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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228138/current-management-practices-for-patients-presenting-with-low-back-pain-to-a-large-emergency-department-in-canada
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Matthew L Nunn, Jill A Hayden, Kirk Magee
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) is one of the leading causes of disability. Presentations to the emergency department (ED) are common and consume significant healthcare resources. However, treatment of patients with LBP is variable and highly physician dependent. Our study objective was to describe the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients presenting to the ED with LBP, the diagnostic strategies employed by ED physicians, and the subsequent management. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study using clinical and electronic health data at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Center's Charles V...
February 23, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225542/historical-overview-of-leprosy-control-in-cuba
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Enrique Beldarraín-Chaple
INTRODUCTION Leprosy, an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, affects the nervous system, skin, internal organs, extremities and mucous membranes. Biological, social and environmental factors influence its occurrence and transmission. The first effective treatments appeared in 1930 with the development of dapsone, a sulfone. The main components of a control and elimination strategy are early case detection and timely administration of multidrug therapy. OBJECTIVES Review the history of leprosy control in Cuba, emphasizing particularly results of the National Leprosy Control Program, its modifications and influence on leprosy control...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218465/compliance-with-national-guidelines-on-isotretinoin-where-are-we-2-years-since-the-last-audit-results-of-the-national-isotretinoin-re-audit-2014
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L S Exton, S T Cheung, A G Brain, M F Mohd Mustapa, D A R de Berker
BACKGROUND: In 2010, the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) published clinical guidelines for the safe introduction and continued use of isotretinoin in patients with acne in the UK. The BAD provides UK dermatologists with a facility for national audit, and it undertook an audit on compliance with these guidelines in 2012. AIM: To determine current clinical practices relating to use of isotretinoin among dermatologists in the UK (including geographical variations) as measured against BAD standards, and to ascertain any improvement since the 2012 audit...
February 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214374/a-systematic-review-of-known-interventions-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-non-hypovolaemic-hypotonic-hyponatraemia-and-a-meta-analysis-of-the-vaptans
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Sunil Bhandari, Alessandro Peri, Iain Cranston, Rachael McCool, Alison Shaw, Julie Glanville, Larisa Petrakova, Karl O'Reilly
International and national guidelines on the treatment of chronic non-hypovolaemic hypotonic hyponatraemia differ; therefore we have undertaken this systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the efficacy and safety of interventions for the treatment of chronic non-hypovolaemic hypotonic hyponatraemia. Following registration of the review protocol with PROSPERO, systematic literature searches were conducted to identify randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials assessing any degree of fluid restriction or any drug treatment with the aim of increasing serum sodium concentration in patients with chronic non-hypovolaemic hypotonic hyponatraemia...
February 18, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211060/shifting-gears-an-inpatient-medical-record-audit-and-post-discharge-survey-of-return-to-driving-following-stroke-transient-ischaemic-attack
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Janet Frith, Helen Warren-Forward, Isobel Hubbard, Carole James
BACKGROUND/AIM: In Australia, all stroke survivors should not drive for four weeks and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) survivors should not drive for two weeks. This study investigates the provision of return-to-driving education in the acute hospital setting and the use of this education by a cohort of Australian patients who have experienced a mild stroke or TIA and who are discharged directly home from their acute hospital admission. METHODS: A medical record audit was conducted of stroke patients discharged home from a regional hospital in Australia...
February 16, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210082/multitarget-stool-dna-tests-increases-colorectal-cancer-screening-among-previously-noncompliant-medicare-patients
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Mark Prince, Lynn Lester, Rupal Chiniwala, Barry Berger
AIM: To determine the uptake of noninvasive multitarget stool DNA (mt-sDNA) in a cohort of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening non-compliant average-risk Medicare patients. METHODS: This cross sectional primary care office-based study examined mt-sDNA uptake in routine clinical practice among 393 colorectal cancer screening non-compliant Medicare patients ages 50-85 ordered by 77 physicians in a multispecialty group practice (USMD Physician Services, Dallas, TX) from October, 2014-September, 2015...
