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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921578/the-darknet-the-new-street-for-street-drugs
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J V Pergolizzi, J A LeQuang, R Taylor, R B Raffa
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: The "Darknet" ("dark web") has emerged as a means by which illegal drug buys and deliveries can be arranged with apparent anonymity and impunity. Healthcare providers should be aware of this growing source of illicit drugs. COMMENT: The "Darknet" refers to networks isolated from the Internet that cannot be accessed via conventional search engines. They require special software that is protected by special encryption. The initial legitimate use of a "Darknet" to conceal personal information against misuse or political reprisal is being exploited to conceal the identity of buyers and sellers in illegal drug transactions...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915072/parent-driven-campaign-videos-an-analysis-of-the-motivation-and-affect-of-videos-created-by-parents-of-children-with-complex-healthcare-needs
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Bernie Carter, Lucy Bray, Paula Keating, Catherine Wilkinson
Caring for a child with complex health care needs places additional stress and time demands on parents. Parents often turn to their peers to share their experiences, gain support, and lobby for change; increasingly this is done through social media. The WellChild #notanurse_but is a parent-driven campaign that states its aim is to "shine a light" on the care parents, who are not nurses, have to undertake for their child with complex health care needs and to raise decision-makers' awareness of the gaps in service provision and support...
September 15, 2017: Compr Child Adolesc Nurs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913487/perioperative-surgical-home-meeting-tomorrow-s-challenges
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REVIEW
Teodora O Nicolescu
New healthcare models pose a variety of changes for anesthesiologists, ranging from the need to improve quality and to cost containment: as such, the concept of Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) has been developed. Modelled after the UK's Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), PSH takes a step further by coordinating care starting from the time a surgical decision is made for the patient to as many as 30 days postoperatively, taking a logical evidenced-based approach to judicious preoperative testing. Perioperative surgical home also relies heavily on engineering imported strategies such as the use of Lean Six Sigma methodologies, and involves active participation of all stakeholders...
October 2016: Rom J Anaesth Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911938/-families-experiences-and-satisfaction-with-a-pediatric-emergency-service
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S Perret, M Gehri, J Pluies, I Rossi, C Akre
OBJECTIVE: Today, pediatric emergency services receive a rising number of "non-urgent" cases, which are due to parental anxiety or a miscomprehension of medical explanations. The aim of this study was therefore to understand what those families experience and need when they consult in such cases, in order to respond with adapted solutions. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews and questionnaires with parents, after the consultation or in the waiting room. RESULTS: Based on the families' narratives, we present the results in six steps, which correspond to the steps they experience from the decision to go to the hospital to the consultation...
September 11, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910238/telemanagement-of-heart-failure-patients-across-the-post-acute-care-continuum
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Amy Dadosky, Heather Overbeck, Laura Barbetta, Ken Bertke, Maureen Corl, Kathleen Daly, Natasha Hiles, Nancy Rector, Eugene Chung, Santosh Menon
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is a chronic condition causing nearly 1 million hospital admissions annually in the United States with 25% of patients rehospitalized within 30 days. INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether telemanagement of HF patients throughout the post-acute continuum of care would reduce rehospitalization rates and improve patient self-care knowledge and satisfaction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: HF patients discharged to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) received telemanagement by HF clinicians with opportunity for continuation at home with assistance of home healthcare (HHC) nurses...
September 13, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910201/reentry-high-altitude-pulmonary-edema-in-the-himalayas
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Santosh Baniya, Christopher Holden, Buddha Basnyat
Baniya, Santosh, Christopher Holden, and Buddha Basnyat. Reentry high altitude pulmonary edema in the Himalayas. High Alt Med Biol. 16:000-000, 2017.-Reentry high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), a subset of HAPE, is a well recognized, life-threatening illness documented almost exclusively in the North and South Americans, who live at high altitude (>2500 m) and return to their homes after a brief sojourn of days to months at lower altitude. This phenomenon has not been reported in Sherpas or other people of Tibetan origin in Nepal or India...
September 14, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905317/healthcare-resource-utilization-and-costs-associated-with-ketosis-events-in-pediatric-and-adult-patients-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-in-the-uk
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Nandu Thalange, Natalie Valerie Jane Aldhouse, Helen Kitchen, Daniel Howard, Deniz Tutkunkardas, Jonas Håkan-Bloch
INTRODUCTION: Ketosis is a metabolic state associated with insulin deficiency. Untreated, it develops into diabetic ketoacidosis, a significant contributor to mortality and morbidity in people with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Little is understood about how patients utilize healthcare resources during ketosis events. This study aimed to identify and quantify healthcare resource utilization and provide estimates of associated costs of ketosis events in T1DM, treated unaided or with healthcare professional (HCP) assistance in the UK...
