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Guidelines methodology

Julia Ae Walters, Daniel J Tan, Clinton J White, Richard Wood-Baker
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend that patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should be treated with systemic corticosteroid for seven to 14 days. Intermittent systemic corticosteroid use is cumulatively associated with adverse effects such as osteoporosis, hyperglycaemia and muscle weakness. Shorter treatment could reduce adverse effects. OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy of short-duration (seven or fewer days) and conventional longer-duration (longer than seven days) systemic corticosteroid treatment of adults with acute exacerbations of COPD...
March 19, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Jun-Hua Zhang, You-Ping Li, Bo-Li Zhang
The introduction and popularization of evidence-based medicine has opened up a new research field of clinical efficacy evaluation of traditional Chinese medicine(TCM), produced new research ideas and methods, and promoted the progress of clinical research of TCM. After about 20 years assiduous study and earnest practice, the evidence based evaluation method and technique, which conforms to the characteristics of TCM theory and practice, has been developing continuously. Evidence-based Chinese medicine (EBCM) has gradually formed and become an important branch of evidence-based medicine...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
J Boujenah, P Santulli, E Mathieu-d'Argent, C Decanter, C Chauffour, P Poncelet
INTRODUCTION: Using the structured methodology of French guidelines (HAS-CNGOF), the aim of this chapter was to formulate good practice points (GPP), in relation to optimal non-ART management of endometriosis related to infertility, based on the best available evidence in the literature. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This guideline was produced by a group of experts in the field including a thorough systematic search of the literature (from January 1980 to March 2017)...
March 15, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
C B Terwee, C A C Prinsen, A Chiarotto, M J Westerman, D L Patrick, J Alonso, L M Bouter, H C W de Vet, L B Mokkink
BACKGROUND: Content validity is the most important measurement property of a patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) and the most challenging to assess. Our aims were to: (1) develop standards for evaluating the quality of PROM development; (2) update the original COSMIN standards for assessing the quality of content validity studies of PROMs; (3) develop criteria for what constitutes good content validity of PROMs, and (4) develop a rating system for summarizing the evidence on a PROM's content validity and grading the quality of the evidence in systematic reviews of PROMs...
March 17, 2018: Quality of Life Research
Katja Ehrenbrusthoff, Cormac G Ryan, Christian Grüneberg, Denis J Martin
BACKGROUND: Deficits in the sensorimotor system and its peripheral and central processing of the affected body part might be a contributing factor to chronic low back pain (CLBP). Hence, sensorimotor assessment is important. Valid and reliable sensorimotor measurement instruments are needed. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the reliability and validity of sensorimotor measurement instruments for people with chronic low back pain (CLBP). DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis...
March 2, 2018: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
Jean Louis Trouillet, Olivier Collange, Fouad Belafia, François Blot, Gilles Capellier, Eric Cesareo, Jean-Michel Constantin, Alexandre Demoule, Jean-Luc Diehl, Pierre-Grégoire Guinot, Franck Jegoux, Erwan L'Her, Charles-Edouard Luyt, Yazine Mahjoub, Julien Mayaux, Hervé Quintard, François Ravat, Sebastien Vergez, Julien Amour, Max Guillot
Tracheotomy is widely used in intensive care units, albeit with great disparities between medical teams in terms of frequency and modality. Indications and techniques are, however, associated with variable levels of evidence based on inhomogeneous or even contradictory literature. Our aim was to conduct a systematic analysis of the published data in order to provide guidelines. We present herein recommendations for the use of tracheotomy in adult critically ill patients developed using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) method...
March 15, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
Heeren Makanji, Andrew J Schoenfeld, Amandeep Bhalla, Christopher M Bono
PURPOSE: Lumbar fusion for degenerative disorders is among the most common spine surgical procedures performed. The purpose of this study was to analyze fusion, complications, and clinical success for lumbar fusion performed with various surgical techniques as reported in the literature from 2000 to 2015 and compare with previous critical analysis of outcomes from 1980 to 2000. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature to identify all studies of adult lumbar fusion for degenerative disorders published between January 1, 2000, and August 31, 2015, was performed adhering to PRISMA guidelines...
