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Wardah Khalid, Shafquat Rozi, Tazeen Saeed Ali, Iqbal Azam, Michael T Mullen, Saleem Illyas, Qamar Un-Nisa, Nabila Soomro, Ayeesha Kamran Kamal
BACKGROUND: There is very little information about the quality of life (QOL) of stroke survivors in LMIC countries with underdeveloped non communicable health infrastructures, who bear two thirds of the global stroke burden. METHODOLOGY: We used a sequential mix methods approach. First, a quantitative analytical cross-sectional study was conducted on 700 participants, who constituted 350 stroke survivor and their caregiver dyads. QOL of stroke survivor was assessed via Stroke Specific Quality of Life Scale (SSQOLS) whereas QOL of caregivers was assessed through RAND-36...
December 3, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896982/predictive-modeling-of-hospital-readmission-rates-using-electronic-medical-record-wide-machine-learning-a-case-study-using-mount-sinai-heart-failure-cohort
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Khader Shameer, Kipp W Johnson, Alexandre Yahi, Riccardo Miotto, L I Li, Doran Ricks, Jebakumar Jebakaran, Patricia Kovatch, Partho P Sengupta, Sengupta Gelijns, Alan Moskovitz, Bruce Darrow, David L David, Andrew Kasarskis, Nicholas P Tatonetti, Sean Pinney, Joel T Dudley
Reduction of preventable hospital readmissions that result from chronic or acute conditions like stroke, heart failure, myocardial infarction and pneumonia remains a significant challenge for improving the outcomes and decreasing the cost of healthcare delivery in the United States. Patient readmission rates are relatively high for conditions like heart failure (HF) despite the implementation of high-quality healthcare delivery operation guidelines created by regulatory authorities. Multiple predictive models are currently available to evaluate potential 30-day readmission rates of patients...
2016: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884193/reorganising-specialist-cancer-surgery-for-the-twenty-first-century-a-mixed-methods-evaluation-respect-21
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Naomi J Fulop, Angus I G Ramsay, Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, Michael Aitchison, Ruth J Boaden, Veronica Brinton, Caroline S Clarke, John Hines, Rachael M Hunter, Claire Levermore, Satish B Maddineni, Mariya Melnychuk, Caroline M Moore, Muntzer M Mughal, Catherine Perry, Kathy Pritchard-Jones, David C Shackley, Jonathan Vickers, Stephen Morris
BACKGROUND: There are longstanding recommendations to centralise specialist healthcare services, citing the potential to reduce variations in care and improve patient outcomes. Current activity to centralise specialist cancer surgical services in two areas of England provides an opportunity to study the planning, implementation and outcomes of such changes. London Cancer and Manchester Cancer are centralising specialist surgical pathways for prostate, bladder, renal, and oesophago-gastric cancers, so that these services are provided in fewer hospitals...
November 25, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882517/cost-effectiveness-of-apixaban-versus-warfarin-or-aspirin-for-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-greek-perspective
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Kostas Athanasakis, Nadia Boubouchairopoulou, Eleftheria Karampli, Filippos Tarantilis, Paraskevi Savvari, Aikaterini Bilitou, John Kyriopoulos
BACKGROUND: Strokes attributed to atrial fibrillation (AF) represent a major cause of adult disability and a great burden to society and healthcare systems. OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to assess the cost effectiveness of apixaban, a direct acting oral anticoagulant (DOAC), versus warfarin or aspirin for patients with AF in the Greek healthcare setting. METHODS: We used a previously published Markov model to simulate clinical events for patients with AF treated with apixaban, the vitamin K antagonist (VKA) warfarin, or aspirin...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879970/mortality-hospital-days-and-expenditures-attributable-to-ambient-air-pollution-from-particulate-matter-in-israel
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Gary M Ginsberg, Ehud Kaliner, Itamar Grotto
BACKGROUND: Worldwide, ambient air pollution accounts for around 3.7 million deaths annually. Measuring the burden of disease is important not just for advocacy but also is a first step towards carrying out a full cost-utility analysis in order to prioritise technological interventions that are available to reduce air pollution (and subsequent morbidity and mortality) from industrial, power generating and vehicular sources. METHODS: We calculated the average national exposure to particulate matter particles less than 2...