September 13, 2017: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901007/pharmacological-and-mechanical-interventions-for-labour-induction-in-outpatient-settings
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REVIEW
Joshua P Vogel, Alfred O Osoti, Anthony J Kelly, Stefania Livio, Jane E Norman, Zarko Alfirevic
BACKGROUND: Induction of labour is carried out for a variety of indications and using a range of methods. For women at low risk of pregnancy complications, some methods of induction of labour or cervical ripening may be suitable for use in outpatient settings. OBJECTIVES: To examine pharmacological and mechanical interventions to induce labour or ripen the cervix in outpatient settings in terms of effectiveness, maternal satisfaction, healthcare costs and, where information is available, safety...
September 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901005/delivery-arrangements-for-health-systems-in-low-income-countries-an-overview-of-systematic-reviews
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REVIEW
Agustín Ciapponi, Simon Lewin, Cristian A Herrera, Newton Opiyo, Tomas Pantoja, Elizabeth Paulsen, Gabriel Rada, Charles S Wiysonge, Gabriel Bastías, Lilian Dudley, Signe Flottorp, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Sebastian Garcia Marti, Claire Glenton, Charles I Okwundu, Blanca Peñaloza, Fatima Suleman, Andrew D Oxman
BACKGROUND: Delivery arrangements include changes in who receives care and when, who provides care, the working conditions of those who provide care, coordination of care amongst different providers, where care is provided, the use of information and communication technology to deliver care, and quality and safety systems. How services are delivered can have impacts on the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of health systems. This broad overview of the findings of systematic reviews can help policymakers and other stakeholders identify strategies for addressing problems and improve the delivery of services...
September 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900004/network-of-microbial-and-antibiotic-interactions-drive-colonization-and-infection-with-multidrug-resistant-organisms
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Joyce Wang, Betsy Foxman, Lona Mody, Evan S Snitkin
The emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) across global healthcare networks poses a serious threat to hospitalized individuals. Strategies to limit the emergence and spread of MDROs include oversight to decrease selective pressure for MDROs by promoting appropriate antibiotic use via antibiotic stewardship programs. However, restricting the use of one antibiotic often requires a compensatory increase in the use of other antibiotics, which in turn selects for the emergence of different MDRO species...
September 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899901/do-the-stars-align-distribution-of-high-quality-ratings-of-healthcare-sectors-across-us-markets
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Jose Figueroa, Yevgeniy Feyman, Daniel Blumenthal, Ashish Jha
BACKGROUND: The US government created five-star rating systems to evaluate hospital, nursing homes, home health agency and dialysis centre quality. The degree to which quality is a property of organisations versus geographical markets is unclear. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether high-quality healthcare service sectors are clustered within US healthcare markets. DESIGN: Using data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Hospital, Dialysis, Nursing Home and Home Health Compare databases, we calculated the mean star ratings of four healthcare sectors in 304 US hospital referral regions (HRRs)...
September 12, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898390/comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-for-older-adults-admitted-to-hospital
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REVIEW
Graham Ellis, Mike Gardner, Apostolos Tsiachristas, Peter Langhorne, Orlaith Burke, Rowan H Harwood, Simon P Conroy, Tilo Kircher, Dominique Somme, Ingvild Saltvedt, Heidi Wald, Desmond O'Neill, David Robinson, Sasha Shepperd
BACKGROUND: Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) is a multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary diagnostic and therapeutic process conducted to determine the medical, mental, and functional problems of older people with frailty so that a co-ordinated and integrated plan for treatment and follow-up can be developed. This is an update of a previously published Cochrane review. OBJECTIVES: We sought to critically appraise and summarise current evidence on the effectiveness and resource use of CGA for older adults admitted to hospital, and to use these data to estimate its cost-effectiveness...
September 12, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895471/the-indirect-costs-of-palliative-care-in-end-stage-cancer-a-real-life-longitudinal-register-and-questionnaire-based-study
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Olli Haltia, Niilo Färkkilä, Risto Paavo Roine, Harri Sintonen, Kimmo Taari, Juha Hänninen, Juho Tuomas Lehto, Tiina Saarto
BACKGROUND: Palliative care needs are increasing as more people are dying from incurable diseases. Healthcare costs have been reported to be highest during the last year of life, but studies on the actual costs of palliative care are scarce. AIM: To explore the resource use and costs of palliative care among end-stage breast, colorectal and prostate cancer patients after termination of life-prolonging oncological treatments, that is, during the palliative care period...
