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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351547/mortality-and-continuity-of-care-definitions-matter-a-cohort-study-in-diabetics
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Angelika Geroldinger, Simone Katja Sauter, Georg Heinze, Gottfried Endel, Wolfgang Dorda, Georg Duftschmid
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that when investigating the relevance of continuity of care for patient outcomes, different definitions can lead to contradicting results. METHODS: We used claims data from the regional public health insurer of Lower Austria covering the period from 2008 to 2011. The study sample included subjects with repeated dispensings of anti-diabetic drugs. The continuity of care index was calculated firstly based on a patient's contacts with general practitioners (primary COCI) and secondly based on contacts at all medical disciplines (total COCI)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351495/implementing-prehospital-evidence-based-guidelines-a-systematic-literature-review
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Jennifer N Fishe, Remle P Crowe, Rebecca E Cash, Nikiah G Nudell, Christian Martin-Gill, Christopher T Richards
OBJECTIVE: As prehospital research advances, more evidence-based guidelines (EBGs) are implemented into emergency medical services (EMS) practice. However, incomplete or suboptimal prehospital EBG implementation may hinder improvement in patient outcomes. To inform future efforts, this study's objective was to review existing evidence pertaining to prehospital EBG implementation methods. METHODS: This study was a systematic literature review and evaluation following the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) methodology...
January 19, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351346/the-congenital-heart-disease-genetic-network-study-cohort-description
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Thanh T Hoang, Elizabeth Goldmuntz, Amy E Roberts, Wendy K Chung, Jennie K Kline, John E Deanfield, Alessandro Giardini, Adolfo Aleman, Bruce D Gelb, Meghan Mac Neal, George A Porter, Richard Kim, Martina Brueckner, Richard P Lifton, Sharon Edman, Stacy Woyciechowski, Laura E Mitchell, A J Agopian
The Pediatric Cardiac Genomics Consortium (PCGC) designed the Congenital Heart Disease Genetic Network Study to provide phenotype and genotype data for a large congenital heart defects (CHDs) cohort. This article describes the PCGC cohort, overall and by major types of CHDs (e.g., conotruncal defects) and subtypes of conotrucal heart defects (e.g., tetralogy of Fallot) and left ventricular outflow tract obstructions (e.g., hypoplastic left heart syndrome). Cases with CHDs were recruited through ten sites, 2010-2014...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351313/effectiveness-and-safety-of-early-medication-abortion-provided-in-pharmacies-by-auxiliary-nurse-midwives-a-non-inferiority-study-in-nepal
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Corinne H Rocca, Mahesh Puri, Prabhakar Shrestha, Maya Blum, Dev Maharjan, Daniel Grossman, Kiran Regmi, Philip D Darney, Cynthia C Harper
BACKGROUND: Expanding access to medication abortion through pharmacies is a promising avenue to reach women with safe and convenient care, yet no pharmacy provision interventions have been evaluated. This observational non-inferiority study investigated the effectiveness and safety of mifepristone-misoprostol medication abortion provided at pharmacies, compared to government-certified public health facilities, by trained auxiliary nurse-midwives in Nepal. METHODS: Auxiliary nurse-midwives were trained to provide medication abortion through twelve pharmacies and public facilities as part of a demonstration project in two districts...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351116/treatment-of-postpartum-depression-recommendations-for-the-clinician
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Michael W O'Hara, Jane Engeldinger
Postpartum depression is a significant public health problem affecting almost 600,000 US women every year. It may arise de novo in the postpartum period or continue from pregnancy. A number of evidence-based psychotherapies and medical treatments exist for major depression and postpartum depression. The obstetrical team has many opportunities to identify high risk and depressed women and refer them to mental health professionals or begin treatment with antidepressant medication. Careful assessment of risk factors for postpartum depression during pregnancy and monitoring depressive symptoms during pregnancy and the postpartum period will lead to better outcomes for women and their families...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350432/national-public-health-data-systems-in-the-united-states-applications-to-child-agricultural-injury-surveillance
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Barbara Marlenga, Richard L Berg, William Pickett
PURPOSE: The United States has no comprehensive national surveillance system for fatal or nonfatal child agricultural injuries. Thus, important knowledge gaps exist about recurrent injury patterns that could provide targeted focus for prevention efforts. The purpose of this study was to explore existing US public health data systems to determine their utility with respect to informing child agricultural injury surveillance and primary prevention. METHODS: Public health data systems were selected if they: (1) were national in scope, (2) were active and ongoing, (3) included physical injuries, and (4) contained a "farm" location variable...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349708/cost-effectiveness-of-empagliflozin-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-at-increased-cardiovascular-risk-in-greece
