Read by QxMD icon Read


Robert J Wong, Mamta K Jain, George Therapondos, Mitchell L Shiffman, Onkar Kshirsagar, Christopher Clark, Mae Thamer
OBJECTIVE: Despite availability of highly effective direct acting antivirals (DAA), barriers in access to these therapies limit our ability to achieve HCV eradication. We aim to evaluate overall rates and predictors of HCV treatment across four community-based health-care systems focusing on race/ethnicity and insurance-specific disparities. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated all adults with chronic HCV at four health care systems from 1 January 2011 to 28 February 2017, which included a large proportion of ethnic minorities, two safety-net systems, and a broad payer mix across four states...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Yang Zeng, Alan Hiti, Sherry Moranville, Gloria Vicent, Sylvia Chavira, Monika de Arruda Indig, Sharon Graminske, Amanda Boerner, Anna Schmidt, Farzad Oreizy, Angela Chen, Maryam Saleminik, Fred Mosqueda, Anna Lin, Kevin Judge
The BD FACSVia™ system* is a novel flow cytometer with improved workflow efficiencies. To evaluate the HLA-B27 application developed on the BD FACSVia system utilizing the BD™ HLA-B27 kit, we conducted a concordance study at three centers to compare with the BD FACSCalibur™ system. Prepared donor samples (n = 594) were analyzed on both the BD FACSVia and BD FACSCalibur for the HLA-B27 assay. Adjudication of HLA-B27 discordant results was performed using the Reverse Sequence Specific Oligonucleotide (rSSO) DNA typing method (LABType® SSO, One Lambda)...
February 24, 2018: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
Shaun Ossei-Owusu
The United States' health care system is mired in uncertainty. Public opinion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") is undeniably mixed and politicized. The individual mandate, tax subsidies, and Medicaid expansion dominate the discussion. This Article argues that the ACA and reform discourse have given short shrift to a more static problem: the law of emergency care. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1986 ("EMTALA") requires most hospitals to screen patients for emergency medical conditions and provide stabilizing treatment regardless of patients' insurance status or ability to pay...
November 2017: American Journal of Law & Medicine
Bettina Genthe, Thandi Kapwata, Wouter Le Roux, Jessica Chamier, Caradee Y Wright
BACKGROUND: Anthropogenic pollution was identified as an environmental problem of concern when, in 2008, dozens of crocodiles died in the Olifants River catchment near the border of South Africa and Mozambique. Given the close proximity of households to the river and their making use of river water, we aimed to determine to what extent water pollution has an impact on health of indigent communities in South Africa and Mozambique in the catchment area. METHODS: Water and vegetable samples were collected from the study areas...
February 1, 2018: Chemosphere
Jan M Eberth, Annie Thibault, Renay Caldwell, Michele J Josey, Beidi Qiang, Edsel Peña, Delecia LaFrance, Franklin G Berger
BACKGROUND: Cancer screening rates are lowest in those without insurance or a regular provider. Since 2008, the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network (CCPN) has provided open access colonoscopy to uninsured residents of South Carolina through established, statewide partnerships and patient navigation. Herein, we describe the structure, implementation, and clinical outcomes of this program. METHODS: The CCPN provides access to colonoscopy screening at no cost to uninsured, asymptomatic patients aged 50-64 years (African Americans age 45-64 years are eligible) who live at or below 150% of the poverty line and seek medical care in free medical clinics, federally qualified health centers, or hospital-based indigent practices in South Carolina...
February 7, 2018: Cancer
Jo-An Atkinson, Ante Prodan, Michael Livingston, Dylan Knowles, Eloise O'Donnell, Robin Room, Devon Indig, Andrew Page, Geoff McDonnell, John Wiggers
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Evaluations of alcohol policy changes demonstrate that restriction of trading hours of both 'on' and 'off' license venues can be an effective means of reducing rates of alcohol-related harm. Despite this, the effects of different trading hour policy options over time, accounting for different contexts and demographic characteristics, and the common co-occurrence of other harm reduction strategies in trading hour policy initiatives are difficult to estimate. The aim of this study was to use dynamic simulation modelling to compare estimated impacts over time of a range of trading hour policy options on various indicators of acute alcohol related harm...
