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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777044/the-impact-of-sign-glaucoma-guidelines-on-false-positive-referrals-from-community-optometrists-in-central-scotland
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Samantha Sii, Ahmad Nasser, Cheng Yi Loo, Catherine Croghan, Alan Rotchford, Pankaj Kumar Agarwal
BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence glaucoma guidelines 2009, the number of referrals from community optometrists to hospital eye services has increased across the UK, resulting in increase in first visit discharge rates (FVDRs). AIM: To assess the impact of Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) 144 on quality of referrals from community optometrists. METHODOLOGY: A retrospective study of patient records who attended as new adult glaucoma referrals to clinics in Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh, and in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, was carried out across October-November 2014 (group 1) and September-October 2016 (group 2), before and after the introduction of SIGN 144...
May 18, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773657/review-of-the-role-of-nice-in-promoting-the-adoption-of-innovative-cardiac-technologies
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REVIEW
Peter H Groves, Chris Pomfrett, Mirella Marlow
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme (MTEP) promotes the adoption of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic technologies into National Health Service (NHS) clinical practice through the publication of guidance and briefing documents. Since the inception of the programme in 2009, there have been 7 medical technologiesguidance, 3 diagnostics guidance and 23 medtechinnovation briefing documents published that are relevant to the heart and circulation...
May 17, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773529/development-of-a-just-in-time-adaptive-mhealth-intervention-for-insomnia-usability-study
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I Wayan Pulantara, Bambang Parmanto, Anne Germain
BACKGROUND: Healthy sleep is a fundamental component of physical and brain health. Insomnia, however, is a prevalent sleep disorder that compromises functioning, productivity, and health. Therefore, developing efficient treatment delivery methods for insomnia can have significant societal and personal health impacts. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) is the recommended first-line treatment of insomnia but access is currently limited for patients, since treatment must occur in specialty sleep clinics, which suffer from an insufficient number of trained clinicians...
May 17, 2018: JMIR Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773075/does-multidisciplinary-rehabilitation-of-tortured-refugees-represent-value-for-money-a-follow-up-of-a-danish-case-study
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Line Bager, Kristian Schultz Hansen, Carit Jacques Andersen, Shr-Jie Sharlenna Wang
BACKGROUND: The recent surge of asylum seekers in the European Union (EU) is raising questions about the EU's ability to integrate newcomers into the economy and into society; particularly those who need specialized services for the treatment of severe trauma. This study investigated whether rehabilitating traumatised refugees represents 'value-for-money' (VfM) in terms of intervention cost per health gain and in a long-term and societal perspective. METHODS: The economic evaluation comprised a cost-utility analysis (CUA) and a partial cost-benefit analysis (CBA)...
May 18, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771269/upper-gastrointestinal-alterations-in-kidney-transplant-candidates
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João Pedro Homse Netto, João Pedro Sant'Anna Pinheiro, Mariana Lopes Ferrari, Mirella Tizziani Soares, Rogério Augusto Gomes Silveira, Mariana Espiga Maioli, Vinicius Daher Alvares Delfino
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of gastrointestinal disorders among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is high, despite the lack of a good correlation between endoscopic findings and symptoms. Many services thus perform upper gastrointestinal (UGI) endoscopy on kidney transplant candidates. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to describe the alterations seen on the upper endoscopies of 96 kidney-transplant candidates seen from 2014 to 2015. METHODS: Ninety-six CKD patients underwent upper endoscopic examination as part of the preparation to receive kidney grafts...
May 14, 2018: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768601/improving-patient-care-trajectories-an-innovative-quasi-experimental-research-method-for-health-services
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Eneida Rached Campos, Djalma de Carvalho Moreira-Filho, Marcos Tadeu Nolasco da Silva
Scores to predict treatment outcomes have earned a well-deserved place in healthcare practice. However, when used to help achieve excellence in the care of a given disease, scores should also take into account organizational and social aspects. This article aims to create scores to obtain key variables and its application in the management of care of a given disease. We present a method called Epidemiological Planning for Patient Care Trajectory (PELC) and its application in a research of HIV pediatric patients...
May 2018: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767725/advancing-the-health-of-women-and-newborns-predictors-of-patient-satisfaction-among-women-attending-antenatal-and-maternity-care-in-rural-rwanda
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Christine Mutaganzwa, Leah Wibecan, Hari S Iyer, Evrard Nahimana, Anatole Manzi, Francois Biziyaremye, Merab Nyishime, Fulgence Nkikabahizi, Lisa R Hirschhorn, Hema Magge
Objective: Identify predictors of patient satisfaction with antenatal care (ANC) and maternity services in rural Rwanda. Design: Cross-sectional. Setting: Twenty-six health facilities in Southern Kayonza (SK) and Kirehe districts. Participants: Sample of women ≥ 16 years old receiving antenatal and delivery care between November and December 2013. Intervention: Survey of patient satisfaction with antenatal and delivery care to inform quality improvement (QI) initiatives aimed at reducing neonatal mortality...
