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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156847/longitudinal-relationship-between-traumatic-brain-injury-and-the-risk-of-incident-optic-neuropathy-a-10-year-follow-up-nationally-representative-taiwan-survey
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Ying-Jen Chen, Chang-Min Liang, Ming-Cheng Tai, Yun-Hsiang Chang, Tzu-Yu Lin, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Fu-Huang Lin, Chang-Huei Tsao, Wu-Chien Chien
Accumulating evidences had shown that traumatic brain injury was associated with visual impairment or vision loss. However, there were a limited number of empirical studies regarding the longitudinal relationship between traumatic brain injury and incident optic neuropathy. We studied a cohort from the Taiwanese National Health Insurance data comprising 553918 participants with traumatic brain injury and optic neuropathy-free in the case group and 1107836 individuals without traumatic brain injury in the control group from 1st January 2000...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155612/health-reform-and-utilization-of-high-volume-hospitals-for-complex-cancer-operations
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Andrew P Loehrer, David C Chang, Zirui Song, George J Chang
PURPOSE: Underinsured patients are less likely to receive complex cancer operations at hospitals with high surgical volumes (high-volume hospitals, or HVHs), which contributes to disparities in care. To date, the impact of insurance coverage expansion on site of complex cancer surgery remains unknown. METHODS: Using the 2006 Massachusetts coverage expansion as a natural experiment, we searched the Hospital Cost and Utilization Project state inpatient databases for Massachusetts and control states (New York, New Jersey, and Florida) between 2001 and 2011 to evaluate changes in the utilization of HVHs for resections of bladder, esophageal, stomach, pancreatic, rectal, or lung cancer after the expansion of insurance coverage...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155515/temporal-characteristics-of-social-support-in-colorectal-cancer-survivors-during-the-first-year-post-operation
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Dongxing Zhang, Yuan You, Zhongmin Zhang
PURPOSE: To describe the level of perceived social support and to identify its predictors among Chinese colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors during the first year post operation. METHODS: Newly diagnosed cases of colorectal cancer aged 18 and above who were admitted for curative surgery in a tertiary care hospital between January 2012 and July 2014 were consecutively recruited. This cohort study included 5 assessment waves over the first year post surgery (at baseline, 4-6 week, 3-month, 6-month and 12-month follow-up) regarding social support level among 189 CRC survivors...
July 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155190/use-of-routine-home-health-care-and-deviations-from-an-uncomplicated-recovery-pathway-after-radical-prostatectomy
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Deborah R Kaye, John Syrjamaki, Chad Ellimootil, Edward W Schervish, M Hugh Solomon, Susan Linsell, James E Montie, David C Miller, James M Dupree
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the statistical association between routine home health use after prostatectomy, short-term surgical outcomes, and payments. METHODS: We identified all men who underwent a robotic radical prostatectomy from 04/01/2014 through 10/31/2015 in the Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MUSIC) with insurance from Medicare or a large commercial payer. We calculated rates of "routine" home care use after prostatectomy by urology practice...
November 16, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153870/factors-associated-with-use-of-disease-modifying-agents-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-the-national-hospital-and-ambulatory-medical-care-survey
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Priyanka Gaitonde, Laura M Bozzi, Fadia T Shaya
OBJECTIVE: We examined the treatment patterns among adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and identified factors influencing access to traditional and biological disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). METHODS: We analyzed visits recorded in the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from 2005 to 2014 with a RA diagnosis. The primary outcome was DMARD use (traditional and/or biological). We included prescriptions of all RA-related treatments such as traditional and biological DMARDs, glucocorticoids, gold preparations, immunosuppressants, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs...
October 18, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153375/patterns-of-ct-use-in-japan-2014-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-study
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Toshihiro Koyama, Yoshito Zamami, Ayako Ohshima, Yusuke Teratani, Kazuaki Shinomiya, Yoshihisa Kitamura
OBJECTIVES: To describe CT usage in Japan by age, gender, and region and to clarify the relationship between aging and CT examination rate. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study using openly accessible data from the National Database, which includes all Japanese health insurance claim data from 2014. These data are anonymized and publicly available as spreadsheets. Therefore, this study did not require institutional review board approval. We calculated the rate of CT examinations per 1000 population by age, sex, and region with 99% confidence intervals...
December 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153123/healthcare-access-among-young-adults-impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-on-young-adults-with-hypertension
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Jing Fang, Guijing Wang, Carma Ayala, Salvatore J Lucido, Fleetwood Loustalot
INTRODUCTION: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision implemented policies to improve coverage for young adults. It is not known if it affected access to care among young adults with hypertension. METHODS: National Health Interview Survey data from 2006 to 2009 and 2011 to 2014 were used. Young adults aged 19-25 years were assessed for potential barriers to access to health care. The authors compared the percentage of each indicator of barriers to access to health care among young adults in general, as well as those with hypertension in the two time periods and estimated the AOR...
