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B Josea Kramer, Beth Creekmur, Michael N Mitchell, Debra Saliba
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Home-based primary care (HBPC) is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program to meet the medical needs of community-dwelling populations needing long-term care (LTC). The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded its HBPC program to underserved rural communities, including American Indian reservations, providing a "natural laboratory" to study change in access to VA LTC benefits and utilization outcomes for rural populations that typically face challenges in accessing LTC medical support...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Simon J Craddock Lee, Stephen J Inrig, Bijal A Balasubramanian, Celette Sugg Skinner, Robin T Higashi, Katharine McCallister, Wendy Pechero Bishop, Noel O Santini, Jasmin A Tiro
The colorectal cancer (CRC) screening process involves multiple interfaces (communication exchanges and transfers of responsibility for specific actions) among primary care and gastroenterology providers, laboratory, and administrative staff. After a retrospective electronic health record (EHR) analysis discovered substantial clinic variation and low CRC screening prevalence overall in an urban, integrated safety-net system, we launched a qualitative analysis to identify potential quality improvement targets to enhance fecal immunochemical test (FIT) completion, the system's preferred screening modality...
March 2018: Preventive Medicine Reports
Karthikeyan E Ponnusamy, Jacquelyn D Marsh, Lyndsay E Somerville, Richard W McCalden, Edward M Vasarhelyi
BACKGROUND: We compared 90-day costs and outcomes for primary total knee arthroplasty patients among nonobese (body mass index [BMI] 18.5-24.9), overweight (25-29.9), obese (30-34.9), severely obese (35-39.9), morbidly obese (40-49.9), and super-obese (50+) cohorts. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of an institutional database of total knee arthroplasty patients from 2006 to 2013 with a minimum of 3-year follow-up. Sixty-five super-obese patients were identified, and five other cohorts were randomly selected in a 2:1 ratio (total, n = 715)...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Adrienne W Henize, Andrew F Beck, Melissa D Klein, John Morehous, Robert S Kahn
Introduction Children and families living in poverty frequently encounter social risks that significantly affect their health and well-being. Physicians' near universal access to at-risk children and their parents presents opportunities to address social risks, but time constraints frequently interfere. We sought to redesign our waiting room to create a clinic-to-community bridge and evaluate the impact of that redesign on family-centered outcomes. Methods We conducted a pre-post study of a waiting room redesign at a large, academic pediatric primary care center...
March 10, 2018: Maternal and Child Health Journal
Adam W A Geraghty, Rosie Stanford, Beth Stuart, Paul Little, Lisa C Roberts, Nadine E Foster, Jonathan C Hill, Elaine M Hay, David Turner, Wansida Malakan, Linda Leigh, Lucy Yardley
OBJECTIVE: To determine the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial of an internet intervention for low back pain (LBP) using three arms: (1) usual care, (2) usual care plus an internet intervention or (3) usual care plus an internet intervention with additional physiotherapist telephone support. DESIGN AND SETTING: A three-armed randomised controlled feasibility trial conducted in 12 general practices in England. PARTICIPANTS: Primary care patients aged over 18 years, with current LBP, access to the internet and without indicators of serious spinal pathology or systemic illness...
March 9, 2018: BMJ Open
Jesse D Schold, Stuart M Flechner, Emilio D Poggio, Joshua J Augustine, David A Goldfarb, John R Sedor, Laura D Buccini
BACKGROUND: The effects of underlying noncodified risks are unclear on the prognosis of patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). We aimed to evaluate the association of residential area life expectancy with outcomes and processes of care for patients with ESRD in the United States. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: Adult patients with incident ESRD between 2006 and 2013 recorded in the US Renal Data System (n=606,046)...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Sikhumbuzo A Mabunda, Leslie London, David Pienaar
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive primary healthcare (PHC) approach requires clear referral and continuity of care pathways. South Africa is a lower-middle income country (LMIC) that lacks data on the role of intermediate care (IC) services in the health system. This study described the model of service provision at one facility in Cape Town, including reason for admission, the mix of services and skills provided and needed, patient satisfaction, patient outcome and articulation with other services across the spectrum of care...
