitor those people with special needs at their own home, increasing their quality of life in a cost-affordable way...
April 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406394/a-randomised-controlled-trial-to-compare-the-safety-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-doxycycline-200%C3%A2-mg-day-with-that-of-oral-prednisolone-0-5%C3%A2-mg-kg-day-for-initial-treatment-of-bullous-pemphigoid-the-bullous-pemphigoid-steroids-and-tetracyclines-blister
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Joanne R Chalmers, Fenella Wojnarowska, Gudula Kirtschig, James Mason, Margaret Childs, Diane Whitham, Karen Harman, Anna Chapman, Shernaz Walton, Enno Schmidt, Thomas R Godec, Andrew J Nunn, Hywel C Williams
BACKGROUND: Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is an autoimmune blistering skin disorder with increased morbidity and mortality in the elderly. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of a strategy of initiating BP treatment with oral doxycycline or oral prednisolone. We hypothesised that starting treatment with doxycycline gives acceptable short-term blister control while conferring long-term safety advantages over starting treatment with oral prednisolone...
March 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399844/implementation-of-a-pragmatic-randomized-trial-of-screening-for-chronic-kidney-disease-to-improve-care-among-non-diabetic-hypertensive-veterans
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Carmen A Peralta, Martin Frigaard, Anna D Rubinsky, Leticia Rolon, Lowell Lo, Santhi Voora, Karen Seal, Delphine Tuot, Shirley Chao, Kimberly Lui, Phillip Chiao, Neil Powe, Michael Shlipak
BACKGROUND: Whether screening for chronic kidney disease (CKD) can improve the care of persons at high risk for complications remains uncertain. We describe the design and early implementation experience of a pilot, cluster-randomized pragmatic trial to evaluate the feasibility, implementation, and effectiveness of a "triple marker" CKD screening program (creatinine, cystatin C and albumin to creatinine ratio) for improving care among hypertensive veterans seen in primary care at one Veterans Administration Hospital...
April 12, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394249/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-and-short-term-psychoanalytic-psychotherapy-versus-brief-psychosocial-intervention-in-adolescents-with-unipolar-major-depression-impact-a-multicentre-pragmatic-observer-blind-randomised-controlled-trial
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Ian M Goodyer, Shirley Reynolds, Barbara Barrett, Sarah Byford, Bernadka Dubicka, Jonathan Hill, Fiona Holland, Raphael Kelvin, Nick Midgley, Chris Roberts, Rob Senior, Mary Target, Barry Widmer, Paul Wilkinson, Peter Fonagy
BACKGROUND: Although there are effective psychological treatments for unipolar major depression in adolescents, whether or not one or more of the available therapies maintain reduced depressive symptoms 1 year after the end of treatment is not known. This is a non-trivial issue because maintaining lowered depressive symptoms below a clinical threshold level reduces the risk for diagnostic relapse into the adult years. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether or not either of two specialist psychological treatments, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) or short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy (STPP), is more effective than a reference brief psychosocial intervention (BPI) in maintaining reduction of depression symptoms in the year after treatment...
March 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384224/socio-environmental-exposures-and-health-outcomes-among-persons-with-sickle-cell-disease
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Monika R Asnani, Jennifer Knight Madden, Marvin Reid, Lisa-Gaye Greene, Parris Lyew-Ayee
There is much variability in the expression of sickle cell disease (SCD) and recent works suggest that environmental and social factors may also influence this variability. This paper aims to use geographic information systems technology to examine the association between socio-environmental exposures and health outcomes in all persons who have attended or currently attend the Sickle Cell Unit in Jamaica. Rural patients presented for clinical care at older ages and had less annual visits to clinic. Persons travelled relatively long distances to seek SCD care and those travelling longer had less health maintenance visits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378724/-a-personalized-approach-to-the-pulmonary-rehabilitation-of-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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S I Ovcharenko, B A Volel', Ya K Galetskaite
AIM: To elaborate and introduce personalized pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) programs adapted in terms of the types of disease response in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 85 patients with COPD of more than 2 years' duration (the shortest time frame that was valid to assess the type of disease response) were examined. All the patients underwent adequate physical, instrumental, laboratory, and psychiatric examinations, during which the type of COPD response was determined...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377115/this-is-your-new-normal-a-qualitative-study-of-barriers-and-facilitators-to-physical-activity-in-veterans-with-lower-extremity-loss
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Alyson J Littman, Erin D Bouldin, Jodie K Haselkorn
BACKGROUND: Regular physical activity (PA) is essential for aging well with a disability, preventing the onset or worsening of chronic conditions, functional loss, and maintaining or improving quality of life, yet PA levels are low in those with disabilities, including those with a lower extremity amputation (LEA). OBJECTIVE: To determine methods for promoting PA in this population, our objective was to better understand the barriers and facilitators to PA that persons with LEA face...
March 22, 2017: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376802/understanding-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-screening-practices-among-primary-care-physicians-a-qualitative-chart-stimulated-recall-study
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Dina Hafez, Daniel B Nelson, Evan G Martin, Alicia J Cohen, Rebecca Northway, Jeffrey T Kullgren
BACKGROUND: Early diagnosis and treatment of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) can prevent future health problems, yet many individuals with these conditions are undiagnosed. This could be due, in part, to primary care physicians' (PCP) screening practices, about which little is known. The objectives of this study were to identify factors that influence PCPs' decisions to screen patients for T2DM and to characterize their interpretation and communication of screening test results to patients...
April 4, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372924/implementation-and-first-results-of-a-tablet-based-assessment-referring-to-patient-reported-outcomes-in-an-inpatient-cancer-care-unit
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Markus Schuler, Freya Trautmann, Mirko Radloff, Leopold Hentschel, Thomas Petzold, Maria Eberlein-Gonska, Gerhard Ehninger, Jochen Schmitt
BACKGROUND: Inclusion of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in routine cancer care is of key importance for individualized treatment, shared decision making and patient satisfaction. OBJECTIVE: To describe the implementation under routine conditions of an electronic self-administered PRO assessment and comparison of PROs before and after inpatient treatment in oncologic care. METHODS: In a tablet-based survey PROs on symptom burden, global health status/ quality of life (QoL) and health utility were collected twice (at hospital admission and discharge) in an inpatient oncological setting over a 17-month period using the EORTC QLQ-C30 and EQ-5D questionnaires...
March 31, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
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