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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926678/cost-minimization-analysis-of-open-and-endoscopic-carpal-tunnel-release
#1
Steven Zhang, Molly Vora, Alex H S Harris, Laurence Baker, Catherine Curtin, Robin N Kamal
BACKGROUND: Carpal tunnel release is the most common upper-limb surgical procedure performed annually in the U.S. There are 2 surgical methods of carpal tunnel release: open or endoscopic. Currently, there is no clear clinical or economic evidence supporting the use of one procedure over the other. We completed a cost-minimization analysis of open and endoscopic carpal tunnel release, testing the null hypothesis that there is no difference between the procedures in terms of cost. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review using a private-payer and Medicare Advantage database composed of 16 million patient records from 2007 to 2014...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914734/applying-a-deliberation-model-to-the-analysis-of-consultations-in-haemophilia-implications-for-doctor-patient-communication
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Giulia Lamiani, Sarah Bigi, Maria Elisa Mancuso, Antonio Coppola, Elena Vegni
OBJECTIVE: Literature highlights the importance of communication in order to achieve patient's adherence. However, the specific dialogical components likely to favor patient adherence are not clear. In this study, the deliberation dialogue model was applied as an ideal model of optimal deliberation to real physician-patient consultations in the field of hemophilia in order to identify misalignments with the model and possible improvements in physician-patient communication. METHODS: By applying the deliberation model, we analyzed a corpus of 30 check-up consultations in hemophilia...
November 28, 2016: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893771/a-nationwide-survey-on-patient-s-versus-physician%C3%A2-s-evaluation-of-biological-therapy-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-relation-to-disease-activity-and-route-of-administration-the-be-raise-study
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Sophie De Mits, Jan Lenaerts, Bert Vander Cruyssen, Herman Mielants, René Westhovens, Patrick Durez, Dirk Elewaut
OBJECTIVES: Biological treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of the cornerstones of current treatment strategies for the disease. Surprisingly little information exists on whether the route of administration affects patients' treatment satisfaction. It is equally unclear whether rheumatologists are able to accurately perceive their patients' appreciation. Thus, the Belgian Be-raise survey aimed to examine whether RA patient's experience of their current biological treatment coincided with the treating physician's perception...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887968/enteral-access-procedures-an-18-year-analysis-of-changing-patterns-of-utilization-in-the-medicare-population
#4
Wenshuai Wan, C Matthew Hawkins, Jennifer Hemingway, Danny Hughes, Richard Duszak
PURPOSE: To evaluate national trends in enteral access and maintenance procedures for Medicare beneficiaries with regard to utilization rates, specialty group roles, and sites of service. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using Medicare Physician Supplier Procedure Summary Master Files for the period 1994-2012, claims for gastrostomy and gastrojejunostomy access and maintenance procedures were identified. Longitudinal utilization rates were calculated using annual enrollment data...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879502/labor-nurses-views-of-their-influence-on-cesarean-birth
#5
Kathleen Rice Simpson, Audrey Lyndon
BACKGROUND: As part of an ongoing study about nurse staffing during labor and birth sponsored by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the researchers considered outcomes that may be linked to aspects of labor nursing. The purpose of this study was to see if labor nurses felt they influenced whether a woman has a cesarean birth. These data were used to determine if cesarean birth should be included as an outcome measure in the multistate labor nurse staffing study...
November 22, 2016: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873229/subclinical-kidney-damage-in-hypertensive-patients-a-renal-window-opened-on-the-cardiovascular-system-focus-on-microalbuminuria
#6
Giuseppe Mulè, Antonella Castiglia, Claudia Cusumano, Emilia Scaduto, Giulio Geraci, Dario Altieri, Epifanio Di Natale, Onofrio Cacciatore, Giovanni Cerasola, Santina Cottone
The kidney is one of the major target organs of hypertension.Kidney damage represents a frequent event in the course of hypertension and arterial hypertension is one of the leading causes of end-stage renal disease (ESRD).ESRD has long been recognized as a strong predictor of cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. However, over the past 20 years a large and consistent body of evidence has been produced suggesting that CV risk progressively increases as the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) declines and is already significantly elevated even in the earliest stages of renal damage...
November 22, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871239/lesbian-womens-access-to-healthcare-experiences-with-and-expectations-towards-gps-in-german-primary-care
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Oliver Hirsch, Karina Löltgen, Annette Becker
BACKGROUND: Lesbian women have higher rates of physical and psychiatric disorders associated with experiences of discrimination, homophobia and difficulties with coming out. Therefore, easy access to specialized healthcare in an open atmosphere is needed. We aimed to describe women's access to and experiences with healthcare in Germany, and to assess the responsibility of the general practitioner (GP) compared to other specialities providing primary health care. METHODS: A questionnaire study was conducted via internet and paper-based sampling...