February 3, 2018: Addiction
Roberto Cilia, Janeth Laguna, Erica Cassani, Emanuele Cereda, Benedetta Raspini, Michela Barichella, Gianni Pezzoli
BACKGROUND: Thousands of individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) in low-income countries have limited access to marketed levodopa preparations. Mucuna pruriens (MP), a levodopa-containing leguminous plant growing in tropical areas, may be a sustainable alternative therapy for indigent patients. Single-dose intake of MP proved noninferior to marketed levodopa preparations. METHODS: Fourteen PD patients with motor fluctuations and dyskinesias received MP powder (obtained from roasted seeds) and marketed levodopa/carbidopa (LD/CD) in a randomized order and crossover design over a 16-week period...
January 11, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Yang Zeng, Michelle Dabay, Virginia George, Shalini Seetharaman, Monika de Arruda Indig, Sharon Graminske, Nicole Kimpel, Anna Schmidt, Amanda Boerner, Sarai Paradiso, Tatyana Delman, Yunyao Li, Viktoriya Litvak, Farzad Oreizy, Angela Chen, Maryam Saleminik, Fred Mosqueda, Anna Lin, Kevin Judge
The BD FACSVia™ System features novel designs in hardware, software, and instrument QC. We compared the performance of the BD FACSVia System using the BD Leucocount™ kit with the BD FACSCalibur™ flow cytometer. Leucoreduced platelet (PLT, n = 252) and red blood cell (RBC, n = 278) specimens were enrolled at four sites. Each specimen was stained in four tubes using the BD Leucocount kit reagents and acquired on the two systems. BD Leucocount Control cells (high and low) were used to evaluate the inter-site reproducibility on the BD FACSVia System at three sites over 20 days...
January 18, 2018: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
Valéry Ridde, Gerald Leppert, Hervé Hien, Paul Jacob Robyn, Manuela De Allegri
BACKGROUND: Street-level workers play a key role in public health policies in Africa, as they are often the ones to ensure their implementation. In Burkina Faso, the State formulated two different user-fee exemption policies for indigents, one for deliveries (2007), and one for primary healthcare (2009). The objective of this study was to measure and understand the determinants of street-level workers' knowledge and application of these exemption measures. METHODS: We used cross-sectional data collected between October 2013 and March 2014...
January 8, 2018: International Journal for Equity in Health
James K Elrod, John L Fortenberry
BACKGROUND: Health and medical providers dedicated to serving the poor face daunting challenges, with the most obvious one pertaining to the provision of services with little or no expectation of remuneration. This hardship often is overlooked by broad society as many view the delivery of healthcare services to indigent populations to be covered fully by government health insurance programs or other forms of public assistance. This, however, is only partially true and, even when reimbursements or similar payments are provided, they often fall short of covering the actual costs associated with rendering services...
December 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
James K Elrod, John L Fortenberry
BACKGROUND: Challenges abound for healthcare providers engaged in initiatives directed toward disadvantaged populations, with financial constraints representing one of the most prominent hardships. Society's less fortunate typically lack the means to pay for healthcare services and even when they are covered by government health insurance programs, reimbursement shortcomings often occur, placing funding burdens on the shoulders of establishments dedicated to serving those of limited means...
December 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
Keanan McGonigle, Tess Carley, Clarissa Hoff
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed racial disparities in access to healthcare services, hepatitis C virus (HCV) exposure, and retention in a treatment cascade in two indigent populations in an urban center in the Southern US. PARTICIPANTS/METHODS: Opt-in HCV antibody screening was offered at two large homeless centers and three residential substance abuse treatment centers (SATCs) in New Orleans, LA. Five hundred ninety-four participants experiencing homelessness and 342 residents of SATCs were assessed for previous access/perceived barriers to healthcare services and high-risk behaviors associated with HCV exposure...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Paul S Appelbaum
Over 30 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court held that indigent defendants raising psychiatric issues are entitled to the assistance of a mental health expert. However, the exact dimensions of that assistance, and whether the expert must be assigned exclusively to assist the defense, have been in contention ever since. In its recent decision in McWilliams v. Dunn, the Court underscored that the state-funded expert must be available to consult with the defense, not merely to evaluate the defendant, but declined to opine on whether the defense is entitled to its own expert for the purpose...
