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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214002/relation-between-ventricular-premature-complexes-and-incident-heart-failure
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Vratika Agarwal, Eric Vittinghoff, Isaac R Whitman, Thomas A Dewland, Jonathan W Dukes, Gregory M Marcus
Ventricular premature complexes (VPCs) may represent a reversible cause of heart failure (HF); however, the type of patients most prone remains unknown. This study leverages a large population-based database to examine interactions that might prove clinically useful in risk-stratifying patients with VPCs. We used the California Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project to identify patients with VPCs and incident systolic HF from January 1, 2005, to December 31, 2009. We calculated hazard ratios for predictors of incident systolic HF using multivariable Cox proportional hazard models...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208229/comparing-the-performance-of-propensity-score-methods-in-healthcare-database-studies-with-rare-outcomes
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Jessica M Franklin, Wesley Eddings, Peter C Austin, Elizabeth A Stuart, Sebastian Schneeweiss
Nonrandomized studies of treatments from electronic healthcare databases are critical for producing the evidence necessary to making informed treatment decisions, but often rely on comparing rates of events observed in a small number of patients. In addition, studies constructed from electronic healthcare databases, for example, administrative claims data, often adjust for many, possibly hundreds, of potential confounders. Despite the importance of maximizing efficiency when there are many confounders and few observed outcome events, there has been relatively little research on the relative performance of different propensity score methods in this context...
February 16, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204995/dalteparin-or-vitamin-k-antagonists-to-prevent-recurrent-venous-thromboembolism-in-cancer-patients-a-patient-level-economic-analysis-for-france-and-austria
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George Dranitsaris, Lesley G Shane, Jean-Philippe Galanaud, Gunar Stemer, Philippe Debourdeau, Seth Woodruff
BACKGROUND: International guidelines recommend extended duration secondary prophylaxis in cancer patients who develop primary venous thromboembolism (VTE). Agent selection is guided in part by one large randomized trial (i.e., CLOT; Lee et al., N Engl J Med 349:146-53, 2003) which demonstrated that dalteparin reduced the relative risk of recurrence by 52% compared with oral vitamin K antagonists (VKA; HR = 0.48, 95% CI, 0.30 to 0.77). In a subgroup analysis from that same trial, patients with renal impairment also derived benefit with dalteparin (VTE rates = 3% vs...
February 15, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199450/association-between-smoking-status-preoperative-exhaled-carbon-monoxide-levels-and-postoperative-surgical-site-infection-in-patients-undergoing-elective-surgery
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Margaret B Nolan, David P Martin, Rodney Thompson, Darrell R Schroeder, Andrew C Hanson, David O Warner
Importance: Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for many perioperative complications, including surgical site infection (SSI). The duration of abstinence from smoking required to reduce this risk is unknown. Objectives: To evaluate if abstinence from smoking on the day of surgery is associated with a decreased frequency of SSI in patients who smoke cigarettes and to confirm that smoking is significantly independently associated with SSI when adjustment is made for potentially relevant covariates, such as body mass index...
February 15, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196504/significant-pain-variability-in-persons-with-or-at-high-risk-of-knee-osteoarthritis-preliminary-investigation-based-on-secondary-analysis-of-cohort-data
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Emma Parry, Reuben Ogollah, George Peat
BACKGROUND: While knee osteoarthritis (OA) is characterised as a slowly progressive disease, acute flares, episodes of severe pain, and substantial fluctuations in pain intensity appear to be part of the natural history for some patients. We sought to estimate what proportion of symptomatic community-dwelling adults might be affected, and to identify patient and problem characteristics associated with higher risk of such variability in pain. METHODS: We analysed data collected at baseline, 18, 36, 54, and 72 month follow-up of a prospective cohort of symptomatic adults aged over 50 years with current/recent knee pain...
February 14, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191020/compliance-with-standard-precautions-and-associated-factors-among-healthcare-workers-in-gondar-university-comprehensive-specialized-hospital-northwest-ethiopia
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Tariku Gebre Haile, Eshetu Haileselassie Engeda, Abdella Amano Abdo
Background. In many studies, compliance with standard precautions among healthcare workers was reported to be inadequate. Objective. The aim of this study was to assess compliance with standard precautions and associated factors among healthcare workers in northwest Ethiopia. Methods. An institution-based cross-sectional study was conducted from March 01 to April 30, 2014. Simple random sampling technique was used to select participants. Data were entered into Epi info 3.5.1 and were exported to SPSS version 20...
