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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931117/migrant-tuberculosis-patient-needs-and-health-system-response-along-the-thailand-myanmar-border
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Naomi Tschirhart, Francois Nosten, Angel M Foster
This article aims to identify how the health system in Tak province, Thailand has responded to migrants' barriers to tuberculosis (TB) treatment. Our qualitatively driven multi-methods project utilized focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and a survey of community health volunteers to collect data in 2014 from multiple perspectives. Migrants identified legal status and transportation difficulties as the primary barriers to seeking TB treatment. Lack of financial resources and difficulties locating appropriate and affordable health services in other Thai provinces or across the border in Myanmar further contributed to migrants' challenges...
October 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930892/costs-and-trends-in-utilization-of-low-value-services-among-older-adults-with-commercial-insurance-or-medicare-advantage
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Elizabeth A Carter, Pamela E Morin, Keith D Lind
BACKGROUND: Overutilization of low-value services (unnecessary or minimally beneficial tests or procedures) has been cited as a large contributor to the high costs of health care in the United States. OBJECTIVES: To analyze trends in utilization of low-value services from 2009 to 2014 among commercial and Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollees 50 and older. RESEARCH DESIGN: A retrospective analysis of deidentified claims obtained from the OptumLab Data Warehouse...
September 19, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930889/the-burden-of-mental-illness-among-veterans-use-of-vha-health-care-services-by-those-with-service-connected-conditions
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Charles Maynard, Adam Batten, Chuan-Fen Liu, Karin Nelson, Stephan D Fihn
BACKGROUND: Little is known about how Veterans with service-connected conditions use health care provided by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). OBJECTIVES: To ascertain what proportion of Veterans with service-connected conditions used VHA health care and whether it varied according to type of condition, combined disability rating, age, sex, military rank, or other characteristics and whether there were differences in receipt of inpatient and outpatient care...
September 19, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930820/gatekeeping-and-the-utilization-of-community-health-services-in-shenzhen-china-a-cross-sectional-study
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Wenzhen Li, Yong Gan, Xiaoxin Dong, Yanfeng Zhou, Shiyi Cao, Naomiem Kkandawire, Yingjie Cong, Huilian Sun, Zuxun Lu
To assess the effects of the gatekeeper policy implemented in Shenzhen, China, in conjunction with a labor health insurance program, on channeling patients toward community health centers (CHCs).Eight thousand patients who visited 8 CHCs in Shenzhen were surveyed between May 1, 2013 and July 28, 2013. Half of the patients were subject to gatekeeper policy and the other half of them were not. Structured questionnaire was used to collect patients' choices of initial medical institution, use of CHCs and their satisfaction with health care...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929813/limited-english-proficient-patients-perceptions-of-when-interpreters-are-needed-and-how-the-decision-to-utilize-interpreters-is-made
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Rebecca J Schwei, Michelle Schroeder, Ifna Ejebe, Maichou Lor, Linda Park, Phia Xiong, Elizabeth A Jacobs
Our objective was to describe when Hmong- and Spanish-speaking limited English proficient (LEP) patients perceive an interpreter was needed and how they perceive the decision to utilize an interpreter is made in a health care encounter. We interviewed a total of 20 LEP patients. We used a number of strategies to recruit LEP patients including posting language-appropriate flyers at clinics, sending letters to LEP patients and asking our participants to refer their family and friends to participate in our study...
