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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926938/uncovering-the-pathogenic-landscape-of-helminth-opisthorchis-viverrini-infections-a-cross-sectional-study-on-contributions-of-physical-and-social-environment-and-healthcare-interventions
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Xueyuan Ong, Yi-Chen Wang, Paiboon Sithithaworn, Jutamas Namsanor, David Taylor, Luxana Laithavewat
BACKGROUND: Helminth infections have proven recalcitrant to control by chemotherapy in many parts of Southeast Asia and indeed farther afield. This study isolates and examines the influence of different aspects of the physical and social environment, and uneven intervention effort contributing to the pathogenic landscape of human Opisthorchis viverrini infections. METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional survey, involving 632 participants, was conducted in four villages in northeast Thailand to examine the impact on prevalence and parasite burden of the reservoir dam environment, socio-economic, demographic, and behavioral factors, and health center intervention efforts...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926663/the-impact-of-value-based-healthcare-for-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-on-healthcare-utilization-a-pilot-study
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Welmoed K van Deen, Arlen Spiro, A Burak Ozbay, Martha Skup, Adriana Centeno, Natalie E Duran, Precious N Lacey, Darius Jatulis, Eric Esrailian, Martijn G H van Oijen, Daniel W Hommes
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Value-based healthcare (VBHC) is considered to be the solution that will improve quality and decrease costs in healthcare. Many hospitals are implementing programs on the basis of this strategy, but rigorous scientific reports are still lacking. In this pilot study, we present the first-year outcomes of a VBHC program for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) management that focuses on highly coordinated care, task differentiation of providers, and continuous home monitoring...
December 6, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926620/tapping-magnet%C3%A2-s-culture-of-innovation-to-improve-the-patient-experience
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Jennifer Rainer
As incentives grow for healthcare organizations to improve the patient experience, an increasing number choose to add consumers directly into their leadership structures. In this final installment about the value of patient and family advisory councils, the senior director of quality at a large, Magnet®-recognized Texas hospital explains how tapping into a well-established Magnet culture helped the organization adopt innovative approaches that produced positive change. Based on an interview with the author, she notes that seeing basic issues through patients' eyes challenged long-held beliefs and led to improvements in a wide variety of areas...
January 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926537/lactate-arterial-and-venous-agreement-in-sepsis-a-prospective-observational-study
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Deepankar Datta, Julia Grahamslaw, Alasdair J Gray, Catriona Graham, Craig A Walker
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is a common condition in the emergency department (ED). Lactate measurement is an important part of management: arterial lactate (A-LACT) measurement is the gold standard. There is increasing use of peripheral venous lactate (PV-LACT); however, there is little research supporting the interchangeability of the two measures.If PV-LACT has good agreement with A-LACT, it would significantly reduce patient discomfort and the risks of arterial sampling for a large group of acutely unwell patients, while allowing faster and wider screening, with potential reduced costs to the healthcare system...
December 6, 2016: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925466/a-prospective-evaluation-of-contrast-and-radiation-dose-and-image-quality-in-cardiac-ct-in-children-with-complex-congenital-heart-disease-using-low-concentration-iodinated-contrast-agent-and-low-tube-voltage-and-current
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Qiao-Ru Hou, Wei Gao, Yu Min Zhong, Ai Min Sun, Qian Wang, Hai Sheng Qiu, Fang Wang, Jian Ying Li, Liwei Hu
OBJECTIVE: To assess image quality, contrast dose and radiation dose in cardiac CT in children with congenital heart disease using low-concentration iodinated contrast agent and low tube voltage and current in comparison with standard-dose protocol. METHODS: 110 patients with congenital heart disease were randomized to one of the two scan protocols: Group A (n=45) with 120mA tube current and contrast agent of 270mgI/ml in concentration (Visipaque, GE Healthcare), and Group B (n=65) with the conventional 160mA and 370mgI/mL concentration contrast (Iopamiro, Bracco)...
December 7, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925382/moving-beyond-not-enough-time-factors-influencing-paediatric-clinicians-participation-in-research
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Simon Paul Paget, Patrina Hy Caldwell, Joyce Murphy, Kimberley J Lilischkis, Angie M Morrow
BACKGROUND: Increasing the amount of clinical research that occurs in healthcare settings has been identified as an important mechanism to improve healthcare outcomes. While clinicians are key persons in achieving this aim, research participation amongst clinicians is generally limited. AIMS: To identify the factors (barriers and facilitators) influencing clinician research participation and determine how professional culture impacts on these factors. METHODS: Forty clinicians working at a tertiary children's hospital participated in six discipline-specific focus groups...
