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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332271/biodegradation-of-plastics-current-scenario-and-future-prospects-for-environmental-safety
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Temoor Ahmed, Muhammad Shahid, Farrukh Azeem, Ijaz Rasul, Asad Ali Shah, Muhammad Noman, Amir Hameed, Natasha Manzoor, Irfan Manzoor, Sher Muhammad
Plastic is a general term used for a wide range of high molecular weight organic polymers obtained mostly from the various hydrocarbon and petroleum derivatives. There is an ever-increasing trend towards the production and consumption of plastics due to their extensive industrial and domestic applications. However, a wide spectrum of these polymers is non-biodegradable with few exceptions. The extensive use of plastics, lack of waste management, and casual community behavior towards their proper disposal pose a significant threat to the environment...
January 13, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331967/understanding-frailty-a-qualitative-study-of-european-healthcare-policy-makers-approaches-to-frailty-screening-and-management
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Holly Gwyther, Rachel Shaw, Eva-Amparo Jaime Dauden, Barbara D'Avanzo, Donata Kurpas, Maria Bujnowska-Fedak, Tomasz Kujawa, Maura Marcucci, Antonio Cano, Carol Holland
OBJECTIVE: To elicit European healthcare policy-makers' views, understanding and attitudes about the implementation of frailty screening and management strategies and responses to stakeholders' views. DESIGN: Thematic analysis of semistructured qualitative interviews. SETTING: European healthcare policy departments. PARTICIPANTS: Seven European healthcare policy-makers representing the European Union (n=2), UK (n=2), Italy (n=1), Spain (n=1) and Poland (n=1)...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330890/audit-of-referrals-for-concern-regarding-labial-appearance-at-the-royal-children-s-hospital-2000-2012
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Sarah K McQuillan, Yasmin Jayasinghe, Sonia R Grover
AIM: To audit the clinical features and outcomes for all patients referred to our centre with concerns regarding labial appearance. METHODS: Young females referred to a paediatric/adolescent gynaecology tertiary centre between 2000 and 2012 with concerns regarding their labial appearance were retrospectively identified. Adolescents presenting with anomalies were excluded. Retrospective chart review was undertaken to identify reasons for referral, patient characteristics, outcome of referral and concurrent health problems...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328871/achieving-mental-health-and-substance-use-disorder-treatment-parity-a-quarter-century-of-policy-making-and-research
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Emma Peterson, Susan Busch
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 changed the landscape of mental health and substance use disorder coverage in the United States. The MHPAEA's comprehensiveness compared with past parity laws, including its extension of parity to plan management strategies, the so-called nonquantitative treatment limitations (NQTL), led to significant improvements in mental health care coverage. In this article, we review the history of this landmark legislation and its recent expansions to new populations, describe past research on the effects of this and other mental health/substance use disorder parity laws, and describe some directions for future research, including NQTL compliance issues, effects of parity on individuals with severe mental illness, and measurement of benefits other than mental health care use...
January 12, 2018: Annual Review of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327524/uttar-pradesh-association-of-physicians-of-india-position-statement-tobacco-use-and-metabolic-syndrome
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Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, Sanjay Kalra, Sarita Bajaj, Pooja Patnaik Kuppili, D Himanshu, Veerendra Atam, Kauser Usman, Veerendra Singh, Shyam Chand Chaudhary, S Chakravorty, Anupam Wakhlu, Jalees Fatma, Sanjay Tandon, Anuj Maheshwari, Abha Gupta, Anjum Parvez, Jaya Chakravarty, R R Chaudhary, A K Singh, K K Sawlani, Manoj Mathur, N K Soni, Om Kumari Gupta, Madhukar Rai, Sudhir Agarwal
Tobacco use is one of the main preventable causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. The global disease burden due to tobacco use is huge with projected mortality of eight million lives per year by 2030. Metabolic syndrome (MS) is defined as a constellation of cardiovascular and endocrine risk factors such as insulin resistance, obesity, raised blood pressure, and abnormal lipid profile. The relationship between tobacco use and MS has been well established. Also, the causal association between tobacco use and development of individual components of MS is well established...
December 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326195/why-do-gps-leave-direct-patient-care-and-what-might-help-to-retain-them-a-qualitative-study-of-gps-in-south-west-england
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Anna Sansom, Rohini Terry, Emily Fletcher, Chris Salisbury, Linda Long, Suzanne H Richards, Alex Aylward, Jo Welsman, Laura Sims, John L Campbell, Sarah G Dean
OBJECTIVE: To identify factors influencing general practitioners' (GPs') decisions about whether or not to remain in direct patient care in general practice and what might help to retain them in that role. DESIGN: Qualitative, in-depth, individual interviews exploring factors related to GPs leaving, remaining in and returning to direct patient care. SETTING: South West England, UK. PARTICIPANTS: 41 GPs: 7 retired; 8 intending to take early retirement; 11 who were on or intending to take a career break; 9 aged under 50 years who had left or were intending to leave direct patient care and 6 who were not intending to leave or to take a career break...
