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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131469/do-programs-for-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people-leaving-prison-meet-their-health-and-social-support-needs
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Penelope Abbott, Jane E Lloyd, Chandni Joshi, Kathy Malera-Bandjalan, Eileen Baldry, Elizabeth McEntyre, Juanita Sherwood, Jennifer Reath, Devon Indig, Mark F Harris
The objective of this review was to synthesise evidence on the health and social support needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people leaving prison and on programs which aid successful community re-entry. A systematic literature review was undertaken of peer-reviewed and grey literature published between 2001 and 2013, focusing on the post-release needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and pre- and post-release programs. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have high health and social support needs on leaving prison...
November 13, 2017: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130601/scaling-up-hiv-viral-load-lessons-from-the-large-scale-implementation-of-hiv-early-infant-diagnosis-and-cd4-testing
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Trevor Peter, Clement Zeh, Zachary Katz, Ali Elbireer, Bereket Alemayehu, Lara Vojnov, Alex Costa, Naoko Doi, Ilesh Jani
INTRODUCTION: The scale-up of effective HIV viral load (VL) testing is an urgent public health priority. Implementation of testing is supported by the availability of accurate, nucleic acid based laboratory and point-of-care (POC) VL technologies and strong WHO guidance recommending routine testing to identify treatment failure. However, test implementation faces challenges related to the developing health systems in many low-resource countries. The purpose of this commentary is to review the challenges and solutions from the large-scale implementation of other diagnostic tests, namely nucleic-acid based early infant HIV diagnosis (EID) and CD4 testing, and identify key lessons to inform the scale-up of VL...
November 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128649/design-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial-examining-the-efficacy-and-biological-mechanisms-of-web-prolonged-exposure-and-present-centered-therapy-for-ptsd-among-active-duty-military-personnel-and-veterans
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Carmen P McLean, Sheila A M Rauch, Edna B Foa, Rebecca K Sripada, Hallie S Tannahill, Jim Mintz, Jeffrey Yarvis, Stacey Young-McCaughan, Katherine A Dondanville, Brittany N Hall-Clark, Brooke A Fina, Terence M Keane, Alan L Peterson
Improved accessibility of effective and efficient evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for military personnel suffering with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an urgent need to meet the growing demand for timely care. In addition, a better understanding of the mechanism of action of behavioral therapy can inform the delivery of care to meet accessibility demands. Effective EBTs for PTSD are available, but logistical and stigma-related barriers to accessing behavioral healthcare can deter military personnel from receiving these treatments...
November 8, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117342/the-south-african-tuberculosis-care-cascade-estimated-losses-and-methodological-challenges
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Pren Naidoo, Grant Theron, Molebogeng X Rangaka, Violet N Chihota, Louise Vaughan, Zameer O Brey, Yogan Pillay
Background: While tuberculosis incidence and mortality are declining in South Africa, meeting the goals of the End TB Strategy requires an invigorated programmatic response informed by accurate data. Enumerating the losses at each step in the care cascade enables appropriate targeting of interventions and resources. Methods: We estimated the tuberculosis burden; the number and proportion of individuals with tuberculosis who accessed tests, had tuberculosis diagnosed, initiated treatment, and successfully completed treatment for all tuberculosis cases, for those with drug-susceptible tuberculosis (including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-coinfected cases) and rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108841/a-conceptual-framework-for-understanding-unintended-prolonged-opioid-use
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W Michael Hooten, Chad M Brummett, Mark D Sullivan, Jenna Goesling, Jon C Tilburt, Jessica S Merlin, Jennifer L St Sauver, Ajay D Wasan, Daniel J Clauw, David O Warner
An urgent need exists to better understand the transition from short-term opioid use to unintended prolonged opioid use (UPOU). The purpose of this work is to propose a conceptual framework for understanding UPOU that posits the influence of 3 principal domains that include the characteristics of (1) individual patients, (2) the practice environment, and (3) opioid prescribers. Although no standardized method exists for developing a conceptual framework, the process often involves identifying corroborative evidence, leveraging expert opinion to identify factors for inclusion in the framework, and developing a graphic depiction of the relationships between the various factors and the clinical problem of interest...
November 3, 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101152/does-risk-and-urgency-of-requested-out-of-hours-general-practitioners-care-differ-for-people-with-intellectual-disabilities-in-residential-settings-compared-with-the-general-population-in-the-netherlands-a-cross-sectional-routine-data-based-study
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Marloes Heutmekers, Jenneken Naaldenberg, Sabine A Verheggen, Willem J J Assendelft, Henny M J van Schrojenstein Lantman-de Valk, Hilde Tobi, Geraline L Leusink
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether people with intellectual disabilities (ID) in residential setting were more likely than people from the general population to request out-of-hours general practitioner (GP) care and whether these requests had a similar level of urgency. DESIGN: Cross-sectional routine data-based study. SETTING: Two GP cooperatives providing out-of-hours primary care in an area in the Netherlands. POPULATION: 432 582 persons living in the out-of-hours service areas, of which 1448 could be identified as having an ID...
