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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430385/significant-reductions-in-alcohol-use-after-hepatitis-c-treatment-results-from-the-french-anrs-co13-hepavih-cohort
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Rod Knight, Perrine Roux, Antoine Vilotitch, Fabienne Marcellin, Eric Rosenthal, Laure Esterle, François Boué, David Rey, Lionel Piroth, Stéphanie Dominguez, Philippe Sogni, Dominique Salmon-Ceron, Bruno Spire, Maria Patrizia Carrieri
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Few data exist on changes to substance use patterns before and after hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment. We used longitudinal data of HIV-HCV co-infected individuals to examine whether receiving Peg-interferon (Peg-IFN)-based therapy irrespective of HCV clearance could modify tobacco, cannabis and alcohol use. DESIGN: A prospective cohort of HIV-HCV co-infected individuals was enrolled from 2006. Participants' clinical data were retrieved from medical records and socio-demographic and behavioral characteristics were collected by yearly self-administered questionnaires...
April 21, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429859/aneurysms-in-neurofibromatosis-type-2-evidence-for-vasculopathy
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Shazia K Afridi, Suki Thomson, Steve E J Connor, Daniel C Walsh, Rosalie E Ferner
There have been anecdotal reports of vasculopathy associated with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). Given the increasing use of bevacizumab, a vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor which results in an increased risk of bleeding, it is important to ascertain if there is a predisposition to vascular abnormalities in NF2. In our unit NF2 patients undergo annual MRI brain and internal auditory meatus imaging. We noted incidental intracranial aneurysms in some patients and sought to determine the prevalence of intracranial aneurysms in our cohort of NF2 patients...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425579/myringoplasty-outcomes-from-the-swedish-national-quality-registry
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Malin Berglund, Rut Florentzson, Mattias Fransson, Malou Hultcrantz, Per O Eriksson, Erling Englund, Eva Westman
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Data from patients registered for myringoplasty during 2002 to 2012 in the Swedish National Quality Registry for Myringoplasty. STUDY DESIGN: Both conventional myringoplasty and fat-graft techniques were used aimed at healing the tympanic membrane in noninfected ears. METHODS: Analysis was performed on data in a national database collected from 32 ear, nose, and throat clinics. Surgical procedures and outcomes, and patient satisfaction from a questionnaire were studied...
April 20, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424549/seasonal-variability-in-clinical-care-of-copd-outpatients-results-from-the-andalusian-copd-audit
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Jose Luis López-Campos, Maria Abad Arranz, Carmen Calero-Acuña, Fernando Romero-Valero, Ruth Ayerbe-García, Antonio Hidalgo-Molina, Ricardo I Aguilar-Pérez-Grovas, Francisco García-Gil, Francisco Casas-Maldonado, Laura Caballero-Ballesteros, María Sánchez-Palop, Dolores Pérez-Tejero, Alejandro Segado Soriano, Jose Calvo-Bonachera, Bárbara Hernández-Sierra, Adolfo Doménech, Macarena Arroyo-Varela, Francisco González-Vargas, Juan J Cruz-Rueda
OBJECTIVES: Clinical practice in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be influenced by weather variability throughout the year. To explore the hypothesis of seasonal variability in clinical practice, the present study analyzes the results of the 2013-2014 Andalusian COPD audit with regard to changes in clinical practice according to the different seasons. METHODS: The Andalusian COPD audit was a pilot clinical project conducted from October 2013 to September 2014 in outpatient respiratory clinics of hospitals in Andalusia, Spain (8 provinces with more than 8 million inhabitants) with retrospective data gathering...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424055/how-participation-in-surgical-mortality-audit-impacts-surgical-practice
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Chi-Wai Lui, Frances M Boyle, Arkadiusz Peter Wysocki, Peter Baker, Alisha D'Souza, Sonya Faint, Therese Rey-Conde, John B North
BACKGROUND: Surgical mortality audit is an important tool for quality assurance and professional development but little is known about the impact of such activity on professional practice at the individual surgeon level. This paper reports the findings of a survey conducted with a self-selected cohort of surgeons in Queensland, Australia, on their experience of participating in the audit and its impact on their professional practice, as well as implications for hospital systems. METHODS: The study used a descriptive cross-sectional survey design...
