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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637149/personal-meaning-in-relation-to-daily-functioning-of-a-patient-in-physical-therapy-practice-narratives-of-a-patient-a-family-member-and-physical-therapist
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Ellen Oosting, Jaap Dronkers, Thomas Hoogeboom, Nico van Meeteren, Willem Marie Speelman
PURPOSE: To get insight into personal meaning of a person involved in a physical therapy intervention. METHODS: Mrs. A, a 76-year-old woman is referred to a physical therapist (PT) for assessment of functioning and training before total hip arthroplasty (THA). The patient, her daughter, and PT were asked to write a story about their daily life. Stories were analyzed according to the narrative scheme based on a method to find meaning in daily life, which consists of four phases: 1...
February 24, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636922/an-experimental-framework-for-quantifying-bacterial-tolerance
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Asher Brauner, Noam Shoresh, Ofer Fridman, Nathalie Q Balaban
Antibiotic tolerance and persistence are often associated with treatment failure and relapse, yet are poorly characterized. In distinction from resistance, which is measured using the minimum inhibitory concentration metric, tolerance and persistence values are not currently evaluated in the clinical setting, and so are overlooked when a course of treatment is prescribed. In this article, we introduce a metric and an automated experimental framework for measuring tolerance and persistence. The tolerance metric is the minimum duration for killing 99% of the population, MDK99, which can be evaluated by a statistical analysis of measurements performed manually or using a robotic system...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635584/the-patient-dignity-inventory-just-another-evaluation-tool-experiences-with-advanced-cancer-patients
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María Rullán, María Arantzamendi, Ana Carvajal, Marina Martínez, Amaia Saenz de Ormijana, Carlos Centeno
OBJECTIVE: The Patient Dignity Inventory (PDI) evaluates sources of distress related to the feeling of loss of dignity and was designed for patients at the end of life. The aim of the present work was to generate a better understanding of the experiences of healthcare staff when using the PDI. METHOD: An exploratory qualitative study is presented about the experience of 4 professionals who applied the PDI to 124 advanced-cancer patients. Our study consisted of an analysis of their experiences, taken from information generated in a focus group...
June 21, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635578/-healthcare-professionals-back-in-the-driving-seat
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P W G Elbers, A R J Girbes
This commentary discusses the increasingly observed managerilisation of healthcare. Managerilisation frequently results in a framework of rules, regulations and accompanying time-consuming forms and procedures to guide decision-making. Although likely developed with the best of intentions in mind, this framework may be of limited value and tends to leave healthcare professionals feeling frustrated and distrusted. In addition, overzealous bureaucracy and rigid adherence to protocols may be disadvantageous to patient care and outcomes...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635570/quality-dementia-care-prerequisites-and-relational-ethics-among-multicultural-healthcare-providers
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Gerd Sylvi Sellevold, Veslemøy Egede-Nissen, Rita Jakobsen, Venke Sørlie
BACKGROUND: Many nursing homes appear as multicultural workplaces where the majority of healthcare providers have an ethnic minority background. This environment creates challenges linked to communication, interaction and cultural differences. Furthermore, the healthcare providers have varied experiences and understanding of what quality care of patients with dementia involves. PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to illuminate multi-ethnic healthcare providers' lived experiences of their own working relationship, and its importance to quality care for people with dementia...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633657/patient-safety-culture-in-norwegian-nursing-homes
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Gunnar Tschudi Bondevik, Dag Hofoss, Bettina Sandgathe Husebø, Ellen Catharina Tveter Deilkås
BACKGROUND: Patient safety culture concerns leader and staff interaction, attitudes, routines, awareness and practices that impinge on the risk of patient-adverse events. Due to their complex multiple diseases, nursing home patients are at particularly high risk of adverse events. Studies have found an association between patient safety culture and the risk of adverse events. This study aimed to investigate safety attitudes among healthcare providers in Norwegian nursing homes, using the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire - Ambulatory Version (SAQ-AV)...
