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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731606/feasibility-of-home-based-dietetic-intervention-to-improve-the-nutritional-status-of-older-adults-post-hospital-discharge
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Aliza Haslinda Hamirudin, Karen Walton, Karen Charlton, Amanda Carrie, Linda Tapsell, Marianna Milosavljevic, Glen Pang, Jan Potter
AIM: To determine if a model of home-based dietetic care improves dietary intake and weight status in a specific group of older adults post-hospitalisation. METHODS: The Department of Veterans' Affairs clients aged 65 years and over were recruited from hospitals in a regional area of New South Wales, Australia (n = 32 men, n = 36 women). Nutritional status was assessed at home at baseline (within two weeks post-discharge) and three months post-discharge using a diet history, a food frequency checklist and Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA)...
July 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731291/critical-questions-advancing-the-health-of-female-veterans
#2
Lisa Muirhead, Priscilla Hall, Cedrella Jones-Taylor, Gari D Clifford, Tasha Felton-Williams, Kathy Williams
PURPOSE: Women are the fastest growing Veteran population in the United States and many receive all or part of their health care outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The purpose of this article is to review the healthcare issues of women Veterans and discuss implications for care. DATA SOURCES: Review of selected literature, VA resources and guidelines, and expert opinion. CONCLUSIONS: Few providers are aware of the impact military service has on the health of women and fail to ask the all-important question, "Have you served in the military?" Recognizing women's military service can reveal important information that can answer perplexing clinical questions, aid in designing comprehensive plans of care, and enable women to receive the assistance needed to address complex physical and psychosocial issues to improve the quality of their lives...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728642/a-latent-profile-analysis-of-aggression-and-victimization-across-relationship-types-among-veterans-who-use-substances
#3
RaeAnn E Anderson, Erin E Bonar, Maureen A Walton, Jason E Goldstick, Sheila A M Rauch, Quyen M Epstein-Ngo, Stephen T Chermack
OBJECTIVE: This study examined patterns of violence victimization and aggression in both intimate partner and nonpartner relationships among U.S. military veterans using latent profile analysis to identify subtypes of violence involvement. METHOD: Participants were 839 substance use treatment-seeking veterans (93% male) from a large Veterans Affairs Medical Center who completed screening measures for a randomized controlled trial. RESULTS: Past-year violence involvement, including both intimate partner violence (IPV) and nonpartner violence (NPV), was common in the sample, although NPV occurred at somewhat higher rates...
July 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728623/veterans-affairs-primary-care-provider-perceptions-of-insomnia-treatment
#4
Christi S Ulmer, Hayden B Bosworth, Jean C Beckham, Anne Germain, Amy S Jeffreys, David Edelman, Stephanie Macy, Angela Kirby, Corrine I Voils
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Insomnia is a widespread issue among United States adults and rates of insomnia among veterans are even higher than the general population. Prior research examining primary care provider (PCP) perspectives on insomnia treatment found that: sleep hygiene and pharmacotherapy are the primary treatments offered; PCPs tend to focus on perceived causes of insomnia rather than the insomnia itself; and neither patients nor providers are satisfied with insomnia treatment options...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724301/sacred-space-and-the-healing-journey
#5
Paul L Alt
Sacred space and spirituality have long been used to heal the mind, body, and spirit. This article illuminates the origins of sacred space and its role as a healing environment from the first human construct, the burial mound, to the 5th Century BCE Greek healing city of Epidaurus. It then examines the role of spirituality as one of the necessary human institutions for a healthy society, according to the Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico. The conclusion then surveys three contemporary healing environments' architecture, the Department of Veteran Affairs Healing Environment Design Guideline (VAHEDG), and how these sacred spaces mend individual and community ailments...
July 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724126/comparative-outcomes-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-among-black-and-white-patients-treated-at-us-veterans-affairs-hospitals
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Taisei Kobayashi, Thomas J Glorioso, Ehrin J Armstrong, Thomas M Maddox, Mary E Plomondon, Gary K Grunwald, Steven M Bradley, Thomas T Tsai, Stephen W Waldo, Sunil V Rao, Subhash Banerjee, Brahmajee K Nallamothu, Deepak L Bhatt, A Garvey Rene, Robert L Wilensky, Peter W Groeneveld, Jay Giri
Importance: Current comparative outcomes among black and white patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system are not known. Objective: To compare outcomes between black and white patients undergoing PCI in the VA health system. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study compared black and white patients who underwent PCI between October 1, 2007, and September 30, 2013, at 63 VA hospitals using data recorded in the VA Clinical Assessment, Reporting, and Tracking System for Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories (CART-CL) program...
July 19, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716318/surveillance-strategies-for-neurogenic-lower-urinary-tract-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Randy A Vince, Adam P Klausner
Patients with neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction (NLUTD) experience significant morbidity and mortality due to urological complications including upper tract damage and bladder malignancy. This has led to increased surveillance in patients NLUTD. This article discusses the methods available for surveillance of patients with NLUTD and pulls information from the largest and most established organizations that have produced evidence-based surveillance guidelines for NLUTD. These organizations include the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), US Department of Veterans Affairs, European Association of Urology (EAU), The NICE organization from the UK, and cites additional literature not been included in these documents...
