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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049527/predicting-adherence-to-acupuncture-appointments-for-low-back-pain-a-prospective-observational-study
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Felicity L Bishop, Lucy Yardley, Cyrus Cooper, Paul Little, George Lewith
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is a popular form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), but it is not clear why patients do (or do not) follow acupuncturists' treatment recommendations. This study aimed to investigate theoretically-derived predictors of adherence to acupuncture. METHODS: In a prospective study, adults receiving acupuncture for low back pain completed validated questionnaires at baseline, 2 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months. Patients and acupuncturists reported attendance...
January 3, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045661/screening-and-brief-intervention-for-obesity-in-primary-care-a-parallel-two-arm-randomised-trial
#2
Paul Aveyard, Amanda Lewis, Sarah Tearne, Kathryn Hood, Anna Christian-Brown, Peymane Adab, Rachna Begh, Kate Jolly, Amanda Daley, Amanda Farley, Deborah Lycett, Alecia Nickless, Ly-Mee Yu, Lise Retat, Laura Webber, Laura Pimpin, Susan A Jebb
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a common cause of non-communicable disease. Guidelines recommend that physicians screen and offer brief advice to motivate weight loss through referral to behavioural weight loss programmes. However, physicians rarely intervene and no trials have been done on the subject. We did this trial to establish whether physician brief intervention is acceptable and effective for reducing bodyweight in patients with obesity. METHODS: In this parallel, two-arm, randomised trial, patients who consulted 137 primary care physicians in England were screened for obesity...
October 21, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041651/ultrasound-surveillance-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-service-evaluation-of-a-radiology-led-recall-system-in-a-tertiary-referral-centre-for-liver-diseases-in-the-uk
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C Farrell, A Halpen, T J S Cross, P D Richardson, P Johnson, E C Joekes
AIM: To review the radiology-led ultrasound (US) surveillance programme for the detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in cirrhotic patients in a UK tertiary-referral centre. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The radiology information system was searched for patients who had undergone US for surveillance of cirrhosis from September 2009 to May 2013. Patient demographics and cirrhosis aetiology were documented. Data including numbers of surveillance scans, abnormal findings suspicious for HCC, subsequent radiological investigations, numbers of HCC and survival for HCC patients were recorded...
December 29, 2016: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010933/paediatric-fingertip-composite-grafts-do-they-all-go-black
#4
Adrian D Murphy, Cameron P Keating, Anthony Penington, David McCombe, Chris J Coombs
BACKGROUND: Fingertip injuries are amongst the most frequently seen hand injuries in the paediatric population. The present study evaluated the composite graft survival rate in distal digital amputations with respect to injury type, amputation level and time to surgery. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients who underwent composite grafting of fingertip injuries over an 11-year period at a paediatric hospital. All children who underwent non-vascularized replantation of amputated fingertips were included...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984257/preliminary-predictors-of-initial-attendance-symptom-burden-and-motor-subtype-in-a-us-functional-neurological-disorders-clinic-population
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David L Perez, Sigrid S Young, Julie N King, Anthony J Guarino, Barbara A Dworetzky, Alice Flaherty, Zeina Chemali, David Caplan, Bradford C Dickerson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Although many patients present with functional neurological symptoms (FNS), few US clinics offer specialized FNS care, and data on clinic attendees remain limited. We determined predictors of initial attendance, symptom burden, and FNS subtype in the first patients referred to our Functional Neurological Disorders Clinic for suspected FNS. METHODS: We reviewed the charts of 62 consecutive patients (46 women, 16 men). Regression analyses investigated predictors of keeping the first scheduled clinic appointment...
December 2016: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965871/using-specialist-screening-practitioners-ssps-to-increase-uptake-of-the-bowel-scope-flexible-sigmoidoscopy-screening-programme-a-study-protocol-for-a-feasibility-single-stage-phase-ii-trial
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Lesley M McGregor, Hanna Skrobanski, Hayley Miller, Mary Ritchie, Lindy Berkman, Stephen Morris, Colin Rees, Christian von Wagner
BACKGROUND: The NHS Bowel Scope Screening (BSS) programme offers men and women aged 55 years a once-only flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS), a test that can help reduce colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality. However, the benefits of BSS are contingent on uptake. This National Institute for Health Research-funded single-stage phase II trial will test the feasibility of using patient navigation (PN), an intervention that offers support to patients to overcome barriers to healthcare, to increase BSS uptake within a socially deprived area of England...
2016: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965829/the-challenge-of-mothers-learning-about-secondhand-smoke-mlass-a-quasi-experimental-mixed-methods-feasibility-study
#7
Rachel Mann, Heather Thomson, Becky Reynolds, Amanda Amos, Kamran Siddiqi
BACKGROUND: Exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) in the antenatal and postnatal period is associated with a detrimental health impact to the foetus and newborn baby and is recognised as a preventable public health challenge. The aim of the mother's learning about secondhand smoke (MLASS) study was to test the feasibility of delivering and evaluating the effectiveness of a smoke-free homes (SFH) health education intervention in the antenatal and postnatal period to reduce foetal and newborn exposure to SHS...
