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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806372/exploring-rural-disparities-in-medical-diagnoses-among-veterans-with-transgender-related-diagnoses-utilizing-veterans-health-administration-care
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Leigh A Bukowski, John Blosnich, Jillian C Shipherd, Michael R Kauth, George R Brown, Adam J Gordon
OBJECTIVES: Research shows transgender individuals experience pronounced health disparities compared with their nontransgender peers. Yet, there remains insufficient research about health differences within transgender populations. This study seeks to fill this gap by exploring how current urban/rural status is associated with lifetime diagnosis of mood disorder, alcohol dependence disorder, illicit drug abuse disorder, tobacco use, posttraumatic stress disorder, human immunodeficiency virus, and suicidal ideation or attempt among veterans with transgender-related diagnoses...
September 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806370/will-veterans-answer-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-questions
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Mollie A Ruben, John R Blosnich, Melissa E Dichter, Lorry Luscri, Jillian C Shipherd
BACKGROUND: The Veterans Health Administration does not routinely collect and document sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data, despite existing health disparities among sexual and gender minority Veterans. Because of the legacy of previous Department of Defense (DoD) policies that prohibited disclosure of sexual or gender minority identities among active duty personnel, Veterans may be reluctant to respond to SOGI questions. OBJECTIVES: This population-based study assesses item nonresponse to SOGI questions by Veteran status...
September 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806367/creating-a-toolkit-to-reduce-disparities-in-patient-engagement
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Shimrit Keddem, Aneeza Z Agha, Judith A Long, Rachel M Werner, Judy A Shea
BACKGROUND: Patient engagement has become a major focus of health care improvement efforts nationally. Although evidence suggests patient engagement can be beneficial to patients, it has not been consistently defined, operationalized, or translated into practice. OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to develop a toolkit to help providers increase patient engagement and reduce disparities in patient engagement. RESEARCH DESIGN: We used qualitative interviews and observations with staff at primary care sites nationally to identify patient engagement practices and resources used to engage patients...
September 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806366/african-american-veterans-storytelling-a-multisite-randomized-trial-to-improve-hypertension
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Thomas K Houston, Gemmae M Fix, Stephanie L Shimada, Judith A Long, Howard S Gordon, Charlene Pope, Julie Volkman, Jeroan J Allison, Kathryn DeLaughter, Michelle Orner, Barbara G Bokhour
BACKGROUND: Disparities in hypertension control persist for African American Veterans. OBJECTIVE: To enhance cultural relevance of hypertension control self-management education, in a multisite, stratified randomized trial, we tested an interactive Veteran-to-Veteran storytelling digital video disk (DVD) intervention created with Veteran partners, versus an education-only DVD comparison. METHODS: At 3 VA facilities, African American Veterans with uncontrolled hypertension were randomized to storytelling DVD intervention or didactic comparison DVD and followed for 6 months...
September 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806362/harnessing-implementation-science-to-increase-the-impact-of-health-equity-research
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Matthew Chinman, Eva N Woodward, Geoffrey M Curran, Leslie R M Hausmann
BACKGROUND: Health disparities are differences in health or health care between groups based on social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. Disparity research often follows 3 steps: detecting (phase 1), understanding (phase 2), and reducing (phase 3), disparities. Although disparities have narrowed over time, many remain. OBJECTIVES: We argue that implementation science could enhance disparities research by broadening the scope of phase 2 studies and offering rigorous methods to test disparity-reducing implementation strategies in phase 3 studies...
September 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806361/health-disparities-in-veterans-a-map-of-the-evidence
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Karli Kondo, Allison Low, Teresa Everson, Christine D Gordon, Stephanie Veazie, Crystal C Lozier, Michele Freeman, Makalapua Motu'apuaka, Aaron Mendelson, Mark Friesen, Robin Paynter, Caroline Friesen, Johanna Anderson, Erin Boundy, Somnath Saha, Ana Quiñones, Devan Kansagara
BACKGROUND: Goals for improving the quality of care for all Veterans and eliminating health disparities are outlined in the Veterans Health Administration Blueprint for Excellence, but the degree to which disparities in utilization, health outcomes, and quality of care affect Veterans is not well understood. OBJECTIVES: To characterize the research on health care disparities in the Veterans Health Administration by means of a map of the evidence. RESEARCH DESIGN: We conducted a systematic search for research studies published from 2006 to February 2016 in MEDLINE and other data sources...
