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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830107/epidms-data-management-and-analytics-for-decision-making-from-epidemic-spread-simulation-ensembles
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Sicong Liu, Silvestro Poccia, K Selçuk Candan, Gerardo Chowell, Maria Luisa Sapino
Background: Carefully calibrated large-scale computational models of epidemic spread represent a powerful tool to support the decision-making process during epidemic emergencies. Epidemic models are being increasingly used for generating forecasts of the spatial-temporal progression of epidemics at different spatial scales and for assessing the likely impact of different intervention strategies. However, the management and analysis of simulation ensembles stemming from large-scale computational models pose challenges, particularly when dealing with multiple interdependent parameters, spanning multiple layers and geospatial frames, affected by complex dynamic processes operating at different resolutions...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827273/comparison-of-health-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-treated-with-catheter-ablation-or-antiarrhythmic-drug-therapy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-protocol
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Katherine S Allan, Shaunattonie Henry, Theresa Aves, Laura Banfield, J Charles Victor, Paul Dorian, Jeff S Healey, Jason Andrade, Sandra Carroll, Michael McGillion
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia and causes patients considerable burden; symptoms such as palpitations and dyspnoea are common, leading to frequent emergency room visits. Patients with AF report reduced health-related quality of life (HQOL) compared with the general population; thus, treatments focus on the restoration of sinus rhythm to improve symptoms. Catheter ablation (CA) is a primary treatment strategy to treat AF-related burden in select patient populations; however, repeat procedures are often needed, there is a risk of major complications and the procedure is quite costly in comparison to medical therapy...
August 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826908/-comparison-of-predictive-models-for-the-selection-of-high-complexity-patients
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Marcos Estupiñán-Ramírez, Rita Tristancho-Ajamil, María Consuelo Company-Sancho, Hilda Sánchez-Janáriz
OBJECTIVE: To compare the concordance of complexity weights between Clinical Risk Groups (CRG) and Adjusted Morbidity Groups (AMG). To determine which one is the best predictor of patient admission. To optimise the method used to select the 0.5% of patients of higher complexity that will be included in an intervention protocol. METHOD: Cross-sectional analytical study in 18 Canary Island health areas, 385,049 citizens were enrolled, using sociodemographic variables from health cards; diagnoses and use of healthcare resources obtained from primary health care electronic records (PCHR) and the basic minimum set of hospital data; the functional status recorded in the PCHR, and the drugs prescribed through the electronic prescription system...
August 18, 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820519/how-the-consolidated-framework-for-implementation-research-can-strengthen-findings-and-improve-translation-of-research-into-practice-a-case-study
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Nadja Klafke, Cornelia Mahler, Cornelia von Hagens, Michel Wensing, Andreas Schneeweiss, Andreas Müller, Joachim Szecsenyi, Stefanie Joos
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To answer how the planned intervention was performed in routine care, which factors supported or distracted from its implementation, and how key organizational structures have been built and sustained.
. RESEARCH APPROACH: Mixed-methods process evaluation.
. SETTING: Two German outpatient cancer clinics.
. PARTICIPANTS: Purposive sampling of 297 recruited patients with gynecologic cancer, their treating oncology nurses, and their interprofessional healthcare team, and the clinical stakeholders of two different outpatient cancer clinics...
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819067/health-economics-of-targeted-intraoperative-radiotherapy-targit-iort-for-early-breast-cancer-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis-in-the-united-kingdom
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Anil Vaidya, Param Vaidya, Brigitte Both, Chris Brew-Graves, Max Bulsara, Jayant S Vaidya
OBJECTIVE: The clinical effectiveness of targeted intraoperative radiotherapy (TARGIT-IORT) has been confirmed in the randomised TARGIT-A (targeted intraoperative radiotherapy-alone) trial to be similar to a several weeks' course of whole-breast external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) in patients with early breast cancer. This study aims to determine the cost-effectiveness of TARGIT-IORT to inform policy decisions about its wider implementation. SETTING: TARGIT-A randomised clinical trial (ISRCTN34086741) which compared TARGIT with traditional EBRT and found similar breast cancer control, particularly when TARGIT was given simultaneously with lumpectomy...
August 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817621/re-evaluation-of-the-cost-effectiveness-and-effects-of-childhood-rotavirus-vaccination-in-norway
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Christina Hansen Edwards, Birgitte Freiesleben de Blasio, Beatriz Valcárcel Salamanca, Elmira Flem
BACKGROUND: Rotavirus vaccination was included into the Norwegian childhood immunisation programme in 2014. Before implementation, rotavirus vaccination was found to be cost-effective from a societal perspective, but not from a healthcare perspective. Since introduction, new data on the incidence and economic effects of rotavirus disease have become available. We assessed early epidemiological effects of the rotavirus vaccination programme and re-evaluated its cost-effectiveness in Norway for the years 2015-2019...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816805/development-of-a-mobile-app-for-family-planning-providers
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Viannella Halsall, Jennifer Rogers, Jacki Witt, Sejun Song, Hoang Duc Huy Nguyen, Patricia Kelly
PURPOSE: To provide an overview of lessons learned during the development process of an app for iOS and Android based on national recommendations for providing quality family planning services. STUDY AND DESIGN: After a review of existing apps was conducted to determine whether an app of clinical recommendations for family planning existed, a team of clinicians, training specialists, and app developers created a resource app by first drafting a comprehensive content map...
