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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351177/units-of-distinction-creating-a-blueprint-for-recognition-of-high-performing-medical-surgical-nursing-units
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Alvin D Jeffery, Sammie Mosier, Allison Baker, Kimberly Korwek, Cindy Borum, Jane Englebright
BACKGROUND: Hospital medical-surgical (M/S) nursing units are responsible for up to 28 million encounters annually, yet receive little attention from professional organizations and national initiatives targeted to improve quality and performance. OBJECTIVE: We sought to develop a framework recognizing high-performing units within our large hospital system. METHODS: This was a retrospective data analysis of M/S units throughout a 168-hospital system...
February 2018: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349215/public-health-and-the-economy-could-be-served-by-reallocating-medical-expenditures-to-social-programs
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Linda Diem Tran, Frederick J Zimmerman, Jonathan E Fielding
As much as 30% of US health care spending in the United States does not improve individual or population health. To a large extent this excess spending results from prices that are too high and from administrative waste. In the public sector, and particularly at the state level, where budget constraints are severe and reluctance to raise taxes high, this spending crowds out social, educational, and public-health investments. Over time, as spending on medical care increases, spending on improvements to the social determinants of health are starved...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346700/competence-revisited-in-a-rural-context
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Randall L Longenecker, Andrea Wendling, Joyce Hollander-Rodriguez, John Bowling, David Schmitz
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: General competencies developed in undergraduate and graduate medical education are sometimes promoted as applicable in any practice context. However, rural practice presents challenges and opportunities that may require unique training. The objectives of this national survey of both undergraduate and graduate medical educators and practicing physicians were to further develop a previously published list of competency domains for working in rural communities and to assess their relative importance in education and practice...
January 2018: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346472/a-revised-estimate-of-costs-associated-with-routine-preoperative-testing-in-medicare-cataract-patients-with-a-procedure-specific-indicator
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Catherine L Chen, Theodore H Clay, Stephen McLeod, Han-Ying Peggy Chang, Adrian W Gelb, R Adams Dudley
Importance: Routine preoperative medical testing is not recommended for patients undergoing low-risk surgery, but testing is common before surgery. A 30-day preoperative testing window is conventionally used for study purposes; however, the extent of routine testing that occurs prior to that point is unknown. Objective: To improve on existing cost estimates by identifying all routine preoperative testing that takes place after the decision is made to perform cataract surgery...
January 18, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343227/associations-among-maternal-pre-pregnancy-body-mass-index-gestational-weight-gain-and-risk-of-autism-in-the-han-chinese-population
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Yidong Shen, Huixi Dong, Xiaozi Lu, Nan Lian, Guanglei Xun, Lijuan Shi, Lu Xiao, Jingping Zhao, Jianjun Ou
BACKGROUND: Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder with an unclear etiology. Pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain (GWG) have been suggested to play a role in the etiology of autism. The current study explores the associations among maternal pre-pregnancy BMI, GWG and the risk of autism in the Han Chinese population. METHODS: Demographic information, a basic medical history and information regarding maternal pre-pregnancy and pregnancy conditions were collected from the parents of 705 Han Chinese children with autism and 2236 unrelated typically developing children...
January 17, 2018: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342057/audiologic-natural-history-of-small-volume-cochleovestibular-schwannomas-in-neurofibromatosis-type-2
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Alvin T deTorres, Carmen C Brewer, Chris K Zalewski, Kelly A King, Robert Walker, Gretchen C Scott, Ashok R Asthagiri, Prashant Chittiboina, Hung Jeffrey Kim
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the audiometric natural progression in patient-ears with small volume (<1,000 mm), treatment-naïve cochleovestibular schwannomas (CVSs) in Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, longitudinal cohort study. SETTING: Quaternary medical research institute. PATIENTS: One hundred eleven ears in 71 NF2 patients with small, treatment-naïve CVSs observed from July 2006 to July 2016...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342053/gradual-symmetric-progression-of-dfna34-hearing-loss-caused-by-an-nlrp3-mutation-and-cochlear-autoinflammation
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Hiroshi Nakanishi, Yoshiyuki Kawashima, Kiyoto Kurima, Julie A Muskett, H Jeffrey Kim, Carmen C Brewer, Andrew J Griffith
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the audiometric phenotype of autosomal-dominant DFNA34 hearing loss (HL) caused by a missense substitution in the NLRP3 gene. NLRP3 encodes a critical component of the NLRP3 inflammasome that is activated in innate immune responses. STUDY DESIGN: This study was conducted under protocol 01-DC-0229 approved by the NIH Combined Neurosciences IRB. We performed medical and developmental history interviews and physical and audiological examinations of affected individuals with DFNA34 HL caused by the p...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341821/deuterium-tetrabenazine-for-tardive-dyskinesia
#8
Michael A Cummings, George J Proctor, Stephen M Stahl
Tardive dyskinesia remains a significant, potentially stigmatizing or crippling adverse effect for any patient treated with an antipsychotic medication. While second- and third-generation antipsychotics have exhibited lower annual incidence rates for tardive dyskinesia than classic or first-generation agents, 3.9% versus 5.5%, the estimated incidence rate is only modestly lower. When coupled with the fact that second- and third-generation antipsychotic medications have come to be employed in treating a wider range of disorders (e...