April 19, 2017: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424049/findings-in-young-adults-at-colonoscopy-from-a-hospital-service-database-audit
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Stephanie Wong, Ilmars Lidums, Christophe Rosty, Andrew Ruszkiewicz, Susan Parry, Aung Ko Win, Yoko Tomita, Sina Vatandoust, Amanda Townsend, Dainik Patel, Jennifer E Hardingham, David Roder, Eric Smith, Paul Drew, Julie Marker, Wendy Uylaki, Peter Hewett, Daniel L Worthley, Erin Symonds, Graeme P Young, Timothy J Price, Joanne P Young
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) diagnosed at <50 years is predominantly located in the distal colon and rectum. Little is known about which lesion subtypes may serve as CRC precursors in young adults. The aim of this work was to document the prevalence and histological subtype of lesions seen in patients aged <50 years, and any associated clinical features. METHODS: An audit of the colonoscopy database at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia over a 12-month period was undertaken...
April 19, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423747/establishment-of-requirements-and-methodology-for-the-development-and-implementation-of-greymatters-a-memory-clinic-information-system
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Archana Tapuria, Matt Evans, Vasa Curcin, Tony Austin, Nathan Lea, Dipak Kalra
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the paper is to establish the requirements and methodology for the development process of GreyMatters, a memory clinic system, outlining the conceptual, practical, technical and ethical challenges, and the experiences of capturing clinical and research oriented data along with the implementation of the system. METHODS: The methodology for development of the information system involved phases of requirements gathering, modeling and prototype creation, and 'bench testing' the prototype with experts...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422448/the-benefits-of-clinical-facilitators-on-improving-stroke-care-in-acute-hospitals-a-new-program-for-australia
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Tara Purvis, Karen Moss, Linda Francis, Karen Borschmann, Monique F Kilkenny, Sonia Denisenko, Christopher F Bladin, Dominique A Cadilhac
BACKGROUND: Care gaps for stroke lead to preventable disability and deaths. The Victorian State Government implemented a program of employing clinical Facilitators on a fixed-term basis for up to three years (2008-2011) in eight hospitals to improve stroke care. The Facilitators were to establish stroke units where absent, implement evidence-based management protocols and provide staff education within an agreed work plan. The aim of this study was to determine if the Facilitator role was associated with improved stroke care, and to describe factors supporting or mitigating enhancements to care...
April 19, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419179/the-intensity-of-brief-interventions-in-patients-with-acute-alcoholic-pancreatitis-should-be-increased-especially-in-young-patients-with-heavy-alcohol-consumption
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Jussi Nikkola, Johanna Laukkarinen, Heini Huhtala, Juhani Sand
Aims: After the first acute alcoholic pancreatitis (AAP), active repeated brief interventions (BIs) have been shown to protect against recurrent acute pancreatitis (RAP). However, in daily hospital practice the treatment of alcohol problems varies. Our aim was to study BIs performed in the clinic during AAP and whether this prevents from future RAP episodes. Methods: Data on all patients discharged between 10/2010 and 10/2012 with acute pancreatitis as the primary diagnosis were obtained from the hospital database...
