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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220378/glaucoma-and-driving-are-we-documenting-driving-status-and-advising-patients-with-glaucoma-appropriately-about-their-driving
#1
Amun Sachdev, Mazen Tahhan, Velota Ching Tak Sung
PURPOSE: Guidelines from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the UK state that patients with bilateral glaucomatous visual field defects must stop driving unless confirmed able to meet minimum visual field requirements. Guidelines from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists state that ophthalmologists must consider driving status in every consultation, provide appropriate information if visual problems may affect driving and document any advice that has been given. The authors aimed to investigate whether in glaucoma clinics: (1) driving status is being documented, (2) appropriate patients have been advised to inform DVLA and (3) there is documentation that this advice was provided...
February 20, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220285/oral-cancer-early-detection-what-do-patients-need-to-know
#2
Yazan Hassona, F Sawair, D Matarweh, A Abdalhamid, D Thweib, C Scully
The purpose of the present study was to examine the educational needs of patients regarding early detection of oral cancer. A total of 790 patients without cancer were interviewed and shown a set of validated clinical images of various oral lesions including early oral cancer. Participants were asked about their perception of cancer and the action that they would take if they notice a similar lesion. Lower risk lesions (e.g., lumps) were more likely to be perceived as cancer (52.4%), while higher risk lesions (e...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218156/risk-factors-for-death-during-a-resurgence-of-influenza-a-h1n1-pdm09-in-punjab-state-in-2013
#3
Tripurari Kumar, Deepak Bhatia, Pinnaka Venkata Maha Lakshmi, Kayla F Laserson, Jai Prakash Narain, Rajesh Kumar
BACKGROUND: In 2013, high mortality from influenza-A (H1N1) pdm09 (pH1N1) was observed in Punjab, India. OBJECTIVES: To describe cases and deaths of 2013 pH1N1 positives, to evaluate the high case fatality ratio and risk factors for pH1N1-associated mortality among the hospitalized cases in Punjab for 2013. METHODS: A case-control study was conducted and compared those who died from confirmed pH1N1 with those who survived in the hospital between January 1, 2013, and April 30, 2013...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217526/the-rule-of-two-thirds-in-diabetes-epidemiology
#4
Sanjay Kalra, Banshi Saboo, Rakesh Sahay, Deepak Khandelwal, Vipin Talwar, A G Unnikrishnan
This communication hypothesises a rule of two thirds which seems to operate in Indian diabetes epidemiology. Two thirds of all persons with dysglycemia are prediabetic; two thirds of all persons with diabetes are diagnosed to have the condtion; and two thirds are diagnosed before the age of 50 years. Two thirds of people with diabetes have concomitant hypetension or dyslipidemia; two thirds do not get their HbA1c assessed; and two thirds of those who do, do not achiev target values. Yet, two thirds of people with diabetes report satisfactory psychosocial health and quality of life, and adherence to dietary therapy and medication...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217524/pragmatic-dietary-advice-for-diabetes-during-navratris
#5
REVIEW
Lovely Gupta, Deepak Khandelwal, Rajiv Singla, Piyush Gupta, Sanjay Kalra
Navratri is one of the most common religious fasts observed among Hindus. A large number of people with diabetes follow Navratris fast irrespective of its health implications, often without proper education and medical advice. The quest for the scientific research on dietary advices for Hindu fasts including Navratris shows paucity of literature comparative to the dietary advices advocated during Ramadan. The eating and physical activity patterns during different fasts vary a lot depending up on social and cultural factors...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217306/sexual-function-of-patients-with-heart-failure-facts-and-numbers
#6
EDITORIAL
Tiny Jaarsma
Approximately 60% to 87% of patients with heart failure (HF) report sexual problems, and numbers as low as 31% of HF patients younger than 70 have normal sexual function. When compared with healthy elders, the amount of perceived sexual dysfunction might be similar (around 56%), but patients with HF are reporting more erectile dysfunction (ED) and also perceive that their HF symptoms (20%) or HF medication (10%) is the cause for their problems. The prevalence of ED is highly prevalent in men with cardiac disease and reported in up to 81% of cardiac patients, compared with 50% in the general older population...
