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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334754/rate-of-renal-function-decline-race-and-referral-to-nephrology-in-a-large-cohort-of-primary-care-patients
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Farrukh M Koraishy, Denise Hooks-Anderson, Joanne Salas, Jeffrey F Scherrer
Introduction.: Late nephrology referral is associated with adverse outcomes especially among minorities. Research on the association of the rate of chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression with nephrology referral in white versus black patients is lacking. Objectives.: Compute the odds of nephrology referral in primary care and their associations with race and the rate of CKD progression. Methods.: Electronic health record data were obtained from 2170 patients in primary care clinics in the Saint Louis metropolitan area with at least two estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) values over a 7-year observation period...
February 21, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334558/feasibility-and-added-value-of-executive-walkrounds-in-long-term-care-organizations-in-the-netherlands
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Loes van Dusseldorp, Getty Huisman-de Waal, Hub Hamers, Gert Westert, Lisette Schoonhoven
BACKGROUND: Currently available tools for the management of safety in health care are largely based on quantitative management information. Executive WalkRounds (WalkRounds [WR]) seems useful as a leadership tool to detect "soft signals"-alerts of unsafe situations or practices-and to enhance the mutual trust between frontline staff and the board of directors. The majority of the research on WR has been performed in hospitals. Therefore, a study was conducted to assess how the boards of directors of long term care organizations value WR as a leadership tool to perceive soft signals, and whether soft signals are of added value to enhance patient safety...
December 2016: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333950/drug-resistant-hiv-behaviors-and-characteristics-among-los-angeles-men-who-have-sex-with-men-with-new-hiv-diagnosis
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Pamina M Gorbach, Marjan Javanbakht, Lorelei Bornfleth, Robert K Bolan, Martha Lewis Blum
Epidemiology of drug resistant HIV has focused on trends and less attention has been given to identification of factors, especially behaviors including substance use, in acquisition of drug-resistant HIV. From 2009 to 2012 The Metromates Study enrolled and followed for one year men who have sex with men (MSM) seeking testing for HIV in a community clinic in Los Angeles assessing those testing positive for acute and recent HIV infection. Behavioral data were collected via Computer-Assisted Self-Interview from 125 classified as newly HIV infected and 91 as chronically infected (newly HIV-diagnosed); specimens were available and viable for resistance testing for 154 of the 216 HIV positives with new diagnoses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333515/a-philosophy-for-behavioral-health-integration-in-primary-care
#4
Thomas R Egnew
In response to a call for a philosophy that transcends the professional boundaries that threaten behavioral health integration in primary care, this essay explores the thesis that such a philosophy exists in medicine's core purpose. Drawing on the work of Eric Cassell, a philosophy may be determined that melds the values, themes, and constructs of individual models for behavioral health integration in primary care toward a single, overriding purpose. Effecting such integration challenges current trends in medicine by refocusing medicine on its ethical core...
March 2017: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333406/survey-of-neurodevelopmental-allied-health-teams-in-australian-and-new-zealand-neonatal-nurseries-staff-profile-and-standardised-neurobehavioural-neurological-assessment
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Leesa G Allinson, Lex W Doyle, Linda Denehy, Alicia J Spittle
AIMS: The primary aim of this study was to establish how many neonatal nurseries in Australia and New Zealand had a neurodevelopmental allied health team, to ascertain the disciplines involved, their qualifications and experience. The secondary aim was to evaluate which standardised neurobehavioural/neurological assessments were currently being implemented, and the existing practice in relation to their use. METHODS: A descriptive cross-sectional survey, sampling 179 eligible public and private hospital neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and special care nurseries (SCNs) throughout Australia and New Zealand, was purpose-developed and administered electronically from the 5th April to 23rd July 2013...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333222/ivf-or-iui-as-first-line-treatment-in-unexplained-subfertility-the-conundrum-of-treatment-selection-markers
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R I Tjon-Kon-Fat, P Tajik, M H Zafarmand, A J Bensdorp, P M M Bossuyt, G J E Oosterhuis, R van Golde, S Repping, M D A Lambers, E Slappendel, D Perquin, M J Pelinck, J Gianotten, J W M Maas, M J C Eijkemans, F van der Veen, B W Mol, M van Wely
STUDY QUESTION: Are there treatment selection markers that could aid in identifying couples, with unexplained or mild male subfertility, who would have better chances of a healthy child with IVF with single embryo transfer (IVF-SET) than with IUI with ovarian stimulation (IUI-OS)? SUMMARY ANSWER: We did not find any treatment selection markers that were associated with better chances of a healthy child with IVF-SET instead of IUI-OS in couples with unexplained or mild male subfertility...
February 24, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332943/effects-of-different-models-of-dialysis-care-on-patient-important-outcomes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Priya Ramar, Ahmed T Ahmed, Zhen Wang, Sagar S Chawla, Maria Lourdes Gonzalez Suarez, LaTonya J Hickson, Ann Farrell, Amy W Williams, Nilay D Shah, M Hassan Murad, Bjorg Thorsteinsdottir
Ongoing payment reform in dialysis necessitates better patient outcomes and lower costs. Suggested improvements to processes of care for maintenance dialysis patients are abundant; however, their impact on patient-important outcomes is unclear. This systematic review included comparative randomized controlled trials or observational studies with no restriction on language, published from 2000 to 2014, involving at least 5 adult dialysis patients who received a minimum of 6 months of follow-up. The effect size was pooled and stratified by intervention strategy (multidisciplinary care [MDC], home dialysis, alternate dialysis settings, and electronic health record implementation)...