2016: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960229/automated-telephone-communication-systems-for-preventive-healthcare-and-management-of-long-term-conditions
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Pawel Posadzki, Nikolaos Mastellos, Rebecca Ryan, Laura H Gunn, Lambert M Felix, Yannis Pappas, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Steven A Julious, Liming Xiang, Brian Oldenburg, Josip Car
BACKGROUND: Automated telephone communication systems (ATCS) can deliver voice messages and collect health-related information from patients using either their telephone's touch-tone keypad or voice recognition software. ATCS can supplement or replace telephone contact between health professionals and patients. There are four different types of ATCS: unidirectional (one-way, non-interactive voice communication), interactive voice response (IVR) systems, ATCS with additional functions such as access to an expert to request advice (ATCS Plus) and multimodal ATCS, where the calls are delivered as part of a multicomponent intervention...
14, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939298/reasons-for-missed-appointments-with-a-hepatitis-c-outreach-clinic-a-qualitative-study
#9
Ray Poll, Peter Allmark, Angela M Tod
BACKGROUND: Non-attendance in drug service hepatitis C outreach clinics means clients miss the opportunity of being given lifestyle advice and referral to hospital for assessment and treatment. A similar problem is experienced in other services throughout the UK. A qualitative study was undertaken to investigate the problem. METHODS: Clients with a history of not attending the outreach clinic were invited to participate during a routine drug clinic appointment. A contact details sheet with a preferred telephone number was completed by those agreeing to take part...
January 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918368/what-can-long-term-attendance-at-programming-appointments-tell-us-about-pediatric-cochlear-implant-recipients
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Dawn Choo, Shani Joy Dettman
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to understand factors linked to long-term engagement with available post-implant "mapping" review services for individuals who received cochlear implants (CI)(s) as children. STUDY DESIGN: Demographics, communication outcomes, and appointment attendance records from an unselected group of 400 participants who received CI(s) between 1985 and 2009 were analyzed. RESULTS: After 5 years post-implant, 85.75% (n = 343) of participants attended the clinic for "mapping" appointments between March 2011 and March 2014, but 14...
December 1, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902561/improving-retention-in-hiv-care-through-new-york-s-expanded-partner-services-data-to-care-pilot
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James M Tesoriero, Britney L Johnson, Rachel Hart-Malloy, Jennifer L Cukrovany, Brenda L Moncur, Kathleen M Bogucki, Bridget J Anderson, Megan C Johnson
CONTEXT: Data to Care (DTC) represents a public health strategy using HIV surveillance data to link persons living with diagnosed HIV infection (PLWDHI) to HIV-related medical care. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the feasibility of the DTC approach applied to a Partner Services program serving a geographically diffuse area of New York State. DESIGN: Disease intervention specialists received training to function as Expanded Partner Services (ExPS) advocates...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869758/the-impact-of-rurality-and-disadvantage-on-the-diagnostic-interval-for-breast-cancer-in-a-large-population-based-study-of-3202-women-in-queensland-australia
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Philippa H Youl, Joanne F Aitken, Gavin Turrell, Suzanne K Chambers, Jeffrey Dunn, Christopher Pyke, Peter D Baade
Delays in diagnosing breast cancer (BC) can lead to poorer outcomes. We investigated factors related to the diagnostic interval in a population-based cohort of 3202 women diagnosed with BC in Queensland, Australia. Interviews ascertained method of detection and dates of medical/procedural appointments, and clinical information was obtained from medical records. Time intervals were calculated from self-recognition of symptoms (symptom-detected) or mammogram (screen-detected) to diagnosis (diagnostic interval (DI))...
November 19, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798006/using-digital-notifications-to-improve-attendance-in-clinic-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#13
Dan Robotham, Safarina Satkunanathan, John Reynolds, Daniel Stahl, Til Wykes
OBJECTIVES: Assess the impact of text-based electronic notifications on improving clinic attendance, in relation to study quality (according to risk of bias), and to assess simple ways in which notifications can be optimised (ie, impact of multiple notifications). DESIGN: Systematic review, study quality appraisal assessing risk of bias, data synthesised in meta-analyses. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Web of Science and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (01...
