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Sanaa Al Najjar, Tamer Al Shaer
BACKGROUND: To meet the emerging needs of the increasing numbers of patients with non-communicable diseases and to provide optimum care with optimum contact time and minimum waiting time, as stated in UNRWA guidelines, the mobile phone text messaging system was implemented in UNRWA centres to remind patients of upcoming appointments and to thereby improve the quality of care for vulnerable patients and regulate the work load in the clinics for non-communicable diseases. The aim of this study was to assess the causes for lack of adherence to the appointment system at UNRWA centres...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Puja Patel, Jules C Beal, Shlomo Shinnar
BACKGROUND: This study aims to improve the rate of folic acid supplementation to adolescent women with epilepsy on an antiepileptic drug (AED) regimen seen by the pediatric neurology providers at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, in compliance with the 2009 American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society practice parameter. METHODS: We designed a quality improvement study with implementation of a series of interventions and compared folic acid supplementation rates before and after intervention...
December 14, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
Hee Sun Kang, Jennie C De Gagne, Ye Dong Son, Sun-Mi Chae
PROBLEM: It has been reported that some adolescents and young women who started taking human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination are not completing all three doses. The aim of this study was to systematically review intervention studies on HPV vaccination completion. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Intervention studies with a comparison group that assessed HPV vaccination completion rate as the primary outcome variable in adolescents and adults younger than 26years of age, and published in English from 2006 to 2016, were eligible for review...
March 2018: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Shanina C Knighton, Mary Dolansky, Curtis Donskey, Camille Warner, Herleen Rai, Patricia A Higgins
BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that the addition of a novel verbal electronic audio reminder to an educational patient hand hygiene bundle would increase performance of self-managed patient hand hygiene. METHODS: We conducted a 2-group comparative effectiveness study randomly assigning participants to patient hand hygiene bundle 1 (n = 41), which included a video, a handout, and a personalized verbal electronic audio reminder (EAR) that prompted hand cleansing at 3 meal times, or patient hand hygiene bundle 2 (n = 34), which included the identical video and handout, but not the EAR...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
Kedar Mehta, Ajay M V Kumar, Sudhir Chawla, Paragkumar Chavda, Kalaiselvi Selvaraj, Kalpita S Shringarpure, Dipak M Solanki, Pramod B Verma, B B Rewari
BACKGROUND: In 2016, the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) in Gujarat, India implemented an innovative intervention called 'M-TRACK' (mobile phone reminders once every week for four weeks after diagnosis and electronic patient tracking tool) to reduce pre-treatment loss to follow-up (LFU) among people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Vadodara district while other districts received standard of care. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of M-TRACK in reducing pre-treatment LFU (proportion of diagnosed PLHIV not registering for HIV care by four weeks after diagnosis) and to explore the implementation enablers and challenges from health care providers' and PLHIV perspective...
2018: Global Health Action
Charles D MacLean, Claudia Berger, Michelle L Cangiano, David Ziegelman, Steven D Lidofsky
Screening for Hepatitis C virus (HCV) was recommended in 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the population born between 1946-1965. Reminder systems are effective at promoting HCV screening, but the yield of positive tests among various population subgroups and the linkage to specialty HCV treatment is not well understood. We sought to determine: 1) the effect of the CDC recommendation alone, and the effect of an EMR reminder on the proportion of the population screened; 2) the yield of positive HCV tests as screening strategies have evolved, and according to a patient's history of serum aminotransferase testing; 3) the proportion of positive cases followed-up for HCV treatment...
February 25, 2018: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
Tess Bright, Lambert Felix, Hannah Kuper, Sarah Polack
BACKGROUND: The populations of many low and middle-income countries (LMIC) are young. Despite progress made towards achieving Universal Health Coverage and remarkable health gains, evidence suggests that many children in LMIC are still not accessing needed health care services. Delayed or lack of access to health services can lead to a worsening of health, and can in turn negatively impact a child's ability to attend school, and future employment opportunities. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review to assess the effectiveness of interventions aimed at increasing access to health services for children over five years in LMIC settings...
