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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427444/interventions-to-reduce-wait-times-for-primary-care-appointments-a-systematic-review
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Dominique Ansell, James A G Crispo, Benjamin Simard, Lise M Bjerre
BACKGROUND: Accessibility and availability are important characteristics of efficient and effective primary healthcare systems. Currently, timely access to a family physician is a concern in Canada. Adverse outcomes are associated with longer wait times for primary care appointments and often leave individuals to rely on urgent care. When wait times for appointments are too long patients may experience worse health outcomes and are often left to use emergency department resources. The primary objective of our study was to systematically review the literature to identify interventions designed to reduce wait times for primary care appointments...
April 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416966/an-overview-of-mental-health-care-system-in-kilifi-kenya-results-from-an-initial-assessment-using-the-world-health-organization-s-assessment-instrument-for-mental-health-systems
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Mary A Bitta, Symon M Kariuki, Eddie Chengo, Charles R J C Newton
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the state of mental health systems in Kenya. In 2010, Kenya promulgated a new constitution, which devolved national government and the national health system to 47 counties including Kilifi County. There is need to provide evidence from mental health systems research to identify priority areas in Kilifi's mental health system for informing county health sector decision making. We conducted an initial assessment of state of mental health systems in Kilifi County and documented resources, policy and legislation and spectrum of mental, neurological and substance use disorders...
2017: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407069/managing-transient-ischaemic-attacks-in-australia-a-qualitative-study
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Andrew R Davey, Daniel S Lasserson, Christopher R Levi, Parker J Magin
Background.: Stroke risk after transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is highest in the first few days. It is greatly reduced by commencing commonly used medications. Current Australian guidelines recommend that all TIAs be managed urgently by secondary-care specialists (mandatory for high-risk TIAs). The majority of TIAs present to general practice which creates a dilemma when specialist care is not readily accessible. There is a lack of evidence relating to the determinants of general practitioners' (GPs) actions in this situation...
April 12, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403705/learning-is-everyone-s-responsibility
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Owen Hammett
With the pressures of delivering high-quality care to the increasing number of patients accessing emergency and urgent care, it is often difficult to ensure that we continue to learn and develop.
April 13, 2017: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399806/current-challenges-and-possible-solutions-to-improve-access-to-care-and-treatment-for-hepatitis-c-infection-in-vietnam-a-systematic-review
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Alessandra Berto, Jeremy Day, Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, Guy E Thwaites, Ngoc Nghiem My, Stephen Baker, Thomas C Darton
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C infection is a major public health concern in low- and middle-income countries where an estimated 71.1 million individuals are living with chronic infection. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently released new guidance for hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment programs, which include improving the access to new direct-acting antiviral agents. In Vietnam, a highly populated middle-income country, the seroprevalence of HCV infection is approximately 4% and multiple genotypes co-circulate in the general population...
April 11, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396558/vaccine-testing-for-emerging-infections-the-case-for-individual-randomisation
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Nir Eyal, Marc Lipsitch
During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, many opposed the use of individually randomised controlled trials to test candidate Ebola vaccines. For a raging fatal disease, they explained, it is unethical to relegate some study participants to control arms. In Zika and future emerging infections, similar opposition may hinder urgent vaccine research, so it is best to address these questions now. This article lays out the ethical case for individually randomised control in testing vaccines against many emerging infections, including lethal infections in low-income countries, even when at no point in the trial do the controls receive the countermeasures being tested...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392599/a-call-to-promote-healthcare-justice-a-summary-of-integrated-outpatient-clinics-exemplifying-principles-of-catholic-social-teaching
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Nicole P Waters, Trenton Schmale, Allison Goetz, Jason T Eberl, Jessica H Wells
There is an urgent need to promote healthcare justice for patients as well as members of the healthcare team including physicians. In this article, we explain how principles of Catholic social teaching (i.e., dignity of the individual, common good, destination of goods, solidarity, and subsidiarity) are applied to health care, by featuring various types of outpatient clinics including free, charitable-direct primary care, hybrid, federally qualified health center, and rural health clinic. We describe how attempts have been made to improve the quality and access of health care by creating new medical schools (i...