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George Gourzoulidis, Charalampos Tzanetakos, Ioannis Ioannidis, Apostolos Tsapas, Georgia Kourlaba, Giannis Papageorgiou, Nikos Maniadakis
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is frequently associated with co-morbidities that exacerbate cardiovascular (CV) risk. CV disease is the leading cause of death in people with diabetes across the world and accounts for approximately half the deaths in the T2DM population. Hence, the objective of present study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of empagliflozin, in addition to standard of care (SoC), for the treatment of adult patients with T2DM and high CV risk in Greece...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349587/the-danish-medical-birth-register
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REVIEW
Mette Bliddal, Anne Broe, Anton Pottegård, Jørn Olsen, Jens Langhoff-Roos
The Danish Medical Birth Register was established in 1973. It is a key component of the Danish health information system. The register enables monitoring of the health of pregnant women and their offspring, it provides data for quality assessment of the perinatal care in Denmark, and it is used extensively for research. The register underwent major changes in construction and content in 1997, and new variables have been added during the last 20 years. The aim was to provide an updated description of the register focusing on structure, content, and coverage since 1997...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349551/medical-marijuana-current-concepts-pharmacological-actions-of-cannabinoid-receptor-mediated-activation-and-societal-implications
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REVIEW
Nalini Vadivelu, Alice M Kai, Gopal Kodumudi, Julie Sramcik, Alan D Kaye
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the following review is to summarize the history and current policies related to marijuana use and prevalence, basic and clinical science pharmacological literature regarding efficacy, subpopulations of concern, and varying policies regarding its use at present. RECENT FINDINGS: With the increasingly widespread utilization of marijuana, there is also a growing complexity of public health policy, regulation, and necessity to further assess the medical indications and adverse long-term effects of marijuana use...
January 18, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349528/steps-to-getting-your-manuscript-published-in-a-high-quality-medical-journal
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EDITORIAL
Charles M Balch, Kelly M McMasters, V Suzanne Klimberg, Timothy M Pawlik, Mitchell C Posner, Mark Roh, Kenneth K Tanabe, Deborah Whippen, Naruhiko Ikoma
Publication of your research represents the culmination of your scientific activities. The key to getting manuscripts accepted is to make them understandable and informative so that your colleagues will read and benefit from them. We describe key criteria for acceptance of manuscripts and outline a multi-step process for writing the manuscript. The likelihood that a manuscript will be accepted by a major journal is significantly increased if the manuscript is written in polished and fluent scientific English...
January 18, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349215/public-health-and-the-economy-could-be-served-by-reallocating-medical-expenditures-to-social-programs
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Linda Diem Tran, Frederick J Zimmerman, Jonathan E Fielding
As much as 30% of US health care spending in the United States does not improve individual or population health. To a large extent this excess spending results from prices that are too high and from administrative waste. In the public sector, and particularly at the state level, where budget constraints are severe and reluctance to raise taxes high, this spending crowds out social, educational, and public-health investments. Over time, as spending on medical care increases, spending on improvements to the social determinants of health are starved...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348074/standardized-medical-image-registration-for-radiological-identification-of-decedents-based-on-paranasal-sinuses
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Dominic Gascho, Hinderberger Philipp, Patricia M Flach, Michael J Thali, Sören Kottner
Image registration software is frequently used in clinical radiology, e.g., for follow-up diagnosis. To a certain extent, the radiological identification of decedents (RadID) is comparable to a clinical follow-up diagnosis, in that two datasets from different dates are compared in terms of their anatomical characteristics (e.g., paranasal sinuses) or surgical implants. Due to the increasing use of computed tomography (CT) for head examinations in clinical radiology and the increased use of postmortem CT (PMCT) in forensic imaging, the comparison of three-dimensional (3D) clinical CT (termed as antemortem CT (AMCT) in this article) and PMCT datasets for RadID is becoming increasingly practical...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346485/adverse-events-in-facial-implant-surgery-and-associated-malpractice-litigation
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Hani M Rayess, Peter Svider, Curtis Hanba, Vivek Sagar Patel, Michael Carron, Giancarlo Zuliani
Importance: Facial implants represent an important strategy for providing instant and long-lasting volume enhancement to address both aging and posttraumatic defects. Objective: To better understand risks of facial implants by examining national resources encompassing adverse events and considerations facilitating associated litigation. Design, Setting, and Participants: A cross-sectional study reviewed complications following facial implants...