February 23, 2018: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
Serina Padilla, Gretchen Homan, Matt Engel, Carolyn R Ahlers-Schmidt, Kari Harris
Background: Kansas falls consistently below average for adolescent vaccination of meningococcal (MCV), human papillomavirus (HPV), and influenza. Methods: For this study, the members of Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics were emailed a confidential electronic survey soliciting their impressions of vaccination in their practice. Results: Of 137 providers emailed, 61 (45%) completed the survey. Thirteen providers were excluded as they did not see/vaccinate adolescents or did not complete the survey...
November 2017: Kansas Journal of Medicine
Virginia B Bowen, Thomas A Peterman, Dinorah L Calles, Antoine Thompson, Robert Kirkcaldy, Melanie Taylor
This article summarizes a multi-state outbreak of heterosexual syphilis, including 134 cases of syphilis in adults and adolescents and at least two cases of congenital syphilis, which occurred on an American Indian reservation in the United States during 2013-2015. In addition to providing salient details about the outbreak, the article seeks to document the case-finding and treatment activities undertaken, their relative success or failure, and the lessons learned from a coordinated, multiagency response. Of 134 adult cases of syphilis, 40% were identified by enhanced, interagency contact tracing and partner services; 26% through symptomatic testing; and 16% through screening of asymptomatic individuals as the result of an electronic medical record (EMR) screening prompt...
February 13, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Min Y Park, John P Fletcher, Carmen Hoffmann, Alice Lance, Fiona Gavegan, Kerry Hitos
BACKGROUND: Hospitalised patients are at high risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Underutilisation of thromboprophylaxis remains common despite existing clinical guidelines. The aim is to evaluate the implementation of a state wide standardised adult VTE risk assessment tool (RAT) to assist in the screening of inpatients and prescribing of appropriate thromboprophylaxis. METHODS: In total, 234 patients were audited using clinical notes and spot assessments for VTE risk at Western Sydney Local Health District over a two year period...
February 19, 2018: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
Julianita Purnomo, Katherine Coote, Limin Mao, Ling Fan, Julian Gold, Raghib Ahmad, Lei Zhang
BACKGROUND: The exponential growth in the reach and development of new technologies over the past decade means that mobile technologies and social media play an increasingly important role in service delivery models to maximise HIV testing and access to treatment and care. This systematic review examines the impact of electronic and mobile technologies in medical care (eHealth) in the linkage to and retention of priority populations in the HIV treatment and care cascade, focussing on the Asia-Pacific region...
February 17, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
David Bulbin, Alfred E Denio, Andrea Berger, Jason Brown, Carson Maynard, Tarun Sharma, H Lester Kirchner, William T Ayoub
OBJECTIVE: To pilot a primary care gout management improvement intervention. METHODS: Two large primary care sites were selected: one underwent the intervention, the other, a control, underwent no intervention. The intervention consisted of: engagement of intervention site staff, surveys of provider performance improvement preferences, and onsite live and enduring online education. Electronic Health Record reminders were constructed. Both the intervention and control sites had 3 quality measures assessed monthly: percent of gout patients treated with urate lowering therapy, percent of treated patients monitored with serum urate, and percent of treated patients at target serum urate ≤ 6...
February 13, 2018: Arthritis Care & Research
Yoon-Min Cho, Seohyun Lee, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam, Sun-Young Kim
BACKGROUND: Recently there has been dramatic increase in the use of mobile technologies for health (m-Health) in both high and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, little is known whether m-Health interventions in LMICs are based on relevant theories critical for effective implementation of such interventions. This review aimed to systematically identify m-Health studies on health behavioral changes in LMICs and to examine how each study applied behavior change theories...
