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Alicia R Gable, Claudia Der-Martirosian, Laura N Pinnock, Aram Dobalian
OBJECTIVE: To identify the communication preferences of homeless (H) and nonhomeless (NH) Veterans Affairs (VA) patients for receiving information about the impact of natural disasters on VA healthcare services. DESIGN: Probability-based sampling design stratified on age categories, urban/rural, coastal/noncoastal, and homelessness. SETTING: Northeast United States. PARTICIPANTS: Eligible NH and H participants included those who lived in and had at least one healthcare visit to a VA medical center/clinic in the region in the previous 24 months...
January 2018: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
Marzia Baldereschi, Daniela Balzi, Valeria Di Fabrizio, Lucia De Vito, Renzo Ricci, Paola D'Onofrio, Antonio Di Carlo, Maria Teresa Mechi, Francesco Bellomo, Domenico Inzitari
BACKGROUND: Informing health systems and monitoring hospital performances using administrative data sets, mainly hospital discharge data coded according to International-Classification-Diseases-9edition-Clinical-Modifiers (ICD9-CM), is now commonplace in several countries, but the reliability of diagnostic coding of acute ischemic stroke in the routine practice is uncertain. This study aimed at estimating accuracy of ICD9-CM codes for the identification of acute ischemic stroke and the use of thrombolysis treatment comparing hospital discharge data with medical record review in all the six hospitals of the Florence Area, Italy, through 2015...
2018: PloS One
Briony K Varda, Ye Wang, Benjamin I Chung, Richard S Lee, Michael P Kurtz, Caleb P Nelson, Steven L Chang
INTRODUCTION: Since 2010, there have been few new data comparing perioperative outcomes and cost between open (OP) and robotic pyeloplasty (RP). In a post-adoption era, the value of RP may be converging with that of OP. OBJECTIVE: To 1) characterize national trends in pyeloplasty utilization through 2015, 2) compare adjusted outcomes and median costs between OP and RP, and 3) determine the primary cost drivers for each procedure. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a retrospective cohort study using the Premier database, which provides a nationally representative sample of U...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
Bharat Kumar, Jennifer Strouse, Melissa Swee, Petar Lenert, Manish Suneja
INTRODUCTION: Hydralazine is an antihypertensive medication that has been associated with drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DIL) as well as ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Although rare, early diagnosis is critical since drug cessation is the mainstay of therapy. This retrospective study aims to characterize the clinical, laboratory, and histopathologic features of this disease. METHODS: Once approval was obtained from the Institutional Review Board at the University of Iowa, all patients carrying a diagnosis of vasculitis (ICD9 code: 447...
January 12, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Luisella Cianferotti, Simone Parri, Giorgio Gronchi, Gemma Marcucci, Cristiana Cipriani, Jessica Pepe, Marco Raglianti, Salvatore Minisola, Maria Luisa Brandi
Epidemiological data on prevalence and incidence of chronic hypoparathyroidism are still scarce. This study aimed to establish prevalence of chronic hypoparathyroidism and incidence of surgical hypoparathyroidism using the analysis of electronic anonymous public health care database. Data referred to a 5-year period (2009-2013, Region of Tuscany, Italy, as a sample representative of the whole Mediterranean/European population, estimated mean population: 3,750,000 inhabitants) were retrieved by the analysis of pharmaceutical distribution dataset, containing data related to drugs reimbursed by public health system, hospital discharge and procedures codes, and ICD9 exemption codes for chronic diseases...
March 8, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
Michela Meregaglia, Livia Dainelli, Helen Banks, Chiara Benedetto, Patrick Detzel, Giovanni Fattore
BACKGROUND: The incidence of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is rising in all developed countries. This study aimed at assessing the short-term economic burden of GDM from the Italian healthcare system perspective. METHODS: A model was built over the last pregnancy trimester (i.e., from the 28th gestational week until childbirth included). The National Hospital Discharge Database (2014) was accessed to estimate delivery outcome probabilities and inpatient costs in GDM and normal pregnancies (i...