January 10, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326146/prior-authorization-requirements-for-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-inhibitors-across-us-private-and-public-payers
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Jalpa A Doshi, Justin T Puckett, Michael S Parmacek, Daniel J Rader
BACKGROUND: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 inhibitors (PCSK9is) are an innovative treatment option for patients with familial hypercholesterolemia or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease who require further lowering of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. However, the high costs of these agents have spurred payers to implement utilization management policies to ensure appropriate use. We examined prior authorization (PA) requirements for PCSK9is across private and public US payers...
January 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325585/clinical-research-ethics-review-process-in-lebanon-efficiency-and-functions-of-research-ethics-committees-results-from-a-descriptive-questionnaire-based-study
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David Atallah, Malak Moubarak, Nadine El Kassis, Sara Abboud
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials conducted in Lebanon are increasing. However, little is known about the performance of research ethics committees (RECs) in charge of reviewing the research protocols. This study aimed to assess the level of adherence to the ethics surrounding the conduct of clinical trials and perceptions of team members regarding roles of the RECs during the conduct of clinical trials in Lebanon. The research question was: Are RECs adherent to the ethics surrounding the conduct of clinical trials (chapters II and IV in 'Standards and Operational Guidance for Ethics Review of Health-related Research with Human Participants' in Lebanon?' METHODS: This was a quantitative and descriptive questionnaire-based study conducted among RECs of university hospitals in Lebanon...
January 11, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325081/dissatisfaction-with-current-integration-reforms-of-health-insurance-schemes-in-china-are-they-a-success-and-what-matters
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Linghan Shan, Miaomiao Zhao, Ning Ning, Yanhua Hao, Ye Li, Libo Liang, Zheng Kang, Hong Sun, Ding Ding, Baohua Liu, Chao Liang, Miao Yu, Qunhong Wu, Mo Hao, Hua Fan
Integration reforms have been piloted as key policies to address the fragmented health insurance system in China. They are also regarded as a better choice for realizing a Universal Basic Medical Insurance System (UBMIS). This study has attempted to explore the determinants that may affect respondents' dissatisfaction with the reforms. The aim is to provide evidence for more effective policy adjustment during the next round of nationwide integration reforms in China. A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted in Ningbo, Chongqing and Heilongjiang from 2014 to 2015...
January 6, 2018: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322290/psychologists-and-pediatricians-in-the-primary-care-sandbox-communication-is-key-to-cooperative-play
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Anne E Pidano, Prerna Arora, Polly Y Gipson, Bradley O Hudson, Kriston B Schellinger
Recent literature, public policy, and funding opportunities call attention to the need for better increased integration of health and mental health care services in primary care settings so as to best meet the needs of children and families. There are many benefits to such integration, but pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) face multiple barriers to identifying and managing patients with mental health difficulties. One way to address this problem is through the integration of psychologists into primary care settings who can collaborate with PCPs to provide integrated behavioral health care to youth and families...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321051/midwives-respect-and-disrespect-of-women-during-facility-based-childbirth-in-urban-tanzania-a-qualitative-study
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Kana Shimoda, Shigeko Horiuchi, Sebalda Leshabari, Yoko Shimpuku
BACKGROUND: Over the last two decades, facility-based childbirths in Tanzania have only minimally increased by 10% partly because of healthcare providers' disrespect and abuse (D&A) of women during childbirth. Although numerous studies have substantiated women's experience of D&A during childbirth by healthcare providers, few have focused on how D&A occurred during the midwives' actual care. This study aimed to describe from actual observations the respectful and disrespectful care received by women from midwives during their labor period in two hospitals in urban Tanzania...
January 10, 2018: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320966/evaluating-barriers-to-adopting-telemedicine-worldwide-a-systematic-review
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Clemens Scott Kruse, Priyanka Karem, Kelli Shifflett, Lokesh Vegi, Karuna Ravi, Matthew Brooks
Introduction and objective Studies on telemedicine have shown success in reducing the geographical and time obstacles incurred in the receipt of care in traditional modalities with the same or greater effectiveness; however, there are several barriers that need to be addressed in order for telemedicine technology to spread. The aim of this review is to evaluate barriers to adopting telemedicine worldwide through the analysis of published work. Methods The authors conducted a systematic literature review by extracting the data from the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) and PubMed (MEDLINE) research databases...
January 2018: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319155/economic-evaluation-and-cost-of-interventions-for-cerebral-palsy-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Sophy T F Shih, Utsana Tonmukayakul, Christine Imms, Dinah Reddihough, H Kerr Graham, Liz Cox, Rob Carter
AIM: Economic appraisal can help guide policy-making for purchasing decisions, and treatment and management algorithms for health interventions. We conducted a systematic review of economic studies in cerebral palsy (CP) to inform future research. METHOD: Economic studies published since 1970 were identified from seven databases. Two reviewers independently screened abstracts and extracted data following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines...
