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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806724/one-star-rating-for-a-five-star-program-evaluating-hospital-compare
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J M Shapiro
OBJECTIVES: For healthcare systems of any size, it is important to minimize costs while maximizing outcomes. One idea of how to achieve these goals has been the reduction in hospital-related complications, including infection and surgical complications, among others. In the United States, policy makers recently adopted the 'Hospital Compare' program as a way to encourage consumers and improve hospitals. This article evaluates the effectiveness of this policy. STUDY DESIGN: This article uses an observed cohort study of most US hospitals across four different indices...
August 11, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804582/how-do-patients-perceive-and-expect-quality-of-surgery-diagnostics-and-emergency-services-in-tertiary-care-hospitals-an-evidence-of-gap-analysis-from-pakistan
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Iram Fatima, Ayesha Humayun, Muhammad Imran Anwar, Adil Iftikhar, Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Shafiq
OBJECTIVES: Service quality is one of the important gears to appraise services and determine the gray areas that need improvement. In countries with a resource-poor health system, the first step of measuring quality is yet to be taken. This study seeks to inform policy makers in developing contextual service quality models by identifying service quality gaps in tertiary care teaching hospitals using patients' perspective. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed using multistage cluster sampling, and a modified version of the SERVQUAL (SERV-service, QUAL-quality) instrument was administered to determine patient's expectations and perceptions...
July 2017: Oman Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804579/validity-of-prostate-health-index-and-percentage-of-2-pro-prostate-specific-antigen-as-novel-biomarkers-in-the-diagnosis-of-prostate-cancer-omani-tertiary-hospitals-experience
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Safana S Al Saidi, Nafila B Al Riyami, Mohammed S Al Marhoon, Mohammed S Al Saraf, Salim S Al Busaidi, Riad Bayoumi, Waad-Allah S Mula-Abed
OBJECTIVES: Prostate cancer is the leading cancer in older men. The Ministry of Health Oman Cancer Incidence Registry 2013 lists cancer of the prostate as the first most common cancer in males. Therefore, early detection is important and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is widely used as an established laboratory test. However, despite its wide use, its value in screening, particularly in asymptomatic males, is controversial when considering the risks and benefits of early detection. METHODS: This prospective, observational study included 136 males (67...
July 2017: Oman Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803419/specific-periodontopathic-bacterial-infection-affects-hypertension-in-male-cardiovascular-disease-patients
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Norio Aoyama, Jun-Ichi Suzuki, Hidetoshi Kumagai, Yuichi Ikeda, Hiroshi Akazawa, Issei Komuro, Masato Minabe, Yuichi Izumi, Mitsuaki Isobe
Hypertension (HT) is a systemic disorder that results in the decline of quality of life and death. While patients with periodontitis are at a high risk of HT, little causal information has been provided to date. To clarify the relationship, periodontopathic bacterial infection in cardiovascular patients with or without HT was evaluated. The subjects were patients with (n = 412) or without (n = 199) HT who attended Tokyo Medical and Dental University hospital. Blood examinations and periodontal measurements were performed...
August 12, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801674/a-new-scoring-model-for-the-prediction-of-mortality-in-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury
#5
Min Luo, Yuan Yang, Jun Xu, Wei Cheng, Xu-Wei Li, Mi-Mi Tang, Hong Liu, Fu-You Liu, Shao-Bin Duan
Currently, little information is available to stratify the risks and predict acute kidney injury (AKI)-associated death. In this present cross-sectional study, a novel scoring model was established to predict the probability of death within 90 days in patients with AKI diagnosis. For establishment of predictive scoring model, clinical data of 1169 hospitalized patients with AKI were retrospectively collected, and 731 patients of them as the first group were analyzed by the method of multivariate logistic regression analysis to create a scoring model and further predict patient death...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800580/establishing-a-classification-system-for-high-fall-risk-among-inpatients-using-support-vector-machines
#6
Shinichiroh Yokota, Miyoko Endo, Kazuhiko Ohe
We constructed a model using a support vector machine to determine whether an inpatient will suffer a fall on a given day, depending on patient status on the previous day. Using fall report data from our own facility and intensity-of-nursing-care-needs data accumulated through hospital information systems, a dataset comprising approximately 1.2 million patient-days was created. Approximately 50% of the dataset was used as training and testing data. A multistep grid search was conducted using the semicomprehensive combination of three parameters...
August 2017: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799158/-the-impact-of-immigrant-status-on-the-mode-of-hospital-referral-impression-of-disease-severity-and-length-of-stay-in-inpatient-general-pediatric-care
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Sebastian Ullrich, Yuriy Nesterko, Diana Briel, Andreas Hiemisch, Elmar Brähler, Heide Glaesmer
Background National as well as international research often shows differences in health and health behavior between children and youth with and without migration background. It is also noted that there are differences in the use of health services depending on the migration background. Patients and Methods Data from 266 pediatric patients, regarding their hospitalization, general impression of health status and length of stay in a hospital, were analyzed depending on the migration background. Information on migration background and treatment-related data were obtained from the parents of the patient or from the hospital information system (SAP)...