December 7, 2016: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924554/development-of-a-clinical-tool-to-predict-home-death-of-a-discharged-cancer-patient-in-japan-a-case-control-study
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Sakiko Fukui, Tatsuya Morita, Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the predictive value of a clinical tool to predict whether discharged cancer patients die at home, comparing groups of case who died at home and control who died in hospitals or other facilities. METHOD: We conducted a nationwide case-control study to identify the determinants of home death for a discharged cancer patient. We randomly selected nurses in charge of 2000 home-visit nursing agencies from all 5813 agencies in Japan by referring to the nationwide databases in January 2013...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924347/preprocessing-structured-clinical-data-for-predictive-modeling-and-decision-support-a-roadmap-to-tackle-the-challenges
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José Carlos Ferrão, Mónica Duarte Oliveira, Filipe Janela, Henrique M G Martins
BACKGROUND: EHR systems have high potential to improve healthcare delivery and management. Although structured EHR data generates information in machine-readable formats, their use for decision support still poses technical challenges for researchers due to the need to preprocess and convert data into a matrix format. During our research, we observed that clinical informatics literature does not provide guidance for researchers on how to build this matrix while avoiding potential pitfalls...
December 7, 2016: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922661/fin-tiera-a-tool-for-assessing-technology-induced-errors
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Sari Palojoki, Tuuli Pajunen, Lasse Lehtonen, Kaija Saranto
BACKGROUND: Due to the complexity of healthcare processes, the potential for Health Information Systems (HIS) to cause technology-induced errors is a growing concern. Health Information Technology (HIT) errors nearly always threaten good patient care and can lead to patient harm. Instruments to allow hospitals to proactively identify areas of Electronic Health Records (EHR) safety, to set priorities and to intervene before incidents occur are currently underdeveloped. OBJECTIVES: The aim was to design a Finnish questionnaire to measure EHR users' perceptions of common EHR-related safety concerns in a specialized hospital district context through the lens of the theory of socio-technical dimensions...
December 6, 2016: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922466/smartphone-based-electrocardiographic-and-cardiac-implantable-electronic-device-monitoring
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Suneet Mittal
The field of arrhythmia monitoring is changing rapidly. The rapid advent of technology in combination with marked improvements in cellular communication and an increased desire by patients to be actively engaged in their care has ushered in a new era of clinical care. Today, physicians need to think about their patients outside the traditional in-office setting. Two technologies that embody this changing landscape are smartphone-based electrocardiographic (ECG) monitors and remote monitoring of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs)...
January 2017: Cardiology in Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922178/lessons-from-the-homeless-civil-and-uncivil-interactions-with-nurses-self-care-behaviors-and-barriers-to-care
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Wendy M Woith, Cindy Kerber, Kim S Astroth, Sheryl H Jenkins
BACKGROUND: Civility, rooted in social justice, is a fundamental value of nursing. Homeless people are particularly at risk for experiencing uncivil behavior from nurses. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore homeless people's perceptions of their interactions with nurses. METHOD: In this descriptive, qualitative study, we interviewed 15 homeless adults who described their experiences with nurses. The interview guide, developed by the researchers, consisted of open-ended questions and probes...
December 6, 2016: Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921633/healthcare-resources-are-inadequate-to-address-the-burden-of-illness-among-hiv-infected-male-prisoners-in-malaysia
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Joseph Bick, Gabriel Culbert, Haider A Al-Darraji, Clayton Koh, Veena Pillai, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Frederick Altice
Purpose Criminalization of drug use in Malaysia has concentrated people who inject drugs (PWID) and people living with HIV into prisons where health services are minimal and HIV-related mortality is high. Few studies have comprehensively assessed the complex health needs of this population. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach From October 2012 through March 2013, 221 sequentially selected HIV-infected male prisoners underwent a comprehensive health assessment that included a structured history, physical examination, and clinically indicated diagnostic studies...
December 19, 2016: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921632/access-to-healthcare-services-during-incarceration-among-female-inmates
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Rabia Ahmed, Cybele Angel, Rebecca Martel, Diane Pyne, Louanne Keenan
Purpose Incarcerated women have a disproportionate burden of infectious and chronic disease, in addition to substance use disorder and mental health illness, when compared to the general population ( Binswanger et al., 2009 ; Fazel et al., 2006 ; Fuentes, 2013; Kouyoumdjian et al., 2012 ). Women often enter the correctional system in poor health, making incarceration an opportunity to address health issues. The purpose of this paper is to explore the barriers to accessing health services that female inmates face during incarceration, the consequences to their health, and implications for correctional health services delivery...