September 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806359/the-role-of-va-community-care-in-addressing-health-and-health-care-disparities
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Baligh R Yehia, Clinton L Greenstone, Christina B Hosenfeld, Kameron L Matthews, Laurie C Zephyrin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805969/study-of-young-patients-with-myocardial-infarction-design-and-rationale-of-the-young-mi-registry
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Avinainder Singh, Bradley Collins, Arman Qamar, Ankur Gupta, Amber Fatima, Sanjay Divakaran, Josh Klein, Jon Hainer, Petr Jarolim, Ravi V Shah, Khurram Nasir, Marcelo F Di Carli, Deepak L Bhatt, Ron Blankstein
The YOUNG-MI registry is a retrospective study examining a cohort of young adults age ≤ 50 years with a first-time myocardial infarction. The study will use the robust electronic health records of 2 large academic medical centers, as well as detailed chart review of all patients, to generate high-quality longitudinal data regarding the clinical characteristics, management, and outcomes of patients who experience a myocardial infarction at a young age. Our findings will provide important insights regarding prevention, risk stratification, treatment, and outcomes of cardiovascular disease in this understudied population, as well as identify disparities which, if addressed, can lead to further improvement in patient outcomes...
August 14, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805403/where-s-the-lgbt-in-integrated-care-research-a-systematic-review
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Rachel L Hughes, Catherine Damin, Katie Heiden-Rootes
INTRODUCTION: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals experience more negative health outcomes compared with their heterosexual peers. The health disparities are often related to family and social rejection of the LGBT individuals. Integrated care, and Medical Family Therapy in particular, may aid in addressing the systemic nature of the negative health outcomes. METHOD: To better understand the current state of the integrated care literature on addressing the health needs of LGBT individuals, a systematic review of the research literature was conducted from January 2000 to January 2016 for articles including integrated health care interventions for LGBT populations...
August 14, 2017: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803840/development-and-validation-of-risk-equations-for-complications-of-type-2-diabetes-recode-using-individual-participant-data-from-randomised-trials
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Sanjay Basu, Jeremy B Sussman, Seth A Berkowitz, Rodney A Hayward, John S Yudkin
BACKGROUND: In view of substantial mis-estimation of risks of diabetes complications using existing equations, we sought to develop updated Risk Equations for Complications Of type 2 Diabetes (RECODe). METHODS: To develop and validate these risk equations, we used data from the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes study (ACCORD, n=9635; 2001-09) and validated the equations for microvascular events using data from the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS, n=1018; 1996-2001), and for cardiovascular events using data from the Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD, n=4760; 2001-12)...
August 10, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803784/race-ethnic-disparities-in-cardiometabolic-risk-profiles-among-stroke-survivors-with-undiagnosed-diabetes-and-prediabetes-in-the-united-states
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Okkyung Kim, Bruce Ovbiagele, Natalie Valle, Daniela Markovic, Amytis Towfighi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Up to 25% of the U.S. population has undiagnosed diabetes. Diabetes and stroke both disproportionately afflict race/ethnic minorities. We assessed race/ethnic differences in the prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes, prediabetes, and cardiometabolic risk profiles among stroke survivors in the United States. METHODS: The prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes among adults (≥20 years) with a self-reported history of stroke was assessed using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) from 1999 to 2010...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803597/somali-latino-and-hmong-parents-perceptions-and-approaches-about-raising-healthy-weight-children-a-community-based-participatory-research-study
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Chrisa Arcan, Kathleen A Culhane-Pera, Shannon Pergament, Maira Rosas-Lee, Mai Bao Xiong
OBJECTIVE: Immigrants in the USA are confronted with health disparities, including childhood obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases. We aimed to identify perceptions of childhood body weight, approaches to raising healthy children and desires for supportive programmes of Somali, Latino and Hmong (SLM) parents in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA. DESIGN: Using community-based participatory research, ten focus groups (FG) were conducted with sixty-seven parents (n 28 Somali, three FG; n 19 Latino, four FG; n 20 Hmong, three FG) of 3-12-year-old children in their native language...
August 14, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802783/an-emergency-medicine-primary-care-partnership-to-improve-rural-population-health-expanding-the-role-of-emergency-medicine
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Margaret B Greenwood-Ericksen, Renuka Tipirneni, Mahshid Abir
The health of rural America is failing and our traditional approaches have proved ineffective at improving health in rural communities. Rural populations are now a health disparity population, facing higher mortality rates for the 5 leading causes of death compared with their urban counterparts. We must generate novel, rural-specific approaches to solve this challenge-and there is a clear role for the field of emergency medicine. Building on emergency departments' (EDs') expanding role in health care delivery and emergency medicine's increasing involvement in population health, we propose a new health care delivery model for rural population health based on partnership between emergency medicine and primary care that embraces the important role that EDs play in rural areas...