January 18, 2018: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346209/the-society-of-thoracic-surgeons-the-society-of-cardiovascular-anesthesiologists-and-the-american-society-of-extracorporeal-technology-clinical-practice-guidelines-anticoagulation-during-cardiopulmonary-bypass
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Linda Shore-Lesserson, Robert A Baker, Victor A Ferraris, Philip E Greilich, David Fitzgerald, Philip Roman, John W Hammon
Despite more than a half century of "safe" cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), the evidence base surrounding the conduct of anticoagulation therapy for CPB has not been organized into a succinct guideline. For this and other reasons, there is enormous practice variability relating to the use and dosing of heparin, monitoring heparin anticoagulation, reversal of anticoagulation, and the use of alternative anticoagulants. To address this and other gaps, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, and the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology developed an Evidence Based Workgroup...
February 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346142/neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-an-update
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Lauren A Sanlorenzo, Ann R Stark, Stephen W Patrick
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review provides an update focused on the evolving epidemiology of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), factors influencing disease expression, advances in clinical assessment of withdrawal, novel approaches to NAS treatment, and the emerging role of quality improvement in assessment and management of NAS. RECENT FINDINGS: The rise in the incidence of NAS disproportionately occurred in rural and suburban areas. Polysubstance exposure and genetic polymorphisms have been shown to modify NAS expression and severity...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346063/linking-data-from-health-surveys-and-electronic-health-records-a-demonstration-project-in-two-chicago-health-center-clinics
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Fikirte Wagaw, Catherine A Okoro, Sunkyung Kim, Jessica Park, Fred Rachman
INTRODUCTION: Monitoring and understanding population health requires conducting health-related surveys and surveillance. The objective of our study was to assess whether data from self-administered surveys could be collected electronically from patients in urban, primary-care, safety-net clinics and subsequently linked and compared with the same patients' electronic health records (EHRs). METHODS: Data from self-administered surveys were collected electronically from a convenience sample of 527 patients at 2 Chicago health centers from September through November, 2014...
January 18, 2018: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346007/the-rise-and-fall-of-universal-health-coverage-as-a-goal-of-international-health-politics-1925-1952
#17
Martin Gorsky, Christopher Sirrs
The UN Sustainable Development Goals of 2015 have restored universal health coverage (UHC) to prominence in the international health agenda. Can understanding the past illuminate the prospects for UHC in the present? This article traces an earlier history of UHC as an objective of international health politics. Its focus is the efforts of the International Labor Organization (ILO), whose Philadelphia Declaration (1944) announced the goal of universal social security, including medical coverage and care. After World War II, the ILO attempted to enshrine this in an international convention, which nation states would ratify...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346004/universal-lead-screening-requirement-a-california-case-study
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Sara B McMenamin, Sarah P Hiller, Erin Shigekawa, Troy Melander, Riti Shimkhada
OBJECTIVES: To estimate potential impacts of California Assembly Bill (AB) 1316: a requirement for universal screening and insurance coverage for child blood lead testing. METHODS: In April 2017 the California Health Benefits Review Program (Oakland, CA) analyzed AB 1316 for the California legislature, including a systematic review of lead screening effectiveness, commercial insurer surveys regarding screening coverage, and actuarial utilization and cost implication assessments...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345995/the-effects-of-household-medical-expenditures-on-income-inequality-in-the-united-states
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Andrea S Christopher, David U Himmelstein, Steffie Woolhandler, Danny McCormick
OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of households' outlays for medical expenditures on income inequality and changes since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). METHODS: We analyzed data from the US Current Population Surveys for calendar years 2010 through 2014. We calculated the Gini index of income inequality before and after subtracting households' medical outlays (including insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs) from income, the financial burden of medical outlays for each income decile, and the number of individuals pushed below poverty by medical outlays...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345992/the-effect-of-patient-navigation-on-the-likelihood-of-engagement-in-clinical-care-for-hiv-infected-individuals-leaving-jail
#20
Janet J Myers, Mi-Suk Kang Dufour, Kimberly A Koester, Mark Morewitz, Rebecca Packard, Kate Monico Klein, Milton Estes, Brie Williams, Alissa Riker, Jacqueline Tulsky
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effectiveness of patient navigation-enhanced case management in supporting engagement in HIV care upon release from jail relative to existing services. METHODS: We randomized 270 HIV-infected individuals to receive navigation-enhanced case management for 12 months or standard case management for 90 days following release from jail between 2010 and 2013. Participants were interviewed at 2, 6, and 12 months after release. We abstracted medical data from jail and city health records...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Public Health
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