June 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633368/impact-of-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infection-hospitalization-and-patient-quality-of-life
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Mark H Wilcox, Harblas Ahir, John E Coia, Andrew Dodgson, Susan Hopkins, Martin J Llewelyn, Chris Settle, Susan Mclain-Smith, Stephen W Marcella
Objectives: Data quantifying outcomes of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (rCDI) are lacking. We sought to determine the UK hospital resource use and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) associated with rCDI hospitalizations. Patients and methods: A non-interventional study in six UK acute hospitals collected retrospective clinical and resource use data from medical records of 64 adults hospitalized for rCDI and 64 matched inpatient controls with a first episode only (f)CDI...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633044/written-accounts-of-living-with-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-a-thematic-analysis
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Gregg H Rawlings, Ian Brown, Brendan Stone, Markus Reuber
PURPOSE: Qualitative studies examining lived experiences of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) have predominantly relied on datasets collected using clinical or research interviews. This study pursued a different approach by investigating individuals' written accounts of their condition. METHODS: Participants (n=19) were recruited from membership-led organisations for individuals living with seizures and from a United Kingdom hospital. Participants were instructed to produce four pieces of writing: 1) about their thoughts and feelings about their condition; 2) a letter to their condition; 3) a letter to their younger self; and 4) about a personal value...
June 15, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633040/hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-training-challenges-and-potential-opportunities-through-networking-and-integration-of-modern-technologies-to-the-practice-setting
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Mohamed A Kharfan-Dabaja, Mahmoud Aljurf
Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), particularly allogeneic HCT, is a complex and a high-risk procedure requiring expertise to manage potential treatment complications. Published data supports the value of quality management systems in improving post-transplant outcomes; however, there are no universally established, or agreed upon, criteria to assess adequacy of training of physicians, transplant or nontransplant, and supporting staff, among others. It is of paramount importance for transplant centers to identify the needed area(s) of expertise in order to seek appropriate training for their staff...
June 13, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632934/a-prospective-microbiome-wide-association-study-of-food-sensitization-and-food-allergy-in-early-childhood
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Jessica H Savage, Kathleen A Lee-Sarwar, Joanne Sordillo, Supinda Bunyavanich, Yanjiao Zhou, George O'Connor, Megan Sandel, Leonard Bacharier, Robert Zeiger, Erica Sodergren, George M Weinstock, Diane R Gold, Scott T Weiss, Augusto A Litonjua
BACKGROUND: Alterations in the intestinal microbiome are prospectively associated with the development of asthma; less is known regarding the role of microbiome alterations in food allergy development. METHODS: Intestinal microbiome samples were collected at age 3-6 months in children participating in the follow-up phase of an interventional trial of high dose Vitamin D given during pregnancy. At age 3, sensitization to foods (milk, egg, peanut, soy, wheat, walnut) was assessed...
June 20, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632794/migrants-healthy-worker-effect-and-mortality-trends-in-the-gulf-cooperation-council-countries
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Karima Chaabna, Sohaila Cheema, Ravinder Mamtani
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Saudi Arabia, have experienced unique demographic changes. The major population growth contributor in these countries is young migrants, which has led to a shift in the population age pyramid. Migrants constitute the vast proportion of GCC countries' population reaching >80% in Qatar and UAE. Using Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 (GBD 2015) and United Nations data, for the GCC countries, we assessed the association between age-standardized mortality and population size trends with linear and polynomial regressions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631999/adapting-healthcare-quality-measures-to-transgender-individuals
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Landon D Hughes, Olivia K G Berzin, Musetta Leung, Catherine Hersey, Sarah Grallert
The healthcare system's rapid shift toward value-based payment poses unique quality measurement challenges and new foci for researchers and policy makers. Quality measures that use sex-specific criteria may inappropriately include or exclude transgender individuals. More large-scale studies must be conducted to incorporate transgender individuals into measures that use sex-specific criteria, and "measure stewards" should consider the existing clinical guidelines and recommendations regarding transgender individuals when developing measures...
June 20, 2017: LGBT Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631772/-regional-cancer-registries-as-observational-points-for-clinical-pathways-in-oncological-networks
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Salvatore Palazzo, Lucia Mangone
Regional Cancer Registries collect population data on incidence and survival for all forms of cancer on a national scale, providing basic elements for National and Regional Health Planning. The availability of the reliable and homogeneous measurement elements about patient outcomes is the key to improving quality and assessing the efficiency of the national healthcare. These measurement elements can be aggregated into predefined indicators for the clinical pathways of the individual regions to calculate their value and assess the phenomenon of health migration...