February 23, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Anne Gadomski, Moira Riley, Katherine Ramiza, Lauren Onofrey, Ruth Zinkievich, Nicole Krupa, Melissa Scribani
OBJECTIVE: Our level I nursery and pediatric unit in a rural hospital adopted a family-centered, symptom-based oral morphine weaning protocol for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in 2009. Length of stay (LOS), treatment duration (TD) and hospital charges for infants treated for NAS were then compared to published data in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) nationwide. METHODS: The electronic medical records (EMRs) of infants born 1/1/11 to 4/1/17 whose discharge diagnosis included an ICD9 or ICD10 code for NAS or prenatal drug exposure were paired with maternal EMR and reviewed...
February 8, 2018: Academic Pediatrics
Montika Bush, Til Stürmer, Sally C Stearns, Ross J Simpson, M Alan Brookhart, Wayne Rosamond, Anna M Kucharska-Newton
PURPOSE: The objectives of this study were to investigate sensitivity and specificity of myocardial infarction (MI) case definitions using multiple discharge code positions and multiple diagnosis codes when comparing administrative data to hospital surveillance data. METHODS: Hospital surveillance data for ARIC Study cohort participants with matching participant ID and service dates to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hospitalization records for hospitalizations occurring between 2001 and 2013 were included in this study...
February 6, 2018: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Xavier Serra-Picamal, Ramon Roman, Joan Escarrabill, Anna García-Altés, Josep Maria Argimón, Nestor Soler, Rosa Faner, Elisenda Martinez Carbonell, Antoni Trilla, Alvar Agusti
BACKGROUND: Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) may suffer episodes of exacerbation (ECOPD) that require hospitalization and worsen their health status, and prognosis. We hypothesized that a detailed interrogation of health-care "big data" databases can provide valuable information to better understand the risk factors and outcomes of these episodes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We interrogated four databases of the Catalan health-care system (>8,000,000 registries) to identify patients hospitalized because of ECOPD for the first time (index event) between 2010 and 2012...
January 16, 2018: Respiratory Medicine
Chantal Lucia-Casadonte, Kaitlin Whaley, Ashish Chogle
BACKGROUND: Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) clinical guidelines recommend an algorithm of basic testing for standard patients, and more targeted testing, including laboratory and imaging studies, in the presence of specific red flags. The cost effectiveness of this screening of children with suspected CVS is lacking. OBJECTIVES: To determine if screening studies in CVS patients results in diagnostic change, and to estimate their healthcare cost. METHOD: Charts of patients (1-18 years) with suspected CVS were retrospectively reviewed at a single center...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Sahael M Stapleton, Yanik J Bababekov, Numa P Perez, Zhi Ven Fong, Daniel A Hashimoto, Keith D Lillemoe, Michael T Watkins, David C Chang
BACKGROUND: Differences in amputation rates for limb ischemia between white and black patients have been extensively studied. Our goal is to determine whether biases in provider decision-making contribute to the disparity. We hypothesize that the magnitude of the disparity is affected by surgeon and hospital factors. STUDY DESIGN: Analysis of the New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System database was performed for 1999-2014. Black and white patients with ICD9 codes for peripheral vascular disease, who received either an amputation or salvage procedure, were included...
January 19, 2018: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Naphtali Justman, Yariv Fruchtman, David Greenberg, Ben-Shimol Shalom
BACKGROUND: Brucellosis is a common zoonosis in the Bedouin population of southern Israel. Limited data exist for the rate and risk factors of hematologic complication of brucellosis in children. We assessed anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia and pancytopenia in childhood brucellosis in southern Israel. METHODS: Our medical center is the sole hospital in southern-Israel. All medical files of brucellosis, 2005-2014, identified through positive blood cultures or International Classification of Diseases 9 revision (ICD9) coding with positive serology, were reviewed retrospectively...
January 11, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Kathan Mehta, Annie Im, Farah Rahman, Hong Wang, Peter Veldkamp
Background: Prior studies have shown that outcomes of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in HIV (+) patients are similar to HIV (-) patients since effective implementation of HAART by 1998; but they are limited by small sample size or non-inclusion of recent data. Methods: We queried National Inpatient Sample, a large inpatient dataset in the US, from 1998 to 2012 for HSCT using ICD9 procedure code 41.0. HIV patients were identified by ICD9 diagnostic code of 042, 043, 044, V08 and 079...
