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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934624/gamification-of-medication-adherence-in-epilepsy
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Mohammad Izzat Abdul Rahim, Rhys Huw Thomas
Adherence to medication regimens is a crucial factor in seizure-freedom and well-being for people with epilepsy. In contrast, taking medication inconsistently increases the risk of not only seizures and their adverse effects, but drug side-effects and unnecessary modifications to treatment plans. Epilepsy is prevalent across all age groups and we have been slow to utilise both the technologies and psychologies derived from computer gaming. Gaming has broken through to the mainstream and is no longer the preserve of younger males, mirroring the adoption of smart-phones...
September 14, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933057/healthcare-finance-in-the-kingdom-of-saudi-arabia-a-qualitative-study-of-householders-attitudes
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Mohammed Khaled Al-Hanawi, Omar Alsharqi, Saja Almazrou, Kirit Vaidya
BACKGROUND: The public sector healthcare system in Saudi Arabia, essentially financed by oil revenues and 'free at the point of delivery', is coming under increasing strain due to escalating expenditure and an increasingly volatile oil market and is likely to be unsustainable in the medium to long term. OBJECTIVES: This study examines how satisfied the Saudi people are with their public sector healthcare services and assesses their willingness to contribute to financing the system through a national health insurance scheme...
September 20, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932272/the-place-of-eluxadoline-in-the-management-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome-with-diarrhea
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REVIEW
Sherry Levio, Brooks D Cash
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain associated with defecation with altered stool frequency or stool form. The global prevalence of IBS ranges from 10% to 15% and total healthcare cost attributable to IBS is significant. Among individuals with IBS, the condition has dramatic effects on health-related quality of life, work and school productivity, and activities of daily living. It may be diagnosed with confidence, based on symptom-based diagnostic criteria, exclusion of alarm features and directed diagnostic testing...
September 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931438/global-collaborative-healthcare-assessing-the-resource-requirements-at-a-leading-academic-medical-center
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REVIEW
Nicole J Rosson, Heitham T Hassoun
INTRODUCTION: Academic Medical Centers ("AMCs") have served as a hub of the United States ("US") health system and represented the state-of-the art in American health care for well over a century. Currently, the global healthcare market is both massive and expanding and is being altered by the unprecedented impact of technological advances and globalization. This provides AMCs a platform to enter into trans-national collaborative partnerships with healthcare organizations around the world, thus providing a means to deliver on its promise globally while also expanding and diversifying its resources...
September 20, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929406/pharmacopollution-and-household-waste-medicine-hwm-how-reverse-logistics-is-environmentally-important-to-brazil
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André Luiz Pereira, Raphael Tobias de Vasconcelos Barros, Sandra Rosa Pereira
Pharmacopollution is a public health and environmental outcome of some active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDC) dispersed through water and/or soil. Its most important sources are the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare facilities (e.g., hospitals), livestock, aquaculture, and households (patients' excretion and littering). The last source is the focus of this article. Research questions are "What is the Household Waste Medicine (HWM) phenomenon?", "How HWM and pharmacopollution are related?", and "Why is a reverse logistic system necessary for HWM in Brazil?" This article followed the seven steps proposed by Rother (2007) for a systematic review based on the Cochrane Handbook and the National Health Service (NHS) Center for Reviews Dissemination (CDR) Report...
September 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926281/e-learning-to-improve-healthcare-professionals-attitudes-and-practices-on-breastfeeding
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Sofia Colaceci, Angela Giusti, Elise M Chapin, Maria Enrica Bettinelli, Alessia De Angelis, Francesca Zambri, Ercole Vellone, Rosaria Alvaro, Barbara De Mei
INTRODUCTION: Breastfeeding training has a crucial role in increasing healthcare professionals' attitudes and in improving professional support for breastfeeding. The collaboration between the Italian National Institute of Health, UNICEF, and the Local Health Authority of Milan has led to the development of an online course on lactation and infant feeding practices. AIM: To assess if the course was effective in improving healthcare professionals' attitudes and practices (APs)...
September 19, 2017: Breastfeeding Medicine: the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925813/what-patients-think-about-choice-in-healthcare-a-study-on-primary-care-services-in-finland
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Anna-Mari Aalto, Marko Elovainio, Liina-Kaisa Tynkkynen, Eeva Reissell, Tuulikki Vehko, Miisa Chydenius, Timo Sinervo
BACKGROUND: The ongoing Finnish health and social service reform will expand choice by opening the market for competition between public and private service providers. This study examined the attitudes of primary care patients towards choice and which patient-related factors are associated with these attitudes. METHODS: A sample of attenders during one week in health centres of 12 big cities and municipal consortiums (including seven outsourced local units) and in primary care units of one private company providing outsourced services for municipalities (aged 18-95, n=8128) was used...