April 13, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417478/point-of-care-lung-sonography-an-audit-of-1150-examinations
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Giuseppe Francesco Sferrazza Papa, Michele Mondoni, Giovanni Volpicelli, Paolo Carlucci, Fabiano Di Marco, Elena Maria Parazzini, Francesca Reali, Giulia Michela Pellegrino, Paola Fracasso, Simone Sferrazza Papa, Livio Colombo, Stefano Centanni
OBJECTIVES: Point-of-care lung sonography has theoretical usefulness in numerous diseases; however clinical indications and the impact of this technique have not been fully investigated. We aimed to describe the current use of point-of-care lung sonography. METHODS: A 2-year prospective observational study was performed by pulmonologists in an Italian university hospital. Techniques, indications, consequences of lung sonography, and barriers to the examination were analyzed...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413274/evaluation-of-decision-to-delivery-interval-in-emergency-cesarean-section-a-1-year-prospective-audit-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Sunanda Gupta, Udita Naithani, C Madhanmohan, Ajay Singh, Pradeep Reddy, Apoorva Gupta
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) committee on professional standards and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines suggest that decision-to-delivery interval (DDI) and emergency cesarean section (CS) should not be more than 30 min, and a delay of more than75 min in the presence of maternal or fetal compromise can lead to poor outcome. This prospective 1-year study was conducted on emergency CS in a tertiary care hospital to evaluate the DDI, factors affecting it and to analyze their effects on maternal and neonatal outcome...
January 2017: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412135/moving-beyond-quality-control-in-diagnostic-radiology-and-the-role-of-the-clinically-qualified-medical-physicist
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REVIEW
H Delis, K Christaki, B Healy, G Loreti, G L Poli, P Toroi, A Meghzifene
Quality control (QC), according to ISO definitions, represents the most basic level of quality. It is considered to be the snapshot of the performance or the characteristics of a product or service, in order to verify that it complies with the requirements. Although it is usually believed that "the role of medical physicists in Diagnostic Radiology is QC", this, not only limits the contribution of medical physicists, but is also no longer adequate to meet the needs of Diagnostic Radiology in terms of Quality...
April 12, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409053/lessons-learnt-from-a-measles-outbreak-in-madang-province-papua-new-guinea-june-2014-march-2015
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Karoi Kamac, Beverley Paterson, James Flint
OBJECTIVE: This study examined measles vaccine wastage during an outbreak response in Madang Province of Papua New Guinea from June 2014 to March 2015. METHODS: Vaccine wastage was defined as the number of doses received by a health centre minus the total number of doses administered during and returned following the outbreak vaccination campaign. Vaccine data were collected from the Provincial Health Information Office, the Provincial Vaccine Store register and clinic and health centre immunization registers for calculating the vaccine wastage...
January 2017: Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal: WPSAR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408715/postoperative-infection-in-developing-world-congenital-heart-surgery-programs-data-from-the-international-quality-improvement-collaborative
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Amitabh Chanchal Sen, Debra Forbes Morrow, Rakhi Balachandran, Xinwei Du, Kimberlee Gauvreau, Byalal R Jagannath, Raman Krishna Kumar, Jennifer Koch Kupiec, Monica L Melgar, Nguyen Tran Chau, Gail Potter-Bynoe, Orlando Tamariz-Cruz, Kathy J Jenkins
BACKGROUND: Postoperative infections contribute substantially to morbidity and mortality after congenital heart disease surgery and are often preventable. We sought to identify risk factors for postoperative infection and the impact on outcomes after congenital heart surgery, using data from the International Quality Improvement Collaborative for Congenital Heart Surgery in Developing World Countries. METHODS AND RESULTS: Pediatric cardiac surgical cases performed between 2010 and 2012 at 27 participating sites in 16 developing countries were included...
April 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407780/determining-the-gaps-between-cochrane-reviews-and-trials-of-effectiveness-of-interventions-for-acute-respiratory-infections-an-audit
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Jasmin Alloo, Sanya Vallath, Chris Del Mar, Matt Carter, Sarah Thorning, Justin Clark
BACKGROUND: Cochrane primarily aims to systematically review trials of effectiveness that are important to inform clinical decisions. Editorial groups support authors to achieve high-quality reviews and prioritise review proposals in their clinical domain that are submitted or elicited. Prioritising proposals requires two approaches, identifying (1) clinical practises for which the evidence of effectiveness is uncertain and (2) interventions in which there are trials of effectiveness (especially randomised controlled trials (RCTs)) not systematically reviewed...