August 10, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798876/the-criterion-validity-reliability-and-feasibility-of-an-instrument-for-assessing-the-nursing-intensity-in-perioperative-settings
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Satu Rauta, Sanna Salanterä, Tero Vahlberg, Kristiina Junttila
Patient classification systems generate information for staff allocation based on a patient's care needs. This study aims to test further the instrument for assessing nursing intensity (NI) in perioperative settings. Nine operating departments from five university hospitals were involved. The perioperative nurses gathered data from patients (N = 876) representing different fields of surgery. Reliability was tested by parallel classifications (n = 144). Also, the users' (n = 40) opinions were surveyed. The results support the predictive validity and interrater reliability of the instrument...
2017: Nursing Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798821/benchmarking-quality-for-renal-cancer-surgery-canadian-kidney-cancer-information-system-ckcis-perspective
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Keith A Lawson, Olli Saarela, Zhihui Liu, Luke T Lavallée, Rodney H Breau, Lori Wood, Michael A S Jewett, Anil Kapoor, Simon Tanguay, Ronald B Moore, Ricardo Rendon, Frederic Pouliot, Peter C Black, Jun Kawakami, Darrel Drachenberg, Antonio Finelli
INTRODUCTION: There is a lack of validated quality metrics to evaluate the care of patients receiving surgery for renal cell carcinoma (RCC). To address this, the Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada defined a list of quality indicators (QI) to assess hospital-level performance. We have case-mix adjusted these QIs to benchmark RCC surgical care at Canadian academic centres. METHODS: The Canadian Kidney Cancer information system (CKCis) was used to measure six QIs: laparoscopic approach proportion (LA), partial nephrectomy proportion (PN), partial nephrectomy in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKDPN), positive margin rate (PMR), partial nephrectomy complication rate (PNCx), and warm ischemia time (WIT)...
August 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797127/the-resqu-index-a-new-instrument-to-appraise-the-quality-of-research-on-birth-place
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Saraswathi Vedam, Chris Rossiter, Caroline S E Homer, Kathrin Stoll, Vanessa L Scarf
OBJECTIVE: Place of birth is a known determinant of health care outcomes, interventions and costs. Many studies have examined the maternal and perinatal outcomes when women plan to give birth in hospitals compared with births in birth centres or at home. However, these studies vary substantially in rigour; assessing their quality is challenging. Existing research appraisal tools do not always capture important elements of study design that are critical when comparing outcomes by planned place of birth...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796769/medication-related-patient-harm-in-new-zealand-hospitals
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Gillian Robb, Elizabeth Loe, Ashika Maharaj, Richard Hamblin, Mary E Seddon
AIM: The purpose of this study is to identify patterns of medication-related harm from a national perspective, and to use this information to inform decisions on where to focus medication safety efforts. This study updates a 2013 study using the same methodology. METHOD: District health boards (DHBs) still actively using either the Adverse Drug Event (ADE) Trigger Tool (TT) or the Global Trigger Tool (GTT), submitted two years of anonymised ADE data (1 July 2013-30 June 2015) to the Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission) using a standard template...
August 11, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796065/a-scoring-system-to-predict-mortality-in-infants-with-esophageal-atresia-a-case-control-study
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Xiao-Wen Li, Ya-Jun Jiang, Xue-Qiu Wang, Jia-Lin Yu, Lu-Quan Li
Esophageal atresia (EA) is a rare anomaly that mandates surgical intervention. Patients with EA often have complicated medical courses due to both esophageal anomalies and related comorbidities. Although several prognostic classification systems have been developed to decrease the mortality rate in EA, most systems focus only on the influence of the major anomaly, and external risk factors that could be influenced by the neonatal caregivers to a certain extent are not included. The aim of this study was to investigate the risk factors for in-hospital mortality in neonates with EA and develop a scoring model to predict mortality...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794648/cost-analysis-of-adverse-events-associated-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-management-in-france
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Christos Chouaid, Delphine Loirat, Emilie Clay, Aurélie Millier, Chloé Godard, Amira Fannan, Laurie Lévy-Bachelot, Eric Angevin
BACKGROUND: Adverse events (AEs) related to medical treatments in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are frequent and need an appropriate costing in health economic models. Nevertheless, data on costs associated with AEs in NSCLC are scarce, particularly since the development of immunotherapy with specific immune-related AEs. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the costs of grades 3 and 4 AEs related to NSCLC treatments including immunotherapy in France. METHODS: Grades 3 and 4 AEs related to treatment and reported in at least 1% of patients in Phase III clinical trials for erlotinib, ramucirumab plus docetaxel, docetaxel, pemetrexed plus carboplatin plus bevacizumab, platinum-based chemotherapies, nivolumab and pembrolizumab were identified...