November 21, 2016: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866781/endovascular-repair-of-thoracoabdominal-aortic-aneurysms-using-fenestrated-and-branched-endografts
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Gustavo S Oderich, Mauricio Ribeiro, Leonardo Reis de Souza, Jan Hofer, Jean Wigham, Stephen Cha
PURPOSE: The study purpose was to review the outcomes of patients treated for thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms using endovascular repair with fenestrated and branched stent-grafts in a single center. METHODS: We reviewed the clinical data of the first 185 consecutive patients (134 male; mean age, 75 ± 7 years) treated for thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms using fenestrated and branched stent-grafts. Graft design evolved from physician-modified endografts (2007-2013) to off-the-shelf or patient-specific manufactured devices in patients enrolled in a prospective physician-sponsored investigational device exemption protocol (NCT 1937949 and 2089607)...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837207/-outpatient-care-in-emergency-departments-and-primary-care-services-a%C3%A2-descriptive-analysis-of-secondary-data-in-a%C3%A2-rural-hospital
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I Seeger, P Rupp, T Naziyok, L Rölker-Denker, R Röhrig, A Hein
BACKGROUND: The use of emergency departments in German hospitals has been increasing in recent years. Emergency care provided by primary care services ("Bereitschaftsdienstpraxis") or a hospital emergency departments (EDs) is the subject of current discussions. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to determine the reasons that outpatients with lower treatment urgency consult the ED. Further, the effects of the cooperation between primary care services and the ED will be examined...
November 11, 2016: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804309/work-disabilities-and-unmet-needs-for-health-care-and-rehabilitation-among-jobseekers-a-community-level-investigation-using-multidimensional-work-ability-assessments
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Raija Kerätär, Anja Taanila, Jari Jokelainen, Jouko Soukainen, Leena Ala-Mursula
OBJECTIVE: Comprehensive understanding of the prevalence and quality of work disabilities and unmet needs for health care and rehabilitation to support return to work (RTW) among jobseekers. DESIGN: Community-level, cross-sectional analysis with multidimensional clinical work ability assessments. SETTING: Paltamo, Finland. PARTICIPANTS: Unemployed citizens either participating in the Full-Employment Project or long-term unemployed (n = 230, 81%)...
November 2, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790350/adherence-to-treatment-in-patients-with-open-angle-glaucoma-and-its-related-factors
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Tayebeh Movahedinejad, Mohsen Adib-Hajbaghery
INTRODUCTION: Lack of adherence to medical treatments typically lead to burdensome consequences such as progressive visual impairment, blindness, and disabilities. This study aimed to determine the adherence to medication in patients with open-angle glaucoma and related factors in patients referred to the Matini Ophthalmology Hospital in Kashan, Iran. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted from 23 July 2015 to 20 January 2016 on all patients with open-angle glaucoma referred to the Matini Ophthalmology Hospital in Kashan, Iran...
September 2016: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27786234/applications-of-3d-printing-in-cardiovascular-diseases
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Andreas A Giannopoulos, Dimitris Mitsouras, Shi-Joon Yoo, Peter P Liu, Yiannis S Chatzizisis, Frank J Rybicki
3D-printed models fabricated from CT, MRI, or echocardiography data provide the advantage of haptic feedback, direct manipulation, and enhanced understanding of cardiovascular anatomy and underlying pathologies. Reported applications of cardiovascular 3D printing span from diagnostic assistance and optimization of management algorithms in complex cardiovascular diseases, to planning and simulating surgical and interventional procedures. The technology has been used in practically the entire range of structural, valvular, and congenital heart diseases, and the added-value of 3D printing is established...
October 27, 2016: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777669/learnings-from-the-pilot-implementation-of-mobile-medical-milestones-application
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Cristen P Page, Alfred Reid, Catherine L Coe, Martha Carlough, Daryl Rosenbaum, Janalynn Beste, Blake Fagan, Erika Steinbacher, Geoffrey Jones, Warren P Newton
BACKGROUND : Implementation of the educational milestones benefits from mobile technology that facilitates ready assessments in the clinical environment. We developed a point-of-care resident evaluation tool, the Mobile Medical Milestones Application (M3App), and piloted it in 8 North Carolina family medicine residency programs. OBJECTIVE : We sought to examine variations we found in the use of the tool across programs and explored the experiences of program directors, faculty, and residents to better understand the perceived benefits and challenges of implementing the new tool...
