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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432810/liver-cirrhosis-is-a-risk-factor-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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HyunJung Lee, Eue-Keun Choi, Tae-Min Rhee, So-Ryoung Lee, Woo-Hyun Lim, Si-Hyuck Kang, Kyung-Do Han, Myung-Jin Cha, Seil Oh
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Information is lacking regarding whether liver cirrhosis (LC) is associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) development. We aimed to investigate the incidence and clinical significance of AF in cirrhotic patients. METHODS: LC patients (n = 3,596; mean age, 54.7 ± 12.3 years; male, 72.5%) without previous AF were selected from the Korean National Health Insurance Service National Sample Cohort database between 2004 and 2008. Age- and sex-matched controls (n=17,980) were randomly sampled in a 5:1 ratio from non-LC individuals...
April 22, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432756/high-rate-of-systemic-corticosteroid-prescription-among-outpatient-visits-for-psoriasis-a-population-based-epidemiological-study-using-the-korean-national-health-insurance-database
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Sang Jun Eun, Sihyeok Jang, Jin Yong Lee, Young Kyung Do, Seong Jin Jo
The use of systemic corticosteroids (SC) for the treatment of psoriasis is not recommended according to textbooks and guidelines. In clinical practise, however, many physicians frequently prescribe SC for patients with psoriasis. To determine the magnitude of SC prescription for outpatients with psoriasis in Korea and identify factors associated with the use of SC, we used the 2010-2014 nationwide claims data of the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service of Korea. In frequency analysis for the full scale of prescribed SC, oral methylprednisolone was the most frequently prescribed SC, followed by dexamethasone and betamethasone injections...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432549/factors-associated-with-hpv-vaccination-in-young-males
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Kelli M Fuller, Leslie Hinyard
Human papilloma virus (HPV) affects both men and women; however, recommendations for HPV vaccination among men were not issued in the United States until 2011. The purpose of this study was to describe and compare characteristics of men who did and did not report receiving at least one dose of the HPV vaccine. Data from the ten states that completed the HPV vaccination module in the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) were included in the study. Young men ages 18-26 were included (N = 1624)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431783/supplementary-health-insurance-from-the-consumer-point-of-view-are-israelis-consumers-doing-an-informed-rational-choice-when-purchasing-supplementary-health-insurance
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Giora Kaplan, Yael Shahar, Orna Tal
BACKGROUND: The National Health Insurance Law in Israel ensures basic health basket eligibility for all its citizens. A supplemental health insurance plan (SHIP) is offered for an additional fee. Over the years, the percentage of supplemental insurance's holders has risen considerably, ranking among the highest in OECD countries. The assumption that consumers implement an informed rational choice based on relevant information is doubtful. Are consumers sufficiently well informed to make market processes work well? OBJECTIVES: To examine perspectives, preferences and knowledge of Israelis in relation to SHIP...
April 8, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431579/protocole-of-a-controlled-before-after-evaluation-of-a-national-health-information-technology-based-program-to-improve-healthcare-coordination-and-access-to-information
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Florence Saillour-Glénisson, Sylvie Duhamel, Emmanuelle Fourneyron, Laetitia Huiart, Jean Philippe Joseph, Emmanuel Langlois, Stephane Pincemail, Viviane Ramel, Thomas Renaud, Tamara Roberts, Matthieu Sibé, Frantz Thiessard, Jerome Wittwer, Louis Rachid Salmi
BACKGROUND: Improvement of coordination of all health and social care actors in the patient pathways is an important issue in many countries. Health Information (HI) technology has been considered as a potentially effective answer to this issue. The French Health Ministry first funded the development of five TSN ("Territoire de Soins Numérique"/Digital health territories) projects, aiming at improving healthcare coordination and access to information for healthcare providers, patients and the population, and at improving healthcare professionals work organization...
April 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431415/potential-impact-of-affordable-care-act-related-insurance-expansion-on-trauma-care-reimbursement
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John W Scott, Pooja U Neiman, Peter A Najjar, Thomas C Tsai, Kirstin W Scott, Mark G Shrime, David M Cutler, Ali Salim, Adil H Haider
BACKGROUND: Nearly one quarter of trauma patients are uninsured and hospitals recoup less than 20% of inpatient costs for their care. This study examines changes to hospital reimbursement for inpatient trauma care if the full coverage expansion provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were in effect. METHODS: We abstracted nonelderly adults (ages 18-64 years) admitted for trauma from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample during 2010-the last year before most major ACA coverage expansion policies...