May 14, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
Geetanjali D Datta, Alexandra Blair, Marie-Pierre Sylvestre, Lise Gauvin, Mylene Drouin, Marie-Helene Mayrand
In Canada, over 40% of invasive cervical cancers occur among women who have never been screened. Although 12% of Canadian women have never been screened, this number can be as high as 43% among certain social groups. Little is published on factors associated with screening uptake and inequalities among women residing in Quebec. Four waves of the Canadian Community Health Survey (2003, 2005, 2008, 2012, N = 6393) were utilized to assess lifetime screening and screening in the previous 3 years among women residing in Montreal...
March 7, 2018: Preventive Medicine
Beáta Gavurová, Boris Popesko, Janusz K Grabara, Samuel Koróny
AIM: Access to primary health care is highly connected to the prevention of cancer mortality, since the risk factors threatening health can be early identified. The aim of this paper is, firstly, to explore similarity within and between the regions of the Slovak Republic and cancer mortality patterns, and secondly, to reveal if similar regions are characterised by the similar access to health care or risk factors occurrence. METHODS: Data on deaths by sex, type of cancer death and region from 1996 to 2014 is provided by the National Health Information Centre of Slovakia...
December 2017: Central European Journal of Public Health
A F Crawshaw, H Kirkbride
Approximately 13% of the UK population in 2015 was born overseas. Most migrants have come to the UK to work or study although there has been a small increase in the number of asylum applications in the UK in recent years, reflective of the ongoing humanitarian situation across Europe. Migrants in the UK tend to be young and healthy, but some may face unique health needs as a result of their experiences before, during and after migration. For these needs to be appropriately recognised and addressed, evidence-based advice is needed for UK professionals...
March 7, 2018: Public Health
Lynn DeBar, Lindsay Benes, Allison Bonifay, Richard A Deyo, Charles R Elder, Francis J Keefe, Michael C Leo, Carmit McMullen, Meghan Mayhew, Ashli Owen-Smith, David H Smith, Connie M Trinacty, William M Vollmer
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is one of the most common, disabling, and expensive public health problems in the United States. Interdisciplinary pain management treatments that employ behavioral approaches have been successful in helping patients with chronic pain reduce symptoms and regain functioning. However, most patients lack access to such treatments. We are conducting a pragmatic clinical trial to test the hypothesis that patients who receive an interdisciplinary biopsychosocial intervention, the Pain Program for Active Coping and Training (PPACT), at their primary care clinic will have a greater reduction in pain impact in the year following than patients receiving usual care...
March 6, 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials
Isabel M Leal, Lillian S Kao, Burzeen Karanjawala, Richard J Escamilla, Tien C Ko, Stefanos G Millas
BACKGROUND: Greater understanding of barriers to screening of colorectal cancer among lower socioeconomic, particularly Hispanic, patients is needed to improve disparities in care. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore patients' perceptions and experiences of care seeking for colorectal cancer to identify barriers to early diagnosis and treatment. DESIGN: This explorative qualitative study was conducted as a focused ethnography of patients diagnosed with advanced-stage colorectal cancer...
April 2018: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Satish K Warrier, Joseph Cherng Kong, Glen R Guerra, Timothy J Chittleborough, Arun Naik, Robert G Ramsay, A Craig Lynch, Alexander G Heriot
BACKGROUND: Rectal cancer outcomes have improved with the adoption of a multidisciplinary model of care. However, there is a spectrum of quality when viewed from a national perspective, as highlighted by the Consortium for Optimizing the Treatment of Rectal Cancer data on rectal cancer care in the United States. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess and identify predictors of circumferential resection margin involvement for rectal cancer across Australasia...
April 2018: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Osama M Moussa, Simon Erridge, Swathikan Chidambaram, Paul Ziprin, Ara Darzi, Sanjay Purkayastha
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to analyze the Clinical Practice Research Datalink to identify the prognostic factors of all-cause mortality in the severely obese. BACKGROUND: Patients who are severely obese [body mass index (BMI) ≥35 kg/m] are at increased risk of all-cause mortality as a result of metabolic sequelae including hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and diabetes. Bariatric surgery has been shown to reduce the severity of the metabolic complications of obesity...