2016: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879532/myocardial-protection-and-financial-considerations-of-custodiol-cardioplegia-in-minimally-invasive-and-open-valve-surgery
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Brian W Hummel, Randall W Buss, Paul L DiGiorgi, Brittany N Laviano, Nalani A Yaeger, M Lee Lucas, George M Comas
OBJECTIVE: Single-dose antegrade crystalloid cardioplegia with Custodiol-HTK (histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate) has been used for many years. Its safety and efficacy were established in experimental and clinical studies. It is beneficial in complex valve surgery because it provides a long period of myocardial protection with a single dose. Thus, valve procedures (minimally invasive or open) can be performed with limited interruption. The aim of this study is to compare the use of Custodiol-HTK cardioplegia with traditional blood cardioplegia in patients undergoing minimally invasive and open valve surgery...
November 22, 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844274/long-term-effect-of-participation-in-an-early-exercise-and-education-program-on-clinical-outcomes-and-cost-implications-in-patients-with-tia-and-minor-non-disabling-stroke
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James Faulkner, Lee Stoner, Jeremy Lanford, Evan Jolliffe, Andrew Mitchelmore, Danielle Lambrick
Participation in exercise and education programs following transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke may decrease cardiovascular disease risk. The purpose of this study was to assess the long-term effect (3.5 years) of an exercise and education program administered soon after TIA or minor stroke diagnosis on clinical outcome measures (stroke classification and number, patient deaths, hospital/emergency department admission) and cost implications obtained from standard hospital records. Hospital records were screened for 60 adults (male, n = 31; 71 ± 10 years), diagnosed with TIA or non-disabling stroke, who had previously been randomised and completed either an 8-week exercise and education program, or usual care control...
November 14, 2016: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833249/quality-of-life-and-associated-factors-among-poststroke-clinic-attendees-at-a-university-teaching-hospital-in-nigeria
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Osunwale Dahunsi Oni, Olatunji F Aina, Francis I Ojini, Victor O Olisah
BACKGROUND: Quality of life (QOL) measures are effective in quantifying disease burden after stroke, more so than levels of debility. The objective of this study is to determine QOL and associated factors of stroke survivors in Lagos, Nigeria. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy stroke survivors (study sample) and seventy stable hypertensive patients (control sample) attending clinics at a Nigerian hospital were recruited for the study. Respondents were assessed using sociodemographic/clinical questionnaires, modified mini-mental state examination, modified Rankin Scale, schedule for clinical assessment in neuropsychiatry, and World Health Organization-QOL-BREF...
September 2016: Nigerian Medical Journal: Journal of the Nigeria Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826997/real-world-costs-of-ischemic-stroke-by-discharge-status
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F Mu, D Hurley, K A Betts, A J Messali, M Paschoalin, C Kelley, E Q Wu
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to estimate the acute healthcare costs of ischemic stroke during hospitalization and the quarterly all-cause healthcare costs for the first year after discharge by discharge status. METHODS: Adult patients with a hospitalization with a diagnosis of ischemic stroke (ICD-9-CM: 434.xx or 436.xx) between 1 January 2006 and 31 March 2015 were identified from a large US commercial claims database. Patients were classified into three cohorts based on their discharge status from the first stroke hospitalization, i...
November 24, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810149/diabetes-mellitus-with-chronic-complications-in-relation-to-carotid-endarterectomy-and-carotid-artery-stenting-outcomes
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Oluwole Adegbala, Kimberly D Martin, David Otuada, Tomi Akinyemiju
BACKGROUND: Carotid endarterectomy and carotid artery stenting are effective treatment procedures for carotid artery stenosis. Although diabetes mellitus is highly prevalent among patients undergoing these revascularization procedures, few studies have examined their impact on periprocedural outcomes. OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to determine whether perioperative outcomes among patients undergoing carotid artery stenting and carotid endarterectomy varied depending on the presence of diabetes with or without chronic complications...
