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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220023/early-palliative-care-reduces-end-of-life-intensive-care-unit-icu-use-but-not-icu-course-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Andrew M Romano, Kristine E Gade, Gradon Nielsen, Robert Havard, James H Harrison, Josh Barclay, George J Stukenborg, Paul W Read, Leslie J Blackhall, Patrick M Dillon
BACKGROUND: Early palliative care for advanced cancer patients improves quality of life and survival, but less is known about its effect on intensive care unit (ICU) use at the end of life. This analysis assessed the effect of a comprehensive early palliative care program on ICU use and other outcomes among patients with advanced cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort of patients with advanced cancer enrolled in an early palliative care program (n = 275) was compared with a concurrent control group of patients receiving standard care (n = 195) during the same time period by using multivariable logistic regression analysis...
February 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214722/when-high-pressure-system-constraints-and-a-social-justice-mission-collide-a-socio-structural-analysis-of-emergency-department-social-work-services
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Megan Moore, Margaret Cristofalo, Danae Dotolo, Nicole Torres, Alexandra Lahdya, Leyna Ho, Mia Vogel, Mollie Forrester, Bonnie Conley, Susan Fouts
The emergency department (ED) can be a critical intervention point for many patients with multifaceted needs. Social workers have long been part of interdisciplinary ED teams. This study aimed to contribute to the limited understanding of social worker-patient interactions and factors influencing social work services in this setting. This paper reports a qualitative content analysis of social work medical record notes (N = 1509) of services provided to trauma patients in an urban, public, level 1 trauma center and an in-depth analysis of semi-structured interviews with ED social workers (N = 10)...
February 11, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213493/development-of-the-critical-care-pharmacotherapy-trials-network
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Seth R Bauer, Prasad E Abraham, Jeffrey F Barletta, Gretchen M Brophy, Brian L Erstad, Jeffrey P Gonzales, Curtis E Haas, Robert MacLaren, Eric W Mueller, Keith M Olsen, Ishaq Lat
PURPOSE: The development of the Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Trials Network (CCPTN) as a model for practice-based pharmacotherapy research is described. SUMMARY: The CCPTN was formed in 2010 as a collaborative research network dedicated to scientific investigation in the field of critical care pharmacotherapy. The CCPTN organizational structure is consistent with many professional pharmacy and interdisciplinary organizations and organized into 3 primary domains: executive committee, working committees, and network membership...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209051/melanoma-in-the-elderly
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Ausilia M Manganoni, Laura Pizzatti, Laura Pavoni, Francesca Consoli, Enrico Damiani, Giorgio Manca, Giulio Gualdi, Piergiacomo Calzavara-Pinton
BACKGROUND: Among older patients, melanoma in general presents biological features related to a more aggressive biology, such as more locally advanced tumor. Management of melanoma in elderly may be difficult, mainly due to comorbidities. We report the experience of the Melanoma Unit of University Hospital ASST Spedali Civili di Brescia, Italy. METHODS: Study subjects were drawn from 3444 patients with histological confirmed melanoma. Data were extracted from electronic database of the Melanoma Unit of University Hospital ASST Spedali Civili of Brescia, Italy...
February 16, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203262/participatory-epidemiology-the-contribution-of-participatory-research-to-epidemiology
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REVIEW
Mario Bach, Susanne Jordan, Susanne Hartung, Claudia Santos-Hövener, Michael T Wright
BACKGROUND: Epidemiology has contributed in many ways to identifying various risk factors for disease and to promoting population health. However, there is a continuing debate about the ability of epidemiology not only to describe, but also to provide results which can be better translated into public health practice. It has been proposed that participatory research approaches be applied to epidemiology as a way to bridge this gap between description and action. A systematic account of what constitutes participatory epidemiology practice has, however, been lacking...