March 8, 2018: Annals of Surgery
Thomas R Radomski, Felicia R Bixler, Susan L Zickmund, KatieLynn M Roman, Carolyn T Thorpe, Jennifer A Hale, Florentina E Sileanu, Leslie R M Hausmann, Joshua M Thorpe, Katie J Suda, Kevin T Stroupe, Adam J Gordon, Chester B Good, Michael J Fine, Walid F Gellad
BACKGROUND: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented robust strategies to monitor prescription opioid dispensing, but these strategies have not accounted for opioids prescribed by non-VA providers. State-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a potential tool to identify VA patients' receipt of opioids from non-VA prescribers, and recent legislation requires their use within VA. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate VA physicians' perspectives and experiences regarding use of PDMPs to monitor Veterans' receipt of opioids from non-VA prescribers...
March 8, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Brandon J Hill, Richard Crosby, Alida Bouris, Rayna Brown, Trevor Bak, Kris Rosentel, Alicia VandeVusse, Michael Silverman, Laura Salazar
The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the effects of legal name change on socioeconomic factors, general and transgender-related healthcare access and utilization, and transgender-related victimization in a sample of young transgender women (transwomen) of color. A cross-sectional group comparison approach was used to assess the potential effects of legal name change. A convenience sample of young transwomen enrolled in a no-cost legal name change clinic were recruited to complete a 30-minute interviewer-guided telephone survey including sociodemographic and socioeconomic factors, health and well-being, health care utilization, transgender transition-related health care, and transgender-related victimization...
March 2018: Sexuality Research & Social Policy
James F Boswell, Michael J Constantino, Jennifer M Oswald, Matteo Bugatti, Brien Goodwin, Recai Yucel
BACKGROUND: Research demonstrates significant variability in mental health clinicians' overall and domain-specific effectiveness with their patients. Despite calls to increase patient access to performance information, little is known about patients' relative valuing of this information in the context of other treatment factors. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to obtain an understanding of patients' relative valuing of provider performance track records and other therapist and treatment characteristics for their mental health care decision making...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Barbara Kimbell, Scott A Murray, Heidi Byrne, Andrea Baird, Peter C Hayes, Alastair MacGilchrist, Anne Finucane, Patricia Brookes Young, Ronan E O'Carroll, Christopher J Weir, Marilyn Kendall, Kirsty Boyd
BACKGROUND: Liver disease is an increasing cause of death worldwide but palliative care is largely absent for these patients. AIM: We conducted a feasibility trial of a complex intervention delivered by a supportive care liver nurse specialist to improve care coordination, anticipatory care planning and quality of life for people with advanced liver disease and their carers. DESIGN: Patients received a 6-month intervention (alongside usual care) from a specially trained liver nurse specialist...
March 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
Janine V Olthuis, Patrick J McGrath, Charles E Cunningham, Michael H Boyle, Patricia Lingley-Pottie, Graham J Reid, Alexa Bagnell, Ellen L Lipman, Karen Turner, Penny Corkum, Sherry H Stewart, Patrick Berrigan, Kathy Sdao-Jarvie
Disruptive behavior disorders are prevalent in youth, yet most children with disruptive behavior do not have access to timely, effective treatment. Distance-delivered service (e.g., via telephone, Internet) can overcome several barriers to care. This study tested the effectiveness of a 12-week parent training program, Strongest Families™ Parenting the Active Child, delivered via written material, skill-based videos, and telephone coaching sessions, as compared to usual care in reducing child externalizing behavior...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Zahira Latif, Abhishek Abhishek
To discuss alternate models of long-term gout management RECENT FINDINGS: Nurse-led care of gout appears to improve the uptake of and adherence to urate-lowering treatment in a research setting. Less impressive improvements were achieved with pharmacist-led remote management of gout; however, both strategies were more effective than usual primary care provider management of gout. Individualised education about gout, patient involvement in decision-making, and access to trained support in managing side-effects and gout flares can improve the uptake of fine and adherence to urate-lowering treatment...
March 8, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
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