May 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430851/accuracy-of-offspring-reported-parental-hip-fractures-a-novel-population-based-parent-offspring-record-linkage-study
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Lisa M Lix, William D Leslie, Shuman Yang, Lin Yan, Randy Walld, Suzanne N Morin, Sumit R Majumdar, Leslie L Roos
The objective of this study was to test the validity of offspring-reported parental hip fracture in a unique bone mineral density (BMD) registry linked to administrative databases spanning 4 decades. Population-based data were from Manitoba, Canada, and included hospital abstracts, health insurance registrations, and the provincewide BMD registry. The cohort included individuals aged ≥40 years with BMD tests and self-reports of parental hip fracture between 2006 and 2014. Population registry data for 1966-2014 were used to link offspring with their parents, and hospital records were used to ascertain parental fractures...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430143/associations-between-temperature-and-hospital-admissions-for-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-korea
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Suji Lee, Matthias Guth
The relationship between temperature and subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is less studied than that between temperature and myocardial infarction or other cardiovascular diseases. This study investigated the association between daily temperature and risk of SAH by analyzing the hospital admission records of 111,316 SAH patients from 2004 to 2012 in Korea. A Poisson regression model was used to examine the association between temperature and daily SAH hospital admissions. To analyze data and identify vulnerable groups, we used the following subgroups: sex, age, insurance type, area (rural or urban), and different climate zones...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430032/sociocultural-hegemony-gendered-identity-and-use-of-traditional-and-complementary-medicine-in-ghana
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Razak Mohammed Gyasi, Daniel Buor, Samuel Adu-Gyamfi, Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei, Padmore Adusei Amoah
This study investigated the gender differences in use of traditional and complementary medicine (TCM) in Ghana. Using an interviewer-administered questionnaire, we collected data from March to June 2013 from 324 randomly sampled adults in the Ashanti Region. The prevalence of TCM use in the prior 12 months was 86%. Females constituted the majority (61%) of TCM users. Female TCM users were more likely than male users to have had only a basic education, been traders (p ˂ .0001), and had health insurance (p ˂ ...
April 21, 2017: Women & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429976/reimbursement-changes-and-drug-switching-are-severe-patients-more-affected
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Shou-Hsia Cheng, Chi-Chen Chen, Hung-Chih Kuo, Chi-Chuan Wang
Objectives To examine the long-term effects of drug reimbursement adjustments on drug-switching decisions and to investigate whether patients with complicated or severe conditions are more affected. Methods A population-based, longitudinal study with a before-and-after design. Analysis of 141,703 patients with type 2 diabetes covered by the universal health insurance program in Taiwan. Observation of five 6-month phases before and after a drug reimbursement adjustment implemented in October 2009. Drug switching was defined as a brand change within the same anatomical therapeutic chemical group between two consecutive physician visits...
April 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429950/-can-robotic-rectal-cancer-surgery-improve-quality-of-total-mesorectal-excision
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D Langer, I Tučková, J Kalvach, M Ryska
INTRODUCTION: The introduction of total mesorectal excision (TME) in the 1980s was pivotal in the surgical treatment for rectal carcinoma (RC). Routinely applied TME led to a significant reduction in the incidence of local recurrences. The purpose of our paper is to present the results of our non-randomized study comparing prospectively acquired data from radical resection / rectal extirpation using classic open access, laparoscopy and da Vinci robotic system. METHOD: The study group included 116 patients with RC who underwent radical surgical treatment between 1/2014-12/2016, after which the collected resection specimens were assessed in pathology laboratories of the referring hospital using the Quirkes protocol...
2017: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429659/sex-differences-in-disease-specific-health-status-measures-in-patients-with-symptomatic-peripheral-artery-disease-data-from-the-portrait-study
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Mazen Roumia, Herbert D Aronow, Peter Soukas, Kensey Gosch, Kim G Smolderen, John A Spertus, J Dawn Abbott
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is associated with poor health status (symptoms, functioning, quality of life (QOL)). Whether sex differences exist in PAD-specific health status is unknown. In patients presenting to a specialty clinic with new-onset or recent exacerbation of PAD, we examined sex differences as assessed by the Peripheral Artery Questionnaire (PAQ). The Patient-centered Outcomes Related to TReatment Practices in Peripheral Arterial Disease: Investigating Trajectories (PORTRAIT) study is a multicenter, international prospective study of patients with new or worsening PAD symptoms...
April 2017: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429619/addressing-parental-health-in-pediatrics-physician-perceptions-of-relevance-and-responsibility
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Maya Venkataramani, Tina L Cheng, Barry S Solomon, Craig Evan Pollack
Pediatric guidelines recommend that providers address a range of parental health issues; however, adherence to these guidelines has been suboptimal. Drawing on a nationally-representative sample of children's primary care physicians, we examined whether providers view parental issues as relevant to child health and whether they believe it is their personal responsibility to address them. Issues included maternal depression, tobacco use, intimate partner violence, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) immunization, family planning, and health insurance...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429098/symptomatic-menopausal-transition-and-subsequent-bipolar-disorder-among-midlife-women-with-major-depression-a-nationwide-longitudinal-study
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Li-Chi Chen, Albert C Yang, Tung-Ping Su, Ya-Mei Bai, Cheng-Ta Li, Wen-Han Chang, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Shih-Jen Tsai, Mu-Hong Chen
Previous studies suggested that menopausal transition played an important role in the clinical course of major depression and bipolar disorder. However, the role of symptomatic menopausal transition in diagnostic conversion from major depression to bipolar disorder was still unknown. Using the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, 50,273 midlife women aged between 40 and 60 years in 2002∼2008 with major depression were enrolled in our study and divided into two subgroups based on the presence (n = 21,120) or absence (n = 29,153) of symptomatic menopausal transition...