September 20, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929097/integrated-clinical-decision-support-systems-promote-absolute-cardiovascular-risk-assessment-an-important-primary-prevention-measure-in-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-primary-health-care
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Veronica Matthews, Christopher P Burgess, Christine Connors, Elizabeth Moore, David Peiris, David Scrimgeour, Sandra C Thompson, Sarah Larkins, Ross Bailie
BACKGROUND: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians experience a greater burden of disease compared to non-Indigenous Australians. Around one-fifth of the health disparity is caused by cardiovascular disease (CVD). Despite the importance of absolute cardiovascular risk assessment (CVRA) as a screening and early intervention tool, few studies have reported its use within the Australian Indigenous primary health care (PHC) sector. This study utilizes data from a large-scale quality improvement program to examine variation in documented CVRA as a primary prevention strategy for individuals without prior CVD across four Australian jurisdictions...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928111/personalized-hypertension-management-using-patient-generated-health-data-integrated-with-electronic-health-records-empower-h-six-month-pre-post-study
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Nan Lv, Lan Xiao, Martha L Simmons, Lisa G Rosas, Albert Chan, Martin Entwistle
BACKGROUND: EMPOWER-H (Engaging and Motivating Patients Online With Enhanced Resources-Hypertension) is a personalized-care model facilitating engagement in hypertension self-management utilizing an interactive Web-based disease management system integrated with the electronic health record. The model is designed to support timely patient-provider interaction by incorporating decision support technology to individualize care and provide personalized feedback for patients with chronic disease...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927683/influenza-vaccination-and-risk-of-respiratory-failure-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-nationwide-population-based-case-cohort-study
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Hsin-Hui Huang, Su-Jung Chen, Tze-Fan Chao, Chia-Jen Liu, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Pesus Chou, Fu-Der Wang
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory disease which causes a considerable disease burden. Patients with COPD are at a higher risk for influenza infection and influenza vaccination are recommended at this high risk patient group. In the current study, we aimed to evaluate the association between influenza vaccination and the risk of respiratory failure (RF) in COPD patients. METHODS: From 2001 to 2005, patients with newly diagnosed COPD were identified from the NHIRD, and were followed until 2010...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927507/providing-physical-care-to-persons-with-serious-mental-illness-attitudes-confidence-barriers-and-psychological-empowerment
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Margaret Knight, Paula Bolton, Lynne Kopeski
The prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in people with serious mental illness (SMI) has been well documented in the mental health literature. Despite the adoption of various guidelines for monitoring risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular risk in this population, limited translation has occurred in actual practice (Hermes, Sernyak, & Rosenheck, 2013). The Institute of Medicine (IoM) (2009) has noted a lag time in the application of knowledge within clinical settings. Evidence-based practice was deemed as a means of improving healthcare outcomes through the use of science supported standards of care...
October 2017: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927188/measuring-the-quality-of-perioperative-care-in-cardiac-surgery
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Tim G Coulson, Daniel V Mullany, Christopher M Reid, Michael Bailey, David Pilcher
Quality of care is of increasing importance in health and surgical care. In order to maintain and improve quality, we must be able to measure it and identify variation. In this narrative review, we aim to identify measures used in the assessment of quality of care in cardiac surgery and to evaluate their utility. The electronic databases Pubmed/MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and CINAHL were searched for original published studies using the terms 'cardiac surgery' and 'quality or outcome or process or structure' as either keywords in the title or text or MeSH terms...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927185/the-contribution-of-the-composite-of-clinical-process-indicators-as-a-measure-of-hospital-performance-in-the-management-of-acute-coronary-syndromes-insights-from-the-concordance-registry
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Bernadette Aliprandi-Costa, James Sockler, Leonard Kritharides, Lucy Morgan, Lan-Chi Snell, Janice Gullick, David Brieger, Isuru Ranasinghe
Aims: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a costly condition for health service provision yet variation in the delivery of care between hospitals persists. A composite measure of adherence with evidence-based clinical-process indicators (CPIs) could better inform hospital performance reporting and clinical outcomes in the management of ACS. Methods: Data on 7444 ACS patients from 39 Australian hospitals were used to derive a hospital-specific composite quality score by calculating mean adherence to 14 evidence-based CPIs...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926481/disparities-in-health-care-utilization-of-adults-with-traumatic-brain-injuries-are-related-to-insurance-race-and-ethnicity-a-systematic-review
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Shiyao Gao, Raj G Kumar, Stephen R Wisniewski, Anthony Fabio
OBJECTIVE: To characterize racial/ethnic and insurance disparities in the utilization of healthcare services among US adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: The PubMed database was used to search for articles that directly examined the association between race/ethnicity and insurance disparities and healthcare utilization among patients with TBI. Eleven articles that met the criteria and were published between June 2011 and June 2016 were finally included in the review...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926391/medical-team-training-improves-team-performance-aoa-critical-issues
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James E Carpenter, James P Bagian, Rebecca G Snider, Kyle J Jeray
Effective teamwork and communication can decrease medical errors in environments where the culture of safety is enhanced. Health care can benefit from programs that are based on teamwork, as in other high-stress industries (e.g., aviation), with crew resource management programs, simulator use, and utilization of checklists. Medical team training (MTT) with a strong leadership commitment was used at our institution to focus specifically on creating open, yet structured, communication in operating rooms. Training included the 3 phases of the World Health Organization protocol to organize communication and briefings: preoperative verification, preincision briefing, and debriefing at or near the end of the surgical case...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925968/recent-progress-in-the-development-of-diagnostic-tests-for-malaria
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Francis D Krampa, Yaw Aniweh, Gordon A Awandare, Prosper Kanyong
The impact of malaria on global health has continually prompted the need to develop effective diagnostic strategies. In malaria endemic regions, routine diagnosis is hampered by technical and infrastructural challenges to laboratories. These laboratories lack standard facilities, expertise or diagnostic supplies; thus, therapy is administered based on clinical or self-diagnosis. There is the need for accurate diagnosis of malaria due to the continuous increase in the cost of medication, and the emergence and spread of drug resistant strains...