August 2017: Urologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715281/admission-for-copd-exacerbation-is-associated-with-the-clinical-diagnosis-of-pulmonary-hypertension-results-from-a-retrospective-longitudinal-study-of-a-veteran-population
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Sarah K Medrek, Amir Sharafkhaneh, Andrew M Spiegelman, Arnav Kak, Lavannya M Pandit
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pulmonary hypertension (PH-COPD) have an increased risk of hospitalizations and death compared to COPD alone. Identifying PH in COPD is challenging because performing right heart catheterization, the gold standard for PH diagnosis, is invasive and not routinely performed. Clinical characterization of COPD patients at risk who are progressing toward PH will aid therapeutic development at earlier stages of progressively fatal PH-COPD. We studied the records of 5,45,086 patients in a large Veterans Affairs healthcare network (2000-2012) with a primary discharge diagnosis of COPD based on encounters' ICD-9 codes and further stratified into those who received an additional ICD-9 code for a PH diagnosis...
July 17, 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711446/clinical-effectiveness-of-hydralazine-isosorbide-dinitrate-in-african-american-patients-with-heart%C3%A2-failure
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Boback Ziaeian, Gregg C Fonarow, Paul A Heidenreich
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the effectiveness of hydralazine-isosorbide dinitrate (H-ISDN) in African Americans with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). BACKGROUND: Among African-American patients with HFrEF, H-ISDN was found to improve quality of life and lower HF-related hospitalization and mortality rates in the A-HEFT (African-American Heart Failure Trial). Few studies have evaluated the effectiveness of this therapy in clinical practice...
July 6, 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710975/paternal-history-of-mental-illness-associated-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-among-veterans
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Megan Shepherd-Banigan, Michelle L Kelley, Jodie G Katon, John F Curry, Karen M Goldstein, Mira Brancu, H Ryan Wagner, Teresa E Fecteau, Courtney H Van Houtven
This study examined the association between parent and family reported history of non-PTSD mental illness (MI), PTSD specifically, and substance use problems, and participant clinical diagnosis of PTSD. Participants were drawn from the US Department of Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) Post-Deployment Mental Health (PDMH) study (n = 3191), an ongoing multi-site cohort study of US Afghanistan and Iraq conflict era veterans. Participants who recalled a father history of PTSD had a 26-percentage point higher likelihood of meeting criteria for PTSD; while participants reporting any family history of PTSD had a 15-percentage point higher probability of endorsing symptoms consistent with PTSD...
June 17, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709785/implementing-and-evaluating-a-telephone-based-centralized-maternity-care-coordination-program-for-pregnant-veterans-in%C3%A2-the-department-of-veterans-affairs
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Kristin M Mattocks, Judy Kuzdeba, Rebecca Baldor, Jose Casares, Lisa Lombardini, Megan R Gerber
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate a comprehensive, telephonic maternity care coordination (MCC) program for all pregnant veterans enrolled for care at New England Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities that comprise the Veterans Integrated Service Network 1. RESEARCH DESIGN: Telephone interviews were conducted with postpartum women veterans who had participated in the MCC program during their pregnancies. The program evaluation instrument assessed satisfaction and use of MCC services, prenatal education classes, and infant and maternal outcomes (e...
July 11, 2017: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700844/follow-up-of-prostatectomy-versus-observation-for-early-prostate-cancer
#12
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Timothy J Wilt, Karen M Jones, Michael J Barry, Gerald L Andriole, Daniel Culkin, Thomas Wheeler, William J Aronson, Michael K Brawer
BACKGROUND: We previously found no significant differences in mortality between men who underwent surgery for localized prostate cancer and those who were treated with observation only. Uncertainty persists regarding nonfatal health outcomes and long-term mortality. METHODS: From November 1994 through January 2002, we randomly assigned 731 men with localized prostate cancer to radical prostatectomy or observation. We extended follow-up through August 2014 for our primary outcome, all-cause mortality, and the main secondary outcome, prostate-cancer mortality...
July 13, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699945/contextual-influences-of-trainee-characteristics-and-daily-workload-on-trainee-learning-preferences
#13
Brita Roy, Nidhi Huff, Carlos Estrada, Analia Castiglioni, Lisa Willett, Robert Centor
We previously defined teaching domains necessary for successful inpatient medicine attending rounds from the trainees' perspective in Role Modeling, Learning Environment, Teaching Process and Team Management. We sought to understand whether trainee characteristics and daily fluctuations in workload influence the prioritization of these domains. We conducted a prospective observational study in general medicine inpatient wards at a university, Veterans Affairs, and a county hospital affiliated with one academic institution over the course of 6 months...