May 15, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761488/psychological-therapies-for-treatment-resistant-depression-in-adults
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REVIEW
Sharea Ijaz, Philippa Davies, Catherine J Williams, David Kessler, Glyn Lewis, Nicola Wiles
BACKGROUND: Antidepressants are a first-line treatment for adults with moderate to severe major depression. However, many people prescribed antidepressants for depression don't respond fully to such medication, and little evidence is available to inform the most appropriate 'next step' treatment for such patients, who may be referred to as having treatment-resistant depression (TRD). National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance suggests that the 'next step' for those who do not respond to antidepressants may include a change in the dose or type of antidepressant medication, the addition of another medication, or the start of psychotherapy...
May 14, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760026/care-transitions-from-patient-and-caregiver-perspectives
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Suzanne E Mitchell, Vivian Laurens, Gabriela M Weigel, Karen B Hirschman, Allison M Scott, Huong Q Nguyen, Jessica Martin Howard, Lance Laird, Carol Levine, Terry C Davis, Brianna Gass, Elizabeth Shaid, Jing Li, Mark V Williams, Brian W Jack
PURPOSE: Despite concerted actions to streamline care transitions, the journey from hospital to home remains hazardous for patients and caregivers. Remarkably little is known about the patient and caregiver experience during care transitions, the services they need, or the outcomes they value. The aims of this study were to (1) describe patient and caregiver experiences during care transitions and (2) characterize patient and caregiver desired outcomes of care transitions and the health services associated with them...
May 2018: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759194/solid-phase-microextraction-of-volatile-organic-compounds-in-headspace-of-pm-induced-mrc-5-cell-lines
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JingHong Li, Nan Chen, YiPing Tian, Hui Xu
The exploration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by cell lines may be a powerful and non-invasive tool for the study of the health risk of human exposure to atmospheric particulate matter (PM). In this work, we developed a sensitive solid phase microextraction-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method (SPME-GC-MS) to analyze VOCs in breathed gas of PM2.5-induced human embryonic fibroblast cell line (MRC-5). A novel graphene oxide/polyaniline/polydopamine (GO/PANI/PDA) coating was prepared on a stainless steel wire via electrochemical deposition and self-polymerization for the first time...
August 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756071/improving-the-quality-of-physical-health-monitoring-in-camhs-for-children-and-adolescents-prescribed-medication-for-adhd
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Cristal Oxley, Omer S Moghraby, Rani Samuel, Dan W Joyce
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by a persistent, pervasive pattern of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Stimulant medication such as methylphenidate has an established evidence base in the treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD. However, it is also associated with a risk of side effects which may include decreased appetite, increased blood pressure and possible reduced growth. Monitoring physical health in children and adolescents prescribed medication for ADHD is a key clinical responsibility and includes a number of parameters as outlined in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Guidelines...
2018: BMJ Open Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754395/nurses-needs-for-care-robots-in-integrated-nursing-care-services
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Jai-Yon Lee, Young Ae Song, Ji Young Jung, Hyun Jeong Kim, Bo Ram Kim, Hyun-Kyung Do, Jae-Young Lim
AIMS: To determine the need for care robots among nurses and to suggest how robotic care should be prioritized in an integrated nursing care services. BACKGROUND: Korea is expected to be a super-aged society by 2030. To solve care issues with elderly inpatient caused by informal caregivers, the government introduced 'integrated nursing care services'; these are comprehensive care systems staffed by professionally trained nurses. To assist them, a care robot development project has been launched...
May 13, 2018: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748180/molecular-test-for-chlamydia-and-gonorrhoea-used-at-point-of-care-in-remote-primary-healthcare-settings-a-diagnostic-test-evaluation
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Louise M Causer, Rebecca J Guy, Sepehr N Tabrizi, David M Whiley, David John Speers, James Ward, Annie Tangey, Steven G Badman, Belinda Hengel, Lisa Jane Natoli, David A Anderson, Handan Wand, David Wilson, David G Regan, Mark Shephard, Basil Donovan, Christopher K Fairley, John M Kaldor
OBJECTIVES: A new molecular test for Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) (GeneXpert CT/NG) has been demonstrated to be as accurate as conventional nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT), but performance has not been evaluated in routine primary care, performed at the point of care by clinicians. We aimed to examine its diagnostic performance when used by clinicians in remote community health services in Australia with high prevalences of CT and NG infection. The trial was registered with the Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (#12613000808741) METHODS: At 12 health services, training was provided to 99 clinicians in the use of the GeneXpert CT/NG assay who tested specimens from all patients undergoing STI screening...