2017: Emerging Themes in Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193377/another-time-another-space-the-evolution-of-the-virtual-journal-club
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REVIEW
Alison L Chetlen, Carol M Dell, Agnieszka O Solberg, Hansel J Otero, Kirsteen R Burton, Matthew T Heller, Nikita Lakomkin, Stephane L Desouches, Stacy E Smith
Virtual journal clubs (VJCs) provide a standardized, easily accessible forum for evidence-based discussion. The new virtual reality setting in which journal clubs and other online education events now take place offers great advantages and new opportunities for radiologists in academic medicine and private practice. VJCs continue to evolve, largely due to many emerging technologies and platforms. VJCs will continue to play an increasingly important role in medical education, interdisciplinary interaction, and multi-institutional collaboration...
March 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192596/integrating-next-generation-sequencing-into-pediatric-oncology-practice-an-assessment-of-physician-confidence-and-understanding-of-clinical-genomics
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Liza-Marie Johnson, Jessica M Valdez, Emily A Quinn, April D Sykes, Rose B McGee, Regina Nuccio, Stacy J Hines-Dowell, Justin N Baker, Chimene Kesserwan, Kim E Nichols, Belinda N Mandrell
BACKGROUND: The incorporation of genomic testing to identify targetable somatic alterations and predisposing germline mutations into the clinical setting is becoming increasingly more common. Despite its potential usefulness, to the authors' knowledge physician confidence with regard to understanding and applying genomic testing remains unclear, particularly within the realm of pediatric oncology. METHODS: Before initiating an institutional feasibility study regarding the integration of clinical genomic testing, the authors surveyed pediatric oncologists regarding their confidence around understanding of genomic testing, perceived usefulness of test results, preferences around the disclosure of germline test results, and possible risks and benefits of testing...
February 13, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190757/consensus-bundle-on-maternal-mental-health-perinatal-depression-and-anxiety
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Susan Kendig, John P Keats, M Camille Hoffman, Lisa B Kay, Emily S Miller, Tiffany A Moore Simas, Ariela Frieder, Barbara Hackley, Pec Indman, Christena Raines, Kisha Semenuk, Katherine L Wisner, Lauren A Lemieux
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions encountered by women of reproductive age. When left untreated, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can have profound adverse effects on women and their children, ranging from increased risk of poor adherence to medical care, exacerbation of medical conditions, loss of interpersonal and financial resources, smoking and substance use, suicide, and infanticide. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are associated with increased risks of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity and are recognized as a significant patient safety issue...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186835/preparing-pediatric-healthcare-professionals-for-end-of-life-care-discussions-an-exploratory-study
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Amanda Henderson, Jeanine Young, Anthony Herbert, Natalie Bradford, Lee-Anne Pedersen
BACKGROUND: Preparedness to initiate end-of-life (EoL) discussions is a confronting and daunting task for all healthcare professionals. We conducted a group interview to explore healthcare professionals' experiences of preparing for EoL discussions with the patient and their family in a pediatric context. AIM: To identify what pediatric healthcare professionals consider important when preparing for an EoL discussion. METHODS: A qualitative design using a group interview...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183146/prenatal-and-postnatal-management-of-gastroschisis-in-german-speaking-countries-is-there-a-standardized-management
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Katharina Schib, Marc Schumacher, Martin Meuli, Sasha Tharakan, Ulrike Subotic
Introduction Evidence-based guidelines or protocols regarding the perinatal management of babies born with gastroschisis are lacking. The aim of this work is to evaluate the different current treatment modalities for newborns with gastroschisis during the perinatal period in the German-speaking countries Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. These data could serve as a starting point for the development of a multicenter randomized controlled trial. Materials and Methods A questionnaire was developed with 30 questions divided into five sections: (1) prenatal diagnosis, (2) fetal therapy, (3) mode and timing of delivery, (4) operative management, and (5) postoperative management...