September 19, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925416/extracting-autism-spectrum-disorder-data-from-the-electronic-health-record
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Ruth A Bush, Cynthia D Connelly, Alexa Pérez, Halsey Barlow, George J Chiang
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the health care utilization patterns of individuals with pediatric autism spectrum disorder (ASD). OBJECTIVES: Electronic health record (EHR) data provide an opportunity to study medical utilization and track outcomes among children with ASD.  Methods: Using a pediatric, tertiary, academic hospital's Epic EHR, search queries were built to identify individuals aged 2-18 with International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes, 299...
July 19, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925415/quality-requirements-for-electronic-health-record-systems-a-japanese-german-information-management-perspective
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Alfred Winter, Katsuhiko Takabayashi, Franziska Jahn, Eizen Kimura, Rolf Engelbrecht, Reinhold Haux, Masayuki Honda, Ursula H Hübner, Sozo Inoue, Christian D Kohl, Takehiro Matsumoto, Yasushi Matsumura, Kengo Miyo, Naoki Nakashima, Hans-Ulrich Prokosch, Martin Staemmler
BACKGROUND: For more than 30 years, there has been close cooperation between Japanese and German scientists with regard to information systems in health care. Collaboration has been formalized by an agreement between the respective scientific associations. Following this agreement, two joint workshops took place to explore the similarities and differences of electronic health record systems (EHRS) against the background of the two national healthcare systems that share many commonalities...
August 7, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925041/patterns-of-collaboration-among-health-care-and-social-services-providers-in-communities-with-lower-health-care-utilization-and-costs
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Amanda L Brewster, Marie A Brault, Annabel X Tan, Leslie A Curry, Elizabeth H Bradley
OBJECTIVE: To understand how health care providers and social services providers coordinate their work in communities that achieve relatively low health care utilization and costs for older adults. STUDY SETTING: Sixteen Hospital Service Areas (HSAs) in the United States. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a qualitative study of HSAs with performance in the top or bottom quartiles nationally across three key outcomes: ambulatory care sensitive hospitalizations, all-cause risk-standardized readmission rates, and average reimbursements per Medicare beneficiary...
September 19, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924623/the-effectiveness-of-pharmacist-provided-telephonic-medication-therapy-management-on-emergency-department-utilization-in-home-health-patients
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Stephanie A Gernant, Margie E Snyder, Heather Jaynes, Jason M Sutherland, Alan J Zillich
BACKGROUND: Preventable emergency department (ED) use may be targeted with interventions for improving the medication use process, as medication misadventures and non-adherence frequently cause preventable ED utilization. One intervention that could prevent ED visits is Medication Therapy Management (MTM). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a telephonic medication therapy management (MTM) service on reducing emergency department utilization within a Medicare insured home health population...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy Technology: JPT: Official Publication of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923809/a-randomized-trial-of-high-value-change-using-practice-facilitation
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LeAnn Michaels, Tracy Anastas, Elizabeth Needham Waddell, Lyle Fagnan, David A Dorr
PURPOSE: To understand how focused versus general practice facilitation can impact goal setting, action planning, and team performance in primary care transformation. BACKGROUND: Practice transformation in primary care is a crucial part of health reform, but can fatigue teams, leading to variable results. Practice facilitation may reduce primary care fatigue to help teams reach challenging transformation goals, but may require a more focused approach than previous studies suggest...
September 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923492/rationale-and-design-of-the-atrial-fibrillation-health-literacy-information-technology-trial-af-litt
#20
Emily N Guhl, Courtney L Schlusser, Lori E Henault, Timothy W Bickmore, Everlyne Kimani, Michael K Paasche-Orlow, Jared W Magnani
BACKGROUND: Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a common cardiac arrhythmia that is challenging for patients and adversely impacts health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Long-term management of AF requires that patients adhere to complex therapies, understand difficult terminology, navigate subspecialty care, and have continued symptom monitoring with the goal of preventing adverse outcomes. Continued interventions to ameliorate the patient experience of AF are essential. DESIGN: The Atrial Fibrillation health Literacy Information Technology Trial (AF-LITT; NCT03093558) is an investigator-initiated, 2-arm randomized clinical trial (RCT)...
September 15, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
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