January 2018: Clinical Schizophrenia & related Psychoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340944/persons-with-disability-social-deprivation-and-an-emergency-medical-admission
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Seán Cournane, Richard Conway, Declan Byrne, Deirdre O'Riordan, Bernard Silke
BACKGROUND: The community level of disability and social deprivation may result in an emergency hospitalisation; we have examined the annual admission incidence rate for emergency medical conditions in relation to the community prevalence of such factors. METHODS: All emergency medical admissions (96,305 episodes in 50,612 patients) within the institution's catchment area were examined between 2002 and 2016. The frequency of disability, level of full-time carers and unemployment for the 74 electoral divisions of the catchment area was regressed against admission rates; incidence rate ratios (IRR) were calculated using truncated Poisson regression...
January 16, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340270/outpatient-combined-use-of-opioid-and-benzodiazepine-medications-in-the-united-states-1993-2014
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Matthew E Hirschtritt, Kevin L Delucchi, Mark Olfson
The combined use of opioid and benzodiazepine medications increases the risk of hazardous effects, such as respiratory depression. Although recent increases in outpatient use of opioid prescriptions have been documented, there are limited data regarding rates and correlates of combined opioid and benzodiazepines among adults in outpatient settings. Our objective was to examine annual trends in outpatient visits including opioids, benzodiazepines, and their combination among adults as well as clinical and demographic correlates...
March 2018: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339933/roles-for-librarians-in-systematic-reviews-a-scoping-review
#11
Angela J Spencer, Jonathan D Eldredge
Objective: What roles do librarians and information professionals play in conducting systematic reviews? Librarians are increasingly called upon to be involved in systematic reviews, but no study has considered all the roles librarians can perform. This inventory of existing and emerging roles aids in defining librarians' systematic reviews services. Methods: For this scoping review, the authors conducted controlled vocabulary and text-word searches in the PubMed; Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts; and CINAHL databases...
January 2018: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339011/facilitators-and-barriers-to-healthy-pregnancy-spacing-among-medicaid-beneficiaries-findings-from-the-national-strong-start-initiative
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Caitlin Cross-Barnet, Brigette Courtot, Ian Hill, Sarah Benatar, Morgan Cheeks, Jenny Markell
BACKGROUND: Closely spaced, unintended pregnancies are common among Medicaid beneficiaries and create avoidable risks for women and infants, including preterm birth. The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative, a program of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, intended to prevent preterm birth through psychosocially based enhanced prenatal care in maternity care homes, group prenatal care, and birth centers. Comprehensive care offers the opportunity for education and family planning to promote healthy pregnancy spacing...
January 12, 2018: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338746/cost-of-diabetes-mellitus-in-africa-a-systematic-review-of-existing-literature
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Chipo Mutyambizi, Milena Pavlova, Lumbwe Chola, Charles Hongoro, Wim Groot
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing recognition that non communicable diseases impose large economic costs on households, societies and nations. However, not much is known about the magnitude of diabetes expenditure in African countries and to the best of our knowledge no systematic assessment of the literature on diabetes costs in Africa has been conducted. The aim of this paper is to capture the evidence on the cost of diabetes in Africa, review the methods used to calculate costs and identify areas for future research...
January 16, 2018: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337092/germline-brca-mutation-and-outcome-in-young-onset-breast-cancer-posh-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Ellen R Copson, Tom C Maishman, Will J Tapper, Ramsey I Cutress, Stephanie Greville-Heygate, Douglas G Altman, Bryony Eccles, Sue Gerty, Lorraine T Durcan, Louise Jones, D Gareth Evans, Alastair M Thompson, Paul Pharoah, Douglas F Easton, Alison M Dunning, Andrew Hanby, Sunil Lakhani, Ros Eeles, Fiona J Gilbert, Hisham Hamed, Shirley Hodgson, Peter Simmonds, Louise Stanton, Diana M Eccles
BACKGROUND: Retrospective studies provide conflicting interpretations of the effect of inherited genetic factors on the prognosis of patients with breast cancer. The primary aim of this study was to determine the effect of a germline BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation on breast cancer outcomes in patients with young-onset breast cancer. METHODS: We did a prospective cohort study of female patients recruited from 127 hospitals in the UK aged 40 years or younger at first diagnosis (by histological confirmation) of invasive breast cancer...