September 2017: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814341/a-review-of-national-policies-and-strategies-to-improve-quality-of-health-care-and-patient-safety-a-case-study-from-lebanon-and-jordan
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Fadi El-Jardali, Racha Fadlallah
BACKGROUND: Improving quality of care and patient safety practices can strengthen health care delivery systems, improve health sector performance, and accelerate attainment of health-related Sustainability Development Goals. Although quality improvement is now prominent on the health policy agendas of governments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), including countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), progress to date has not been optimal. The objective of this study is to comprehensively review existing quality improvement and patient safety policies and strategies in two selected countries of the EMR (Lebanon and Jordan) to determine the extent to which these have been institutionalized within existing health systems...
August 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814125/recreational-drug-use-at-a-major-music-festival-trend-analysis-of-anonymised-pooled-urine
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Lotte Christine Groth Hoegberg, Cecilie Christiansen, Jesper Soe, Rasmus Telving, Mette Findal Andreasen, Dan Staerk, Lona Louring Christrup, Kenneth Thermann Kongstad
OBJECTIVE: The spread of new psychoactive substances (NPS) has expanded rapidly in the last decade. The complexity of the pharmacological effects of NPS challenges the traditional treatment guidelines, and information of the emergence of new arrivals is valuable. Our knowledge on the actual range of recreational drugs used and NPS available in Denmark is limited as identification is possible only when consumers become patients in the healthcare system or through drug seizures. We aimed to detect classical recreational drugs and NPS in the urine of music festival attendees and evaluate if the use of NPS could have been predicted by comparing study data with drug seizure data from the previous year published by European and Danish health authorities...
August 17, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811159/implementing-and-scaling-up-hcv-treatment-services-for-people-who-inject-drugs-and-other-high-risk-groups-in-ukraine-an-evaluation-of-programmatic-and-treatment-outcomes
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Alyona Mazhnaya, Anna Meteliuk, Tetiana Barnard, Alexei Zelenev, Sergii Filippovych, Frederick L Alticec
BACKGROUND: HCV prevalence estimates among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Ukraine is high (60-90%), yet barriers to HCV treatment and care remain substantial including limited access to direct acting antiviral (DAA) medications. A feasibility scale-up project implemented HCV treatment in community-based settings to improve access to DAA treatment for key populations in this context. METHODS: Using program-level data and verified medical records, we describe the development, implementation processes and outcomes for HCV treatment for PWID and other risks groups...
August 12, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810471/gay-men-s-experiences-with-prostate-cancer-implications-for-future-research
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Michael A Hoyt, David M Frost, Eric Cohn, Brett M Millar, Michael A Diefenbach, Tracey A Revenson
Gay men's experiences with prostate cancer and its impact on health-related quality of life are poorly understood. This qualitative study explored gay men's experience with prostate cancer with a focus on the emotional, physical, and sexual impact of cancer; support needs; and healthcare interactions. Three semi-structured focus groups of gay men with prostate cancer were conducted. A conventional content analytic approach was used to identify six primary content areas that described poignant aspects of the men's experience with prostate cancer: minority stress, intimacy and sexuality concerns, impact on life outlook, healthcare experiences, social support and the gay community, and intersectional identities...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809594/evaluating-health-service-quality-using-importance-performance-analysis
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Azar Izadi, Younes Jahani, Sima Rafiei, Ali Masoud, Leila Vali
Purpose Measuring healthcare service quality provides an objective guide for managers and policy makers to improve their services and patient satisfaction. Consequently, the purpose of this paper is to measure service quality provided to surgical and medical inpatients at Kerman Medical Sciences University (KUMS) in 2015. Design/methodology/approach A descriptive-analytic study, using a cross-sectional method in the KUMS training hospitals, was implemented between October 2 and March 15, 2015. Using stratified random sampling, 268 patients were selected...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807812/evaluation-and-clinical-validation-of-two-field-deployable-reverse-transcription-insulated-isothermal-pcr-assays-for-the-detection-of-the-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus
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Yun Young Go, Yeon-Sook Kim, Shinhye Cheon, Sangwoo Nam, Keun Bon Ku, Meehyein Kim, Nam Hyuk Cho, Hyun Park, Pei-Yu Alison Lee, Yu-Chun Lin, Yun-Long Tsai, Hwa-Tang Thomas Wang, Udeni B R Balasuriya
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is an emerging zoonotic viral respiratory disease that was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. In 2015, the largest MERS outbreak outside of the Middle East region occurred in the Republic of Korea. The rapid nosocomial transmission of MERS-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Korean healthcare settings highlighted the importance and urgent need for a rapid and reliable on-site diagnostic assay to implement effective control and preventive measures. Here, we describe the evaluation and validation of two newly developed reverse transcription-insulated isothermal PCR (RT-iiPCR) methods targeting the ORF1a and upE genes of MERS-CoV...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807558/cost-of-asthma-in-portuguese-adults-a-population-based-cost-of-illness-study
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J P Barbosa, M Ferreira-Magalhães, A Sá-Sousa, L F Azevedo, J A Fonseca
INTRODUCTION: Asthma is one of the most frequent chronic diseases, putting a considerable economic burden on societies and individuals. We aimed to estimate the total cost of adult asthma in Portugal, as well as the extent to which direct and indirect costs are influenced by the level of asthma control. METHODS: A nationwide, prevalence-based, cost-of-illness study using a bottom-up approach to calculate direct and indirect costs of asthma was conducted, using participant data from the Portuguese National Asthma Survey (INAsma)...