February 9, 2017: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182269/why-has-model-informed-precision-dosing-not-yet-become-common-clinical-reality-lessons-from-the-past-and-a-roadmap-for-the-future
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Adam S Darwich, Kayode Ogungbenro, Alexander A Vinks, J Robert Powell, Jean-Luc Reny, Niloufar Marsousi, Youssef Daali, David Fairman, Jack Cook, Lawrence J Lesko, Jeannine S McCune, Catherijne A J Knibbe, Saskia N de Wildt, J Steve Leeder, Michael Neely, Athena F Zuppa, Paolo Vicini, Leon Aarons, Trevor N Johnson, James Boiani, Amin Rostami-Hodjegan
Patient groups prone to polypharmacy and special subpopulations are susceptible to suboptimal treatment. Refined dosing in special populations is imperative to improve therapeutic response and/or lowering the risk of toxicity. Model-informed precision dosing (MIPD) may improve treatment outcomes by achieving the optimal dose for an individual patient. There is however relatively little published evidence of large-scale utility and impact of MIPD, where it is often implemented as local collaborative efforts between academia and healthcare...
February 9, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178916/development-of-an-interdisciplinary-pre-matriculation-program-designed-to-promote-medical-students-self-efficacy
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Anna Wirta Kosobuski, Abigail Whitney, Andrew Skildum, Amy Prunuske
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A four-week interdisciplinary pre-matriculation program for Native American and rural medical students was created and its impact on students' transition to medical school was assessed. The program extends the goals of many pre-matriculation programs by aiming to increase not only students' understanding of basic science knowledge, but also to build student self-efficacy through practice with medical school curricular elements while developing their academic support networks...
2017: Medical Education Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178041/consensus-bundle-on-maternal-mental-health-perinatal-depression-and-anxiety
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Susan Kendig, John P Keats, M Camille Hoffman, Lisa B Kay, Emily S Miller, Tiffany A Moore Simas, Ariela Frieder, Barbara Hackley, Pec Indman, Christena Raines, Kisha Semenuk, Katherine L Wisner, Lauren A Lemieux
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions encountered by women of reproductive age. When left untreated, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can have profound adverse effects on women and their children, ranging from increased risk of poor adherence to medical care, exacerbation of medical conditions, loss of interpersonal and financial resources, smoking and substance use, suicide, and infanticide. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are associated with increased risks of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity and are recognized as a significant patient safety issue...
February 6, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169042/nomogram-based-overall-survival-prediction-in-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-for-oligo-metastatic-lung-disease
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S Tanadini-Lang, J Rieber, A R Filippi, M M Fode, J Streblow, S Adebahr, N Andratschke, O Blanck, J Boda-Heggemann, M Duma, M J Eble, I Ernst, M Flentje, S Gerum, P Hass, C Henkenberens, G Hildebrandt, D Imhoff, H Kahl, N D Klass, R Krempien, F Lohaus, C Petersen, E Schrade, T G Wendt, A Wittig, M Høyer, U Ricardi, F Sterzing, M Guckenberger
BACKGROUND: Radical local treatment of pulmonary metastases is practiced with increasing frequency due to acknowledgment and better understanding of oligo-metastatic disease. This study aimed to develop a nomogram predicting overall survival (OS) after stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for pulmonary metastases. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A multi-institutional database of 670 patients treated with SBRT for pulmonary metastases was used as training cohort. Cox regression analysis with bidirectional variable elimination was performed to identify factors to be included into the nomogram model to predict 2-year OS...
February 3, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168863/social-participation-of-people-with-cognitive-problems-and-their-caregivers-a-feasibility-evaluation-of-the-social-fitness-programme
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H W Donkers, D J van der Veen, M J Vernooij-Dassen, M W G Nijhuis-van der Sanden, M J L Graff
OBJECTIVE: We developed a tailor-made intervention aimed at improving social participation of people with cognitive problems and their caregivers. This programme consists of an integration of healthcare and welfare interventions: occupational therapy, physiotherapy and guidance by a welfare professional. This article describes the feasibility evaluation of this Social Fitness Programme. METHODS: Feasibility in terms of acceptability, demand, implementation, practicability and limited efficacy was evaluated based on experiences from professionals (programme deliverers), people with cognitive problems and their caregivers (programme recipients)...
