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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230459/estimated-cost-effectiveness-cost-benefit-and-risk-reduction-associated-with-an-endocrinologist-pharmacist-diabetes-intense-medical-management-tune-up-clinic
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Jan D Hirsch, Mark Bounthavong, Anisa Arjmand, David R Ha, Christine L Cadiz, Andrew Zimmerman, Heather Ourth, Anthony P Morreale, Steven V Edelman, Candis M Morello
BACKGROUND: In 2012 U.S. diabetes costs were estimated to be $245 billion, with $176 billion related to direct diabetes treatment and associated complications. Although a few studies have reported positive glycemic and economic benefits for diabetes patients treated under primary care physician (PCP)-pharmacist collaborative practice models, no studies have evaluated the cost-effectiveness of an endocrinologist-pharmacist collaborative practice model treating complex diabetes patients versus usual PCP care for similar patients...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230455/outcomes-of-pharmacy-led-hepatitis-c-direct-acting-antiviral-utilization-management-at-a-veterans-affairs-medical-center
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Sendra Yang, Rachel B Britt, Mohamed G Hashem, Jamie N Brown
BACKGROUND: The Veterans Affairs Health (VA) Administration has reported hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection rates among veterans to be twice that of the general U.S population. New HCV direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment options offer superior sustained virologic response (SVR) rates, improved side-effect profiles, and shortened treatment courses; yet, these new HCV DAAs are expensive, and utilization management strategies are needed to optimize use and improve clinical outcomes. A VA medical center uses pharmacist-led HCV DAA utilization management strategies that includes clinical guidance, optimizing operational flow, budget tracking and forecasting, and patient outcomes tracking...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230447/effect-of-medicaid-policy-changes-on-medication-adherence-differences-by-baseline-adherence
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Krutika Amin, Joel F Farley, Matthew L Maciejewski, Marisa E Domino
BACKGROUND: In 2001, the North Carolina (NC) Medicaid program reduced the number of days prescription supply that enrollees could fill from 100 days to 34 days and increased copayments for brand-name medications. Previous work has shown that a change in these policies led to a decrease in medication adherence from 2.9 to 8.0 percentage points in specific populations with chronic conditions. Studies have also shown that days supply limits and copayment increases have heterogeneous effects based on enrollees' baseline characteristics, including baseline adherence...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226408/which-regional-pain-rating-best-predicts-patient-reported-improvement-in-lumbar-radiculopathy
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Mark C Bicket, Paul F Pasquina, Steven P Cohen
OBJECTIVE: To determine the best regional pain score cutoff value that corresponds with patient-reported improvement in lumbosacral radiculopathy (LSR). DESIGN: Retrospective pooled data analysis from 3 randomized, controlled, multicenter trials using similar outcome assessments. All participants were exposed to interventions (epidural injections). SETTING: Military medical centers (6 U.S.A., 1 Germany) and large tertiary care hospitals (4 urban, 1 Veterans Affairs) between 2008 and 2014...
February 22, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224939/targeting-access-to-kidney-care-via-telehealth-the-va-experience
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Susan T Crowley, Justin Belcher, Devasmita Choudhury, Cassandra Griffin, Raymond Pichler, Brooks Robey, Rajeev Rohatgi, Bessie Mielcarek
The Veterans Affairs (VA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States and is responsible for the care of a population with a disproportionately high rate of CKD. As such, ensuring access to kidney health services is a VA imperative. One facet of the VA's strategy to reduce CKD is to leverage the use of teletechnology to expand the VA's outreach to Veterans with kidney disease. A wide array of teletechnology services have been deployed to both pull in Veterans and push out kidney health services to Veterans in their preferred health care venue...
January 2017: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224372/improving-weight-management-among-veterans
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David Atkins
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 21, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223153/evaluations-of-implementation-at-early-adopting-lung-cancer-screening-programs-lessons-learned
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Yaron B Gesthalter, Elisa Koppelman, Rendelle Bolton, Christopher G Slatore, Sue H Yoon, Hilary C Cain, Nichole T Tanner, David H Au, Jack A Clark, Renda Soylemez Wiener
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend lung cancer screening and it is currently being adopted nationwide. The American College of Chest Physicians advises inclusion of specific programmatic components to ensure high-quality screening. However, little is known about how lung cancer screening has been implemented in practice. We sought to evaluate the experience of early-adopting programs, characterize barriers faced, and identify strategies to achieve successful implementation. METHODS: We performed qualitative evaluations of lung cancer screening implementation at three Veterans Health Administration facilities, conducting semi-structured interviews with key staff (n=29)...
