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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212308/antimicrobial-treatment-of-polymeric-medical-devices-by-silver-nanomaterials-and-related-technology
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REVIEW
Markéta Polívková, Tomáš Hubáček, Marek Staszek, Václav Švorčík, Jakub Siegel
Antimicrobial biocompatible polymers form a group of highly desirable materials in medicinal technology that exhibit interesting thermal and mechanical properties, and high chemical resistance. There are numerous types of polymers with antimicrobial activity or antimicrobial properties conferred through their proper modification. In this review, we focus on the second type of polymers, especially those whose antimicrobial activity is conferred by nanotechnology. Nanotechnology processing is a developing area that exploits the antibacterial effects of broad-scale compounds, both organic and inorganic, to form value-added medical devices...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211251/burden-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-from-a-societal-perspective-a-prevalence-based-study-on-cost-of-illness-for-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-china
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Hao Hu, Luan Luan, Keqin Yang, Shu-Chuen Li
AIM: To provide a comprehensive estimation of the economic burden of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in China, especially for patients from less developed areas, and to explore the cost transferability between regions to assist healthcare decision-making. METHODS: The study was conducted in south and north China from May 2013 to December 2013. The burden of RA was investigated by interviewing participants with a questionnaire battery containing socio-demographic, cost of illness (COI) and medical treatments...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210864/pharmacy-benefit-management-companies-do-they-create-value-in-the-us-healthcare-system
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Alan Lyles
Pharmacy benefit management companies (PBMs) perform functions in the US market-based healthcare system that may be performed by public agencies or quasi-public institutions in other nations. By aggregating lives covered under their many individual contracts with payers, PBMs have formidable negotiating power. They influence pharmaceutical insurance coverage, design the terms of coverage in a plan's drug benefit, and create competition among providers for inclusion in a plan's network. PBMs have, through intermediation, the potential to secure lower drug prices and to improve rational prescribing...
February 16, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210776/cost-effectiveness-of-denosumab-versus-oral-alendronate-for-elderly-osteoporotic-women-in-japan
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T Mori, C J Crandall, D A Ganz
: We constructed a Markov microsimulation model among hypothetical cohorts of community-dwelling elderly osteoporotic Japanese women without prior hip or vertebral fractures over a lifetime horizon. Compared with weekly oral alendronate for 5 years, denosumab every 6 months for 5 years is cost-saving or cost-effective at a conventionally accepted threshold. INTRODUCTION: The objective of the study was to examine the cost-effectiveness of subcutaneous denosumab every 6 months for 5 years compared with weekly oral alendronate for 5 years in Japan...
February 17, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209568/experience-based-design-co-design-and-experience-based-co-design-in-palliative-and-end-of-life-care
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Erica Borgstrom, Stephen Barclay
Experience-based design, co-design, and experience-based co-design can be used within healthcare to design services that improve the patient, carer and staff experience of the services. As palliative and end-of-life care centrally value person-centred care, we believe that service designers, commissioners and those tasked with making quality improvements will be interested in this growing field. This paper outlines these approaches-with a particular emphasis on experience-based co-design-and describes how they are and can be used within palliative and end-of-life care...
February 16, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209076/an-ethnopharmacological-study-of-aromatic-uyghur-medicinal-plants-in-xinjiang-china
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Lu Zhao, Shuge Tian, E Wen, Halmuart Upur
CONTEXT: An ethnobotanical survey was completed in a remote village and surrounding country of Xinjiang, where most Uyghur medicinal plants could be collected. This work clarifies and increases ethnobotanical data. OBJECTIVES: We surveyed and organized aromatic medicinal plants that are commonly used in clinical settings to provide a significant reference for studying new medical activities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the survey, informants who have traditional knowledge on aromatic Uyghur medicinal plants were interviewed between March 2014 and September 2014...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208724/assessing-the-knowledge-level-attitudes-risky-behaviors-and-preventive-practices-on-sexually-transmitted-diseases-among-university-students-as-future-healthcare-providers-in-the-central-zone-of-malaysia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Adigun Temiloluwa Folasayo, Afolayan John Oluwasegun, Suhailah Samsudin, Siti Nor Sakinah Saudi, Malina Osman, Rukman Awang Hamat
This study was done to assess the knowledge, attitudes, risky behaviors and preventive practices related to sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) among health and non-health sciences university students as future healthcare providers in Malaysia. A total of 700 health and non-health sciences university students (255 male; 445 female) aged between 17 and 30 years were surveyed by using a self-administered questionnaire. The majority (86.6%) had heard of STDs, and 50.4% knew STDs could present without symptoms...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207726/long-term-survival-following-diabetic-vitrectomy
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Bia Z Kim, Kuo-Luong Lee, Stephen J Guest, David Worsley
AIM: To update long-term survival data on patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy undergoing vitrectomy and to identify associated risk factors. METHODS: Retrospective clinical record review at a single New Zealand tertiary referral centre. A total of 182 eyes that underwent a vitrectomy for a diabetic vitreous haemorrhage and/or tractional retinal detachment between March 2000 and December 2010 were included. Kaplan-Meier survival curves and Cox-regression analyses were performed for survival rates and associated risk factors...