February 7, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167657/from-concept-to-practice-is-multidimensional-care-the-leading-principle-in-hospice-care-an-exploratory-mixed-method-study
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Everlien de Graaf, Merel van Klinken, Danielle Zweers, Saskia Teunissen
BACKGROUND: Hospice care (HC) aims to optimise the quality of life of patients and their families by relief and prevention of multidimensional suffering. The aim of this study is to gain insight into multidimensional care (MC) provided to hospice inpatients by a multiprofessional team (MT) and identify facilitators, to ameliorate multidimensional HC. METHODS: This exploratory mixed-method study with a sequential quantitative-qualitative design was conducted from January to December 2015...
February 6, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166784/randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-coordinated-care-intervention-to-improve-risk-factor-control-after-stroke-or-transient-ischemic-attack-in-the-safety-net-secondary-stroke-prevention-by-uniting-community-and-chronic-care-model-teams-early-to-end-disparities
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Amytis Towfighi, Eric M Cheng, Monica Ayala-Rivera, Heather McCreath, Nerses Sanossian, Tara Dutta, Bijal Mehta, Robert Bryg, Neal Rao, Shlee Song, Ali Razmara, Magaly Ramirez, Theresa Sivers-Teixeira, Jamie Tran, Elizabeth Mojarro-Huang, Ana Montoya, Marilyn Corrales, Beatrice Martinez, Phyllis Willis, Mireya Macias, Nancy Ibrahim, Shinyi Wu, Jeremy Wacksman, Hilary Haber, Adam Richards, Frances Barry, Valerie Hill, Brian Mittman, William Cunningham, Honghu Liu, David A Ganz, Diane Factor, Barbara G Vickrey
BACKGROUND: Recurrent strokes are preventable through awareness and control of risk factors such as hypertension, and through lifestyle changes such as healthier diets, greater physical activity, and smoking cessation. However, vascular risk factor control is frequently poor among stroke survivors, particularly among socio-economically disadvantaged blacks, Latinos and other people of color. The Chronic Care Model (CCM) is an effective framework for multi-component interventions aimed at improving care processes and outcomes for individuals with chronic disease...
February 6, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156675/improving-provider-adherence-to-evidence-based-supportive-care-practices-for-patients-with-myeloma
#18
Beth Faiman, Diana Harris, Nicole Rozario
: 218 Background: Rapidly emerging therapeutics for multiple myeloma (MM) have diverse and sometimes life-threatening toxicities, underscoring the need for proactive screening, assessment, and management to mitigate symptoms and adverse events [AEs] (i.e., "supportive care (SC) practices"). Little is known about the real-world systematic use of such strategies in routine MM clinical care. A 3 center pilot study aims to describe documented adherence to evidence-based SC practices, and then intervene with a novel ePRO and supportive care planning system (CPS) technology designed to improve adherence...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156650/organizational-factors-influencing-specialty-palliative-care-utilization-at-academic-cancer-centers
#19
Michael W Rabow, Megan Crowley-Makota, Mallory Marie Waters, Michelle Nkumsah, Douglas B White, Edward Chu, Cardinale B Smith, Robert Arnold
: 109 Background: Rates of early specialty palliative care utilization remain low, despite increasing familiarity and favorable attitudes amongst cancer center oncologists. In this context, understanding organizational barriers to specialty palliative care use becomes critical. METHODS: We conducted a qualitative interview study with 74 medical oncologists practicing at 3 U.S. academic cancer centers with well-established specialty palliative care clinics. The in-depth interview guide elicited experiences and views related to outpatient palliative care...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156579/snapshot-of-an-outpatient-supportive-care-center-at-a-comprehensive-cancer-center
#20
Maxine Grace De la Cruz, Angelique Wong, Debra Castro, Eduardo Bruera
: 145 Background: Integration of Palliative Care (PC) in oncology has been found to improve symptom distress, quality of life and survival in patients with advanced cancer. Early integration is most appropriate in the outpatient (OP) setting. However, most PC services in the U.S. do not have an OP component. Our study aims to provide a snapshot of the type of patients that are referred to this novel setting for the delivery of early PC. METHODS: We reviewed a day in the SCC to illustrate the structure and process involved in the delivery of outpatient PC...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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