November 3, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099000/enhancing-the-role-of-private-practitioners-in-tuberculosis-prevention-and-care-activities-in-india
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REVIEW
Tanu Anand, Ranjith Babu, Anil G Jacob, Karuna Sagili, Sarabjit S Chadha
India accounts for the highest number of incident tuberculosis (TB) cases globally. Hence, to impact the TB incidence world over, there is an urgent need to address and accelerate TB control activities in the country. Nearly, half of the TB patients first seek TB care in private sector. However, the participation of private practitioners (PPs) has been patchy in TB prevention and care and distrust exists between public and private sector. PPs usually have varied diagnostic and treatment practices that are inadequate and amplify the risk of drug resistance...
November 2017: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29072341/perspectives-on-the-underlying-drivers-of-urgent-and-emergency-care-reconfiguration-in-ireland
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E Droog, C Foley, O Healy, C Buckley, M Boyce, S McHugh, J P Browne
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing tendency to reconfigure acute hospital care towards a more centralised and specialised model, particularly for complex care conditions. Although centralisation is presented as "evidence-based", the relevant studies are often challenged by groups which hold perspectives and values beyond those implicit in the literature. This study investigated stakeholder perspectives on the rationale for the reconfiguration of urgent and emergency care in Ireland. Specifically, it considered the hypothesis that individuals from different stakeholder groups would endorse different positions in relation to the motivation for, and goals of, reconfiguration...
October 26, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070050/potential-barriers-in-healthcare-access-of-the-elderly-population-influenced-by-the-economic-crisis-and-the-troika-agreement-a-qualitative-case-study-in-lisbon-portugal
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Julia Doetsch, Eva Pilot, Paula Santana, Thomas Krafft
BACKGROUND: The recent economic and financial crisis in Portugal urged the Portuguese Government in April 2011 to request financial assistance from the troika austerity bail out program to get aid for its government debt. The troika agreement included health reforms and austerity measures of the National Health Service (NHS) in Portugal to save non-essential health care costs. This research aimed to identify potential barriers among the elderly population (aged 65 and above) to healthcare access influenced by the economic crisis and the troika agreement focussing on the Memorandum of Understanding on Specific Economic Policy Conditionality (MoU) in Lisbon metropolitan area, Portugal...
October 25, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061336/management-of-mdr-tb-in-hiv-co-infected-patients-in-eastern-europe-results-from-the-tb-hiv-study
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A M W Efsen, A Schultze, R F Miller, A Panteleev, A Skrahin, D N Podlekareva, J M Miro, E Girardi, H Furrer, M H Losso, J Toibaro, J A Caylà, A Mocroft, J D Lundgren, F A Post, O Kirk
OBJECTIVES: Mortality among HIV patients with tuberculosis (TB) remains high in Eastern Europe (EE), but details of TB and HIV management remain scarce. METHODS: In this prospective study, we describe the TB treatment regimens of patients with multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB and use of antiretroviral therapy (ART). RESULTS: A total of 105 HIV-positive patients had MDR-TB (including 33 with extensive drug resistance) and 130 pan-susceptible TB...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061326/walk-in-model-for-ill-care-in-an-urban-academic-pediatric-clinic
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Stephen Warrick, John Morehous, Zeina M Samaan, Mona Mansour, Tracy Huentelman, Pamela J Schoettker, Srikant Iyer
OBJECTIVES: Since the Institute of Medicine's 2001 charge to reform healthcare, there has been a focus on the role of the medical home. Access to care in the proper setting and at the proper time is central to healthcare reform. We aimed to increase the volume of patients receiving care for acute illnesses within the medical home rather than the emergency department or urgent care center from 41% to 60%. METHODS: We used quality improvement methods to create a separate non-emergency care stream in a large academic primary care clinic serving 19,000 patients (> 90% Medicaid)...
October 20, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050889/nine-point-plan-to-improve-care-of-the-injured-patient-a-case-study-from-kenya
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Abdulgafoor M Bachani, Isaac Botchey, Fatima Paruk, Daniel Wako, Hassan Saidi, Bethuel Aliwa, Simon Kibias, Adnan A Hyder
BACKGROUND: Injury rates in low- and middle-income countries are among the greatest in the world, with >90% of unintentional injury occurring in low- or middle-income countries. The risk of death from injuries is 6 times more in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. This increased rate of injury is partly due to the lack of availability and access to timely and appropriate medical care for injured individuals. Kenya, like most low- and middle-income countries, has seen a 5-fold increase in injury fatalities throughout the past 4 decades, in large part related to the absence of a coordinated, integrated system of trauma care...
October 16, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046768/smartphones-and-e-tablets-in-perioperative-medicine
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REVIEW
Frederic Michard
Smartphones and electronic tablets (e-tablets) have become ubiquitous devices. Their ease of use, smartness, accessibility, mobility and connectivity create unique opportunities to improve quality of surgical care from prehabilitation to rehabilitation. Before surgery, digital applications (Apps), serious games and text messaging may help for a better control of risk factors (hypertension, overweight), for smoking cessation, and for optimizing adherence to preoperative recommendations (e.g., regarding anticoagulation or antihypertensive treatments)...