2017: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190713/transient-atrial-fibrillation-after-open-abdominal-aortic-revascularization-surgery-is-associated-with-increased-length-of-stay-mortality-and-readmission-rates
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Barbara A Blanco, Anai N Kothari, Pegge M Halandras, Robert H Blackwell, Dawn M Graunke, Paul C Kuo, Jae S Cho
BACKGROUND: It is well established that transient postoperative atrial fibrillation (TPAF) is associated with adverse postoperative outcomes after major cardiac and noncardiac operations. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the incidence, impact, and risk factors associated with the development of TPAF in patients undergoing revascularization surgery for occlusive diseases of the abdominal aorta and its branches (AAB). METHODS: By use of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State Inpatient Database from Florida and California, patients who underwent open revascularization of AAB between 2006 and 2011 were identified...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190399/a-community-based-survey-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-among-pregnant-women-in-rural-areas-of-taiz-governorate-yemen-the-risk-of-waterborne-transmission
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Mohammed A K Mahdy, Lina M Q Alareqi, Rashad Abdul-Ghani, Samira M A Al-Eryani, Abdullah A Al-Mikhlafy, Abdulsalam M Al-Mekhlafi, Fawzya Alkarshy, Rohela Mahmud
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasma gondii is a zoonotic coccidian parasite causing morbidity and mortality. In Yemen, T. gondii infection has been reported among pregnant women seeking healthcare in the main cities. However, no data are available on the prevalence of T. gondii infection and its associated risk factors among pregnant women in the rural communities of the country. Thus, the present study aimed to determine the seroprevalence of T. gondii and identify its risk factors among pregnant women in the rural communities of Taiz governorate, Yemen...
February 13, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188601/sensitivity-of-the-uk-clinical-practice-research-datalink-to-detect-neurodevelopmental-effects-of-medicine-exposure-in-utero-comparative-analysis-of-an-antiepileptic-drug-exposed-cohort
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R A Charlton, A McGrogan, J Snowball, L M Yates, A Wood, J Clayton-Smith, W H Smithson, J L Richardson, N McHugh, S H L Thomas, G A Baker, R Bromley
INTRODUCTION: Electronic healthcare data have several advantages over prospective observational studies, but the sensitivity of data on neurodevelopmental outcomes and its comparability with data generated through other methodologies is unknown. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to determine whether data from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) produces similar risk estimates to a prospective cohort study in relation to the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) following prenatal antiepileptic drug (AED) exposure...
February 10, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188150/multisite-musculoskeletal-pain-in-adolescence-and-later-mental-health-disorders-a-population-based-registry-study-of-norwegian-youth-the-naahs-cohort-study
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Christian Eckhoff, Bjørn Straume, Siv Kvernmo
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between multisite musculoskeletal pain in adolescence and mental health disorders in young adulthood. DESIGN AND SETTING: Data were obtained from a linkage between the Norwegian Patient Registry (2008-2012) and the Norwegian Arctic Adolescent Health Study, a school-based survey conducted among 10th grade students in North Norway (2003-2005). PARTICIPANTS: In total, 3987 (68%) of all 5877 invited participants consented to the registry linkage...
February 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186831/risks-factors-and-treatment-use-related-to-infertility-and-impaired-fecundity-among-reproductive-aged-women
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Sara Crawford, Ruben A Smith, Sachiko A Kuwabara, Violanda Grigorescu
INTRODUCTION: Population-level data on infertility and impaired fecundity are sparse. We explored the use of self-reported information provided by reproductive-aged women participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three out of 12 questions on reproductive history, family planning, and infertility that seven states included in the 2013 BRFSS were used for this study...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185597/diabetes-in-young-adult-men-social-and-health-related-correlates
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Rachel L Koelmeyer, Shyamali C Dharmage, Dallas R English
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is a global public health issue. It is associated with significant disability, morbidity and mortality risks and substantial healthcare costs. Of great concern is the fact that its prevalence is rising, particularly amongst the young, while epidemiological data regarding the incidence, prevalence and complications of early-onset type 2 diabetes is noted to be sparse. METHODS: We used data from the baseline wave of Ten to Men, a national cohort study of Australian males, to investigate the social and health-related correlates of Australian males aged 18-49 years reporting being diagnosed with diabetes...
October 31, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185201/increased-access-to-professional-interpreters-in-the-hospital-improves-informed-consent-for-patients-with-limited-english-proficiency
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Jonathan S Lee, Eliseo J Pérez-Stable, Steven E Gregorich, Michael H Crawford, Adrienne Green, Jennifer Livaudais-Toman, Leah S Karliner
BACKGROUND: Language barriers disrupt communication and impede informed consent for patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) undergoing healthcare procedures. Effective interventions for this disparity remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: Assess the impact of a bedside interpreter phone system intervention on informed consent for patients with LEP and compare outcomes to those of English speakers. DESIGN: Prospective, pre-post intervention implementation study using propensity analysis...