February 18, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222310/circulating-mirna-associated-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-in-a-cohort-of-military-combat-veterans
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Christiana G Martin, Hyungsuk Kim, Sijung Yun, Whitney Livingston, Joseph Fetta, Vincent Mysliwiec, Tristin Baxter, Jessica M Gill
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects many returning combat veterans, but underlying biological mechanisms remain unclear. In order to compare circulating micro RNA (miRNA) of combat veterans with and without PTSD, peripheral blood from 24 subjects was collected following deployment, and isolated miRNA was sequenced. PTSD was associated with 8 differentially expressed miRNA. Pathway analysis shows that PTSD is related to the axon guidance and Wnt signaling pathways, which work together to support neuronal development through regulation of growth cones...
January 31, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221276/a-comparison-of-self-reported-medication-adherence-to-concordance-between-part-d-claims-and-medication-possession
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Samuel T Savitz, Sally C Stearns, Lei Zhou, Emily Thudium, Khalid A Alburikan, Richard Tran, Jo E Rodgers
OBJECTIVE: Medicare Part D claims indicate medication purchased, but people who are not fully adherent may extend prescription use beyond the interval prescribed. This study assessed concordance between Part D claims and medication possession at a study visit in relation to self-reported medication adherence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We matched Part D claims for 6 common medications to medications brought to a study visit in 2011-2013 for the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study...
February 17, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221274/pharmacy-use-in-the-first-year-of-the-veterans-choice-program-a-mixed-methods-evaluation
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Walid F Gellad, Francesca E Cunningham, Chester B Good, Joshua M Thorpe, Carolyn T Thorpe, Brandi Bair, KatieLynn Roman, Susan L Zickmund
BACKGROUND: The Veterans Choice Program (VCP) was created to ensure timely access to health care in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Under this program, medications may be ordered by select non-VA clinicians to be dispensed by VA pharmacies, creating new challenges in ensuring medication safety. OBJECTIVES: To examine pharmaceutical use during the first year of the VCP and to understand barriers and facilitators for VA pharmacists to dispensing medications under the VCP...
February 17, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221237/ptsd-orientation-to-pain-and-pain-perception-in-ex-prisoners-of-war-who-underwent-torture
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Noga Tsur, Ruth Defrin, Karni Ginzburg
OBJECTIVE: Studies suggest that torture survivors often suffer long-term chronic pain and increased pain perception. However, it is unclear whether the actual experience of torture, or rather the subsequent posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), explains these pain problems. Furthermore, while catastrophic and fearful orientations to pain have been suggested to play a significant role in the association between trauma and pain, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. This study examined whether chronic pain and pain perception among torture survivors are associated with torture experience or PTSD and whether catastrophic and fearful orientations mediate or moderate these associations...
February 17, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221067/ethical-concerns-for-telemental-health-therapy-amidst-governmental-surveillance
#12
Samuel D Lustgarten, Alexander J Colbow
Technology, infrastructure, governmental support, and interest in mental health accessibility have led to a burgeoning field of telemental health therapy (TMHT). Psychologists can now provide therapy via computers at great distances and little cost for parties involved. Growth of TMHT within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and among psychologists surveyed by the American Psychological Association (APA) suggests optimism in this provision of services (Godleski, Darkins, & Peters, 2012; Jacobsen & Kohout, 2010)...
February 2017: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221062/habituation-of-distress-and-craving-during-treatment-as-predictors-of-change-in-ptsd-symptoms-and-substance-use-severity
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Christal L Badour, Julianne C Flanagan, Daniel F Gros, Therese Killeen, Irene Pericot-Valverde, Kristina J Korte, Nicholas P Allan, Sudie E Back
OBJECTIVE: Increasing evidence supports the efficacy of trauma-focused exposure therapy in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring substance use disorders. Little is known, however, about the mechanisms of change in treatment for patients with PTSD and co-occurring substance use disorders. The aim of the present study was to examine whether within- and between-session habituation of distress and substance craving during imaginal exposure relates to treatment outcomes among U...
March 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218874/an-analysis-of-bbc-television-coverage-of-the-2014-invictus-games
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Celina H Shirazipour, Madelaine Meehan, Amy E Latimer-Cheung
The Invictus Games are a parasport competition for service members and veterans with illnesses and injuries. The 2014 Games were aired by the BBC, for a total of 12 hr of coverage. This study aimed to investigate what messages were conveyed regarding parasport for veterans during the BBC's Invictus Games broadcast. A content analysis was conducted. Five qualitative themes were identified: sport as rehabilitation, the promotion of ability over disability, the social environment, key outcomes of participation, and the importance of competition...