January 11, 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336948/the-effect-of-a-potentially-tamper-resistant-oxycodone-formulation-on-opioid-use-and-harm-main-findings-of-the-national-opioid-medications-abuse-deterrence-nomad-study
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Briony Larance, Timothy Dobbins, Amy Peacock, Robert Ali, Raimondo Bruno, Nicholas Lintzeris, Michael Farrell, Louisa Degenhardt
BACKGROUND: Escalation of pharmaceutical opioid use and harm in North America is well-documented, with similar issues emerging in Australia. One response is the development of tamper-resistant formulations of opioids. A potentially tamper-resistant formulation of controlled-release oxycodone was introduced in Australia in April, 2014, rapidly replacing the non-tamper-resistant formulation. Our study is the most systematic and comprehensive examination of the impact of a new opioid formulation to date, assessing the effect of tamper-resistant formulation of controlled-release oxycodone on population-level opioid use and opioid-related harm (ie, overdose, help-seeking, and treatment-seeking); and opioid use, tampering, and preference for the tamper-resistant formulation of controlled-release oxycodone compared with other drugs or formulations among sentinel populations likely to tamper with pharmaceutical opioids...
January 10, 2018: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336856/evaluation-of-kidney-donors-core-curriculum-2018
#16
Deirdre Sawinski, Jayme E Locke
Nearly 100,000 patients are waiting for a kidney transplant, yet each year only 11,000 undergo transplantation with a deceased donor kidney. Annual death rates among waitlist registrants range from 5% to 15%; many die before receiving a transplant. Not surprisingly, registrants turn to family and friends to become living kidney donors on their behalf. Living kidney donor selection practices aim to quantify lifetime risk for kidney failure based on a candidate's predonation demographic and health characteristics...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336618/rheumatoid-arthritis-a-single-center-egyptian-experience
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B R Sakr, M M Elfishawi, M H ElArousy, A K Hatw, A N AbdulKarim, A B Tammam, A N Kotp, M E Hamed, I E Genedy, E D El Desouky, Z O Nawito
OBJECTIVE: Demonstration of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) characteristics in a large cohort of Egyptian patients. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of data of 3219 RA patients attending the Rheumatology outpatient clinic, Kasr Alainy Hospital, Cairo University; from January 1995 till December 2015. RESULTS: Mean age at disease onset was 36.1 ±13.4 years; 2774 (84%) were females and mean disease duration was 12.9 ±7.9 years. Regarding number of joint affected at disease onset; polyarticular pattern was found in 77...
January 16, 2018: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335350/epidemiology-and-medication-pattern-change-of-psoriatic-diseases-in-taiwan-from-2000-to-2013-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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James Cheng-Chung Wei, Lin-Hong Shi, Jing-Yang Huang, Xue-Fen Wu, Rui Wu, Jeng-Yuan Chiou
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the trend of prevalence and incidence rates for psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and psoriasis in Taiwan, and to determine the changes in medication patterns. METHODS: Data were collected from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, which covered at least 95% of the population from 2000 to 2013. International Classification of Diseases, 9th edition (ICD-9) was used to identify PsA (ICD-9 696.0) and other psoriasis (ICD-9 696.1). Medications were identified by Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification code...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335341/trends-in-healthcare-expenditures-among-individuals-with-arthritis-in-the-united-states-from-2008-to-2014
#19
Amit Raval, Ami Vyas
OBJECTIVE: With the expected rise in the arthritis population, information is required regarding trends of healthcare expenditures among individuals with arthritis in the United States. We examined temporal trends in direct and out-of-pocket (OOP) healthcare expenditures among individuals with arthritis using a nationally representative database, the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey. METHODS: The study population was composed of cross-sectional cohorts of individuals aged ≥ 18 years from 2008 to 2014...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334446/pediatric-community-acquired-pneumonia
#20
Stephanie Posten, Jennifer Reed
Pediatric community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is frequently encountered by medical providers and is one of the most common reasons for hospital admission. CAP is known to cause significant morbidity and mortality, causing greater than 2 million deaths annually worldwide in children younger than five years old. The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) released guidelines in 2011 with recommendations regarding appropriate diagnosis and management of community acquired pneumonia for children greater than 3 months age, with the goal of assisting providers in clinical decision making...
December 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
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