September 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895175/the-use-of-case-management-for-community-dwelling-older-people-the-effects-on-loneliness-symptoms-of-depression-and-life-satisfaction-in-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Elin Taube, Jimmie Kristensson, Patrik Midlöv, Ulf Jakobsson
AIM: To investigate the effects of a case management intervention for community-dwelling frail older people, with functional dependency and repeated contacts with the healthcare services, focusing on loneliness, depressive symptoms and life satisfaction. DESIGN: A two-armed, nonblinded, randomised control trial with repeated follow-ups, of N = 153 participants at baseline allocated to an intervention (n = 80) and control (n = 73) group. METHOD: Inclusion criteria were the following: ≥65 years of age, living in ordinary housing, in need of assistance in two or more self-reported activities of daily living, having at least two hospital admissions or at least four visits in outpatient care 12 months prior to enrolment...
September 12, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893750/cost-effectiveness-of-planned-birth-in-a-birth-centre-compared-with-alternative-planned-places-of-birth-results-of-the-dutch-birth-centre-study
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Marit Hitzert, Marieke Maa Hermus, Inge Ic Boesveld, Arie Franx, Karin Km van der Pal-de Bruin, Eric Eap Steegers, EIske Me van den Akker-van Marle
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the cost-effectiveness of a planned birth in a birth centre compared with alternative planned places of birth for low-risk women. In addition, a distinction has been made between different types of locations and integration profiles of birth centres. DESIGN: Economic evaluation based on a prospective cohort study. SETTING: 21 Dutch birth centres, 46 hospital locations where midwife-led birth was possible and 110 midwifery practices where home birth was possible...
September 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893261/a-tale-of-two-systems-practice-patterns-of-a-single-group-of-emergency-medical-physicians-in-taiwan-and-china
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I-Anne Huang, Tang-Her Jaing, Chang-Teng Wu, Chee-Jen Chang, Shan-Hsuan Hsia, Nicole Huang
BACKGROUND: The quality of pediatric emergency care has been a major concern in health care. Following a series of health system reforms in China, it is important to do this assessment of pediatric emergency care, and to explore potential influences of health care system. This study aimed to compare practice differences in treating children with respiratory illnesses in two emergency department (ED) settings within different health care systems: China and Taiwan. METHODS: A pooled cross-sectional hospital-based study was conducted in two tertiary teaching hospitals in Xiamen, China and Keelung, Taiwan belong to the same hospital chain group...
September 11, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888556/telehealth-in-older-adults-with-cancer-in-the-united-states-the-emerging-use-of-wearable-sensors
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REVIEW
John Shen, Arash Naeim
As the aging and cancer populations in the world continue to increase, the need for complements to traditional geriatric assessments and the logical incorporation of fast and reliable telehealth tools have become interlinked. In the United States, studies examining the use of telehealth for chronic disease management have shown promising results in small groups. The implementation of health technology on a broader scale requires older adults to both accept and adapt such innovation into routine medical care...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888530/economic-implications-of-unintentional-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-in-the-united-states-and-the-cost-and-benefit-of-co-detectors
#18
Tao Ran, Tursynbek Nurmagambetov, Kanta Sircar
BACKGROUND: Unintentional non-fire-related (UNFR) carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning has been among the leading causes of poisoning in the United States. Current estimation of its economic burden is important for an optimal allocation of resources for UNFR CO poisoning prevention. OBJECTIVE: This study was to estimate the morbidity costs of UNFR CO poisoning. We also compared the costs and benefits of installing CO detectors in residences. METHODS: We used 2010-2014 charges and cost data from Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), and Truven© Health MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters and Medicare Supplemental data...
August 23, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888513/enhancing-pediatric-asthma-care-and-nursing-education-through-an-academic-practice-partnership
#19
Natasha McClure, Melanie Lutenbacher, Ellen O'Kelley, Mary S Dietrich
BACKGROUND: Home environmental assessments and interventions delivered via academic practice partnerships (APP) between clinics and schools of nursing may be a low or no cost delivery model of pediatric asthma care and professional education. Patients receive enhanced clinical resources that can improve self-management and healthcare utilization. Additionally, students can practice chronic disease management skills in actual patient encounters. OBJECTIVE: To describe outcomes of the implementation of an APP between a school of nursing and a pediatric asthma specialty clinic (PASC) to deliver a home visit program (HVP)...
September 2017: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887347/pharmacists-supporting-population-health-in-patient-centered-medical-homes
#20
Antoinette B Coe, Hae Mi Choe
PURPOSE: The integral role of pharmacists in supporting population health initiatives in the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care is described. SUMMARY: Population health initiatives focus on the health outcomes of a group of patients; in the PCMH model, such groups of patients, known as panels, may be defined as patients assigned to a care team or provider. The basic characteristics of the PCMH model include physician-led, team-based practice; coordinated and integrated care within the PCMH and in the patient's community; provision of safe, evidence-based, high-quality care; incorporation of health information technology and continuous quality improvement strategies into panel identification, documentation, and care processes; improved access to care (e...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
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