October 2016: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769515/-clinical-pharmacy-evaluation-of-physician-s-satisfactions-and-expectations-in-a-french-regional-hospital
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P Jennings, A Lotito, H Baysson, E Pineau-Blondel, J Berlioz
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of the study was to evaluate physician's satisfaction with the clinical pharmacy activities in a French regional hospital. METHODS: Data were collected by face-to-face interviews carried out by a public health intern with physicians from 14 different departments of medicine and surgery. A specifically designed questionnaire was used for this study. This contained 18 closed-ended questions, 3 open-ended questions and 6 questions relating to the multidisciplinary analysis of prescriptions of elderly patients...
October 18, 2016: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768649/long-term-outcome-of-bodily-distress-syndrome-in-primary-care-a-follow-up-study-on-health-care-costs-work-disability-and-self-rated-health
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Mette Trollund Rask, Eva Ørnbøl, Marianne Rosendal, Per Fink
OBJECTIVE: The upcoming International Classification of Diseases, 11th Revision for primary care use suggests inclusion of a new diagnostic construct, bodily (di)stress syndrome (BDS), for individuals with medically unexplained symptoms. We aimed to explore the long-term outcome of BDS in health care costs, work disability, and self-rated health. METHODS: Consecutive patients consulting their family physician for a new health problem were screened for physical and mental symptoms by questionnaires (n = 1785)...
October 20, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763580/impact-of-rotator-cuff-surgery-on-postoperative-sporting-activity
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Sven Reuter, Andreas B Imhoff, Frank Martetschläger
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature for the impact of rotator cuff tear (RCT) surgery on postoperative sporting activity in professional and recreational athletes. METHODS: To identify any published clinical study on return to sports data for athletes following rotator cuff surgery a systematic search in literature was conducted. Inclusion criteria were partial- and full-thickness rotator cuff tears and any open or arthroscopic RCT surgery in sports participating people...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27762206/electronic-erapid3-routine-assessment-of-patient-index-data-opportunities-and-complexities
#17
Theodore Pincus
RAPID3 (routine assessment of patient index data) is an index found within a multi-dimensional health assessment questionnaire (MDHAQ) for routine clinical care, composed only of 3 self-report scores for physical function, pain, and patient global estimate, each scored 0-10, for a total of 0-30. RAPID3 is correlated significantly with DAS28 (Disease Activity Score) and CDAI (Clinical Disease Activity Index), and distinguishes active from control treatments as efficiently as these indices in clinical trials involving adalimumab, abatacept, certolizumab, infliximab, and rituximab...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752810/a-perverse-quality-incentive-in-surgery-implications-of-reimbursing-surgeons-less-for-doing-laparoscopic-surgery
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Amanda N Fader, Tim Xu, Brian J Dunkin, Martin A Makary
BACKGROUND: Surgery is one of the highest priced services in health care, and complications from surgery can be serious and costly. Recently, advances in surgical techniques have allowed surgeons to perform many common operations using minimally invasive methods that result in fewer complications. Despite this, the rates of open surgery remain high across multiple surgical disciplines. METHODS: This is an expert commentary and review of the contemporary literature regarding minimally invasive surgery practices nationwide, the benefits of less invasive approaches, and how minimally invasive compared with open procedures are differentially reimbursed in the United States...
October 17, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27750340/-magnesium-a-kardio-renal-viewpoint
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Vincent Matthias Brandenburg, Nadine Kaesler, Rafael Kramann, Jürgen Floege, Nikolaus Marx
Disturbances in magnesium homeostasis are frequent clinical conditions, particularly the prevalence of hypomagnesaemia is high. However, it remains an open question which laboratory method is optimal to assess the magnesium level in the body. Most frequently physicians measure total magnesium in serum. Many associative data from observational studies point towards an association between low magnesium levels and increased cardiovascular risk as well as increased mortality. Vice versa, normal-to-high magnesium levels in patients with advanced renal failure translate to a better outcome...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747797/therapeutic-effect-of-propranolol-in-mexican-patients-with-infantile-hemangioma
#20
Saul Castaneda, Esbeydy Garcia, Hermelinda De la Cruz, Oscar Ramirez, Samuel Melendez, Jose Sanchez-Palacio
BACKGROUND: Infantile hemangiomas are the most common childhood vascular tumors, occurring in 10 % of children aged less than 1 year. Propranolol, a β-adrenergic blocker mainly indicated for hypertension, has proven effective in treating these types of tumors. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and adverse effects of propranolol in Mexican pediatric patients diagnosed with infantile hemangioma, treated with an extemporaneously compounded solution of propranolol...
March 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
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