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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737994/impact-of-a-patient-support-program-on-patient-adherence-to-adalimumab-and-direct-medical-costs-in-crohn-s-disease-ulcerative-colitis-rheumatoid-arthritis-psoriasis-psoriatic-arthritis-and-ankylosing-spondylitis
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David T Rubin, Manish Mittal, Matthew Davis, Scott Johnson, Jingdong Chao, Martha Skup
BACKGROUND: AbbVie provides a free-to-patient patient support program (PSP) to assist adalimumab-treated patients with medication costs, nurse support, injection training, pen disposal, and medication reminders. The impact of these services on patient adherence to adalimumab and direct medical costs associated with autoimmune disease has not been assessed. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the relationship between participation in a PSP and outcomes (adalimumab adherence, persistence, and direct medical costs) in patients initiating adalimumab treatment...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724420/legal-access-to-medications-a-threat-to-brazil-s-public-health-system
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Ana Luiza Chieffi, Rita De Cassia Barata Barradas, Moisés Golbaum
BACKGROUND: In Brazil, health is fundamental human right guaranteed by the Constitution of 1988, which created the Brazilian Universal Health System (Sistema Único de Saúde - SUS). The SUS provides medications for outpatient care via policy of pharmaceutical assistance (PA) programmes. Despite the advances in PA policies which include the improvement in access to medications, there has been a significant increase in lawsuits related to health products and services. This study aimed to characterize the medication processes filed between 2010 and 2014 against the Secretary of State for Health of São Paulo (State Health Department of São Paulo - SES/SP), in Brazil, following PA policies...
July 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722100/-tailored-care-for-functional-vertigo-dizziness-an-integrative-group-psychotherapy-approach
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Katharina Radziej, Gabriele Schmid-Mühlbauer, Karina Limburg, Claas Lahmann
Functional vertigo and dizziness (VD) symptoms are highly prevalent and usually accompanied by a strong impairment of quality in everyday and working life. The complaints are often associated with various psychiatric disorders, particularly phobic and other anxiety disorders, depressive or somatoform disorders. Despite this clinical relevance of VD symptoms, studies towards psychotherapeutic treatment options for patients with functional VD are still rare. Thus, the present study outlines a manual for outpatient group therapy for patients with functional VD symptoms...
June 2017: Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707751/oral-antifungal-medication-for-toenail-onychomycosis
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REVIEW
Sanne Kreijkamp-Kaspers, Kate Hawke, Linda Guo, George Kerin, Sally Em Bell-Syer, Parker Magin, Sophie V Bell-Syer, Mieke L van Driel
BACKGROUND: Fungal infection of the toenails, also called onychomycosis, is a common problem that causes damage to the nail's structure and physical appearance. For those severely affected, it can interfere with normal daily activities. Treatment is taken orally or applied topically; however, traditionally topical treatments have low success rates due to the nail's physical properties. Oral treatments also appear to have shorter treatment times and better cure rates. Our review will assist those needing to make an evidence-based choice for treatment...
July 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701078/effects-of-context-aware-patient-guidance-on-blood-pressure-self-measurement-adherence-levels
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Camilla Lindahl, Stefan Wagner, Niels Uldbjerg, Jacob Mørup Schlütter, Olav Bertelsen, Puk Sandager
Hypertensive disease and preeclampsia are serious medical disorders affecting pregnancy. Screening in early pregnancy may identify women at risk of developing hypertensive disease and enable prophylactic treatment. Accurate blood pressure measurement is an important part of this screening. The aim of this study was to investigate whether patients, with the aid of a context-aware sensor-based blood pressure self-measurement system, were able to correctly self-measure their blood pressure adhering to internationally established recommendations...
July 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692407/overdose-history-is-associated-with-post-detoxification-treatment-preference-for-persons-with-opioid-use-disorder
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Michael D Stein, Jessica N Flori, Megan M Risi, Micah T Conti, Bradley J Anderson, Genie L Bailey
BACKGROUND: Without aftercare treatment, persons discharged from short-term inpatient detoxification for opioid use disorder are at high risk of relapse. In previous work, those who were recently homeless or had pending legal problems were more likely to prefer residential treatment for aftercare. Here, based on clinical experience, we hypothesize that a particular clinical factor, surviving an opioid overdose, will be associated with aftercare preference. METHODS: Between May and December 2015, we surveyed consecutive persons seeking inpatient opioid detoxification...
July 10, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673526/health-care-cost-trajectories-in-the-year-prior-to-and-following-intake-into-veterans-health-administration-outpatient-substance-use-disorders-treatment
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Hildi J Hagedorn, Siamak Noorbaloochi, Ann Bangerter, Maxine L Stitzer, Daniel Kivlahan
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patients with substance use disorder (SUD) diagnoses incur significantly higher overall health care costs compared to the average annual costs of VHA patients. Because SUDs are relapsing/remitting chronic illnesses, it is important to understand how service costs shift over time in relation to active SUD treatment episodes in order to identify strategies which may enhance treatment outcomes and thereby reduce costs. The primary aim of the current study was to examine VHA health care costs derived from VHA administrative data for 330 Veterans during the years prior to and following patient entry into outpatient SUD treatment in two VHA facilities...