January 10, 2018: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318607/the-profile-of-diabetes-healthcare-professionals-in-indonesia-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
T Ligita, K Wicking, N Harvey, J Mills
AIM: To explore and synthesize evidence of the literature about healthcare professionals involved in the provision of diabetes management within an Indonesian context. BACKGROUND: Indonesia is challenged to control the major burden of diabetes prevalence rate that requires a multidimensional approach with the aim to optimize existing health services by involving healthcare professionals who can promote access and provide diabetes management. METHODS: This literature review, which is integrated with a scoping study framework, used the electronic databases including CINAHL, PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science to locate papers particular to the Indonesian context...
January 10, 2018: International Nursing Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316916/malaria-programme-personnel-s-experiences-perceived-barriers-and-facilitators-to-implementing-malaria-elimination-strategy-in-south-africa
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Khumbulani Welcome Hlongwana, Benn Sartorius, Joyce Tsoka-Gwegweni
BACKGROUND: South Africa has set an ambitious goal targeting to eliminate malaria by 2018, which is consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals' call to end the epidemic of malaria by 2030 across the globe. There are conflicting views regarding the feasibility of malaria elimination, and furthermore studies investigating malaria programme personnel's perspectives on strategy implementation are lacking. METHODS: The study was a cross-sectional survey conducted in 2014 through a face-to-face investigator-administered semi-structured questionnaire to all eligible and consenting malaria programme personnel (team leader to senior manager levels) in three malaria endemic provinces (KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo) of South Africa...
January 10, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316451/an-innovative-model-to-coordinate-healthcare-and-social-services-for-people-with-serious-mental-illness-a-mixed-methods-case-study-of-maryland-s-medicaid-health-home-program
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Emma E McGinty, Alene Kennedy-Hendricks, Sarah Linden, Seema Choksy, Elizabeth Stone, Gail L Daumit
OBJECTIVE: We conducted a case study examining implementation of Maryland's Medicaid health home program, a unique model for integration of behavioral, somatic, and social services for people with serious mental illness (SMI) in the psychiatric rehabilitation program setting. METHOD: We conducted interviews and surveys with health home leaders (N=72) and front-line staff (N=627) representing 46 of the 48 total health home programs active during the November 2015-December 2016 study period...
December 16, 2017: General Hospital Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316002/multidisciplinary-perspectives-application-of-the-consolidated-framework-for-implementation-research-to-evaluate-a-health-coaching-initiative
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Judy Brook, Caroline McGraw
Long-term conditions are a leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Their management is founded on a combination of approaches involving government policy, better integration between health and care systems, and individual responsibility for self-care. Health coaching has emerged as an approach to encouraging individual responsibility and enhancing the self-management of long-term conditions. This paper focuses on the evaluation of a workforce initiative in a diverse and socially deprived community. The initiative sought both to improve integration between health and care services for people with long-term conditions, and equip practitioners with health coaching skills...
January 7, 2018: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315808/hospital-accreditation-in-iran-a-qualitative-case-study-of-kerman-hospitals
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Mahmood Nekoei-Moghadam, Mohammadreza Amiresmaili, Mohammadhosein Iranemansh, Mahla Iranmanesh
BACKGROUND: According to published evidence, accreditation is one of the evaluating tools in health care organizations. But, there is disagreement among authorities and experts in this regard. This study aims to investigate the evaluation of hospital accreditation in an Iranian context. METHODS: In this qualitative study, a purposive sample of 170 informants was used. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to gather data, which were analyzed using a framework analysis method...
January 8, 2018: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315557/community-member-and-policy-maker-priorities-in-improving-maternal-health-in-rural-tanzania
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Gail Webber, Bwire Chirangi, Nyamusi Magatti
OBJECTIVE: To determine community member and policy maker priorities in improving maternal health in rural Tanzania. METHODS: The present participatory action research project was conducted in Rorya District, Mara Region, Tanzania, between November 20 and 25, 2015. A convenience sample of four community and one policy maker discussion groups were held to identify factors impacting on maternal health. The inclusion criterion for community members was a recent personal or partner experience with childbirth, or experience as a village leader...
January 8, 2018: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315380/alcohol-and-age
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Ilana B Crome, Peter Crome
Alcohol consumption constitutes a substantial burden of disease. Older people are being admitted to hospital for alcohol problems in increasing numbers. A recent systematic review reports cautious supportive evidence for primary prevention interventions in reducing excessive alcohol consumption in older drinkers, but does not focus on treatment of dependent drinkers. The evidence base for treatment interventions for dependent drinkers is comparatively limited, but it is growing. In addition to brief interventions, specialist outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment have been evaluated...
January 5, 2018: Age and Ageing
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