February 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215661/post-deployment-screening-for-mental-disorders-and-tailored-advice-about-help-seeking-in-the-uk-military-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Roberto J Rona, Howard Burdett, Mizanur Khondoker, Melanie Chesnokov, Kevin Green, David Pernet, Norman Jones, Neil Greenberg, Simon Wessely, Nicola T Fear
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of post-deployment screening for mental disorders has not been assessed in a randomised controlled trial. We aimed to assess whether post-deployment screening for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, or alcohol misuse was effective. We defined screening as the presumptive identification of a previously unrecognised disorder using tests to distinguish those who probably had the disorder from those who probably did not so that those people with a probable disorder could be referred appropriately, and assessed effectiveness and consequences for help-seeking by the odds ratio at follow-up between those receiving tailored help-seeking advice and those who received general mental health advice...
February 16, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212161/hearing-impairment-and-the-amelioration-of-avoidable-medical-error-a-cross-sectional-survey
#8
Patrick Henn, Colm OʼTuathaigh, Darrelle Keegan, Simon Smith
OBJECTIVES: Hearing loss contributes to suboptimal medical treatment. We investigated the nature and magnitude of potential health-care harm of hearing loss alone on a patient's understanding of medical consultations, investigations, and treatments of health conditions unrelated to their hearing loss. METHODS: A cross-sectional, questionnaire-based design of a convenience sample of students with hearing loss, registered with the institutional disability support service in 8 Irish and 15 UK third-level institutions...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211179/what-do-patients-think-about-the-role-of-optometrists-in-providing-advice-about-smoking-and-nutrition
#9
Laura E Downie, Amanda Douglass, Daryl Guest, Peter R Keller
PURPOSE: Tobacco smoking and nutrition are key lifestyle factors with long-term effects on eye health. However, little is known about patients' perceptions and experiences in these areas in relation to the care received from optometrists. The main aim was to survey patients' perceptions and prior experience regarding the role of optometrists in enquiring and providing advice about tobacco smoking and nutrition. METHODS: An anonymous, paper-based survey was distributed to a convenience sample of 225 adults attending the University of Melbourne eye care clinic...
March 2017: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211060/shifting-gears-an-inpatient-medical-record-audit-and-post-discharge-survey-of-return-to-driving-following-stroke-transient-ischaemic-attack
#10
Janet Frith, Helen Warren-Forward, Isobel Hubbard, Carole James
BACKGROUND/AIM: In Australia, all stroke survivors should not drive for four weeks and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) survivors should not drive for two weeks. This study investigates the provision of return-to-driving education in the acute hospital setting and the use of this education by a cohort of Australian patients who have experienced a mild stroke or TIA and who are discharged directly home from their acute hospital admission. METHODS: A medical record audit was conducted of stroke patients discharged home from a regional hospital in Australia...
February 16, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210525/ransomware-minimizing-the-risks
#11
Justin Pope
This ongoing column is dedicated to providing information to our readers on managing legal risks associated with medical practice. We invite questions from our readers. The answers are provided by PRMS, Inc. (www.prms.com), a manager of medical professional liability insurance programs with services that include risk management consultation, education and onsite risk management audits, and other resources to healthcare providers to help improve patient outcomes and reduce professional liability risk. The answers published in this column represent those of only one risk management consulting company...
November 2016: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210286/bilastine-in-allergic-rhinoconjunctivitis-and-urticaria-a-practical-approach-to-treatment-decisions-based-on-queries-received-by-the-medical-information-department
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REVIEW
Amalia Leceta, Ander Sologuren, Román Valiente, Cristina Campo, Luis Labeaga
BACKGROUND: Bilastine is a safe and effective commonly prescribed non-sedating H1-antihistamine approved for symptomatic treatment in patients with allergic disorders such as rhinoconjunctivitis and urticaria. It was evaluated in many patients throughout the clinical development required for its approval, but clinical trials generally exclude many patients who will benefit in everyday clinical practice (especially those with coexisting diseases and/or being treated with concomitant drugs)...