October 24, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789061/screening-and-brief-intervention-for-obesity-in-primary-care-a-parallel-two-arm-randomised-trial
#14
Paul Aveyard, Amanda Lewis, Sarah Tearne, Kathryn Hood, Anna Christian-Brown, Peymane Adab, Rachna Begh, Kate Jolly, Amanda Daley, Amanda Farley, Deborah Lycett, Alecia Nickless, Ly-Mee Yu, Lise Retat, Laura Webber, Laura Pimpin, Susan A Jebb
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a common cause of non-communicable disease. Guidelines recommend that physicians screen and offer brief advice to motivate weight loss through referral to behavioural weight loss programmes. However, physicians rarely intervene and no trials have been done on the subject. We did this trial to establish whether physician brief intervention is acceptable and effective for reducing bodyweight in patients with obesity. METHODS: In this parallel, two-arm, randomised trial, patients who consulted 137 primary care physicians in England were screened for obesity...
November 19, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776468/the-cost-of-warfarin-treatment-for-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-in-mexico-from-a-collective-perspective
#15
Jean Baptiste Briere, Kevin Bowrin, Robert Wood, Tim Holbrook, Jenna Roberts
AIMS: To describe the collective costs of vitamin K antagonist (VKA) treatment for stroke prevention in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). VKA drug costs are relatively low but they necessitate frequent international normalized ratio (INR) monitoring. There are currently minimal data describing the economic impact of this in Mexico. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cardiologists provided data on their NVAF patients (n = 400) to quantify direct medical costs (INR testing, appointments, drug costs)...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27726644/the-veteran-initiated-electronic-care-coordination-a-multisite-initiative-to-promote-and-evaluate-consumer-mediated-health-information-exchange
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Dawn M Klein, Kassi Pham, Leila Samy, Adam Bluth, Kim M Nazi, Matthew Witry, J Stacey Klutts, Kathleen M Grant, Adi V Gundlapalli, Gary Kochersberger, Laurie Pfeiffer, Sergio Romero, Brian Vetter, Carolyn L Turvey
INTRODUCTION: Information continuity is critical to person-centered care when patients receive care from multiple healthcare systems. Patients can access their electronic health record data through patient portals to facilitate information exchange. This pilot was developed to improve care continuity for rural Veterans by (1) promoting the use of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) patient portal to share health information with non-VA providers, and (2) evaluating the impact of health information sharing at a community appointment...
October 11, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27722912/low-awareness-of-breast-cancer-and-considerable-barriers-to-early-presentation-among-saudi-women-at-a-primary-care-setting
#17
Noura Khamis Al-Khamis
In Saudi Arabia, breast cancer is diagnosed at advanced stage compared to Western countries. Nevertheless, the perceived barriers to delayed presentation have been poorly examined. Additionally, available breast cancer awareness data are lacking validated measurement tool. The aim of this study is to evaluate the level of breast cancer awareness and perceived barriers to seeking medical care among Saudi women, using internationally validated tool. A cross-sectional study was conducted among adult Saudi women attending a primary care center in Riyadh during February 2014...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27718132/the-therapy-attitudes-and-process-questionnaire-a-brief-measure-of-factors-related-to-psychotherapy-appointment-attendance
#18
Bonnie A Clough, Sonia M Nazareth, Leanne M Casey
BACKGROUND: Patient non-attendance and dropout remains problematic in mental health settings. The theory of planned behavior (TPB) has proven useful in understanding such challenges in a variety of healthcare settings, but the absence of an adequate measure in mental health has hampered research in this area. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study was to develop and conduct an initial psychometric investigation of a brief measure, the Therapy Attitudes and Process Questionnaire (TAP), utilizing the TPB to understand factors associated with attendance in mental health settings...
October 7, 2016: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697132/observational-study-identifies-non-attendance-characteristics-in-two-hospital-outpatient-clinics
#19
Emely Ek Blæhr, Rikke Søgaard, Thomas Kristensen, Ulla Væggemose
INTRODUCTION: Non-attended hospital appointments are receiving increasing attention in times when rapid access and efficient service delivery at public hospitals are on the agenda. The aim of this study was to investigate the extent of non-attendance in a Danish outpatient setting and its association with user-level and provider-level characteristics. METHODS: The study was based on appointments scheduled from June 2013 to March 2015 at an orthopaedic and a radiologic outpatient clinic...
October 2016: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681154/keeping-kids-in-care-virological-failure-in-a-paediatric-antiretroviral-clinic-and-suggestions-for-improving-treatment-outcomes
#20
Susan Purchase, Jayne Cunningham, Monika Esser, Donald Skinner
The burden of paediatric HIV in South Africa is extremely high. Antiretrovirals (ARVs) are now widely accessible in the country and the clinical emphasis has shifted from initiation of treatment to retention in care. This study describes the cumulative virological failure rate amongst children on ARVs in a peri-urban clinic, and suggests ways in which clinics and partners could improve treatment outcomes. The study was conducted by the non-profit organisation HOPE Cape Town Association. A retrospective file audit determined the cumulative virological failure rate, that is, the sum of all children with a viral load >1000 copies/ml, children on monotherapy, children who had stopped treatment, children lost to follow-up (LTFU) and children who had died...
September 2016: African Journal of AIDS Research: AJAR
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