March 15, 2018: European Spine Journal
Benjamin D Smith, Jennifer R Bellon, Rachel Blitzblau, Gary Freedman, Bruce Haffty, Carol Hahn, Francine Halberg, Karen Hoffman, Kathleen Horst, Jean Moran, Caroline Patton, Jane Perlmutter, Laura Warren, Timothy Whelan, Jean L Wright, Reshma Jagsi
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this guideline is to offer recommendations on fractionation for whole breast irradiation (WBI) with or without a tumor bed boost and guidance on treatment planning and delivery. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) convened a task force to address 5 key questions focused on dose-fractionation for WBI, indications and dose-fractionation for tumor bed boost, and treatment planning techniques for WBI and tumor bed boost...
March 8, 2018: Practical Radiation Oncology
Kednapa Thavorn, Howsikan Kugathasan, Darrell H S Tan, Nasheed Moqueet, Stefan D Baral, Becky Skidmore, Derek MacFadden, Anna Simkin, Sharmistha Mishra
BACKGROUND: Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with antiretrovirals is an efficacious and effective intervention to decrease the risk of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) acquisition. Yet drug and delivery costs prohibit access in many jurisdictions. In the absence of guidelines for the synthesis of economic evaluations, we developed a protocol for a systematic review of economic evaluation studies for PrEP by drawing on best practices in systematic reviews and the conduct and reporting of economic evaluations...
March 15, 2018: Systematic Reviews
Ramon Roca-Tey, José Ibeas, Teresa Moreno, Enrique Gruss, José Luis Merino, Joaquín Vallespín, David Hernán, Patricia Arribas
The Spanish Multidisciplinary Group on Vascular Access (GEMAV), which includes experts from the five scientific societies involved (nephrology (S.E.N.), vascular surgery (SEACV), interventional radiology (SERAM-SERVEI), infectious diseases (SEIMC), and nephrology nursing (SEDEN)), along with the methodological support of the Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre, has developed the Spanish Clinical Guidelines on Vascular Access for Hemodialysis. This article summarizes the main issues from the guideline's chapter entitled "Monitoring and surveillance of arteriovenous access...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Begoña Errasti-Ibarrondo, José Antonio Jordán-Sierra, Mercedes P Díez-Del-Corral, María Arantzamendi
AIMS: To offer a complete outlook in a readable easy way of van Manen's hermeneutic-phenomenological method to nurses interested in undertaking phenomenological research. BACKGROUND: Phenomenology, as research methodology, involves a certain degree of complexity. It is difficult to identify a single article or author which sets out the didactic guidelines that specifically guide research of this kind. In this context, the theoretical-practical view of Max van Manen's Phenomenology of Practice may be seen as a rigorous guide and directive on which researchers may find support to undertake phenomenological research...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Sergio Buccheri, Gottfried H Sodeck, Davide Capodanno
In modern medicine, the results of a comprehensive and methodologically sound meta-analysis bring the most robust, high-quality information to support evidence-based decision-making. With recent developments in newer meta-analytic approaches, iteration of statistical paradigms and software implementations, network and patient-level meta-analyses have recently gained popularity alongside conventional pairwise study-level meta-analyses. However, pitfalls are common in this challenging and rapidly evolving field of statistics...
April 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Vanessa A Thomas, Heather L Crouse, Kristy O Murray, Deborah C Hsu, Elizabeth A Camp, Andrea T Cruz
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to perform a needs assessment of pediatric (PEM) and general emergency medicine (EM) provider knowledge, comfort, and current practice patterns in the evaluation of pediatric tropical infectious diseases. METHODS: An online survey was developed based on educational priorities identified by an expert panel via modified Delphi methodology. The survey included assessment of providers' typical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of tropical diseases and was distributed to PEM and EM providers in 2 large professional organizations...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
C Boy, T Poeppel, J Kotzerke, B J Krause, H Amthauer, R P Baum, I Buchmann, S Ezziddin, D Führer, M Gabriel, T Kuwert, H Lahner, T Lauenstein, H R Maecke, J Nagarajah, F Rösch, K Scheidhauer, M Schmidt, M A Walter, A Bockisch
The present guideline is focused on quality assurance of somatostatin receptor PET/CT (SSTR-PET/CT) in oncology patients. The document has been developed by a multidisciplinary board of specialists providing consensus of definitions, prerequisites, methodology, operating procedures, assessment, and standardized reporting. In particular, imaging procedures for the two most commonly used radioligands of human SSTR, i. e. 68Ga-DOTATOC and 68Ga-DOTATATE are presented. Overall, SSTR-PET/CT requires close interdisciplinary communication and cooperation of referring and executing medical disciplines, taking into account existing guidelines and recommendations of the European and German medical societies, including the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), German Society for Endocrinology (DGE), German Society for Nuclear Medicine (DGN) and German Society for Radiology (DRG)...