May 10, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748163/assessing-competencies-needed-to-engage-with-digital-health-services-development-of-the-ehealth-literacy-assessment-toolkit
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Astrid Karnoe, Dorthe Furstrand, Karl Bang Christensen, Ole Norgaard, Lars Kayser
BACKGROUND: To achieve full potential in user-oriented eHealth projects, we need to ensure a match between the eHealth technology and the user's eHealth literacy, described as knowledge and skills. However, there is a lack of multifaceted eHealth literacy assessment tools suitable for screening purposes. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to develop and validate an eHealth literacy assessment toolkit (eHLA) that assesses individuals' health literacy and digital literacy using a mix of existing and newly developed scales...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743003/high-prevalence-of-anti-hepatitis-a-igg-in-a-cohort-of-uk-hiv-negative-men-who-have-sex-with-men-implications-for-local-hepatitis-a-vaccine-policy
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A Bhagey, K Foster, S Ralph, A Wardropper, C White, V Wholey, S Duncan
BASHH guidelines recommend that 'the hepatitis A virus total antibody test can be offered to at-risk patients whose immune status is unknown … depending on local funding arrangements'. We sought to measure the local prevalence of anti-hepatitis A (HAV) IgG in HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM), to inform the utility of pre-vaccination screening. We assessed the prevalence of anti-HAV IgG in HIV-negative MSM who attended sexual health services in County Durham and Darlington, UK, from March to August 2017...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742783/-pro-epidural-analgesia-remains-the-gold-standard-for-abdominal-and-thoracic-surgery
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Hannah Listing, Daniel Pöpping
Pain relief with epidural analgesia is superior compared to systemic opioid analgesia after major abdominal and thoracic surgery. It remains a safe procedure, as long as it is embedded in a concept covering the whole perioperative period. This includes the knowledge of the anesthesiologist how to operate the process of catheter insertion as well as to treat complications like the hypotension, associated with the application of epidural local anesthetics. A close postoperative monitoring by an acute pain service team is a responsible task and should be available 24/7...
April 2018: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736894/smoking-cessation-a-comparison-of-two-model-structures
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Becky Pennington, Alex Filby, Lesley Owen, Matthew Taylor
BACKGROUND: Most economic evaluations of smoking cessation interventions have used cohort state-transition models. Discrete event simulations (DESs) have been proposed as a superior approach. OBJECTIVE: We developed a state-transition model and a DES using the discretely integrated condition event (DICE) framework and compared the cost-effectiveness results. We performed scenario analysis using the DES to explore the impact of alternative assumptions. METHODS: The models estimated the costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) for the intervention and comparator from the perspective of the UK National Health Service and Personal Social Services over a lifetime horizon...
May 8, 2018: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730851/psychometric-evaluation-of-the-chinese-version-of-the-child-health-utility-9d-chu9d-chn-a-school-based-study-in-china
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Peirong Yang, Gang Chen, Peng Wang, Kejian Zhang, Feng Deng, Haifeng Yang, Guihua Zhuang
PURPOSE: The Child Health Utility 9D (CHU9D), a new generic preference-based health-related quality of life (HRQoL) instrument, was developed specifically for the application in cost-effectiveness analyses of treatments and interventions for children and adolescents. The main objective of this study was to examine the psychometric property of the Chinese version of CHU9D (CHU9D-CHN) in a large school-based sample in China. METHODS: Data were collected using a multi-stage sampling method from third-to-ninth-grade students in Shaanxi Province, China...
May 5, 2018: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29720133/evaluation-of-an-electronic-consultation-service-in-psychiatry-for-primary-care-providers
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Douglas Archibald, Julia Stratton, Clare Liddy, Rachel E Grant, Douglas Green, Erin J Keely
BACKGROUND: This study explores the effectiveness of an electronic consultation (eConsult) service between primary care providers and psychiatry, and the types and content of the clinical questions that were asked. METHODS: This is a retrospective eConsult review study. All eConsults directed to Psychiatry from July 2011 to January 2015 by Primary care providers were reviewed. Response time and the amount of time reported by the specialist to answer each eConsult was analyzed...
May 2, 2018: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29718194/what-are-we-measuring-refocusing-on-some-fundamentals-in-the-age-of-desktop-bibliometrics
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Ian Rowlands
The central challenge in bibliometrics is finding the best ways to represent complex constructs like 'quality,' 'impact' or 'excellence' using quantitative methods. The marketplace for bibliometric data and services has evolved rapidly and users now face quite unprecedented choice when it comes to the range of data now available: from traditional citation-based indicators to reader ratings and Wikipedia mentions. Choice and ease of access have democratised bibliometrics and this is a tool now available to everyone...
April 1, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
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