October 31, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801770/dehydration-status-is-associated-with-more-severe-hemispatial-neglect-after-stroke
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Mona N Bahouth, Zainab Bahrainwala, Argye E Hillis, Rebecca F Gottesman
BACKGROUND: Many stroke patients are clinically dehydrated at the time of hospital presentation, which could lead to an increase in blood viscosity and alteration in cerebral perfusion. Impaired cerebral perfusion can cause hemispheric dysfunction, which can be rapidly quantified with bedside tests of hemispatial neglect. We hypothesized that hospitalized patients with laboratory markers consistent with dehydration or a volume contracted state (VCS) would have more severe cerebral dysfunction defined by greater degree of neglect...
November 2016: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788942/outcomes-of-a-less-invasive-approach-for-proximal-aortic-operations
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Melissa M Levack, Muhammad Aftab, Eric E Roselli, Douglas R Johnston, Edward G Soltesz, A Marc Gillinov, Gösta B Pettersson, Brian Griffin, Richard Grimm, Donald F Hammer, Adil H Al Kindi, Turki B Albacker, Edgardo Sepulveda, Lucy Thuita, Eugene H Blackstone, Joseph F Sabik, Lars G Svensson
BACKGROUND: Less-invasive techniques have previously been described for mitral and aortic valve operations; however, few studies have examined their benefit for aortic root and ascending aorta reconstruction. Using propensity matching, we compared outcomes of patients undergoing proximal aortic operations through a J incision compared with full sternotomy. METHODS: From January 1995 to January 2014, 8,533 patients underwent proximal aortic operations at Cleveland Clinic...
October 24, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27778333/personalizing-nursing-home-compare-and-the-discharge-from-hospitals-to-nursing-homes
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Dana B Mukamel, Alpesh Amin, David L Weimer, Heather Ladd, Joseph Sharit, Ran Schwarzkopf, Dara H Sorkin
OBJECTIVE: To test whether use of a personalized report card, Nursing Home Compare Plus (NHCPlus), embedded in a reengineered discharge process, can lead to better outcomes than the usual discharge process from hospitals to nursing homes. DATA SOURCES/SETTING: Primary data collected in the Departments of Medicine and Surgery at a University Medical Center between March 2014 and August 2015. STUDY DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial in which patients in the intervention group were given NHCPlus...
October 24, 2016: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775769/association-between-changes-in-cms-reimbursement-policy-and-drug-labels-for-erythrocyte-stimulating-agents-with-outcomes-for-older-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis-covered-by-fee-for-service-medicare
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Cunlin Wang, Robert Kane, Mark Levenson, Jeffrey Kelman, Michael Wernecke, Joo-Yeon Lee, Steven Kozlowski, Carmen Dekmezian, Zhiwei Zhang, Aliza Thompson, Kimberly Smith, Yu-Te Wu, Yuqin Wei, Yoganand Chillarige, Qin Ryan, Chris Worrall, Thomas E MaCurdy, David J Graham
Importance: In 2011, the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) changed its reimbursement policy for hemodialysis to a bundled comprehensive payment system that included the cost of erythrocyte-stimulating agents (ESAs). Also in 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration revised the drug label for ESAs, recommending more conservative dosing in patients with chronic kidney disease. In response to concerns that these measures could have adverse effects on patient care and outcomes, the CMS and the FDA initiated a collaboration to assess the effect...
October 24, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760870/increasing-comorbidity-and-health-services-utilization-in-older-adults-with-prior-stroke
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Andrea Gruneir, Lauren E Griffith, Kathryn Fisher, Dilzayn Panjwani, Sima Gandhi, Li Sheng, Chris Patterson, Amiram Gafni, Jenny Ploeg, Maureen Markle-Reid
OBJECTIVE: To characterize comorbid chronic conditions, describe health services use, and estimate health care costs among community-dwelling older adults with prior stroke. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study using administrative data from Ontario, Canada. We identified all community-dwelling individuals aged 66 and over on April 1, 2008 (baseline), who had experienced a stroke at least 6 months prior. We estimated the prevalence of 14 comorbid conditions at baseline; we captured all physician visits, emergency department visits, hospital admissions, home care contacts, and associated costs over 5 years stratifying by number of comorbid conditions...