August 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672180/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-suicidal-ideation-plans-and-impulses-the-mediating-role-of-anxiety-sensitivity-cognitive-concerns-among-veterans
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Amanda M Raines, Daniel W Capron, Lauren A Stentz, Jessica L Walton, Nicholas P Allan, Eliza S McManus, Madeline Uddo, Gala True, C Laurel Franklin
BACKGROUND: Although the relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide has been firmly established, research on underlying mechanisms has been disproportionately low. The cognitive concerns subscale of anxiety sensitivity (AS), which reflects fears of cognitive dyscontrol, has been linked to both PTSD and suicide and thus may serve as an explanatory mechanism between these constructs. METHODS: The sample consisted of 60 male veterans presenting to an outpatient Veteran Affairs (VA) clinic for psychological services...
November 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635345/avatar-assisted-therapy-a-proof-of-concept-pilot-study-of-a-novel-technology-based-intervention-to-treat-substance-use-disorders
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Michael S Gordon, Steven B Carswell, Mary Schadegg, Kayla Mangen, Kelly Merkel, Susan Tangires, Frank J Vocci
BACKGROUND: Avatar-assisted therapy (AAT) is a novel and emerging technology that uses the Internet to enable clinicians and clients in substance abuse treatment to participate in group counseling sessions from separate and remote locations in real time through the use of avatars and virtual environments. OBJECTIVES: The current study is a pilot proof-of-concept feasibility study involving individuals in outpatient substance abuse treatment. This report addresses two questions: (1) are individuals who present for substance abuse treatment interested in receiving AAT and (2) what factors are associated with better treatment success...
September 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631527/buprenorphine-naloxone-versus-methadone-and-lofexidine-in-community-stabilisation-and-detoxification-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-low-dose-short-term-opiate-dependent-individuals
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Fergus D Law, Alison M Diaper, Jan K Melichar, Simon Coulton, David J Nutt, Judy S Myles
Buprenorphine/naloxone, methadone and lofexidine are medications with utility in the treatment of opiate withdrawal. We report the first randomised controlled trial to compare the effects of these two medications on withdrawal symptoms and outcome during opiate induction/stabilisation and detoxification. A double-blind randomised controlled trial was conducted in an outpatient satellite clinic of a specialist drug service. Eighty opiate dependent individuals meeting DSM-IV criteria for opiate dependence, using ⩽ ½ g heroin smoked/chased or ¼ g heroin injected or ⩽ 30mg methadone, with ⩽ 3 years of opioid dependency, underwent a short-term opiate treatment programme involving induction/stabilisation on methadone 30mg or buprenorphine/naloxone 4mg/1mg, followed by detoxification (where the methadone group was assisted by lofexidine)...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626861/diphenylcyclopropenone-for-the-treatment-of-cutaneous-in-transit-melanoma-metastases-results-of-a-prospective-non-randomized-single-centre-study
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T Read, S Webber, J Tan, M Wagels, H Schaider, H P Soyer, B M Smithers
BACKGROUND: Current treatments for in-transit melanoma (ITM) metastases are frequently invasive and do not improve overall survival. Recently, there has been increasing investigation into the use of topical agents. Diphenylcyclopropenone or diphencyprone (DPCP) is a novel, topical therapy that has been reported to have immune-sensitizing properties useful in the treatment of ITM. OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical outcomes of patients treated within a prospective, non-randomized, non-comparative study using DPCP for cutaneous ITM metastases...
June 19, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623639/anemia-after-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-characteristics-and-implications
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Javier Amione-Guerra, Ana S Cruz-Solbes, Arvind Bhimaraj, Barry H Trachtenberg, Sai R Pingali, Jerry D Estep, Myung H Park, Ashrith Guha
BACKGROUND: Anemia is common in patients with heart failure and is associated with adverse outcomes. Management of anemia in CF-LVAD patients is not well studied. Our purpose is to characterize and identify the etiology of anemia in CF-LVAD patients. Secondary objectives are to describe the effect of CF-LVAD on pre-existing anemia and assess its impact after CF-LVAD support. METHODS: Cross-sectional study from January to July 2015 of ambulatory patients supported with a CF-LVAD for at least 6-months that presented with hemoglobin <12 g/dL and no recent gastrointestinal bleeding...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612397/understanding-and-treating-offenders-with-serious-mental-illness-in-public-sector-mental-health
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H Richard Lamb, Linda E Weinberger
This article begins with the history of the rise and fall of the state hospitals and subsequent criminalization of persons with serious mental illness (SMI). Currently, there is a belief among many that incarceration has not been as successful as hoped in reducing crime and drug use, both for those with and those without SMI. Moreover, overcrowding in correctional facilities has become a serious problem necessitating a solution. Consequently, persons with SMI in the criminal justice system are now being released in large numbers to the community and hopefully treated by public sector mental health...