March 23, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332433/the-cost-effectiveness-of-alectinib-in-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-positive-alk-advanced-nsclc-previously-treated-with-crizotinib
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J J Carlson, W Canestaro, A Ravelo, W Wong
Introduction Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) targeting drugs provide an important option for advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients with this distinct tumor type; however, there is considerable uncertainty as to which drug provides the optimal value after crizotinib treatment. This study estimated the cost-utility of alectinib vs ceritinib from a US payer perspective. Methods A cost-utility model was developed using partition survival methods and three health states: progression-free (PF), post-progression (PP), and death...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331630/factors-affecting-deliveries-attended-by-skilled-birth-attendants-in-bangladesh
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Gulam Muhammed Al Kibria, Swagata Ghosh, Shakir Hossen, Rifath Ara Alam Barsha, Atia Sharmeen, S M Iftekhar Uddin
BACKGROUND: The presence of skilled birth attendants (SBAs) is crucial in childbirth to reduce the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) and to achieve the maternal mortality target of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim of this study was to investigate the factors related to childbirths attended by SBAs in Bangladesh. METHODS: Data from the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (2014 BDHS) were analyzed. Logistic regression was applied to calculate crude odds ratios (CORs), adjusted odds ratios (AORs), 95% confidence intervals (CIs), and p-values...
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330443/influenza-and-respiratory-syncytial-virus-in-infants-study-iris-of-hospitalized-and-non-ill-infants-aged-1-year-in-four-countries-study-design-and-methods
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Mark G Thompson, Danielle R Hunt, Ali K Arbaji, Artan Simaku, Veronica L Tallo, Holly M Biggs, Carolyn Kulb, Aubree Gordon, Ilham Abu Khader, Silvia Bino, Marilla G Lucero, Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner, Pat Shifflett, Felix Sanchez, Basima I Marar, Ilirjana Bakalli, Eric A F Simões, Min Z Levine, Jennifer K Meece, Angel Balmaseda, Tareq M Al-Sanouri, Majlinda Dhimolea, Joanne N de Jesus, Natalie J Thornburg, Susan I Gerber, Lionel Gresh
BACKGROUND: This multi-country prospective study of infants aged <1 year aims to assess the frequency of influenza virus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections associated with hospitalizations, to describe clinical features and antibody response to infection, and to examine predictors of very severe disease requiring intensive care. METHODS/DESIGN: We are enrolling a hospital-based cohort and a sample of non-ill infants in four countries (Albania, Jordan, Nicaragua, and the Philippines) using a common protocol...
March 22, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329829/-end-of-life-care-i-m-not-going-to-worry-about-that-yet-health-literacy-gaps-and-end-of-life-planning-among-elderly-dialysis-patients
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Keren Ladin, Katie Buttafarro, Emily Hahn, Susan Koch-Weser, Daniel E Weiner
Purpose: Between 2000 and 2012, the incident dialysis population in the United States increased by nearly 60%, most sharply among adults 75 years and older. End-of-life (EOL) conversations among dialysis patients are associated with better patient-centered outcomes and lower use of aggressive interventions in the last month of life. This study examined how health literacy may affect engagement, comprehension, and satisfaction with EOL conversations among elderly dialysis patients. Design and Methods: Qualitative/descriptive study with semi-structured interviews about health literacy, EOL conversations, and goals of care with 31 elderly dialysis patients at 2 centers in Boston...
March 10, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329800/characterizing-readiness-for-advance-care-planning-from-the-perspective-of-residents-families-and-clinicians-an-interpretive-descriptive-study-in-supportive-living
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Marta Shaw, Jennifer Hewson, David B Hogan, Shelley Raffin Bouchal, Jessica Simon
Background and Objectives: Advance care planning (ACP) involves reflection on health care preferences and communication of the person's wishes in case of future incapacity. ACP is particularly pertinent in supportive living (SL) as residents are at high risk of cognitive decline and changes in health status, but the readiness of residents, families, and health care practitioners to engage in ACP discussions is not known. The purpose of this study was to explore the readiness among these stakeholders and the factors that influence the degree of readiness...