April 20, 2017: Archives of Women's Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429078/-telephone-coaching-for-depression
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W Gerlach-Reinholz, L Drop, E Basic, M Rauchhaus, J Fritze
BACKGROUND: Depression is associated with a substantial utilization of resources in the German healthcare system. A typical symptom in depression is loss of drive, which possibly contributes to non-adherence and increased costs. OBJECTIVE: The study is based on routine healthcare data and tested the hypothesis that telephone coaching in cases of depression leads to a reduction in total healthcare costs. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Based on approximately 80 covariates and using propensity score matching, a total of 1586 persons who had received telephone coaching for depression and covered by a German statutory health insurance fund were matched to a comparable cohort of patients with depression to whom telephone coaching had not been provided...
April 20, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427844/cost-effectiveness-of-influenza-vaccination-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-korea
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Jinuk Suh, Boyeon Kim, Yunseok Yang, Dong-Churl Suh, Eunyoung Kim
BACKGROUND: Influenza can cause cardiovascular abnormalities by inappropriately activating the coagulation cascade. Therefore, influenza vaccination is important because it decreases the risk of hospitalization for and mortality associated with heart disease. In particular, it reduces the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs) in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. Our study aimed to estimate the disease burden of MACEs and its related direct and indirect costs in ACS patients...
April 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427793/contribution-of-health-care-factors-to-the-burden-of-skin-disease-in-the-united-states
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Henry W Lim, Scott A B Collins, Jack S Resneck, Jean L Bolognia, Julie A Hodge, Thomas A Rohrer, Marta J Van Beek, David J Margolis, Arthur J Sober, Martin A Weinstock, David R Nerenz, Wendy Smith Begolka, Jose V Moyano
The American Academy of Dermatology has developed an up-to-date national Burden of Skin Disease Report on the impact of skin disease on patients and on the US population. In this second of 3 manuscripts, data are presented on specific health care dimensions that contribute to the overall burden of skin disease. Through the use of data derived from medical claims in 2013 for 24 skin disease categories, these results indicate that skin disease health care is delivered most frequently to the aging US population, who are afflicted with more skin diseases than other age groups...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427466/determinants-of-orphan-drugs-prices-in-france-a-regression-analysis
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Daria Korchagina, Aurelie Millier, Anne-Lise Vataire, Samuel Aballea, Bruno Falissard, Mondher Toumi
BACKGROUND: The introduction of the orphan drug legislation led to the increase in the number of available orphan drugs, but the access to them is often limited due to the high price. Social preferences regarding funding orphan drugs as well as the criteria taken into consideration while setting the price remain unclear. The study aimed at identifying the determinant of orphan drug prices in France using a regression analysis. METHODS: All drugs with a valid orphan designation at the moment of launch for which the price was available in France were included in the analysis...
April 21, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427286/incomes-and-outcomes-social-security-disability-benefits-in-first-episode-psychosis
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Robert A Rosenheck, Sue E Estroff, Kyaw Sint, Haiqun Lin, Kim T Mueser, Delbert G Robinson, Nina R Schooler, Patricia Marcy, John M Kane
OBJECTIVE: Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits are an important source of income for people with psychoses and confer eligibility for health insurance. The authors examined the impact of coordinated specialty care on receipt of such benefits in first-episode psychosis, along with the correlates and consequences of receiving them. METHOD: The Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode-Early Treatment Program (RAISE-ETP) study, a 34-site cluster-randomized trial, compared NAVIGATE, a coordinated specialty care program, to usual community care over 2 years...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426677/information-ranks-highest-expectations-of-female-adolescents-with-a-rare-genital-malformation-towards-health-care-services
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Elisabeth Simoes, Alexander N Sokolov, Andrea Kronenthaler, Hanna Hiltner, Norbert Schaeffeler, Katharina Rall, Esther Ueding, Monika A Rieger, Anke Wagner, Leonie S Poesch, Marie-Christin Baur, Judith Kittel, Sara Y Brucker
BACKGROUND: Access to highly specialized health care services and support to meet the patient's specific needs is critical for health outcome, especially during age-related transitions within the health care system such as with adolescents entering adult medicine. Being affected by an orphan disease complicates the situation in several important respects. Long distances to dedicated institutions and scarcity of knowledge, even among medical doctors, may present major obstacles for proper access to health care services and health chances...
2017: PloS One
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