September 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918758/medical-device-recalls-in-canada-from-2005-to-2015
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Anna R Gagliardi, Julie Takata, Ariel Ducey, Pascale Lehoux, Sue Ross, Patricia L Trbovich, Anthony Easty, Chaim M Bell, David R Urbach
OBJECTIVES: Medical devices are ubiquitous in modern medical care. However, little is known about the epidemiology of medical devices in the healthcare marketplace, including the rate at which medical devices are subject to recalls or other advisories. We sought to study the epidemiology of medical devices in Canada, focusing on device recalls. In Canada, a recall may signify a variety of events, ranging from relatively minor field safety notifications, to removal of a product from the marketplace...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899901/do-the-stars-align-distribution-of-high-quality-ratings-of-healthcare-sectors-across-us-markets
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Jose Figueroa, Yevgeniy Feyman, Daniel Blumenthal, Ashish Jha
BACKGROUND: The US government created five-star rating systems to evaluate hospital, nursing homes, home health agency and dialysis centre quality. The degree to which quality is a property of organisations versus geographical markets is unclear. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether high-quality healthcare service sectors are clustered within US healthcare markets. DESIGN: Using data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Hospital, Dialysis, Nursing Home and Home Health Compare databases, we calculated the mean star ratings of four healthcare sectors in 304 US hospital referral regions (HRRs)...
September 12, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895642/initiation-of-basal-insulin-analog-treatment-for-type-2-diabetes-and-reasons-behind-patients-treatment-persistence-behavior-real-world-data-from-germany
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Elisabeth Moennig, Magaly Perez-Nieves, Irene Hadjiyianni, Dachuang Cao, Jasmina Ivanova, Ralf Klask
Background Poor treatment persistence can affect the real-world effectiveness of insulin therapy. A cross-sectional online survey in 942 patients with type 2 diabetes from 7 different countries evaluated patient experience when initiating basal insulin and the reasons behind insulin persistence patterns. Here, we report the quantitative results for the subset of patients from Germany. Methods Adults with type 2 diabetes who had initiated basal insulin during the last 3-24 months, identified from market-research panels, participated in the survey...
September 11, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889171/considering-recent-trends-in-healthcare-labor-markets-in-educational-program-planning-in-allied-health
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Surrey M Walton, Kibum Kim, Saul J Weiner
Recent trends in wages and employment should be considered to help inform recruitment and expansion planning for educational programs related to the future healthcare workforce. We present a relatively straightforward method for assessing a broad set of health labor market trends from 2010 to 2014 based on the number employed and wage rates across all healthcare-related occupational categories available from the Occupational Employment Statistics data. To focus more on trends within the healthcare sector, we used the relative wages and employment of the occupations compared to medical doctors...
2017: Journal of Allied Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888660/time-for-a-change-in-how-new-antibiotics-are-reimbursed-development-of-an-insurance-framework-for-funding-new-antibiotics-based-on-a-policy-of-risk-mitigation
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Adrian Towse, Christopher K Hoyle, Jonathan Goodall, Mark Hirsch, Jorge Mestre-Ferrandiz, John H Rex
Healthcare systems depend on the availability of new antibiotics. However, there is a lack of treatments for infections caused by multidrug resistant (MDR) pathogens and a weak development pipeline of new therapies. One core challenge to the development of new antibiotics targeting MDR pathogens is that expected revenues are insufficient to drive long-term investment. In the USA and Europe, financial incentives have focussed on supporting R&D, reducing regulatory burden, and extending market exclusivity. Using resistance data to estimate global revenues, we demonstrate that the combined effects of these incentives are unlikely to rekindle investment in antibiotics...
August 5, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888565/the-use-of-echocardiography-for-pediatric-patients-presenting-with-syncope
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Jonathan H Pelletier, Sarah Blanchard, Reid C Chamberlain, Christoph P Hornik, Michael J Campbell, Kevin D Hill
OBJECTIVES: To assess the frequency, yield, and cost of echocardiograms meeting "rarely appropriate" criteria. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective, single-center study of pediatric patients presenting with syncope. Patients were categorized according to the appropriate use criteria and based upon location of care (emergency department only, primary care setting only, or referred to a pediatric cardiologist). Multivariable regression was used to determine factors associated with performance of a "rarely appropriate" echocardiogram...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888530/economic-implications-of-unintentional-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-in-the-united-states-and-the-cost-and-benefit-of-co-detectors
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Tao Ran, Tursynbek Nurmagambetov, Kanta Sircar
BACKGROUND: Unintentional non-fire-related (UNFR) carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning has been among the leading causes of poisoning in the United States. Current estimation of its economic burden is important for an optimal allocation of resources for UNFR CO poisoning prevention. OBJECTIVE: This study was to estimate the morbidity costs of UNFR CO poisoning. We also compared the costs and benefits of installing CO detectors in residences. METHODS: We used 2010-2014 charges and cost data from Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), and Truven© Health MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters and Medicare Supplemental data...