August 11, 2017: Revista Portuguesa de Pneumologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807243/is-hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy-hipec-safe-for-healthcare-workers
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Simon Rodier, Guillaume Saint-Lorant, Jean-Marc Guilloit, Agnès Palix, Fabienne Divanon, François Sichel, Raphaël Delépée
BACKGROUND: During hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), caregivers are exposed by different routes to cytotoxic drugs. This review proposes an overview of the safety of HIPEC by assessing existing data on protection procedures, biological and non-biological samples. Based on these data, relevant good practices, eventual irrelevant overprotection procedures and missing data to implement adapted protections are highlighted. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were extracted from a systematic review of literature from 1980 till 2016: number and type of surgical procedure, healthcare professionals present, protective equipment, samples, pre-analytical method and analytical method...
September 2017: Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806728/costing-evidence-for-health-care-decision-making-in-austria-a-systematic-review
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Susanne Mayer, Noemi Kiss, Agata Łaszewska, Judit Simon
BACKGROUND: With rising healthcare costs comes an increasing demand for evidence-informed resource allocation using economic evaluations worldwide. Furthermore, standardization of costing and reporting methods both at international and national levels are imperative to make economic evaluations a valid tool for decision-making. The aim of this review is to assess the availability and consistency of costing evidence that could be used for decision-making in Austria. It describes systematically the current economic evaluation and costing studies landscape focusing on the applied costing methods and their reporting standards...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804791/intelligent-mortality-reporting-with-fhir
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Ryan A Hoffman, Hang Wu, Janani Venugopalan, Paula Braun, May D Wang
One pressing need in the area of public health is timely, accurate, and complete reporting of deaths and the conditions leading up to them. Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is a new HL7 interoperability standard for electronic health record (EHR), while Sustainable Medical Applications and Reusable Technologies (SMART)-on-FHIR enables third-party app development that can work "out of the box". This research demonstrates the feasibility of developing SMART-on-FHIR applications to enable medical professionals to perform timely and accurate death reporting within multiple different jurisdictions of US...
February 2017: IEEE-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802287/energy-expenditure-in-severe-sepsis-or-septic-shock-in-a-thai-medical-intensive-care-unit
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Anupol Panitchote, Nontapak Thiangpak, Pranithi Hongsprabhas, Cameron Hurst
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Energy expenditure in severe sepsis/septic shock patients was measured by indirect calorimetry and the correlation of energy expenditure between indirect calorimetry and predictive equations was determined. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: This was a prospective, observational analytical study. Severe sepsis or septic shock patients were measured for energy expenditure over 72 hours by indirect calorimetry that was measured by a mechanical ventilator (EngströmCarestation, GE Healthcare)...
2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801954/an-analysis-of-inpatient-pediatric-sickle-cell-disease-incidence-costs-and-outcomes
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Laura M Bou-Maroun, Fabien Meta, Curtis J Hanba, Andrew D Campbell, Gregory A Yanik
OBJECTIVE: To identify characteristics of pediatric sickle cell disease (SCD) hospitalizations and to examine admission demographics and medical expenditures. METHODS: Admissions with SCD were identified from the 2009 and 2012 releases of the Healthcare and Cost Utilization Project's Kids Inpatient Database. Disease-specific secondary diagnoses including acute chest syndrome (ACS), vaso-occlusive pain crisis (VOC), splenic sequestration, and stroke/transient ischemic attack were analyzed for patient and hospital demographics...
August 12, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798855/printed-microfluidic-filter-for-heparinized-blood
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Stanley E R Bilatto, Nouran Y Adly, Daniel S Correa, Bernhard Wolfrum, Andreas Offenhäusser, Alexey Yakushenko
A simple lab-on-a-chip method for blood plasma separation was developed by combining stereolithographic 3D printing with inkjet printing, creating a completely sealed microfluidic device. In some approaches, one dilutes the blood sample before separation, reducing the concentration of a target analyte and increasing a contamination risk. In this work, a single drop (8 μl) of heparinized whole blood could be efficiently filtered using a capillary effect without any external driving forces and without dilution...
May 2017: Biomicrofluidics
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