2017: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793086/complex-chronic-conditions-in-children-and-adolescents-hospitalizations-in-brazil-2013
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Erly Catarina de Moura, Martha Cristina Nunes Moreira, Lívia Almeida Menezes, Isadora Almeida Ferreira, Romeu Gomes
This article aims to estimate the extent of hospitalizations for complex chronic conditions in Brazil. Data from the Hospital Information System for 2013 were compiled according to the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision. Hospitalization rates were estimated according to region, sex, age and disease chapter, taking into account the 2012 population as a reference, as well the percentage of highly complex procedures and mortality rates. Public hospitals treated 190,000 inpatients in 2013. The rate was highest among the population in the South of Brazil, those who were male and children under the age of one...
August 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792334/exploring-patients-experience-of-hospital-meal-ordering-systems
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Ella Ottrey, Judi Porter
Meal-ordering systems are an important aspect of hospital food services, informing patients of the available menu choices and supporting the collection of meal orders. Although several meal-ordering systems are used in hospitals, there has been limited research into patients' experience of these systems. Aim To explore patients' experience of written, spoken and visual menus in the acute hospital setting. Method Ten patients from a tertiary teaching hospital were asked to evaluate three meal-ordering systems, which were randomly allocated to them...
August 9, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791677/patterns-and-prevalence-of-violence-related-skull-trauma-in-medieval-london
#16
Kathryn Krakowka
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to identify the patterns and prevalence of violence-related skull trauma (including the cranium and mandible) among a large sample of skeletons from medieval London (1050-1550 AD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, data from 399 skulls, representing six different sites from across medieval London, were analyzed for evidence of trauma and assessed for the likelihood that it was caused by violence. The sites include the three parish cemeteries of St Nicholas Shambles (GPO75), St Lawrence Jewry (GYE92), and St Benet Sherehog (ONE94); the two monastic houses of London Blackfriars (PIC87) and St Mary Graces (MIN86); and the early inmate cemetery from the medieval hospital of St Mary Spital (NRT85)...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790076/implementation-of-a-formulary-management-process
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Lauren I Karel, Dennis R Delisle, Ellena A Anagnostis, Cindy J Wordell
PURPOSE: The application of lean methodology in an initiative to redesign the formulary maintenance process at an academic medical center is described. SUMMARY: Maintaining a hospital formulary requires clear communication and coordination among multiple members of the pharmacy department. Using principles of lean methodology, pharmacy department personnel within a multihospital health system launched a multifaceted initiative to optimize formulary management systemwide...
August 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789948/burden-of-multiple-chronic-conditions-among-urologic-cancer-patients
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Tullika Garg, Amanda J Young, Korey A Kost, John F Danella, Sharon Larson, Matthew E Nielsen, H Lester Kirchner
PURPOSE: To describe age, multiple chronic condition (MCC) profiles, and health system contact in urologic cancer patients. MATERIALS & METHODS: Using Geisinger Health System electronic health records, we identified adult primary care patients and a subset with at least one urology encounter between 2001-2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Chronic Condition Indicator and Clinical Classifications Software tools were applied to International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes to identify chronic conditions...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789708/effectiveness-of-person-and-family-centered-care-transition-interventions-a-systematic-review-protocol
#19
Chantal Backman, Julie Chartrand, Orvie Dingwall, Beverley Shea
BACKGROUND: Care transitions from the hospital to home are critical to the sustainability of our health care system. Ineffective care transitions can be caused by high incidences of post-discharge adverse events, by poor communication with patients, and/or by inadequate information transfer between providers from the hospital to home. Any one of these can lead to fragmented care, high readmission rates, increased visits to the emergency department, and ultimately poor patient outcomes...
August 8, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789663/inorganic-nitrate-as-a-treatment-for-acute-heart-failure-a-protocol-for-a-single-center-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-pilot-and-feasibility-study
#20
Roman Falls, Michael Seman, Sabine Braat, Joshua Sortino, Jason D Allen, Christopher J Neil
BACKGROUND: Acute heart failure (AHF) is a frequent reason for hospitalization worldwide and effective treatment options are limited. It is known that AHF is a condition characterized by impaired vasorelaxation, together with reduced nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability, an endogenous vasodilatory compound. Supplementation of inorganic sodium nitrate (NaNO3) is an indirect dietary source of NO, through bioconversion. It is proposed that oral sodium nitrate will favorably affect levels of circulating NO precursors (nitrate and nitrite) in AHF patients, resulting in reduced systemic vascular resistance, without significant hypotension...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
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