August 23, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883186/disseminating-a-standard-for-medical-records-in-emergency-departments-among-different-software-vendors-using-hl7-cda
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Dominik Brammen, Heike Dewenter, Volker Thiemann, Raphael W Majeed, Tingyan Xu, Kai U Heitmann, Felix Walcher, Sylvia Thun, Rainer Röhrig
A standardized medical record for the emergency department (GEDMR) was released in Germany, but only sparsely and randomly implemented by emergency department (ED) electronic health record (EHR) vendors. A reason for this may be a lacking common language between the medical and the Health Information Technology (HIT) domain. HL7 clinical document architecture (CDA) may leverage this communication gap. This paper reports on the effects of a professional medical association record standard on EHR vendors and the German ED-EHR market...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883185/factors-influencing-the-implementation-and-distribution-of-clinical-decision-support-systems-cdss
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Benjamin R Kux, Raphael W Majeed, Janko Ahlbrandt, Rainer Röhrig
Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) can have positive effects on quality of care measures, yet have not gained widespread traction in healthcare. This study sought to determine and evaluate barriers and facilitators to CDSS implementation and distribution. Based on 768 systems identified in a literature review we conducted semi-structured telephone interviews with 54 system developers in 16 countries. Qualitative analysis led to the identification of 66 key factors influencing implementation. Central issues evolved around CDSS properties, quality and integration, as well as usability, user related factors, internal marketing, resource issues and collaborations with emphasis partly on topics differing from existing research...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882522/hospital-competitive-intensity-and-perioperative-outcomes-following-lumbar-spinal-fusion
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Wesley M Durand, Joseph R Johnson, Neill Y Li, JaeWon Yang, Adam E M Eltorai, J Mason DePasse, Alan H Daniels
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Inter-hospital competition has been shown to influence adoption of surgical techniques and approaches, clinical patient outcomes, and healthcare resource utilization for select surgical procedures. However, little is known regarding these dynamics as they relate to spine surgery. PURPOSE: This investigation sought to examine the relationship between inter-hospital competitive intensity and perioperative outcomes following lumbar spinal fusion...
September 4, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879545/real-life-use-of-onabotulinumtoxina-for-symptom-relief-in-patients-with-chronic-migraine-repose-study-methodology-and-baseline-data
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Brendan Davies, Charly Gaul, Paolo Martelletti, Juan Carlos García-Moncó, Stephanie Brown
BACKGROUND: Migraine is a debilitating neurological disorder that affects 14.1% of the US and 14.7% of the European populations. Chronic migraine (CM) is broadly defined as headache occurring on ≥15 days per month for ≥3 months, and has an estimated worldwide prevalence of 1.4% to 2.2%. OnabotulinumtoxinA is currently approved for the treatment of CM in most European countries, and is the only preventative treatment approved for adults with CM, based on results from the PREEMPT clinical trial programme...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874322/prevaccination-epidemiology-of-herpes-zoster-in-denmark-quantification-of-occurrence-and-risk-factors
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Sigrun A J Schmidt, Mogens Vestergaard, Lisbeth M Baggesen, Lars Pedersen, Henrik C Schønheyder, Henrik T Sørensen
BACKGROUND: Herpes zoster (HZ) is a vaccine-preventable disease caused by reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus. Unfortunately, formulation of recommendations on routine immunization is hampered by a lack of data on disease burden, since most countries do not record cases of HZ in the general population. We developed and validated an algorithm to identify HZ based on routinely collected registry data and used it to quantify HZ occurrence and risk factors in Denmark prior to marketing of the HZ vaccine...
September 2, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871421/biosimilar-uptake-by-british-local-formularies-a-cross-sectional-study
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Saja Alnahar, Rachel A Elliott, Murray D Smith
Background Biological medicines are starting to lose their patent protection, so similar, inexact copies (biosimilars) are being developed and licensed. The high acquisition costs of biologics for healthcare providers could be reduced by switching to biosimilars, thus alleviating budgetary pressures and increasing patient access. Therefore, the acceptance of biosimilars by prescribers in Great Britain (GB; England, Scotland, Wales) needs to be described and understood. Objective To determine uptake of the first wave of biosimilars (somatropin, epoetin, filgrastim) by local formularies (lists of preferred medicines for prescribing in local healthcare settings)...
September 4, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
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