February 13, 2018: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Chén C Kenyon, Siobhan M Gruschow, William O Quarshie, Heather Griffis, Michelle C Leach, Joseph J Zorc, Tyra C Bryant-Stephens, Victoria A Miller, Chris Feudtner
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of a mobile health, inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) adherence reminder intervention and to characterize adherence trajectories immediately following severe asthma exacerbation in high-risk urban children with persistent asthma. METHODS: Children aged 2-13 with persistent asthma were enrolled in this pilot randomized controlled trial during an asthma emergency department (ED) visit or hospitalization. Intervention arm participants received daily text message reminders for 30 days, and both arms received electronic sensors to measure ICS use...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Mathias Tiedemann Svendsen, Flemming Andersen, Kirsten Hammond Andersen, Klaus Ejner Andersen
BACKGROUND: Topical corticosteroid or corticosteroid/calcipotriol preparations are recommended first-line topical treatments of psoriasis, but a main cause for the lack of efficacy of topical treatments is considered low rates of adherence to topical drugs. Patient support by the use of applications (apps) for smartphones is suggested to improve medical adherence. METHODS/DESIGN: Design: An investigator-initiated, single-center, single-blind, parallel-group, phase-4 clinical superiority randomized controlled trial (RCT)...
February 7, 2018: BMC Dermatology
Jessica R L Lieffers, Helen Haresign, Christine Mehling, Jose F Arocha, Rhona M Hanning
PURPOSE: To conduct a qualitative evaluation of adjunct supports (brief motivational messaging regarding goals delivered by email/website, contact centre dietitian assistance) offered by EatRight Ontario (ERO) for users of a website-based nutrition/activity goal setting/tracking feature (eaTracker "My Goals"). METHODS: One-on-one semi-structured interviews were conducted with My Goals users in Ontario (n = 18) and Alberta (n = 5) recruited via the eaTracker website and ERO contact centre dietitians (n = 5)...
January 31, 2018: Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research
Emilio Márquez-Contreras, Nieves Martell-Claros, Sara Márquez-Rivero, Enrique Hermida-Campa, Carmen Gracia-Diez, Eugenio Sanchez-López, Vicente Gil-Guillén
OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of a mixed intervention, educational and reminder calendar of the intake, as a strategy to improve therapeutic adherence with dabigatran in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). METHODS: Prospective, longitudinal, multicenter study, carried out in 110 specialized healthcare centers in Spain. 726 patients treated with dabigatran prescribed for stroke prevention were included. A cluster randomization was performed based on two groups: 1) Control Group (CG) as usual clinical practice and Intervention Group (IG) with a mixed strategy: a) Healthcare education and b) Use of a reminder calendar for taking the anticoagulant medication...
January 31, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Sarah L Cutrona, Jessica G Golden, Sarah L Goff, Jessica Ogarek, Bruce Barton, Lloyd Fisher, Peggy Preusse, Devi Sundaresan, Lawrence Garber, Kathleen M Mazor
BACKGROUND: Patient reminders for influenza vaccination, delivered via electronic health record (EHR) patient portal messages and interactive voice response (IVR) calls, offer an innovative approach to improving patient care. OBJECTIVE: To test the effectiveness of portal and IVR outreach in improving rates of influenza vaccination. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial of EHR portal messages and IVR calls promoting influenza vaccination. PARTICIPANTS: Adults with no documented influenza vaccination 2 months after the start of influenza season (2014-2015)...
January 30, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Lauren M Wegrzyniak, Deborah Hedderly, Kishore Chaudry, Prashanti Bollu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of patient-chosen appointment reminder methods (phone call, e-mail, or SMS text) in reducing no-show rates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective case study that determined the correlation between patient-chosen appointment reminder methods and no-show rates in a private orthodontic practice. This study was conducted in a single office location of a multioffice private orthodontic practice using data gathered in 2015...
January 29, 2018: Angle Orthodontist
Julie C Jacobson Vann, Robert M Jacobson, Tamera Coyne-Beasley, Josephine K Asafu-Adjei, Peter G Szilagyi
BACKGROUND: Immunization rates for children and adults are rising, but coverage levels have not reached optimal goals. As a result, vaccine-preventable diseases still occur. In an era of increasing complexity of immunization schedules, rising expectations about the performance of primary care, and large demands on primary care providers, it is important to understand and promote interventions that work in primary care settings to increase immunization coverage. One common theme across immunization programs in many nations involves the challenge of implementing a population-based approach and identifying all eligible recipients, for example the children who should receive the measles vaccine...
January 18, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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