January 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209727/depression-treatment-and-1-year-mortality-following-acute-myocardial-infarction-insights-from-the-triumph-registry
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Kim G Smolderen, Donna M Buchanan, Kensey Gosch, Mary A Whooley, Paul S Chan, Viola Vaccarino, Susmita Parashar, Amit J Shah, P Michael Ho, John A Spertus
Background -Depression among patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is prevalent and associated with an adverse quality of life and prognosis. Despite recommendations from some national organizations to screen for depression, it is unclear whether treatment of depression in patients with AMI is associated with better outcomes. We aimed to determine whether prognosis of patients with treated vs. untreated depression differs. Methods -The TRIUMPH study is an observational multi-center cohort study that enrolled 4,062 patients aged ≥18 years with AMI between April 11, 2005 and December 31, 2008 from 24 US hospitals...
February 16, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209703/determining-rates-of-overweight-and-obese-status-in-children-using-electronic-medical-records-cross-sectional-study
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Catherine S Birken, Karen Tu, William Oud, Sarah Carsley, Miranda Hanna, Gerald Lebovic, Astrid Guttmann
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of overweight and obese status in children by age, sex, and visit type, using data from EMRALD(®) (Electronic Medical Record Administrative data Linked Database). DESIGN: Heights and weights were abstracted for children 0 to 19 years of age who had at least one well-child visit from January 2010 to December 2011. Using the most recent visit, the proportions and 95% CIs of patients defined as overweight and obese were compared by age group, sex, and visit type using the World Health Organization growth reference standards...
February 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208641/temporal-trends-in-satellite-derived-erythemal-uvb-and-implications-for-ambient-sun-exposure-assessment
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Marvin Langston, Leslie Dennis, Charles Lynch, Denise Roe, Heidi Brown
Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) has been associated with various health outcomes, including skin cancers, vitamin D insufficiency, and multiple sclerosis. Measurement of UVR has been difficult, traditionally relying on subject recall. We investigated trends in satellite-derived UVB from 1978 to 2014 within the continental United States (US) to inform UVR exposure assessment and determine the potential magnitude of misclassification bias created by ignoring these trends. Monthly UVB data remotely sensed from various NASA satellites were used to investigate changes over time in the United States using linear regression with a harmonic function...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207594/using-high-technology-simulators-to-prepare-anesthesia-providers-before-implementation-of-a-new-electronic-health-record-module-a-technical-report
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Ari Y Weintraub, Ellen S Deutsch, Roberta L Hales, Newton A Buchanan, Whitney L Rock, Mohamed A Rehman
Learning to use a new electronic anesthesia information management system can be challenging. Documenting anesthetic events, medication administration, and airway management in an unfamiliar system while simultaneously caring for a patient with the vigilance required for safe anesthesia can be distracting and risky. This technical report describes a vendor-agnostic approach to training using a high-technology manikin in a simulated clinical scenario. Training was feasible and valued by participants but required a combination of electronic and manual components...
February 15, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196448/provider-perspectives-on-advance-care-planning-documentation-in-the-electronic-health-record
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Ellis Dillon, Judith Chuang, Atul Gupta, Sharon Tapper, Steve Lai, Peter Yu, Christine Ritchie, Ming Tai-Seale
CONTEXT: Advance care planning (ACP) is valued by patients and clinicians, yet documenting ACP in an accessible manner is problematic. OBJECTIVES: In order to understand how providers incorporate electronic health record (EHR) ACP documentation into clinical practice, we interviewed providers in primary care and specialty departments about ACP practices (n = 13) and analyzed EHR data on 358 primary care providers (PCPs) and 79 specialists at a large multispecialty group practice...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192376/reasons-for-discontinuation-of-long-term-opioid-therapy-in-patients-with-and-without-substance-use-disorders
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Travis I Lovejoy, Benjamin J Morasco, Michael I Demidenko, Thomas H A Meath, Joseph W Frank, Steven K Dobscha
Several factors may accelerate opioid discontinuation rates, including lack of information about the long-term effectiveness of opioids for chronic pain, heightened awareness about opioid-related adverse events, closer monitoring of patients for opioid-related aberrant behaviors, and greater restrictions around opioid prescribing. Rates of discontinuation may be most pronounced in patients deemed to be at "high risk." The purpose of this study was to compare reasons for discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) between patients with and without substance use disorder (SUD) diagnoses receiving care within a major U...