February 2017: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378965/comparison-of-the-quality-of-night-paediatric-urgent-care-in-rural-and-urban-areas-of-lublin-province-eastern-poland-appraisals-by-parents-of-children-requiring-medical-attention
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Barbara Kołłątaj, Witold Kołłątaj, Katarzyna Wrzołek, Irena Dorota Karwat, Maria Klatka
 Introduction. The quality of primary medical care for children in Poland is unsatisfactory. In the ranking known as 'the European Health Consumer Index', Poland (taking the patient point of view on healthcare quality) is classified on the 27th position out of the 33 possible. The unsolved problems concern inter alia the quality and availability of night paediatric urgent care. OBJECTIVE: The aim was assessing the quality as well as the level of satisfaction with the night paediatric urgent care in the Lublin Province of eastern Poland...
March 31, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376789/high-pre-diagnosis-attrition-among-patients-with-presumptive-mdr-tb-an-operational-research-from-bhopal-district-india
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Deepak Shewade, Arun M Kokane, Akash Ranjan Singh, Manoj Verma, Malik Parmar, Ashish Chauhan, Sanjay Singh Chahar, Manoj Tiwari, Sheeba Naz Khan, Vivek Gupta, Jaya Prasad Tripathy, Mukesh Nagar, Sanjai Kumar Singh, Pradeep Kumar Mehra, Ajay Mv Kumar
BACKGROUND: Pre-diagnosis attrition needs to be addressed urgently if we are to make progress in improving MDR-TB case detection and achieve universal access to MDR-TB care. We report the pre-diagnosis attrition, along with factors associated, and turnaround times related to the diagnostic pathway among patient with presumptive MDR-TB in Bhopal district, central India (2014). METHODS: Study was conducted under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme setting...
April 4, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375883/withdrawn-improving-the-treatment-of-infant-pain
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Fiona Moultrie, Rebeccah Slater, Caroline Hartley
Ahead of Print article withdrawn by publisher.
April 1, 2017: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373259/home-or-hospital-for-people-with-dementia-and-one-or-more-other-multimorbidities-what-is-the-potential-to-reduce-avoidable-emergency-admissions-the-homeward-project-protocol
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S Voss, S Black, J Brandling, M Buswell, R Cheston, S Cullum, K Kirby, S Purdy, C Solway, H Taylor, J Benger
INTRODUCTION: Older people with multimorbidities frequently access 999 ambulance services. When multimorbidities include dementia, the risk of ambulance use, accident and emergency (A&E) attendance and hospital admission are all increased, even when a condition is treatable in the community. People with dementia tend to do poorly in the acute hospital setting and hospital admission can result in adverse outcomes. This study aims to provide an evidence-based understanding of how older people living with dementia and other multimorbidities are using emergency ambulance services...
April 3, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371853/patient-portals-and-broadband-internet-inequality
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Adam T Perzynski, Mary Joan Roach, Sarah Shick, Bill Callahan, Douglas Gunzler, Randall Cebul, David C Kaelber, Anne Huml, John Daryl Thornton, Douglas Einstadter
Background: Patient portals have shown potential for increasing health care quality and efficiency. Internet access and other factors influencing patient portal use could worsen health disparities. Methods: Observational study of adults with 1 or more visits to the outpatient clinics of an urban public health care system from 2012 to 2015. We used mixed effects logistic regression to evaluate the association between broadband internet access and (1) patient portal initiation (whether a patient logged in at least 1 time) and (2) messaging, controlling for demographic and neighborhood characteristics...
March 23, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367719/high-burden-of-mental-illness-and-low-utilization-of-care-among-school-going-youth-in-central-haiti-a-window-into-the-youth-mental-health-treatment-gap-in-a-low-income-country
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Eddy Eustache, Margaret E Gerbasi, Mary C Smith Fawzi, J Reginald Fils-Aimé, Jennifer Severe, Giuseppe J Raviola, Rupinder Legha, Sarah Darghouth, David J Grelotti, Tatiana Thérosmé, Ermaze L Pierre, Emmeline Affricot, Yoldie Alcindor, Anne E Becker
BACKGROUND: The mental health treatment gap for youth in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is substantial; strategies for redress are urgently needed to mitigate the serious health and social consequences of untreated mental illness in youth. AIMS: To estimate the burden of major depressive episode (MDE) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as utilization of care among Haitian youth in order to describe the mental health treatment gap in a LMIC setting...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Social Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359735/the-influence-of-deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals-on-undocumented-asian-and-pacific-islander-young-adults-through-a-social-determinants-of-health-lens
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May Sudhinaraset, Tu My To, Irving Ling, Jason Melo, Josue Chavarin
PURPOSE: There is an urgent need to provide evidence-based policies to address the health of the 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) offers temporary relief to qualified undocumented immigrants. Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs), in particular, are the fastest growing immigrant population; yet, little is known about their health challenges. This article examines the influence of DACA on the health of API undocumented young adults...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353457/infectious-diseases-among-foreign-prisoners-results-of-a-hospital-based-management-model-in-palermo
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Tullio Prestileo, Daria Spicola, Francesco Di Lorenzo, Ernesto Renato Dalle Nogare, Adriana Sanfilippo, Antonio Ficalora, Salvatore Corrao
Foreign prisoners have a high vulnerability in terms of morbidity and access to care in overcrowded Italian prisons. This paper presents and comments on the management model of infectious diseases in foreign prisoners at our outpatient clinic, in order to describe a model of management for these conditions. Overall, 133 subjects (mean age 35.5 years) from 29 countries were followed for a period of 15 years. The most commonly represented area of origin (54.1%) was the Maghreb region. HCV infection (40.6%), HIV (22...
