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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931379/the-effects-of-a-rise-in-cigarette-price-on-cigarette-consumption-tobacco-taxation-revenues-and-of-smoking-related-deaths-in-28-eu-countries-applying-threshold-regression-modelling
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Chun-Yuan Yeh, Christian Schafferer, Jie-Min Lee, Li-Ming Ho, Chi-Jung Hsieh
BACKGROUND: European Union public healthcare expenditure on treating smoking and attributable diseases is estimated at over €25bn annually. The reduction of tobacco consumption has thus become one of the major social policies of the EU. This study investigates the effects of price hikes on cigarette consumption, tobacco tax revenues and smoking-caused deaths in 28 EU countries. METHODS: Employing panel data for the years 2005 to 2014 from Euromonitor International, the World Bank and the World Health Organization, we used income as a threshold variable and applied threshold regression modelling to estimate the elasticity of cigarette prices and to simulate the effect of price fluctuations...
September 21, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930692/palbociclib-in-hormone-receptor-positive-advanced-breast-cancer-a-cost-utility-analysis
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J Raphael, J Helou, K I Pritchard, D M Naimark
INTRODUCTION: The addition of palbociclib to letrozole improves progression-free survival in the first-line treatment of hormone receptor positive advanced breast cancer (ABC). This study assesses the cost-utility of palbociclib from the Canadian healthcare payer perspective. METHODS: A probabilistic discrete event simulation (DES) model was developed and parameterised with data from the PALOMA 1 and 2 trials and other sources. The incremental cost per quality-adjusted life-month (QALM) gained for palbociclib was calculated...
September 17, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929330/development-of-a-rapid-analysis-method-for-bone-resection-margins-for-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-by-immunoblotting
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Claudia Haase, Bernd Lethaus, Ruth Knüchel-Clarke, Frank Hölzle, Angela Cassataro, Till Braunschweig
The purpose of this proof-of-principle study was to develop a rapid and approachable method to analyse bone resection margins in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) in an intraoperative setting, similar to assessing frozen sections of soft tissue. Bone excision and risk of remaining tumour cells could be minimised, thus improving reconstruction measures and facilitating convalescence. Frozen, sawed wafers of porcine bone artificially combined with porcine skin (simulating OSCC properties) were used to develop and evaluate a new molecular method: protein transfer from non-decalcified, sawed wafers onto a membrane stained by immunofluorescence (Tissue-ProtTrans)...
September 19, 2017: Head and Neck Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925587/lessons-learned-from-the-development-and-parameterization-of-a-computer-simulation-model-to-evaluate-task-modification-for-healthcare-providers
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Parastu Kasaie, W David Kelton, Rachel M Ancona, Michael J Ward, Craig M Froehle, Michael S Lyons
Computer simulation is a highly advantageous method for understanding and improving healthcare operations with a wide variety of possible applications. Most computer-simulation studies in emergency medicine have sought to improve allocation of resources to meet demand, or to assess the impact of hospital and other system policies on emergency department (ED) throughput. These models have enabled essential discoveries that can be used to improve the general structure and functioning of EDs. Theoretically, computer simulation could also be used to examine the impact of adding or modifying specific provider tasks...
September 19, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925571/human-factors-and-simulation-in-emergency-medicine
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Emily M Hayden, Ambrose H Wong, Jeremy Ackerman, Margaret K Sande, Charles Lei, Leo Kobayashi, Michael Cassara, Dylan D Cooper, Kimberly Perry, William E Lewandowski, Mark W Scerbo
This consensus group from the 2017 Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference "Catalyzing System Change through Health Care Simulation: Systems, Competency, and Outcomes" held in Orlando, Florida on May 16, 2017 focused on the use of human factors and simulation in the field of emergency medicine. The human factors discipline is often underutilized within emergency medicine but has significant potential in improving the interface between technologies and individuals in the field. The discussion explored the domain of human factors, its benefits in medicine, how simulation can be a catalyst for human factors work in emergency medicine, and how emergency medicine can collaborate with human factors professionals to affect change...
September 19, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918407/burden-of-non-adherence-to-latent-tuberculosis-infection-drug-therapy-and-the-potential-cost-effectiveness-of-adherence-interventions-in-canada-a-simulation-study
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Anik R Patel, Jonathon R Campbell, Mohsen Sadatsafavi, Fawziah Marra, James C Johnston, Kirsten Smillie, Richard T Lester
OBJECTIVE: Pharmaceutical treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) reduces the risk of progression to active tuberculosis (TB); however, poor adherence tempers the protective effect. We aimed to estimate the health burden of non-adherence, the maximum allowable cost of hypothetical new adherence interventions to be cost-effective and the potential value of existing adherence interventions for patients with low-risk LTBI in Canada. DESIGN: A microsimulation model of LTBI progression over 25 years...