February 2018: Nuklearmedizin. Nuclear Medicine
Ramesh Khadka, Wei Jun Tian, Hao Xin, Rakshya Koirala
To review literature addressing determination of the risk factor, early diagnosis and overall survival on outcome among patient of pancreatic cancer associated with diabetes mellitus from the perspective of pancreatic surgery. To identify recent guidelines, clinical pathogenesis, pathological classification, screening methodology and advances in surgical management. It identifies those clinical and surgical variables to predict excellent prognosis in respect of life style changes, ongoing advancement in therapeutic and surgical treatment and postoperative follow up...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
Alexander Röth, Jaroslaw Maciejewski, Jun-Ichi Nishimura, Deepak Jain, Jeffrey I Weitz
OBJECTIVE: Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a severe, life-threatening disorder for which early diagnosis is essential. However, given the rarity of the disease and non-specificity of symptoms, correct diagnosis may be delayed or missed. While various hematologic guidelines note common signs and symptoms associated with PNH, international expert consensus based on real-world clinical experience and an actionable algorithm for non-specialists to facilitate screening and diagnosis are lacking...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
Jennifer Naper, Luis Manetto, Diane Wiren
INTRODUCTION Local guidelines exist in Nelson to assist general practitioners (GPs) in supporting overweight and obese patients with weight loss and improvements in their overall health. This audit measures whether this role is fulfilled in a Very Low Cost Access practice in Nelson, in which 76% of enrolled patients reside in New Zealand social deprivation index quintiles 4 and 5. AIM This study measured whether Nelson Marlborough District Health Board Health Pathways and the Ministry of Health Clinical Guidelines are followed in identifying risk and initiating management, including treatment of additional risk factors, lifestyle modification and dietitian referral...
December 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Wessel M C M Vorselaars, Gerlof D Valk, Menno R Vriens, Jan Westerink, Wilko Spiering
OBJECTIVE: The aldosterone-to-renin ratio is widely used and is the recommended screening modality for primary aldosteronism by the Endocrine Society Guideline. However, studies on its diagnostic accuracy have been inconsistent, which is mainly because of methodological limitations. We set out to evaluate this diagnostic value by using a highly standardized study protocol, which is in line with the Endocrine Society Guideline recommendations regarding indications for screening, testing conditions and reference standards in daily clinical practice...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
Dorian Hobday, Aklak Choudhury, Amani Asour, Saima Khan, Sneha Abburu, Jyotika Sood, Nora Jaafar, Manisha Madhani, Nazia Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Prolonged or inappropriate antibiotic therapy increases the risk of health-care-associated infections and the development of resistance to antibiotics, and lengthens hospital admissions. There are clear guidelines on antimicrobial stewardship which state that antibiotics should be reviewed between 48 and 72 hours from commencement ( National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, 2015 ). Despite these guidelines this review was often not documented as having been carried out on the authors' inpatient wards...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
Susanne Ulbrich-Zürni, Michael Teut, Stephanie Roll, Robert T Mathie
BACKGROUND:  The randomised controlled trial (RCT) is considered the 'gold standard' for establishing treatment efficacy or effectiveness of an intervention, but its data do not infer response in an individual patient. Individualised clinical care, a fundamental principle in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including homeopathy, seems well disposed in principle to being researched by single-patient (N-of-1) study design. Guidelines for reporting N-of-1 trials have recently been developed...
February 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
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