October 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033516/primary-endovascular-intervention-for-acute-mesenteric-ischemia-performed-by-interventional-cardiologists-a-single-center-experience
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Tsung-Yan Chen, Chih-Horng Wu, Wen-Feng Hsu, Lin Lin, Ren-Huei Wang, Chao-Lun Lai, Kuei-Chin Tsai, Li-Ta Keng, Chih-Cheng Wu, Mu-Yang Hsieh
The current standard care for acute mesenteric ischemia (AMEI) involves urgent revascularization and resection of the necrotic bowel. Since 2012, we have used an AMEI protocol of our own design, which focused on early treatment and allowed interventional cardiologists to become involved when interventional radiologist was not available. A total of 8 patients were treated, and two interventional cardiologists performed all the stenting procedures. The procedure success rate was 100% in patients with non-calcified lesions (6/8)...
July 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033272/graduating-surgical-residents-lack-competence-in-critical-care-ultrasound
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Renuka Tripu, Margaret H Lauerman, Daniel Haase, Syeda Fatima, Jacob Glaser, Cassandra Cardarelli, Thomas M Scalea, Sarah Murthi
OBJECTIVE: Ultrasound provides accessible imaging for bedside diagnostics and procedural guidance, but may lead to misdiagnosis in untrained users. The main objective of this study was to determine observed and self-perceived competence with critical care ultrasound in graduated general surgery residents. DESIGN: The design of this study was a retrospective review. Ultrasound training program records were reviewed for number of prior ultrasound examinations performed, self-perceived competence, observed competence on faculty examinations, and intended future use of individual critical care ultrasound examinations...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032870/insurance-status-and-access-to-urgent-primary-care-follow-up-after-an-emergency-department%C3%A2-visit-in-2016
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Shih-Chuan Chou, Yanhong Deng, Jerry Smart, Vivek Parwani, Steven L Bernstein, Arjun K Venkatesh
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We examine the availability of follow-up appointments for emergency department (ED) patients without established primary care by insurance and clinical condition. METHODS: We used "secret shopper" methodology, employing 2 black men to telephone all 53 primary care practices in greater New Haven, posing as new patients discharged from the ED and requesting follow-up appointments. Each practice received 6 scripted calls from each caller during an 8-month period, reflecting all possible scenarios based on 3 insurance types (Medicaid, state exchange, and commercial) and 2 conditions (hypertension and back pain)...
October 4, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021079/blood-borne-virus-transmission-in-an-urban-culturally-diverse-neighbourhood-results-from-a-cross-sectional-bio-behavioural-survey-using-innovative-outreach-methods-in-a-hard-to-reach-population
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Elizabeth Peach, Shelley Cogger, Kat Byron, Penny Francis, Daniel O'Keefe, Peter Higgs, Mark Stoove, Kasey Elmore, Paul Dietze, Margaret Hellard
Background: Following a HIV outbreak among Aboriginal people in a culturally diverse inner-city suburb of Melbourne, a blood-borne virus (BBV) screening program was conducted to inform public health interventions to prevent transmission and facilitate timely diagnosis and linkage to care. Methods: In August-September 2014, community health workers recruited people who inject drugs (PWID) from a local needle and syringe program. Participants were tested for hepatitis C virus (HCV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), HIV and syphilis and completed a bio-behavioural questionnaire...
October 12, 2017: Sexual Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992158/avoidable-emergency-department-visits-a-starting-point
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Renee Y Hsia, Matthew Niedzwiecki
Objective: To better characterize and understand the nature of a very conservative definition of 'avoidable' emergency department (ED) visits in the United States to provide policymakers insight into what interventions can target non-urgent ED visits. Design/setting: We performed a retrospective analysis of a very conservative definition of 'avoidable' ED visits using data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from 2005 to 2011. Participants: We examined a total of 115 081 records, representing 424 million ED visits made by patients aged 18-64 years who were seen in the ED and discharged home...
October 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990318/depression-hurts-depression-costs-the-medical-spending-attributable-to-depression-and-depressive-symptoms-in-china
#19
Chee-Ruey Hsieh, Xuezheng Qin
Due to its fast economic growth and lifestyle changes, China is experiencing a rapid epidemiological transition from communicable to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Mental disorder such as depression is an important yet often neglected NCD and is becoming a growing cause of disability, suicides, and disease burden. This paper provides the first nationally representative estimate of the medical cost attributable to depression and depressive symptoms among the adult population in China. On the basis of the 2012 China Family Panel Studies survey, our results indicate that these mental health conditions have significant impacts on the individual medical expenditure, and they jointly contribute to 14...
October 8, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984018/the-impact-of-improving-access-to-primary-care
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David P Glass, Michael H Kanter, Steven J Jacobsen, Paul M Minardi
OBJECTIVES: To measure the size and timing of changes in utilization and costs for employees and dependents who had major access barriers to primary care removed, across an 8-year period (2007 to 2014). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Retrospective observational study examining patterns of utilization and costs before and after the implementation of a worksite medical office in 2010. The worksite office offered convenient primary care services with no travel from work, essentially guaranteed same day access, and no co-pay...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
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