December 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153117/medical-expenditures-associated-with-hypertension-in-the-u-s-2000-2013
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Donglan Zhang, Guijing Wang, Ping Zhang, Jing Fang, Carma Ayala
INTRODUCTION: Trends of prevalence, treatment, and control of hypertension have been documented in the U.S., but changes in medical expenditures associated with hypertension over time have not been evaluated. This study analyzed these expenditures during 2000-2013 among U.S. adults. METHODS: Data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey were analyzed in 2016. The study population was non-institutionalized men and non-pregnant women aged ≥18 years. Hypertension was defined as ever been diagnosed with hypertension or currently taking antihypertensive medications...
December 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152438/barriers-to-timely-completion-of-radiation-therapy-in-patients-with-cervical-cancer-in-an-urban-tertiary-care-center
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Justin Cohen, Amy Harper, Elizabeth M Nichols, Gautam G Rao, Pranshu Mohindra, Dana Marie Roque
Background In 2017, there will be an estimated 12,820 women diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States, causing an estimation of 4,210 deaths. Among U.S. women, there is a 33% greater incidence and 71% higher cervical cancer mortality in high-poverty counties when compared to low-income counties [1]. In those dispositioned to chemoradiation, treatment time of less than eight weeks is associated with compromised pelvic control. We sought to identify patient or disease characteristics and socioeconomic or psychosocial barriers that contribute to delays in treatment completion in order to formulate new policies to address these needs...
September 12, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151591/us-health-policy-and-prescription-drug-coverage-of-fda-approved-medications-for-the-treatment-of-obesity
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G Gomez, F C Stanford
OBJECTIVE: Obesity is now the most prevalent chronic disease in the United States, which amounts to an estimated $147 billion in health care spending annually. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted in 2010, included provisions for private and public health insurance plans that expanded coverage for lifestyle/behavior modification and bariatric surgery for the treatment of obesity. Pharmacotherapy, however, has not been included despite their evidence-based efficacy. We set out to investigate the coverage of FDA-approved medications for obesity within Medicare, Medicaid, and ACA-established marketplace health insurance plans...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151564/-patterns-and-influential-factors-of-inter-regional-migration-of-new-and-experienced-nurses-in-2011-2015
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Bohyun Park, Se Young Kim
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to analyze the migration patterns of new nurses and experienced nurses and to identify the factors influencing inter-regional migration for solving regional imbalances of clinical nurses in South Korea. METHODS: This study involved a secondary analysis of data from the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA). Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and multiple logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: New nurses tended to migrate from Kyunggi to Seoul...
October 2017: Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151365/effectiveness-of-direct-acting-antiviral-therapy-for-hepatitis-c-in-difficult-to-treat-patients-in-a-safety-net-health-system-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Christina Yek, Carolina de la Flor, John Marshall, Cindy Zoellner, Grace Thompson, Lisa Quirk, Christian Mayorga, Barbara J Turner, Amit G Singal, Mamta K Jain
BACKGROUND: Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) have revolutionized chronic hepatitis C (HCV) treatment, but real-world effectiveness among vulnerable populations, including uninsured patients, is lacking. This study was conducted to characterize the effectiveness of DAAs in a socioeconomically disadvantaged and underinsured patient cohort. METHODS: This retrospective observational study included all patients undergoing HCV treatment with DAA-based therapy between April 2014 and June 2016 at a large urban safety-net health system (Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas, TX, USA)...
November 20, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151150/a-comparison-of-cancer-risk-assessment-and-testing-outcomes-in-patients-from-underserved-vs-tertiary-care-settings
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Huma Q Rana, Sarah R Cochrane, Elaine Hiller, Ruth N Akindele, Callie M Nibecker, Ludmila A Svoboda, Angel M Cronin, Judy E Garber, Christopher S Lathan
In cancer genetics, technological advances (next generation sequencing) and the expansion of genetic test options have resulted in lowered costs and increased access to genetic testing. Despite this, the majority of patients utilizing cancer genetics services lack diversity of gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Through retrospective chart review, we compared outcomes of cancer genetics consultations at a tertiary cancer center and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) (58 tertiary and 23 FQHC patients) from 2013 to 2015...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151052/prevalence-of-health-services-usage-and-associated-factors-in-the-amazon-region-of-brazil-a-population-based-cross-sectional-study
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Maria Elizete A Araujo, Marcus T Silva, Tais F Galvao, Mauricio G Pereira
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the prevalence of healthcare use and associated factors in the Manaus metropolitan region and to describe the reasons for lack of access. DESIGN: Cross-sectional population-based study. SETTING: A survey conducted between May and August of 2015 in eight cities from Manaus metropolitan region, Amazonas, Brazil. PARTICIPANTS: 4001 adults ≥18 years of age. PRIMARY OUTCOMES MEASURES: Physician visits, dentist visits and hospitalisations in the last 12 months were the primary outcomes...