January 6, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Ling-Sai Chang, Hui-Ching Lee, Yuh-Chyn Tsai, Lien-Shi Shen, Ching-Ling Li, Shih-Feng Liu, Ho-Chang Kuo
Among the anti-inflammatory medications used for treating asthma, corticosteroids are the most effective. The effects of orally administered corticosteroids on intraocular pressure and lens opacity have been well defined, but the influence of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) on children has yet to be clearly explained. Therefore, we used a nationwide cohort database to investigate glaucoma in childhood asthma patients using ICS. We analyzed a dataset of 1,000,000 randomly sampled individuals from Taiwan's 2000 National Health Insurance Research Database...
December 1, 2017: Oncotarget
Li Wang, Brandon S Sprung, Arthur J DeCross, Danielle Marino
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Split-dose bowel preparation is associated with improved mucosal visualization and patient tolerance, becoming a standard of care. However, quality measures data associated with this preparation are limited. At our academic tertiary-care facility, we aim to study the effect of changing from single- to split-dose preparation on colonoscopy quality measures. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study with quality indicators was conducted using electronic medical record data...
December 14, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
W D Brubaker, S Li, L C Baker, M L Eisenberg
Aberrations in reproductive fitness may be a harbinger of medical diseases in men. Existing data suggest that female infertility is associated with autoimmune disorders; however, this has not been examined in men. As immune surveillance and hormonal factors can impact male fertility and autoimmunity, we sought to determine the association between male infertility and incident autoimmune disorders. We analyzed subjects from the Truven Health MarketScan claims database from 2001 to 2008. Infertile men were identified through diagnosis and treatment codes...
January 2018: Andrology
Alvaro Medel-Herrero, Manuel Gomez-Beneyto
BACKGROUND: Little is published about the impact of the 2008 economic crisis on mental health services in Spain. METHOD: An interrupted time series analysis was conducted to investigate a potential short-term association between the 2008 economic crisis and the number of psychiatric hospital admissions. The timing of the intervention (April 2008) was based on observed changes in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Data on 1,152,880 psychiatric inpatients from the national Hospital Morbidity Survey, 69 months before and after the onset of the economic crisis (April 2008), were analyzed...
November 21, 2017: Revista de Psiquiatrí́a y Salud Mental
Andrea Martini, Elena Ceranto, Angelo Gatta, Paolo Angeli, Patrizia Pontisso
Background: Cirrhosis represents the end stage of chronic liver disease, characterized by high mortality and morbidity. The prevalence of liver disease is difficult to assess, given its clinical latency up to the late stage. Objective: We aimed to assess the prevalence of unrecognized chronic liver disease and cirrhosis using surrogate indicators from medical records of family physicians. Methods: Medical records of 139,104 subjects, collected from 99 family physicians of the Veneto region, were used...
November 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
Jennifer M Heeley, Abby S Hollander, Paul F Austin, Diane F Merritt, Victoria G Wesevich, Ina E Amarillo
BACKGROUND: Ambiguous genitalia refers to a form of differences of sex development (DSD) wherein the appearance of the external genitalia is atypical. This rare condition presents challenges in decision-making and clinical management. Review of historical data may reveal areas for clinical research to improve care for patients with ambiguous genitalia. OBJECTIVE: This chart review was performed to identify patients with ambiguous genitalia, and to classify them as having 46,XX DSD, 46,XY DSD, or sex chromosome DSD...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
Alice King, Benjamin H Mullish, Horace R T Williams, Paul Aylin
Objective: To examine whether there is an epidemiological difference between Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) inpatient populations in England and the United States. Design: A cross-sectional study. Setting: National administrative inpatient discharge data from England (Hospital Episode Statistics) and the USA (National Inpatient Sample) in 2012. Participants: De-identifiable non-obstetric inpatient discharges from the national datasets were used to estimate national CDI incidence in the United States and England using ICD9-CM(008...
September 11, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
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