January 2017: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly: APAQ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217246/positive-and-negative-religious-spiritual-coping-and-combat-exposure-as-predictors-of-posttraumatic-stress-and-perceived-growth-in-iraq-and-afghanistan-veterans
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Crystal L Park, Philip H Smith, Sharon Y Lee, Carolyn M Mazure, Sherry A McKee, Rani Hoff
We examined religious/spiritual (RS) coping from the Survey of Experiences of Returning Veterans (SERV) Study, 630 participants who reported on their demographics, combat exposure, use of positive and negative RS coping, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and perceived posttraumatic growth (PPTG). PTSD symptoms and PPTG were inversely correlated. As hypothesized, negative RS coping was inversely associated with PPTG and positively with PTSD, while positive RS coping was related only to PPTG. Although we expected that RS coping would buffer relations between combat exposure and both PTSD and PPTG, we found only one moderator effect and it was opposite our hypothesized direction: Those with high combat exposure and high positive RS coping had the highest PTSD symptomatology...
2017: Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217042/minority-population-group-status-and-qol-change-the-case-of-older-israelis
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Noam Damri, Howard Litwin
This study explores minority group status in relation to change in Quality of Life (QOL) among three population groups in Israel-Veteran Jews, Arab-Israelis and immigrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU)-controlling for a set of known predictors. The study uses panel data from two waves (2009/10 and 2013) of the Israeli component of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, (N=1,590). A set of Ordinary Least Squares regressions is used to predict positive QOL change over the two waves. Interaction terms in a number of selected areas are considered...
December 2016: European Journal of Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214960/axonal-disruption-in-white-matter-underlying-cortical-sulcus-tau-pathology-in-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy
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Laurena Holleran, Joong Hee Kim, Mihika Gangolli, Thor Stein, Victor Alvarez, Ann McKee, David L Brody
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disorder associated with repetitive traumatic brain injury. One of the primary defining neuropathological lesions in CTE, based on the first consensus conference, is the accumulation of hyperphosphorylated tau in gray matter sulcal depths. Post-mortem CTE studies have also reported myelin loss, axonal injury and white matter degeneration. Currently, the diagnosis of CTE is restricted to post-mortem neuropathological analysis. We hypothesized that high spatial resolution advanced diffusion MRI might be useful for detecting white matter microstructural changes directly adjacent to gray matter tau pathology...
February 18, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214764/recurrent-falls-and-its-risk-factors-among-older-men-living-in-the-veterans-retirement-communities-a-cross-sectional-study
#18
Cheng-Hao Hung, Chih-Jen Wang, Ting-Ching Tang, Liang-Yu Chen, Li-Ning Peng, Fei-Yuan Hsiao, Liang-Kung Chen
AIM: To evaluate the prevalence of recurrent falls and their risk factors among older men living in the Veterans Homes in Taiwan. METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled 871 residents and all participants received the comprehensive geriatric assessment, including Barthel Index, Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE), Geriatric Depression Scale-5 questions (GDS-5), Mini-Nutrition Assessment Short Form (MNA-SF), the status of urinary incontinence, stool incontinence, polypharmacy, past history of falls, multimorbidity, and medication history...
February 4, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214434/an-examination-of-alcohol-risk-profiles-and-co-occurring-mental-health-symptoms-among-oef-oif-veterans
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Jennifer M Cadigan, Alicia K Klanecky, Matthew P Martens
INTRODUCTION: Compared to the general population, veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF) are more likely to engage in hazardous alcohol use and meet criteria for mental health disorders including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Major Depressive Disorder. Less is known how distinct profiles of alcohol use behavior relate to mental health symptoms. METHOD: The current study examined the extent that indicators of alcohol use (i.e., drinks per week, peak blood alcohol concentration, and alcohol-related problems) are categorized into different alcohol risk profiles utilizing a person-centered approach...
February 9, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214238/high-prevalence-of-low-serum-biologically-active-testosterone-in%C3%A2-older-male-veterans
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Christine F Conover, Joshua F Yarrow, Timothy J Garrett, Fan Ye, Eoin P Quinlivan, Darryl F Cannady, Mark D Peterson, Stephen E Borst
OBJECTIVES: Assess the prevalence of hypogonadism in older male Veterans by comparing direct measurements of total testosterone (T) and bioavailable testosterone (BioT) versus indirect BioT values derived from existing and newly developed regression analyses. DESIGN: Cohort study. SETTING: Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling male Veterans aged 60 and older (n = 203). MEASUREMENTS: Total T, BioT, albumin, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), and body mass index were evaluated...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
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