March 1, 2017: Le Infezioni in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352465/a-multifaceted-approach-to-improving-the-quality-of-ent-emergency-clinic-referrals
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Chloe Swords, Laura Leach, Anand Kasbekar, Piyush Jani
It is imperative that primary care referrals are directed to the appropriate secondary care service. Patients presenting to a primary care physician with ENT conditions may require review in an Emergency Clinic. The latter clinics provide patients with rapid access to secondary care, for urgent, yet non-life-threatening conditions. In our department, we noticed that patients with conditions inappropriate to the capabilities of the Clinic were being booked in or reviewed too late; thus causing wasted journeys for the patient...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341282/the-state-of-the-surgical-workforce-in-brazil
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Mário C Scheffer, Aline G A Guilloux, Alicia Matijasevich, Benjamin B Massenburg, Saurabh Saluja, Nivaldo Alonso
BACKGROUND: A critical insufficiency of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and obstetricians exists around the world, leaving billions of people without access to safe operative care. The distribution of the surgical workforce in Brazil, however, is poorly described and rarely assessed. Though the surgical workforce is only one element in the surgical system, this study aimed to map and characterize the distribution of the surgical workforce in Brazil in order to stimulate discussion on future surgical policy reforms...
February 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333820/committee-opinion-no-692-emergent-therapy-for-acute-onset-severe-hypertension-during-pregnancy-and-the-postpartum-period
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Acute-onset, severe systolic hypertension; severe diastolic hypertension; or both can occur during the prenatal, intrapartum, or postpartum periods. Pregnant women or women in the postpartum period with acute-onset, severe systolic hypertension; severe diastolic hypertension; or both require urgent antihypertensive therapy. Introducing standardized, evidence-based clinical guidelines for the management of patients with preeclampsia and eclampsia has been demonstrated to reduce the incidence of adverse maternal outcomes...
April 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333812/committee-opinion-no-692-summary-emergent-therapy-for-acute-onset-severe-hypertension-during-pregnancy-and-the-postpartum-period
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Acute-onset, severe systolic hypertension; severe diastolic hypertension; or both can occur during the prenatal, intrapartum, or postpartum periods. Pregnant women or women in the postpartum period with acute-onset, severe systolic hypertension; severe diastolic hypertension; or both require urgent antihypertensive therapy. Introducing standardized, evidence-based clinical guidelines for the management of patients with preeclampsia and eclampsia has been demonstrated to reduce the incidence of adverse maternal outcomes...
April 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325543/consensus-recommendations-on-exploring-effective-solutions-for-the-rising-cost-of-diabetes
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Shaukat M Sadikot, Ashok Kumar Das, John Wilding, Ali Siyan, Abdul Hamid Zargar, Banshi Saboo, S R Aravind, Bhavana Sosale, Sanjay Kalra, G Vijayakumar, K K Manojan, Anuj Maheshwari, Jayant K Panda, Samar Banerjee, Rajeev Chawla, Sambu Potty Vasudevan, O S Syam Sundar, Jothydev Kesavadev
Diabetes remains asymptomatic for a long period of time and its real burden gets noticed only once the complications set in. The number of individuals affected with the disease is also on the rise and more so in the low income countries. This scenario calls for urgent precautionary measures that need to be undertaken to equip ourselves to fight against this chronic disease. Individuals with financial constraints cannot afford to access even the basic treatment facilities and thus stands the most burdened. The International Diabetes Federation calls for 'Eyes on Diabetes' for the society to focus on early screening and early intervention...
March 7, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
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