February 17, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207516/economic-evaluation-of-mobile-phone-text-message-interventions-to-improve-adherence-to-hiv-therapy-in-kenya
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Anik R Patel, Jason Kessler, R Scott Braithwaite, Kimberly A Nucifora, Harsha Thirumurthy, Qinlian Zhou, Richard T Lester, Carlo A Marra
BACKGROUND: A surge in mobile phone availability has fueled low cost short messaging service (SMS) adherence interventions. Multiple systematic reviews have concluded that some SMS-based interventions are effective at improving antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence, and they are hypothesized to improve retention in care. The objective of this study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of SMS-based adherence interventions and explore the added value of retention benefits. METHODS: We evaluated the cost-effectiveness of weekly SMS interventions compared to standard care among HIV+ individuals initiating ART for the first time in Kenya...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205149/making-implicit-assumptions-explicit-in-the-costing-of-informal-care-the-case-of-head-and-neck-cancer-in-ireland
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Paul Hanly, Rebecca Maguire, Myles Balfe, Eleanor O'Sullivan, Linda Sharp
BACKGROUND: From a health service perspective, informal care is often viewed as a potentially cost-effective way of transferring costs out of the formal healthcare sector. However, informal care is not a free resource. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to assess the impact of alternative valuation methods and key assumptions on the cost of informal care. METHODS: Informal carers who assisted in the care of a head and neck cancer survivor for at least 1 year were sent a postal questionnaire during January-June 2014 requesting information on time spent on caring tasks in the month prior to the survey...
February 15, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204995/dalteparin-or-vitamin-k-antagonists-to-prevent-recurrent-venous-thromboembolism-in-cancer-patients-a-patient-level-economic-analysis-for-france-and-austria
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George Dranitsaris, Lesley G Shane, Jean-Philippe Galanaud, Gunar Stemer, Philippe Debourdeau, Seth Woodruff
BACKGROUND: International guidelines recommend extended duration secondary prophylaxis in cancer patients who develop primary venous thromboembolism (VTE). Agent selection is guided in part by one large randomized trial (i.e., CLOT; Lee et al., N Engl J Med 349:146-53, 2003) which demonstrated that dalteparin reduced the relative risk of recurrence by 52% compared with oral vitamin K antagonists (VKA; HR = 0.48, 95% CI, 0.30 to 0.77). In a subgroup analysis from that same trial, patients with renal impairment also derived benefit with dalteparin (VTE rates = 3% vs...
February 15, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199824/protective-effect-of-metformin-against-tuberculosis-infections-in-diabetic-patients-an-observational-study-of-south-indian-tertiary-healthcare-facility
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Marupuru Srujitha, Senapati Padmanav, P Swathi, M Sonal Sekhar, M K Unnikrishnan, K Manu Mohan
BACKGROUND: World Health Organization estimated that people with diabetes (DM) are at 2-3 times the higher risk for tuberculosis (TB). Studies have shown that DM not only increases the risk of active TB but, also puts co-affected person at increased risk of poor outcomes. OBJECTIVES: To determine the protective effect of metformin against TB in DM patients and also, to investigate the relationship between poor glycemic control and TB. METHODS: A case-control study was conducted over 8 months, where cases and controls were selected based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria of the study...