March 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192202/ethnomedicinal-uses-of-plants-for-the-treatment-of-malaria-in-soon-valley-khushab-pakistan
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Amin Shah, Sarvat Rahim
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: To best of our knowledge this is the first quantitative ethno-medicinal study with the aim of documenting the indigenous knowledge and practices of using plants for malarial therapy in Soon Valley, Khushab, Pakistan. In this Valley, malaria is among the major public health problems but, until now, the population still mostly relies on herbal medicine for treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ethno-medicinal data were documented from 63 informants by using semi-structured questionnaires and interviewing the informants about their knowledge of plants regarding malaria and related symptoms...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188994/anxiety-disorder-among-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-insights-from-real-life-data
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Abdulla Watad, Nicola L Bragazzi, Mohammad Adawi, Gali Aljadeff, Howard Amital, Doron Comaneshter, Arnon D Cohen, Daniela Amital
BACKGROUND: Psychiatric disorders occur in a considerable proportion of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), often reflecting the difficulties of these patients in coping with a chronic debilitating disorder. AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate the proportion of anxiety disorder in RA patients using a large database analysis. METHODS: The study was designed as a case-control population-based study using data from the Clalit Health Services (CHS) database...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187294/comprehensible-knowledge-model-creation-for-cancer-treatment-decision-making
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Muhammad Afzal, Maqbool Hussain, Wajahat Ali Khan, Taqdir Ali, Sungyoung Lee, Eui-Nam Huh, Hafiz Farooq Ahmad, Arif Jamshed, Hassan Iqbal, Muhammad Irfan, Manzar Abbas Hydari
BACKGROUND: A wealth of clinical data exists in clinical documents in the form of electronic health records (EHRs). This data can be used for developing knowledge-based recommendation systems that can assist clinicians in clinical decision making and education. One of the big hurdles in developing such systems is the lack of automated mechanisms for knowledge acquisition to enable and educate clinicians in informed decision making. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An automated knowledge acquisition methodology with a comprehensible knowledge model for cancer treatment (CKM-CT) is proposed...
March 1, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186074/adoption-of-electronic-health-record-system-in-community-based-physiotherapy-clinics-a-pilot-case-study
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Alan Yung
QUESTION: Can community-based physiotherapists adopt and use a nationally integrated electronic health record (NEHR) system? DESIGN: Observation and semi-structured interviews in two community-based physiotherapy clinics in Sydney, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: Two physiotherapy practice managers who were also practising physiotherapists. INTERVENTION: The implementation of a nationally integrated EHR system in physiotherapy...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186061/the-need-for-electronic-health-records-in-long-term-care
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Sukirtha Tharmalingam, Simon Hagens, Sarah English
Long-term care (LTC) settings serve an important proportion of seniors and vulnerable populations that require 24-hour nursing care. Deployment of interoperable electronic health records (iEHRs) to these settings lag. There is little evidence on the availability of patient information from across the continuum of care. To fill this knowledge gap this study examines the prevalence and nature of information gaps experienced in LTC during patient encounters (n=1050). Overall, more than one-third (34%) of all LTC patient encounters were missing at least one item of information that was needed for the encounter...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186059/information-exchange-between-providers-during-transitions-of-surgical-care-communication-documentation-and-sometimes-both
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Stacey Slager, Julie Beckstrom, Charlene Weir, Guilherme Del Fiol, Benjamin S Brooke
Poor communication of health information between healthcare providers is associated with over 80% of medical errors that occur during transitions of care [1]. We interviewed a diverse sample of primary care providers and surgical providers during their patient's transitions of care before and after surgery at a Veteran's Health Administration hospital and a large tertiary academic medical center to understand how providers communicate and exchange health information for medically complex older patient across different care settings...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186044/developing-effective-case-scenarios-for-interprofessional-electronic-health-record-research
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Kristie McDonald, Karen L Courtney, Noreen Frisch
In the last decade, there have been numerous calls for research in interprofessional communication and documentation. Some of the limitations of research in this area have been proprietary user interfaces that may not be generalizable and impact varying adoption rates of electronic documentation among different health disciplines. In order to address these concerns, researchers need to create standardized case scenarios as research instruments. This paper outlines the process for developing a case scenario instrument for use in interprofessional electronic documentation research...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186031/the-use-of-case-studies-in-systems-implementations-within-health-care-settings-a-scoping-review
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Rav Gill, Elizabeth M Borycki
There is little evidence available in the research literature as to how to undertake an implementation process that ensures electronic medical record (EMR)/electronic health record (EHR) implementation success (i.e. high levels of clinician adoption). The research literature has documented the presence of a direct relationship between how systems are implemented and their level of adoption by clinicians after implementation. In order to develop recommendations for systems implementation to enhance the level of clinician adoption and to ensure EHR/EMR success, researchers need to analyze implementation failures (i...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
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