April 13, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407754/effect-of-audit-and-feedback-with-peer-review-on-general-practitioners-prescribing-and-test-ordering-performance-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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J Trietsch, B van Steenkiste, R Grol, B Winkens, H Ulenkate, J Metsemakers, T van der Weijden
BACKGROUND: Much research worldwide is focussed on cost containment and better adherence to guidelines in healthcare. The research focussing on professional behaviour is often performed in a well-controlled research setting. In this study a large-scale implementation of a peer review strategy was tested on both test ordering and prescribing behaviour in primary care in the normal quality improvement setting. METHODS: We planned a cluster-RCT in existing local quality improvement collaboratives (LQICs) in primary care...
April 13, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407747/antipsychotic-prescribing-for-vulnerable-populations-a-clinical-audit-at-an-acute-australian-mental-health-unit-at-two-time-points
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Sara S McMillan, Sara Jacobs, Louise Wilson, Theo Theodoros, Gail Robinson, Claire Anderson, Gabor Mihala, Amanda J Wheeler
BACKGROUND: Antipsychotics are recognised as a critical intervention for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Guidelines globally endorse the routine practice of antipsychotic monotherapy, at the minimum effective dose. Even in treatment-resistant schizophrenia, clozapine use is endorsed before combining antipsychotics. This aim of this study was to review antipsychotic polytherapy alone, high-dose therapy alone, polytherapy and high-dose prescribing patterns in adults discharged from an inpatient mental health unit at two time-points, and the alignment of this prescribing with clinical guideline recommendations...
April 13, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406548/dentists-use-of-validated-child-dental-anxiety-measures-in-clinical-practice-a-mixed-methods-study
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Hussain Alshammasi, Heather Buchanan, Paul Ashley
BACKGROUND: Assessing anxiety is an important part of the assessment of a child presenting for dental treatment; however, the use of dental anxiety scales in practice is not well-documented. AIMS: To introduce child dental anxiety scales, and to monitor the extent to which dentists used them; to explore the experience and views of dentists regarding anxiety assessment. DESIGN: A mixed-methods design was employed. METHOD: A protocol for child anxiety assessment was introduced to paediatric dentists in Eastman Dental Hospital...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403891/foley-catheter-for-cervical-priming-in-induction-of-labour-at-university-obstetrics-unit-colombo-sri-lanka-a-clinical-audit-with-a-patient-satisfaction-survey
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M Patabendige, A Jayawardane
BACKGROUND: Intracervical insertion of a Foley catheter (FC) has shown to be a safe, effective and relatively feasible mechanical method of cervical priming in induction of labour (IOL). We evaluated indications, effectiveness, patient acceptability and outcomes of FC use in IOL adhering to the ward protocol in our unit. METHODS: A clinical audit with a patient satisfaction survey conducted between July and September 2013 in University Obstetric Unit, Colombo, Sri Lanka...
April 12, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402908/current-treatment-trends-and-the-need-for-better-predictive-tools-in-the-management-of-ductal-carcinoma-in-situ-of-the-breast
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REVIEW
Carlos Martínez-Pérez, Arran K Turnbull, Gregory E Ekatah, Laura M Arthur, Andrew H Sims, Jeremy S Thomas, J Michael Dixon
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the breast represents a group of heterogeneous non-invasive lesions the incidence of which has risen dramatically since the advent of mammography screening. In this review we summarise current treatment trends and up-to-date results from clinical trials studying surgery and adjuvant therapy alternatives, including the recent consensus on excision margin width and its role in decision-making for post-excision radiotherapy. The main challenge in the clinical management of DCIS continues to be the tailoring of treatment to individual risk, in order to avoid the over-treatment of low-risk lesions or under-treatment of DCIS with higher risk of recurring or progressing into invasion...
March 31, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
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