August 5, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802746/is-it-who-you-are-or-where-you-live-residential-segregation-and-racial-gaps-in-childhood-asthma
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Diane Alexander, Janet Currie
Higher asthma rates are one of the more obvious ways that health inequalities between African American and other children are manifested beginning in early childhood. In 2010, black asthma rates were double non-black rates. Some but not all of this difference can be explained by factors such as a higher incidence of low birth weight (LBW) among blacks; however, even conditional on LBW, blacks have a higher incidence of asthma than others. Using a unique data set based on the health records of all children born in New Jersey between 2006 and 2010, we show that when we split the data by whether or not children live in a "black" zip code, this racial difference in the incidence of asthma among LBW children entirely disappears...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801444/radical-cystectomy-bladder-removal-against-intravesical-bcg-immunotherapy-for-high-risk-non-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer-bravo-a-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-feasibility-study
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Jamie B Oughton, Heather Poad, Maureen Twiddy, Michelle Collinson, Victoria Hiley, Kathryn Gordon, Mark Johnson, Sunjay Jain, Aidan P Noon, Rohit Chahal, Matt Simms, Mohantha Dooldeniya, Phillip Koenig, Louise Goodwin, Julia M Brown, James W F Catto
INTRODUCTION: High-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (HRNMIBC) is a heterogeneous disease that can be difficult to predict. While around 25% of cancers progress to invasion and metastases, the remaining majority of tumours remain within the bladder. It is uncertain whether patients with HRNMIBC are better treated with intravesical maintenance BCG (mBCG) immunotherapy or primary radical cystectomy (RC). A definitive randomised controlled trial (RCT) is needed to compare these two different treatments but may be difficult to recruit to and has not been attempted to date...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801394/the-role-of-nurse-specialists-in-the-delivery-of-integrated-diabetes-care-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-diabetes-nurse-specialist-services
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Fiona Riordan, Sheena M McHugh, Katie Murphy, Julie Barrett, Patricia M Kearney
OBJECTIVES: International evidence suggests the diabetes nurse specialist (DNS) has a key role in supporting integrated management of diabetes. We examine whether hospital and community DNS currently support the integration of care, examine regional variation in aspects of the service relevant to the delivery of integrated care and identify barriers to service delivery and areas for improvement. DESIGN: A cross-sectional survey of hospital and community-based DNS in Ireland...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801022/understanding-the-biology-of-disease-in-underserved-children-with-asthma-the-missing-piece-of-the-health-disparity-puzzle
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Bridgette L Jones
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800605/stroke-survivors-with-severe-mental-illness-are-they-at-risk-for-increased-non-psychiatric-hospitalizations
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Flavius Robert Lilly, Joel Culpepper, Mary Stuart, Donald Steinwachs
BACKGROUND: This study examined outcomes for two groups of stroke survivors treated in Veteran Health Administration (VHA) hospitals, those with a severe mental illness (SMI) and those without prior psychiatric diagnoses, to examine risk of non-psychiatric medical hospitalizations over five years after initial stroke. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 523 veterans who survived an initial stroke hospitalization in a VHA medical center during fiscal year 2003...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800279/more-than-a-feeling-an-empirical-analysis-of-the-dual-continua-model-on-a-national-sample-of-lesbian-gay-and-bisexual-identified-canadians
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Tracey Peter
The goal of the study is to investigate whether positive mental health complements mental illness within a theoretically informed (the dual-continua model) and psychometrically tested (the Mental Health Continuum-Short Form) framework. National-level, population-based data from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey on Mental Health (CCHS-MH) was used, with comparisons between sexual minority and heterosexual adults. Results show that gay, lesbian, and bisexual Canadians have substantially lower rates of positive mental health and are more likely to have been diagnosed with a mental illness, with the disparities between health and illness being the most pronounced among lesbians and bisexual females...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799212/excess-psychosocial-burden-in-women-with-diabetes-and-premature-acute-coronary-syndrome
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T M Peters, R Pelletier, H Behlouli, A M Rossi, L Pilote
AIM: Diabetes is a stronger risk factor for acute coronary syndrome for women than men. We investigate whether behavioural and psychosocial factors contribute to the disparity in acute coronary syndrome risk and outcomes among women with diabetes relative to women without diabetes and men. METHODS: Among 939 participants in the GENESIS-PRAXY cohort study of premature acute coronary syndrome (age ≤ 55 years), we compared the prevalence of traditional and non-traditional factors by sex and Type 2 diabetes status...
August 11, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
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