July 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699937/techniques-and-behaviors-associated-with-exemplary-inpatient-general-medicine-teaching-an-exploratory-qualitative-study
#14
Nathan Houchens, Molly Harrod, Stephanie Moody, Karen Fowler, Sanjay Saint
BACKGROUND: Clinician educators face numerous obstacles to their joint mission of facilitating high-quality learning while also delivering patient-centered care. Such challenges necessitate increased attention to the work of exemplary clinician educators, their respective teaching approaches, and the experiences of their learners. OBJECTIVE: To describe techniques and behaviors utilized by clinician educators to facilitate excellent teaching during inpatient general medicine rounds...
July 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697845/evaluation-of-veterans-affairs-primary-care-nurse-practitioner-residency-achievement-of-competencies
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Kathryn Wirtz Rugen, Mary A Dolansky, Maya Dulay, Samuel King, Nancy Harada
BACKGROUND: The Institute of Medicine has recommended the establishment of residency programs for advanced practice nursing graduates. Currently, the evidence about program effectiveness is limited. PURPOSE: To describe the nurse practitioner (NP) resident outcomes on seven competency domains established by the VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education (VA CoEPCE). METHODS: We evaluated mean NP resident competency self-ratings and mean mentor ratings over the 12-month program across NP residency programs at five sites...
June 13, 2017: Nursing Outlook
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697533/predictors-of-operative-time-during-radical-retropubic-prostatectomy-and-robot-assisted-laparoscopic-prostatectomy
#16
Ross M Simon, Lauren E Howard, Daniel M Moreira, Martha K Terris, Christopher J Kane, William J Aronson, Christopher L Amling, Matthew R Cooperberg, Stephen J Freedland
OBJECTIVES: To better predict operative time using patient/surgical characteristics among men undergoing radical retropubic prostatectomy or robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy in order to achieve more efficient operative scheduling and potentially decrease costs in the Veterans Health System. METHODS: We analyzed 2619 men treated with radical retropubic prostatectomy (n = 2005) or robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (n = 614) from 1993 to 2013 from six Veterans Affairs Hospitals in the Shared Equal Access Regional Cancer Hospital database...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693646/secular-trends-in-nosocomial-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcal-bloodstream-infections-among-united-states-veterans-affairs-hospitals-fiscal-years-2004-through-2014
#17
Nicholas S Britt, Emily M Potter, James A McKinnell, Nimish Patel, Sarah E Battersby, Molly E Steed
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July 11, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693636/acquisition-of-clostridium-difficile-colonization-and-infection-after-transfer-from-a-veterans-affairs-hospital-to-an-affiliated-long-term-care-facility
#18
Suresh Ponnada, Dubert M Guerrero, Lucy A Jury, Michelle M Nerandzic, Jennifer L Cadnum, M Jahangir Alam, Curtis J Donskey
BACKGROUND Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and asymptomatic carriage of toxigenic C. difficile are common in long-term care facilities (LTCFs). However, whether C. difficile is frequently acquired in the LTCF versus during acute-care admissions remains unknown. OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that LTCF residents often acquire C. difficile colonization and infection in the LTCF DESIGN This 5-month cohort study was conducted to determine the incidence of acquisition of C. difficile colonization and infection in asymptomatic patients transferred from a Veterans Affairs hospital to an affiliated LTCF...
July 11, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692690/risk-of-surgical-site-infection-acute-kidney-injury-and-clostridium-difficile-infection-following-antibiotic-prophylaxis-with-vancomycin-plus-a-beta-lactam-versus-either-drug-alone-a-national-propensity-score-adjusted-retrospective-cohort-study
#19
MULTICENTER STUDY
Westyn Branch-Elliman, John E Ripollone, William J O'Brien, Kamal M F Itani, Marin L Schweizer, Eli Perencevich, Judith Strymish, Kalpana Gupta
BACKGROUND: The optimal regimen for perioperative antimicrobial prophylaxis is controversial. Use of combination prophylaxis with a beta-lactam plus vancomycin is increasing; however, the relative risks and benefits associated with this strategy are unknown. Thus, we sought to compare postoperative outcomes following administration of 2 antimicrobials versus a single agent for the prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs). Potential harms associated with combination regimens, including acute kidney injury (AKI) and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), were also considered...
July 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692402/enhanced-influenza-surveillance-using-telephone-triage-and-electronic-syndromic-surveillance-in-the-department-of-veterans-affairs-2011-2015
#20
Cynthia Lucero-Obusan, Carla A Winston, Patricia L Schirmer, Gina Oda, Mark Holodniy
Telephone triage (TT) is a method whereby medical professionals speak by telephone to patients to assess their symptoms or health concerns and offer advice. These services are often administered through an electronic TT system, which guides TT professionals during the encounter through the use of structured protocols and algorithms to help determine the severity of the patients' health issue and refer them to appropriate care. TT is also an emerging data source for public health surveillance of infectious and noninfectious diseases, including influenza...
July 2017: Public Health Reports
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