January 1, 2018: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
Jong-Deuk Baek, Robert L Seidman, Tracy L Finlayson
The Affordable Care Act expanded health insurance for low-income, uninsured individuals. Few longitudinal analyses have investigated how insurance expansion influences cost and utilization among adults with chronic conditions. This study conducted longitudinal analysis investigating time trends in utilization and cost among newly insured, chronically ill, low-income individuals using Generalized Estimating Equations models. For hospitalization, hospital outpatient services, emergency department (ED) visits, and primary care visits, two indicators were measured: the proportion of enrollees with services and the average number of visits among users...
2017: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Cynthia S Selleck, Matthew Fifolt, Heidi Burkart, Jennifer Sandson Frank, William A Curry, Lisle S Hites
This article details a nurse-led, interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) model that was developed to provide primary care to a medically indigent population in Birmingham, Alabama. Funding to develop and implement this project came from a federal Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention award to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing, with additional support coming from the UAB Hospital and Health System. The clinic is housed within a local community-based, non-profit organization and all services, including supplies and pharmaceuticals, are provided free of charge to this vulnerable population...
November 2017: Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Harissou Adamou, Oumarou Habou, Ibrahim Amadou Magagi, Ousseini Adakal, Amadou Magagi, Maazou Halidou, Rachid Sani
BACKGROUND: Intestinal ostomies are common surgical procedures performed in visceral surgery as part of management for several gastrointestinal diseases. This study aims to report the socio-demographic characteristics, indications and prognosis of intestinal ostomies in low-income country. METHODS: This was a 4-year retrospective study (January 2013 to December 2016) at Zinder National Hospital (Niger). All patients with a digestive ostomy on an ileum or colic segment were included in the study...
November 15, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
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
Ahsan Azhar, Sriram Yennurajalingam, Aashraya Ramu, Haibo Zhang, Ali Haider, Janet L Williams, Seyedeh S Dibaj, Diane D Liu, Eduardo Bruera
CONTEXT: Low-income patients face barriers to palliative care access, which might negatively influence symptom management and advanced care planning. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to compare time of referral and characteristics (level of symptom distress) among uninsured (indigent), low-insured (Medicaid), and insured patients presenting to our Supportive Care Center (SCC). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of randomly selected 100 indigent, 100 Medicaid and 300 insured outpatients referred during the same 5-year period...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Jo-An Atkinson, Dylan Knowles, John Wiggers, Michael Livingston, Robin Room, Ante Prodan, Geoff McDonnell, Eloise O'Donnell, Sandra Jones, Paul S Haber, David Muscatello, Nadine Ezard, Nghi Phung, Louise Freebairn, Devon Indig, Lucie Rychetnik, Jaithri Ananthapavan, Sonia Wutzke
OBJECTIVES: Alcohol misuse is a complex systemic problem. The aim of this study was to explore the feasibility of using a transparent and participatory agent-based modelling approach to develop a robust decision support tool to test alcohol policy scenarios before they are implemented in the real world. METHODS: A consortium of Australia's leading alcohol experts was engaged to collaboratively develop an agent-based model of alcohol consumption behaviour and related harms...
October 19, 2017: International Journal of Public Health
Samiratou Ouédraogo, Valéry Ridde, Nicole Atchessi, Aurélia Souares, Jean-Louis Koulidiati, Quentin Stoeffler, Maria-Victoria Zunzunegui
BACKGROUND: In Africa, health research on indigent people has focused on how to target them for services, but little research has been conducted to identify the social groups that compose indigence. Our aim was to identify what makes someone indigent beyond being recognised by the community as needing a card for free healthcare. METHODS: We used data from a survey conducted to evaluate a state-led intervention for performance-based financing of health services in two districts of Burkina Faso...
October 8, 2017: BMJ Open
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"