November 15, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751555/validation-and-comparison-of-imaging-based-scores-for-prediction-of-early-stroke-risk-after-transient-ischaemic-attack-a-pooled-analysis-of-individual-patient-data-from-cohort-studies
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Peter J Kelly, Gregory W Albers, Anastasios Chatzikonstantinou, Gian Marco De Marchis, Julia Ferrari, Paul George, Mira Katan, Michael Knoflach, Jong S Kim, Linxin Li, Eun-Jae Lee, Jean-Marc Olivot, Francisco Purroy, Nicolas Raposo, Peter M Rothwell, Vijay K Sharma, Bo Song, Georgios Tsivgoulis, Cathal Walsh, Yuming Xu, Aine Merwick
BACKGROUND: Identification of patients at highest risk of early stroke after transient ischaemic attack has been improved with imaging based scores. We aimed to compare the validity and prognostic utility of imaging-based stroke risk scores in patients after transient ischaemic attack. METHODS: We did a pooled analysis of published and unpublished individual-patient data from 16 cohort studies of transient ischaemic attack done in Asia, Europe, and the USA, with early brain and vascular imaging and follow up...
November 2016: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744076/healthcare-costs-of-spontaneous-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-for-rehabilitation-home-care-and-in-hospital-treatment-for-the-first-year
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Sami Ridwan, Horst Urbach, Susanne Greschus, Johanna von Hagen, Jonas Esche, Azize Boström
BACKGROUND: Given the young age of onset and the high probability of long-term disability after SAH, the financial impact is expected to be substantial. Primary objective was to highlight subsequent treatment costs after the acute in-hospital stay including rehabilitation and home care in comparison to ischemic stroke. METHODS: The study included 101 patients with aneurysmal SAH treated July 2007 through April 2009. In-hospital expenses were calculated using the German Diagnose Related Groups DRG...
October 12, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737442/association-of-clinical-risk-factors-and-postoperative-complications-with-unplanned-hospital-readmission-after-head-and-neck-cancer-surgery
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Andrés M Bur, Jason A Brant, Carolyn L Mulvey, Elizabeth A Nicolli, Robert M Brody, John P Fischer, Steven B Cannady, Jason G Newman
Importance: Unplanned hospital readmission is costly and in recent years has become a focus of health care legislation intended to reduce health care expenditures. Greater understanding of which perioperative complications are associated with hospital readmission after surgery for head and neck cancer is needed to reduce unplanned readmissions. Objective: To determine which clinical risk factors and complications are associated with 30-day unplanned readmission after surgery for malignant neoplasms of the head and neck...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733570/increasing-atrial-fibrillation-prevalence-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-and-tia
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Fadar Oliver Otite, Priyank Khandelwal, Seemant Chaturvedi, Jose G Romano, Ralph L Sacco, Amer M Malik
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate trends in atrial fibrillation (AF) prevalence in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) and TIA in the United States. METHODS: We used the Nationwide Inpatient Sample to retrospectively compute weighted prevalence of AF in AIS (n = 4,355,140) and TIA (n = 1,816,459) patients admitted to US hospitals from 2004 to 2013. Multivariate-adjusted models were used to evaluate the association of AF with clinical factors, mortality, length of stay, and cost. RESULTS: From 2004 to 2013, AF prevalence increased by 22% in AIS (20%-24%) and by 38% in TIA (12%-17%)...
November 8, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27731650/use-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-according-to-clinical-profile
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Vivencio Barrios, Jaime Masjuan
The majority of patients with atrial fibrillation should receive oral anticoagulation to reduce the risk of stroke. The limitations of vitamin K antagonists have led to an underuse of anticoagulants in clinical practice which has been associated with a higher risk of stroke, hospitalizations and healthcare costs. Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) overcome some of the limitations of vitamin K antagonists and may therefore increase the use of oral anticoagulants in clinical practice. Since no head-to-head trials have been performed, only indirect comparisons can be made among them...
October 12, 2016: Future Cardiology
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