February 18, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329638/developing-a-continuous-quality-improvement-assessment-using-a-patient-centered-approach-in-optimizing-sle-disease-control
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Katelyn Updyke, Brittany Urso, James A Solomon
Systemic lupus erythematous is a multi-organ autoimmune disease in which the patient has "lost" self- tolerance and developed immune-complexes containing self-antigen that cause disease through tissue inflammation and multi-organ damage. Patients often have unpredictable flares in symptoms with poorly identified triggers. However, it has been suggested in other literature that exogenous exposures, including ingested beef, cigarette smoke, UV radiation, metal-complexing agents, and infections can contribute to exacerbations and improvements in SLE symptoms...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327645/a-novel-point-of-care-smartphone-based-system-for-monitoring-the-cardiac-and-respiratory-systems
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Kwanghyun Sohn, Faisal M Merchant, Omid Sayadi, Dheeraj Puppala, Rajiv Doddamani, Ashish Sahani, Jagmeet P Singh, E Kevin Heist, Eric M Isselbacher, Antonis A Armoundas
Cardio-respiratory monitoring is one of the most demanding areas in the rapidly growing, mobile-device, based health care delivery. We developed a 12-lead smartphone-based electrocardiogram (ECG) acquisition and monitoring system (called "cvrPhone"), and an application to assess underlying ischemia, and estimate the respiration rate (RR) and tidal volume (TV) from analysis of electrocardiographic (ECG) signals only. During in-vivo swine studies (n = 6), 12-lead ECG signals were recorded at baseline and following coronary artery occlusion...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327120/where-s-the-evidence-a-systematic-review-of-economic-analyses-of-residential-aged-care-infrastructure
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Tiffany Easton, Rachel Milte, Maria Crotty, Julie Ratcliffe
BACKGROUND: Residential care infrastructure, in terms of the characteristics of the organisation (such as proprietary status, size, and location) and the physical environment, have been found to directly influence resident outcomes. This review aimed to summarise the existing literature of economic evaluations of residential care infrastructure. METHODS: A systematic review of English language articles using AgeLine, CINAHL, Econlit, Informit (databases in Health; Business and Law; Social Sciences), Medline, ProQuest, Scopus, and Web of Science with retrieval up to 14 December 2015...
March 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326826/predictive-value-of-the-c-reactive-protein-to-prealbumin-ratio-in-medical-icu-patients
#16
Li Li, Lihua Dai, Xiao Wang, Yao Wang, Luocheng Zhou, Miao Chen, Hairong Wang
AIM: This prospective study aimed to evaluate the relationship between the ratio of C-reactive protein-to-prealbumin (CRP/PAB) and clinical outcomes in medical intensive care unit patients. MATERIALS & METHODS: All 240 consecutive adult patients were enrolled in this study with demographic and clinical features collected. RESULTS: Compared with patients belonging to the CRP/PAB ≤0.24 group, hospital mortality and the total length of stay in hospital (TLSH) were significantly increased in patients in the CRP/PAB >0...
March 14, 2017: Biomarkers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326795/digital-health-care-by-in-silico-glycation-of-hba1-blood-cells
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James M Minor, Leslie M Rickey, Richard M Bergenstal
BACKGROUND: Diabetes health care relies on the HbA1c (A1c) assay and associated average glucose (AG) to evaluate and control chronic glycemia. However, the A1c assay is plagued with significant noise, lag time, and specificity issues. Current studies support the significant health care advantage of clinical action based on real-time blood glucose (BG) metrics. We seek to improve diabetes management by directly relating such metrics to AG levels as mediated by recently discovered recurrent endocrine cycles...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326415/help-my-rating-looks-bad-coding-comorbidities-in-arthroplasty
#18
Joseph D Galloway, Frank R Voss
In medicine today, there is a trend toward increasing transparency. Higher quality and better value are being sought, and one of the methods being used is publicly reported health care outcomes. However, there is a problem that comes from our loss of anonymity. Physicians who are being individually watched have to choose between doing what is best for the patient and doing what would look good when it is publicly reported. Often this might mean choosing not to treat a particularly sick patient who is unlikely to have a good outcome...
September 2016: Arthroplasty Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325751/smartphone-based-geofencing-to-ascertain-hospitalizations
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Kaylin T Nguyen, Jeffrey E Olgin, Mark J Pletcher, Madelena Ng, Leanne Kaye, Sai Moturu, Rachel A Gladstone, Chaitanya Malladi, Amy H Fann, Carol Maguire, Laura Bettencourt, Matthew A Christensen, Gregory M Marcus
BACKGROUND: Ascertainment of hospitalizations is critical to assess quality of care and the effectiveness and adverse effects of various therapies. Smartphones, mobile geolocators that are ubiquitous, have not been leveraged to ascertain hospitalizations. Therefore, we evaluated the use of smartphone-based geofencing to track hospitalizations. METHODS AND RESULTS: Participants aged ≥18 years installed a mobile application programmed to geofence all hospitals using global positioning systems and cell phone tower triangulation and to trigger a smartphone-based questionnaire when located in a hospital for ≥4 hours...
March 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325711/investigating-the-perceptions-of-care-coordinators-on-using-behavior-theory-based-mobile-health-technology-with-medicaid-populations-a-grounded-theory-study
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Brittany Erika Sigler
BACKGROUND: Medicaid populations are less engaged in their health care than the rest of the population, translating to worse health outcomes and increased health care costs. Since theory-based mobile health (mHealth) interventions have been shown to increase patient engagement, mobile phones may be an optimal strategy to reach this population. With increased development of theory-based mHealth technology, these interventions must now be evaluated with these medically underserved populations in a real-world setting...
March 21, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
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