2017: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208980/contributing-factors-for-morbidity-and-mortality-in-patients-with-organophosphate-poisoning-on-mechanical-ventilation-a-retrospective-study-in-a-teaching-hospital
#13
Gurulingappa Patil, Navya Murthy, M Nikhil
INTRODUCTION: One of the most common causes of poisoning in agricultural based developing countries like India is due to Organophosphorus (OP) compound. Its widespread use and easy availability has increased the likelihood of poisoning with these compounds. AIM: To study the morbidity and mortality in patients with acute OP poisoning requiring mechanical ventilation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study constituting patients of all age groups admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with diagnosis of OP poisoning between January 2015 to December 2015...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202995/call-to-action-improving-primary-care-for-women-with-copd
#14
REVIEW
Ioanna Tsiligianni, Miguel Román Rodríguez, Karin Lisspers, Tze LeeTan, Antonio Infantino
In this perspective-based article, which is based on findings from a comprehensive literature search, we discuss the significant and growing burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in women worldwide. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease now affects both men and women almost equally. Despite this, there remains an outdated perception of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as a male-dominated disease. Primary care physicians play a central role in overseeing the multidisciplinary care of women with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
December 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202129/-concerns-about-neonates-discharged-against-medical-advice-from-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
#15
Ning-Ning Qiao, Ming-Hua Gong, Zhen-Ai Jin
Discharge against medical advice (DAMA) conflicts with the purpose of disease treatment in children. Some research has shown that there are high proportions of extremely preterm infants and infants with asphyxia or congenital malformation in neonates with DAMA. This suggests that the sustainable development of neonatology needs cooperation and co-development with obstetrics, neonatal surgery, and radiology to reduce the rate of DAMA. With reference to the current status of research in both China and other countries, this article reviews the causes for DAMA and the strategies for reducing the rate of DAMA, in order to provide a theoretical basis for effectively reducing the rate of DAMA from the neonatal intensive care unit, improving treatment outcomes of the neonates, and increasing hospitals' comprehensive benefits...
February 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198791/influenza-vaccination-rate-and-reasons-for-non-vaccination-in-children-with-cardiac-disease
#16
Gilat Livni, Alina Wainstein, Einat Birk, Gabriel Chodick, Itzhak Levy
BACKGROUND: Influenza is major cause of respiratory morbidity worldwide. It poses a risk of complications in children with cardiac disease. Influenza vaccine is considered the most effective and safe means of preventing the disease. The aims of this study were to determine the rate of influenza vaccination in children with cardiac disease and to identify the reasons for failure to vaccinate in this patient population. METHODS: The study group included 186 children and their parents who attended the cardiology institute of a tertiary pediatric medical center between September and October 2012...
February 13, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192579/infectious-diseases-and-immunizations-in-international-adoption
#17
Emily Obringer, Linda Walsh
Children who are adopted internationally have an increased risk of infectious diseases due to endemic conditions and variable access to preventive health care, such as vaccines, in their country of origin. Pediatricians and other providers who care for children should be familiar with the recommended screening for newly arrived international adoptees. Testing for gastrointestinal pathogens, tuberculosis, hepatitis, syphilis, and HIV should be routinely performed. Other endemic diseases and common skin infections may need to be assessed...
February 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188078/travelling-abroad-with-cystic-fibrosis-assessment-of-risks-and-healthcare-requirements
#18
Rachel Miller, Laura Blanch, Sarah Lenaghan, Alan Anderson, Simon Doe, Stephen J Bourke
There is limited information on the risks and healthcare requirements of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) undertaking travel abroad. Of 100 patients (mean age 24.7 years, mean FEV1 57.3 %predicted) attending a UK adult CF Centre, 96% had travelled abroad but 14% now limited travel on medical advice. They travelled frequently and widely, often undertaking adventurous activities on holidays, but because of the costs involved, 18% travelled without travel insurance and 23% with insurance which did not cover CF...
January 24, 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186931/balancing-nurses-workload-in-hospital-wards-study-protocol-of-developing-a-method-to-manage-workload
#19
W F J M van den Oetelaar, H F van Stel, W van Rhenen, R K Stellato, W Grolman
INTRODUCTION: Hospitals pursue different goals at the same time: excellent service to their patients, good quality care, operational excellence, retaining employees. This requires a good balance between patient needs and nursing staff. One way to ensure a proper fit between patient needs and nursing staff is to work with a workload management method. In our view, a nursing workload management method needs to have the following characteristics: easy to interpret; limited additional registration; applicable to different types of hospital wards; supported by nurses; covers all activities of nurses and suitable for prospective planning of nursing staff...
November 10, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186051/evaluation-of-electronic-prescribing-decision-support-system-at-a-tertiary-care-pediatric-hospital-the-user-acceptance-perspective
#20
Abdurahman Omar, Johan Ellenius, Synnöve Lindemalm
This study aims to evaluate pediatrician's acceptance, perception and use of Electronic Prescribing Decision Support Systems (EPDSS) at a tertiary care using Extended Technology Acceptance Model (TAM2). Qualitative research methodology was applied. Semi-structured questions were developed according to TAM2 model. Pediatricians perceived that the EPDSS is useful and they showed a favorable attitude. However, perceived ease of use and output quality appeared to affect use of EPDSS. Concerns were expressed about complicated screens, difficulty to read and view medication overview of the patient, the navigation requires many clicks and medication system don't meet their need...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
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