June 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631537/sustainability-in-care-through-an-ethical-practice-model
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Linda Nyholm, Susanne Salmela, Lisbet Nyström, Camilla Koskinen
BACKGROUND: While sustainability is a key concept in many different domains today, it has not yet been sufficiently emphasized in the healthcare sector. Earlier research shows that ethical values and evidence-based care models create sustainability in care practice. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to gain further understanding of the ethical values central to the realization of sustainability in care and to create an ethical practice model whereby these basic values can be made perceptible and active in care practice...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631501/ambivalence-in-rehabilitation-thematic-analysis-of-the-experiences-of-lower-limb-amputated-veterans
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Jan Christensen, Henning Langberg, Patrick Doherty, Ingrid Egerod
BACKGROUND: Knowledge about the organization and factors of importance to rehabilitation of veterans with lower limb amputation is sparse. The aim of this study was, therefore, to improve understanding of the influences of "military identity" on the organization of rehabilitation services and to investigate those factors influential in achieving successful rehabilitation, including interprofessional collaboration between different sectors involved in the rehabilitation of veterans with lower limb amputations...
June 20, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631497/cost-effectiveness-of-blinatumomab-versus-salvage-chemotherapy-in-relapsed-or-refractory-philadelphia-chromosome-negative-b-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-from-a-us-payer-perspective
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Thomas E Delea, Jordan Amdahl, Diana Boyko, May Hagiwara, Zachary F Zimmerman, Janet L Franklin, Ze Cong, Guy Hechmati, Anthony Stein
Objective To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of blinatumomab (Blincyto) versus standard of care (SOC) chemotherapy in adults with relapsed or refractory (R/R) Philadelphia-chromosome-negative (Ph-) B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) based on the results of the phase 3 TOWER study from a US healthcare payer perspective. Methods The Blincyto Global Economic Model (B-GEM), a partitioned survival model, was used to estimate the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of blinatumomab versus SOC. Response rates, event free survival (EFS), overall survival (OS), numbers of cycles of blinatumomab and SOC, and transplant rates were estimated from TOWER...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629753/active-identification-of-patients-who-are-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-colonized-is-not-associated-with-longer-duration-of-vancomycin-therapy
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Carlos Acuna-Villaorduna, Westyn Branch-Elliman, Judith Strymish, Kalpana Gupta
BACKGROUND: Excessive prescribing of vancomycin among patients admitted to inpatient wards is a challenge for antimicrobial stewardship programs, especially in the setting of expanded screening programs for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Studies examining factors associated with longer duration of vancomycin use are limited. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study to assess the impact of universal MRSA admission screening on duration of vancomycin use at the VA Boston Healthcare System during the period from January 2013-November 2015...
June 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629572/3t-diffusion-weighted-mri-in-the-response-assessment-of-colorectal-liver-metastases-after-chemotherapy-correlation-between-adc-value-and-histological-tumour-regression-grading
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Francescamaria Donati, Piero Boraschi, Federica Pacciardi, Rosa Cervelli, Maura Castagna, Lucio Urbani, Fabio Falaschi, Davide Caramella
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to correlate the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DW-MRI) by 3T device with the histological tumour regression grading (TRG) analysis of colorectal liver metastases after preoperative chemotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our study included thirty-five patients with colorectal liver metastases who had undergone MRI by 3T device (GE DISCOVERY MR750; GE Healthcare) after preoperative chemotherapy...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629370/pharmacogenetic-testing-through-the-direct-to-consumer-genetic-testing-company-23andme
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Mengfei Lu, Cathryn M Lewis, Matthew Traylor
BACKGROUND: Rapid advances in scientific research have led to an increase in public awareness of genetic testing and pharmacogenetics. Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies, such as 23andMe, allow consumers to access their genetic information directly through an online service without the involvement of healthcare professionals. Here, we evaluate the clinical relevance of pharmacogenetic tests reported by 23andMe in their UK tests. METHODS: The research papers listed under each 23andMe report were evaluated, extracting information on effect size, sample size and ethnicity...
June 19, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629329/personalised-informed-choice-on-evidence-and-controversy-on-mammography-screening-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Anna Roberto, Cinzia Colombo, Giulia Candiani, Livia Giordano, Paola Mantellini, Eugenio Paci, Roberto Satolli, Mario Valenza, Paola Mosconi
BACKGROUND: In Italy women aged 50-69 are invited for a population-based breast cancer (BC) screening. Physicians, policy makers and patients associations agree on the need to inform women about the benefits and harms in order to permit an informed decision. Decision aids (DA) are an effective way to support people in their decisions about health. This trial aims to assess women's informed choices, according to their health literacy and values, on participating or not in BC screening for the first time...
June 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
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