February 9, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183859/association-of-socio-economic-position-with-technique-failure-and-mortality-in-australian-non-indigenous-peritoneal-dialysis-patients
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Samuel Chan, Yeoungjee Cho, Yung H Koh, Neil C Boudville, Philip A Clayton, Stephen P McDonald, Elaine M Pascoe, Ross S Francis, David W Mudge, Monique Borlace, Sunil V Badve, Kamal Sud, Carmel M Hawley, David W Johnson
♦ Background: Few studies have examined the relationship between socio-economic position (SEP) and peritoneal dialysis (PD) outcomes, particularly at a country level. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationships between SEP, technique failure, and mortality in PD patients undertaking treatment in Australia. ♦ Methods: The study included all Australian non-indigenous incident PD patients between January 1, 1997, and December 31, 2014, using Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant (ANZDATA) Registry data...
February 9, 2017: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181824/objectively-measured-physical-activity-and-healthcare-expenditures-related-to-arterial-hypertension-and-diabetes-mellitus-in-older-people-sabe-study
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Denise Rodrigues Bueno, Maria de Fátima Nunes Marucci, Clara Suemi da Costa Rosa, Rômulo Araújo Fernandes, Yeda Aparecida de Oliveira Duarte, Maria Lucia Lebrão
BACKGROUND: Research using questionnaires has shown that physical activity level (PAL) is associated with healthcare costs. OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between objectively measured PAL and healthcare costs among hypertensive and diabetic non-institutionalized Brazilian older people. METHODS: Cross-sectional study forming part of the SABE Study, composed of 377 older people interviewed in 2010. Expenditures were estimated taking into account self-reported medicine prescription, outpatient service and hospitalizations, with the highest quartile of expenditures considered as a risk category...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181369/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-late-prophylaxis-vs-on-demand-treatment-for-severe-haemophilia-a-in-italy
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A Coppola, A D'Ausilio, A Aiello, S Amoresano, M Toumi, P Mathew, A Tagliaferri
INTRODUCTION: Long-term regular administrations of factor VIII (FVIII) concentrate (prophylaxis) initiated at an early age prevents bleeding in patients with severe haemophilia A (HA). The 5-year prospective Italian POTTER study provided evidence of benefits in adolescents and adults of late prophylaxis (LP) vs. on-demand therapy (OD) in reducing bleeding episodes and joint morbidity and improving quality of life; however, costs were increased. AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the cost-effectiveness of LP vs...
February 8, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177854/risk-factors-for-30-day-hospital-re-admission-with-an-infectious-complication-after-lower-extremity-vascular-procedures
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Joseph C Melvin, Jamie B Smith, Robin L Kruse, Todd R Vogel
BACKGROUND: Lowering the 30-d re-admission rate after vascular surgery offers the potential to improve healthcare quality. This study evaluated re-admission associated with infections after open and endovascular lower extremity (LE) procedures for peripheral artery disease (PAD). METHODS: Patients admitted for elective LE procedures for PAD were selected from the Cerner Health Facts(®) database. Chi-square analysis evaluated the characteristics of the index admission associated with infection at 30-d re-admission...
February 8, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176972/factors-associated-with-relapse-in-adult-patients-discharged-from-the-emergency-department-following-acute-asthma-a-systematic-review
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Jesse Hill, Nicholas Arrotta, Cristina Villa-Roel, Liz Dennett, Brian H Rowe
A significant proportion of patients discharged from the emergency department (ED) with asthma exacerbations will relapse within 4 weeks. This systematic review summarises the evidence regarding relapses and factors associated with relapse in adult patients discharged from EDs after being treated for acute asthma. Following a registered protocol, comprehensive literature searches were conducted. Studies tracking outcomes for adults after ED management and discharge were included if they involved adjusted analyses...
2017: BMJ Open Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169935/biomedical-informatics-approaches-to-identifying-drug-drug-interactions-application-to-insulin-secretagogues
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Xu Han, ChienWei Chiang, Charles E Leonard, Warren B Bilker, Colleen M Brensinger, Lang Li, Sean Hennessy
BACKGROUND: Drug-drug interactions with insulin secretagogues are associated with increased risk of serious hypoglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes. We aimed to systematically screen for drugs that interact with the five most commonly used secretagogues-glipizide, glyburide, glimepiride, repaglinide, and nateglinide-to cause serious hypoglycemia. METHODS: We screened 400 drugs frequently co-prescribed with the secretagogues as candidate interacting precipitants...
February 1, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169925/hospital-teaching-status-and-medicare-expenditures-for-complex-surgery
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Jason C Pradarelli, Christopher P Scally, Hari Nathan, Jyothi R Thumma, Justin B Dimick
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between hospital teaching intensity, Medicare payments, and perioperative outcomes. BACKGROUND: Several emerging payment policies penalize hospitals for low-value healthcare. Teaching hospitals may be at a disadvantage given the perception that they deliver care less efficiently. METHODS: Using Medicare Provider and Analysis Review files, we studied patients from age 65 to 100 years who underwent abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair (n = 71,422), pulmonary resection (n = 93,056), or colectomy (n = 277,619) from 2009 to 2012...
March 2017: Annals of Surgery
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