September 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916284/stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-versus-low-dose-rate-brachytherapy-for-localised-prostate-cancer-a-cost-utility-analysis
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J Helou, S Torres, H B Musunuru, J Raphael, P Cheung, D Vesprini, H T Chung, L D'Alimonte, M Krahn, G Morton, A Loblaw
AIMS: To conduct a cost-utility analysis comparing stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) with low dose rate brachytherapy (LDR-BT) for localised prostate cancer (PCa). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A decision-analytic Markov model was developed from the healthcare payer perspective to simulate the history of a 66-year-old man with low-risk PCa. The model followed patients yearly over their remaining lifetimes. Health states included 'recurrence-free', 'biochemical recurrence' (BR), 'metastatic' and 'death'...
September 12, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915897/development-of-a-complex-intervention-to-promote-appropriate-prescribing-and-medication-intensification-in-poorly-controlled-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-irish-general-practice
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Mark E Murphy, Molly Byrne, Atieh Zarabzadeh, Derek Corrigan, Tom Fahey, Susan M Smith
BACKGROUND: Poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) can be seen as failure to meet recommended targets for management of key risk factors including glycaemic control, blood pressure and lipids. Poor control of risk factors is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs. Failure to intensify medications for patients with poor control of T2DM when indicated is called clinical inertia and is one contributory factor to poor control of T2DM. We aimed to develop a theory and evidence-based complex intervention to improve appropriate prescribing and medication intensification in poorly controlled T2DM in Irish general practice...
September 16, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914990/simulating-the-multi-disciplinary-care-team-approach-enhancing-student-understanding-of-anatomy-through-an-ultrasound-anchored-interprofessional-session
#9
Marianne T Luetmer, Beth A Cloud, James W Youdas, Wojciech Pawlina, Nirusha Lachman
Quality of healthcare delivery is dependent on collaboration between professional disciplines. Integrating opportunities for interprofessional learning in health science education programs prepares future clinicians to function as effective members of a multi-disciplinary care team. This study aimed to create a modified team-based learning (TBL) environment utilizing ultrasound technology during an interprofessional learning activity to enhance musculoskeletal anatomy knowledge of first year medical (MD) and physical therapy (PT) students...
September 15, 2017: Anatomical Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906133/an-online-calculator-to-estimate-the-impact-of-changes-in-breastfeeding-rates-on-population-health-and-costs
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Alison M Stuebe, Briana J Jegier, Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, Brittany D Green, Arnold G Reinhold, Tarah T Colaizy, Debra L Bogen, Andrew J Schaefer, Jamus T Jegier, Noah S Green, Melissa C Bartick
OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used a Monte Carlo simulation model to estimate the population-level changes in disease burden associated with marginal changes in rates of any breastfeeding at each month from birth to 12 months of life, and in rates of exclusive breastfeeding from birth to 6 months of life. We used these marginal estimates to construct an interactive online calculator (available at www...
September 14, 2017: Breastfeeding Medicine: the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905174/mathematical-development-and-computational-analysis-of-harmonic-phase-magnetic-resonance-imaging-harp-mri-based-on-bloch-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-nmr-diffusion-model-for-myocardial-motion
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Michael O Dada, Babatunde Jayeoba, Bamidele O Awojoyogbe, Uno E Uno, Oluseyi E Awe
Harmonic Phase-Magnetic Resonance Imaging (HARP-MRI) is a tagged image analysis method that can measure myocardial motion and strain in near real-time and is considered a potential candidate to make magnetic resonance tagging clinically viable. However, analytical expressions of radially tagged transverse magnetization in polar coordinates (which is required to appropriately describe the shape of the heart) have not been explored because the physics required to directly connect myocardial deformation of tagged Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) transverse magnetization in polar geometry and the appropriate harmonic phase parameters are not yet available...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893211/clinical-performance-and-patient-outcome-after-simulation-based-training-in-prevention-and-management-of-postpartum-haemorrhage-an-educational-intervention-study-in-a-low-resource-setting
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Ellen Nelissen, Hege Ersdal, Estomih Mduma, Bjørg Evjen-Olsen, Jos Twisk, Jacqueline Broerse, Jos van Roosmalen, Jelle Stekelenburg
BACKGROUND: Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is a major cause of maternal mortality. Prevention and adequate treatment are therefore important. However, most births in low-resource settings are not attended by skilled providers, and knowledge and skills of healthcare workers that are available are low. Simulation-based training effectively improves knowledge and simulated skills, but the effectiveness of training on clinical behaviour and patient outcome is not yet fully understood. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of obstetric simulation-based training on the incidence of PPH and clinical performance of basic delivery skills and management of PPH...
September 11, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892727/a-review-of-simulation-enhanced-team-based-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-training-for-undergraduate-students
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REVIEW
Arif Onan, Nurettin Simsek, Melih Elcin, Sevgi Turan, Bülent Erbil, Kaan Zülfikar Deniz
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training is an essential element of clinical skill development for healthcare providers. The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation has described issues related to cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care education. Educational interventions have been initiated to try to address these issues using a team-based approach and simulation technologies that offer a controlled, safe learning environment. The aim of the study is to review and synthesize published studies that address the primary question "What are the features and effectiveness of educational interventions related to simulation-enhanced, team-based cardiopulmonary resuscitation training?" We conducted a systematic review focused on educational interventions pertaining to cardiac arrest and emergencies that addressed this main question...