December 19, 2016: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921257/impact-of-community-health-workers-on-use-of-healthcare-services-in-the-united-states-a-systematic-review
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Helen E Jack, Sophia D Arabadjis, Lucy Sun, Erin E Sullivan, Russell S Phillips
BACKGROUND: As the US transitions to value-based healthcare, physicians and payers are incentivized to change healthcare delivery to improve quality of care while controlling costs. By assisting with the management of common chronic conditions, community health workers (CHWs) may improve healthcare quality, but physicians and payers who are making choices about care delivery also need to understand their effects on healthcare spending. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PsycINFO, Embase, and Web of Science from the inception of each database to 22 June 2015...
December 5, 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920245/underlying-influence-of-perception-of-management-leadership-on-patient-safety-climate-in-healthcare-organizations-a-mediation-analysis-approach
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Shao-Jen Weng, Seung-Hwan Kim, Chieh-Liang Wu
OBJECTIVE: We aim to draw insights on how medical staff's perception of management leadership affects safety climate with key safety related dimensions-teamwork climate, job satisfaction and working conditions. DESIGN/SETTING: A cross-sectional survey using Safety Attitude Questionnaire (SAQ) was performed in a medical center in Taichung City, Taiwan. The relationships among the dimensions in SAQ were then analyzed by structural equation modeling with a mediation analysis...
December 4, 2016: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919472/the-value-of-a-poison-control-center-in-preventing-unnecessary-emergency-department-visits-and-hospital-charges-a-multi-year-analysis
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Casey R Tak, Marty C Malheiro, Heather K W Bennett, Barbara I Crouch
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine the economic value of the Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC) by examining its contribution to the reduction of unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits and associated charges across multiple years. METHODS: A multi-year (2009-2014) analysis of cross-sectional data was performed. Callers were asked what they would do for a poison emergency if the UPCC was not available. Healthcare charges for ED visits averted were calculated according to insurance status using charges obtained from a statewide database...
November 22, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919292/cost-effectiveness-of-screening-for-ovarian-cancer-amongst-postmenopausal-women-a-model-based-economic-evaluation
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Ben Kearns, Jim Chilcott, Sophie Whyte, Louise Preston, Susi Sadler
BACKGROUND: The United Kingdom Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS) was the biggest ovarian cancer screening trial to date. A non-significant effect of screening on ovarian cancer was reported, but the authors noted a potential delayed effect of screening, and suggested the need for four years further follow-up. There are no UK-based cost-effectiveness analyses of ovarian cancer screening. Hence we assessed the lifetime outcomes associated with, and the cost-effectiveness of, screening for ovarian cancer in the UK, along with the value of further research...
December 6, 2016: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917686/physical-activity-promotion-for-people-with-spinal-cord-injury-physiotherapists-beliefs-and-actions
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Toni L Williams, Brett Smith, Anthony Papathomas
PURPOSE: It is vital that people with spinal cord injury (SCI) lead a physically active lifestyle to promote long term health and well-being. Yet within rehabilitation and upon discharge into the community, people with SCI are largely inactive. Physiotherapists are well placed to promote a physically active lifestyle and are valued and trusted messengers of physical activity (PA) by people with SCI. Therefore this study aimed to explore the perceptions of physiotherapists in SCI rehabilitation on PA for people with SCI, and what is done to promote PA...
December 5, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917036/challenging-perceptions-about-oncology-product-pricing-in-breast-and-colorectal-cancer
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Anthony Barron, Tim Wilsdon
Although significant progress has been made in the past decade in the treatment of both common and rare cancers, there has been significant concerns about the cost, and especially the value, of certain new oncology drugs. These concerns touch upon a number of issues regarding the price of these medicines, the value they deliver and the ability of healthcare systems to fund them. This paper looks at these perceptions and the extent to which they apply across different oncology products. Whilst it is acknowledged there is evidence that the launch price of pharmaceutical treatments for some forms of cancer has been rising in recent years, this is not uniformly the case; we find evidence to the contrary for some forms of cancer...
2016: Pharmaceutical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916411/beyond-expectations-post-implementation-data-shows-rotavirus-vaccination-is-likely-cost-saving-in-australia
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J F Reyes, J G Wood, P Beutels, K Macartney, P McIntyre, R Menzies, N Mealing, A T Newall
BACKGROUND: Universal vaccination against rotavirus was included in the funded Australian National Immunisation Program in July 2007. Predictive cost-effectiveness models assessed the program before introduction. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective economic evaluation of the Australian rotavirus program using national level post-implementation data on vaccine uptake, before-after measures of program impact and published estimates of excess intussusception cases...
December 1, 2016: Vaccine
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