June 14, 2017: Behavioral Sciences & the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600107/remote-collection-of-patient-reported-outcomes-following-outpatient-hand-surgery-a-randomized-trial-of-telephone-mail-and-e-mail
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Justin Schwartzenberger, Angela Presson, Adam Lyle, Andrew O'Farrell, Andrew R Tyser
PURPOSE: Obtaining remote patient-reported outcomes (PRO) is limited by low patient response rates and resource-intensive collection methods. We hypothesized that an e-mail-delivered Web-based data collection tool would outperform the traditional methods of telephone and standard mail for collecting long-term Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire (BCTQ) scores at a minimum of 1 year following carpal tunnel release (CTR). METHODS: We conducted a randomized trial of 969 patients who underwent CTR at a tertiary medical center within the past 5 years...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594601/a-parenting-education-program-for-women-in-treatment-for-opioid-use-disorder-at-an-outpatient-medical-practice
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Linda S Kahn, Whitney E Mendel, Kyla L Fallin, Elizabeth A Borngraber, Thomas H Nochajski, William E Rea, Richard D Blondell
Opioid use during pregnancy poses serious risks for the mother and the unborn child. Opioid-use disorder may be managed with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in an outpatient setting, but few MAT practices specifically address the challenges faced by pregnant women. This article describes a medical office-based educational support group for women in MAT for opioid-use disorder who were pregnant and/or parenting young children. Focus groups were conducted to elicit patient feedback. Women indicated that they found the educational support groups beneficial and offered suggestions...
June 8, 2017: Social Work in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554602/the-relationship-between-diversion-related-attitudes-and-sharing-and-selling-buprenorphine
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Shannon R Kenney, Bradley J Anderson, Genie L Bailey, Michael D Stein
OBJECTIVE: Buprenorphine medication-assisted treatment (B-MAT) is an efficacious and popular outpatient treatment for opioid use disorder. However, the likelihood of buprenorphine diversion is a public health concern. We examined the relationship between attitudes toward diversion as predictors of both sharing and selling buprenorphine. METHOD: Participants (n=476) were patients undergoing short-term inpatient opioid detoxification. Multinomial logistic regression was used to estimate the adjusted association of sharing and selling buprenorphine with demographics, substance use behaviors, and attitudes toward sharing and selling buprenorphine...
July 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554223/outpatient-management-of-severe-ovarian-hyperstimulation-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-a-review-of-existing-guidelines
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Amr Gebril, Haitham Hamoda, Raj Mathur
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is a potentially serious complication of assisted reproductive treatment. Management of women with severe OHSS has traditionally included hospitalisation for close monitoring and supportive treatment. The aim of this review is to assess the evidence for safety and efficacy of outpatient management of severe OHSS. A systematic review of studies describing outpatient management options was performed. Current guidance from advisory bodies was also reviewed. Outpatient management has been found in observational studies to be safe and cost-effective compared to inpatient management...
May 29, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514458/effect-of-expedited-microneedle-assisted-photodynamic-therapy-for-field-treatment-of-actinic-keratoses-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Tatyana A Petukhova, Lauren A Hassoun, Negar Foolad, Mayanka Barath, Raja K Sivamani
Importance: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an effective and cosmetically favorable treatment modality for actinic keratoses (AKs). However, prolonged incubation times and pain associated with treatment are burdensome to the patient and a hindrance to widespread use of PDT as standard field therapy for AK. Objective: To evaluate efficacy and pain associated with microneedle expedited PDT. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Microneedle Photodynamic Therapy II (MNPDT-II) study was a randomized, single-blinded, split-face controlled, 2-arm clinical trial...
July 1, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505988/intensive-seated-robotic-training-of-the-ankle-in-patients-with-chronic-stroke-differentially-improves-gait
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Johanna L Chang, Regina Y Lin, Maira Saul, Philip J Koch, Hermano Igo Krebs, Bruce T Volpe
BACKGROUND: Robotic driven treatment plans targeting isolated joints of the upper limb have improved the sensorimotor condition of patients with stroke. Similar intensive efforts to allay lower limb gait impairment have not been so successful. In patients with stroke, targeted robot assisted training of the ankle joint, in a seated position, has demonstrated significant alterations in ankle stiffness and foot-ankle orientation at foot strike which may provide a new treatment option for gait impairment...
May 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503100/age-and-gender-considerations-for-technology-assisted-delivery-of-therapy-for-substance-use-disorder-treatment-a-patient-survey-of-access-to-electronic-devices
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Denis Antoine, Sean Heffernan, Amina Chaudhry, Van King, Eric C Strain
BACKGROUND: Technology-assisted treatment (TAT) can be an effective supplement to established face-to-face therapy modalities with a growing literature in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. TAT access, interest, and familiarity are potential limitations to the use and efficacy of these approaches to treatment. METHODS: 174 participants in outpatient SUD treatment were administered a survey regarding technology device and Internet access, and interest in engaging in TAT SUD counseling (SUDC)...
December 2016: Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment
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