September 4, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891170/design-and-evaluation-of-cryodevice-an-easy-to-use-apparatus-for-maintenance-of-optimum-temperature-during-cryoglobulin-assay
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Praveen K Veerasubramanian, Jayakanthan Kabeerdoss, Pulukool Sandhya, Suresh Devasahayam, Debashish Danda
INTRODUCTION: Maintenance of temperature during collection and transport of blood is an important pre-requisite for cryoglobulin assays. In this manuscript, we describe 'cryodevice', a low-cost device for transportation and/or incubation of vials of whole blood at 37°C. Such a device would reduce false negatives in cryoglobulin assays. METHOD: The 'cryodevice' takes the embodiment of a portable, light, insulated water bath, which can be used as an incubator in a plugged-in state, or as a transport container after it is set up and disconnected from the power supply...
September 11, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889167/does-simulation-based-training-increase-athletic-training-students-clinical-confidence-and-competence-in-performing-a-cardiovascular-screening
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Jennifer L Doherty-Restrepo, K Erin Harrelson, Tazjanne Swinnie, Alicia M Montalvo
CONTEXT: The incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in athletes is higher than previously estimated. The need for increased screening to detect cardiac diseases in preparticipation physical examinations (PPE) has become a focus in athletic training. The use of simulation-based training in healthcare professionals' education has increased clinical confidence and competence, but research is limited. OBJECTIVE: To examine if a simulation-based educational intervention can increase athletic training students' self-reported confidence and clinical competence in conducting a cardiovascular screening...
2017: Journal of Allied Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886977/an-optimization-model-for-collection-haul-transfer-treatment-and-disposal-of-infectious-medical-waste-application-to-a-greek-region
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Gerasimos Mantzaras, Evangelos A Voudrias
The objective of this work was to develop an optimization model to minimize the cost of a collection, haul, transfer, treatment and disposal system for infectious medical waste (IMW). The model calculates the optimum locations of the treatment facilities and transfer stations, their design capacities (t/d), the number and capacities of all waste collection, transport and transfer vehicles and their optimum transport path and the minimum IMW management system cost. Waste production nodes (hospitals, healthcare centers, peripheral health offices, private clinics and physicians in private practice) and their IMW production rates were specified and used as model inputs...
September 5, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885546/an-energy-efficient-technique-using-electric-active-shielding-for-capacitive-coupling-intra-body-communication
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Chao Ma, Zhonghua Huang, Zhiqi Wang, Linxuan Zhou, Yinlin Li
Capacitive coupling intra-body communication (CC-IBC) has become one of the candidates for healthcare sensor networks due to its positive prevailing features of energy efficiency, transmission rate and security. Under the CC-IBC scheme, some of the electric field emitted from signal (SIG) electrode of the transmitter will couple directly to the ground (GND) electrode, acting equivalently as an internal impedance of the signal source and inducing considerable energy losses. However, none of the previous works have fully studied the problem...
September 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885130/a-comparison-of-relative-proton-stopping-power-measurements-across-patient-size-using-dual-and-single-energy-ct
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Gregory Michalak, Vicki Taasti, Bernhard Krauss, Amanda Deisher, Ahmed Halaweish, Cynthia McCollough
PURPOSE: To evaluate the accuracy and precision across phantom size of a dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) technique used to calculate relative proton stopping power (SPR) in tissue-simulating materials and a silicone implant relative to conventional single-energy CT (SECT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A 32 cm lateral diameter (CIRS model 062M, Norfolk, Virginia) electron density phantom containing inserts which simulated the chemical composition of eight tissues in a solid-water background was scanned using SECT and DECT...
September 8, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882905/cost-comparison-of-orthopaedic-fracture-pathways-using-discrete-event-simulation-in-a-glasgow-hospital
#19
Gillian H Anderson, Paul J Jenkins, David A McDonald, Robert Van Der Meer, Alec Morton, Margaret Nugent, Lech A Rymaszewski
OBJECTIVE: Healthcare faces the continual challenge of improving outcome while aiming to reduce cost. The aim of this study was to determine the micro cost differences of the Glasgow non-operative trauma virtual pathway in comparison to a traditional pathway. DESIGN: Discrete event simulation was used to model and analyse cost and resource utilisation with an activity-based costing approach. Data for a full comparison before the process change was unavailable so we used a modelling approach, comparing a virtual fracture clinic (VFC) with a simulated traditional fracture clinic (TFC)...
September 7, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869153/a-multi-faceted-approach-of-a-nursing-led-education-in-response-to-mers-cov-infection
#20
Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq, Siobhan Rothwell, Heather A Mcgregor, Zeina A Khouri
BACKGROUND: The emergence of the Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) resulted in multiple healthcare associated outbreaks. In response, we developed a nurse-led program to screen and triage patients with MERS-CoV infection. METHODS: A formal educational program was implemented to ensure a standardized approach to care planning and delivery. The essential skills that were included were the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including gown, gloves, head cover and N95 mask, hand hygiene, the practice of donning and doffing and the collection of MERS-CoV nasopharyngeal specimens...
August 28, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
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