February 12, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199405/co-financing-for-viral-load-monitoring-during-the-course-of-antiretroviral-therapy-among-patients-with-hiv-aids-in-vietnam-a-contingent-valuation-survey
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Quyen Le Thi Nguyen, Long Hoang Nguyen, Bach Xuan Tran, Huong Thi Thu Phan, Huong Thi Le, Hinh Duc Nguyen, Tho Dinh Tran, Cuong Duy Do, Cuong Manh Nguyen, Vu Thi Minh Thuc, Carl Latkin, Melvyn W B Zhang, Roger C M Ho
BACKGROUND: Viral load testing is considered the gold standard for monitoring HIV treatment; however, given its high cost, some patients cannot afford viral load testing if this testing is not subsidized. Since foreign aid for HIV/AIDS in Vietnam is rapidly decreasing, we sought to assess willingness to pay (WTP) for viral load and CD4 cell count tests among HIV-positive patients, and identified factors that might inform future co-payment schemes. METHODS: A multi-site cross-sectional survey was conducted with 1133 HIV-positive patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Hanoi and Nam Dinh...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199227/theoretical-and-methodological-issues-in-research-related-to-value-based-approaches-in-healthcare
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William N Mkanta, Madhuri Katta, Karthika Basireddy, Gary English, Maria C Mejia de Grubb
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November 2016: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198963/validation-of-the-comply-with-post-exposure-management-among-health-care-workers-instrument-for-brazil
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Adriane Corrêa Jansen, Maria Helena Palucci Marziale, Cláudia Benedita Dos Santos, Rosana Aparecida Spadotti Dantas, Danielle Maria de Souza Serio Dos Santos
OBJECTIVE: To validate the Comply with post-exposure management among healthcare workersinstrument for Nursing in Brazil. METHOD: A methodological study carried out with 137 nursing professionals exposed to biological material. The existence of floor and ceiling effects was analyzed, evaluating reliability by the internal consistency of the items and test-retest reproducibility. The construct validity was analyzed by the multitrait-multi method analysis. RESULTS: Ceiling effects were found in two subscales...
November 2016: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198759/how-specialty-certification-influences-professional-practice
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Sharon Vanairsdale
Certified Nurses Day (March 19) honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through board certification in their specialty. In this month's Magnet® Perspectives column, Sharon Vanairsdale, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, CEN, program director for Emory University Hospital's Serious Communicable Diseases Unit, discusses the value of certification, what it means to her professional practice, and how it helps to champion her work. Ms Vanairsdale is triple certified as a certified emergency nurse, an adult clinical nurse specialist, and an adult nurse practitioner...
March 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198721/the-chronic-otitis-media-benefit-inventory-combi-development-and-validation-of-a-dynamic-quality-of-life-questionnaire-for-chronic-ear-disease
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John S Phillips, Mark Haggard, Helen Spencer, Matthew Yung
OBJECTIVE: This study introduces a change-oriented short-form health-related quality of life questionnaire suited to symptoms of adult chronic middle ear disease and its consequences, and describes its properties. STUDY DESIGN: Two-centre prospective correlational study primarily for instrument development. SETTING: Two otology secondary care centers in England. PATIENTS: Fifty-two consecutive adult patients with active chronic otitis media undergoing surgery...
February 14, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196674/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-dose-dense-versus-standard-intravenous-chemotherapy-for-ovarian-cancer-an-economic-analysis-of-results-from-the-gynecologic-oncology-group-protocol-262-randomized-controlled-trial
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Brandon-Luke L Seagle, Shohreh Shahabi
OBJECTIVES: To determine the cost-effectiveness of dose-dense versus standard intravenous adjuvant chemotherapy for ovarian cancer using results from the no-bevacizumab cohort of the Gynecologic Oncology Group protocol 262 (GOG-262) randomized controlled trial, which reported a smaller absolute progression-free survival (PFS) benefit than the prior Japanese trial. METHODS: A three-state Markov decision model from a healthcare system perspective with a 21day cycle length and 28month time-horizon was used to calculate incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) values per progression-free life-year saved (PFLYS) using results from GOG-262...
February 10, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193655/application-of-fluoroquinolone-resistance-score-in-management-of-complicated-urinary-tract-infections
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Ansal Shah, Julie Ann Justo, P Brandon Bookstaver, Joseph Kohn, Helmut Albrecht, Majdi N Al-Hasan
The fluoroquinolone resistance score (FQRS) predicts the probability of fluoroquinolone resistance with good discrimination. The score has been derived in patients with gram-negative bloodstream infections based on fluoroquinolone use within the past 6 months among other clinical and healthcare exposure criteria. This study aims to examine the utility of the FQRS in complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI) and determine whether extension of prior fluoroquinolone use to 12 months improves model discrimination...
February 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193376/radiology-research-in-quality-and-safety-current-trends-and-future-needs
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REVIEW
Matthew E Zygmont, Jason N Itri, Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Phuong-Anh T Duong, Lori Mankowski Gettle, Mishal Mendiratta-Lala, Elena P Scali, Ronald S Winokur, Linda Probyn, Justin W Kung, Eric Bakow, Nadja Kadom
Promoting quality and safety research is now essential for radiology as reimbursement is increasingly tied to measures of quality, patient safety, efficiency, and appropriateness of imaging. This article provides an overview of key features necessary to promote successful quality improvement efforts in radiology. Emphasis is given to current trends and future opportunities for directing research. Establishing and maintaining a culture of safety is paramount to organizations wishing to improve patient care. The correct culture must be in place to support quality initiatives and create accountability for patient care...
March 2017: Academic Radiology
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