November 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151046/the-association-between-gastro-oesophageal-reflux-disease-and-subsequent-rheumatoid-arthritis-occurrence-a-nested-case-control-study-from-taiwan
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Herng-Ching Lin, Sudha Xirasagar, Cha-Ze Lee, Chung-Chien Huang, Chao-Hung Chen
OBJECTIVE: Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a common comorbidity among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While GORD has been attributed to the antirheumatic medications, no studies of human cohorts have investigated a link between GORD and RA. This study investigates whether GORD is associated with a subsequent RA diagnosis over a 5-year follow-up using a population-based dataset. SETTING: Taiwan PARTICIPANTS: We used data from the Taiwan Longitudinal Health Insurance Database...
November 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150783/incidence-of-non-physiologically-complex-surgical-procedures-performed-in-children-an-ontario-population-based-study-of-health-administrative-data
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James D O'Leary, Franklin Dexter, David Faraoni, Mark W Crawford
PURPOSE: Quantification of surgical procedures undertaken by hospitals is necessary for informing resource allocation and modelling healthcare services. Our objective was to quantify the incidence, similarity, and diversity of non-physiologically complex surgical procedures performed at pediatric specialist hospitals and other hospitals performing pediatric surgery. METHODS: We conducted a population-based cohort study of children aged 28 days to 18 yr who underwent surgery in the province of Ontario from 2007 to 2015 using healthcare administrative databases...
November 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150537/incremental-value-of-repeated-risk-factor-measurements-for-cardiovascular-disease-prediction-in-middle-aged-korean-adults-results-from-the-nhis-heals-national-health-insurance-system-national-health-screening-cohort
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In-Jeong Cho, Ji Min Sung, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Namsik Chung, Hyeon Chang Kim
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence suggests that repeatedly measured cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors may have an additive predictive value compared with single measured levels. Thus, we evaluated the incremental predictive value of incorporating periodic health screening data for CVD prediction in a large nationwide cohort with periodic health screening tests. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 467 708 persons aged 40 to 79 years and free from CVD were randomly divided into development (70%) and validation subcohorts (30%)...
November 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149853/cost-of-delivering-health-care-services-at-primary-health-facilities-in-ghana
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Maxwell Ayindenaba Dalaba, Paul Welaga, Chieko Matsubara
BACKGROUND: There is limited knowledge on the cost of delivering health services at primary health care facilities in Ghana which is posing a challenge in resource allocations. This study therefore estimated the cost of providing health care in primary health care facilities such as Health Centres (HCs) and Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) in Ghana. METHODS: The study was cross-sectional and quantitative data was collected from the health provider perspective...
November 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149849/biobanking-in-israel-2016-17-expressed-perceptions-versus-real-life-enrollment
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Gideon Koren, Daniella Beller, Daphna Laifenfeld, Iris Grossman, Varda Shalev
BACKGROUND: As part of the preparations to establish a population-based biobank in a large Israeli health organization, we aimed to investigate through focus groups the knowledge, perceptions and attitudes of insured Israelis, toward biobanking, and then, after input from focus groups' participants, to empirically assess the impact of a revised recruitment process on recruitment rates. METHODS: 1) Six Focus group discussions were conducted (n = 10 per group) with individuals who had routine blood laboratory tests taken in the last 2 years...
November 17, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149339/human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection-increases-the-risk-of-incident-autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-taiwan
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Yung-Feng Yen, Yu-Ching Lan, Chun-Teng Huang, I-An Jen, Marcelo Chen, Chun-Yuan Lee, Pei-Hung Chuang, Yun Lee, Donalde E Morisky, Yi-Ming Arthur Chen
Background: Currently, the association between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and subsequent development of autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) remains unclear. This nationwide population-based cohort study aimed to determine the association between incident AIHA and HIV infection in Taiwan. Methods: During 2000-2012, we identified people aged ≧15 years living with HIV (PLWH) from the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control HIV Surveillance System. Individuals were considered to be infected with HIV on the basis of positive results of an HIV type 1 Western blot...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
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