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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328395/viewing-telehealth-through-the-lens-of-a-community-benefit-mission
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Cynthia LeRouge, Kristin D Wilson, Ryan Sterling, Julie Trocchio
INTRODUCTION: This article reviews the intersection of common objectives between telehealth initiatives launched by health systems and community health (specifically community benefit). Telehealth initiatives can benefit communities and play a potential role in improving population health. There is great opportunity to better integrate telehealth activities into community health strategies and community benefit reporting (for nonprofit hospitals) while building the case for telehealth service expansion...
March 2, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325711/investigating-the-perceptions-of-care-coordinators-on-using-behavior-theory-based-mobile-health-technology-with-medicaid-populations-a-grounded-theory-study
#2
Brittany Erika Sigler
BACKGROUND: Medicaid populations are less engaged in their health care than the rest of the population, translating to worse health outcomes and increased health care costs. Since theory-based mobile health (mHealth) interventions have been shown to increase patient engagement, mobile phones may be an optimal strategy to reach this population. With increased development of theory-based mHealth technology, these interventions must now be evaluated with these medically underserved populations in a real-world setting...
March 21, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324205/levels-of-intervention-how-are-they-used-in-quebec-hospitals
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Marjolaine Frenette, Jocelyne Saint-Arnaud, Karim Serri
In order to promote better practices and communication around end-of-life decision-making, several Canadian hospitals in the province of Quebec have developed a tool called "Levels of Intervention" (LOI). No work to date has been published demonstrating improvement since these forms were implemented. The purpose of the present study was to obtain information about the use of LOI forms across Quebec hospitals and to identify gaps in practice as well as areas for improvement. A retrospective study was undertaken of 299 charts of patients who had died in three Quebec hospitals with a LOI ordered...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322450/patient-compliance-following-isolated-mandibular-fracture-repair
#4
J Paul Radabaugh, Adam Van Horn, Stephen A Chan, Jared M Shelton, Thomas J Gal
OBJECTIVE: Compliance with postoperative care in the maxillofacial trauma population often is considered poor. This lack of follow-up does not seem to be a function of decreased access to care but rather its anticipated lack of utilization. The goal of this study is to identify what factors are associated with increased compliance in postoperative management of mandible fractures. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. METHODS: Using Current Procedural Terminology codes to identify maxillofacial injuries requiring operative repair, a subset of isolated mandibular fractures was identified...
March 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320372/effects-of-interdisciplinary-teamwork-on-patient-reported-experience-of-cancer-care
#5
Dominique Tremblay, Danièle Roberge, Nassera Touati, Elizabeth Maunsell, Djamal Berbiche
BACKGROUND: Interdisciplinary teamwork (ITW) is deemed necessary for quality cancer care practices. Nevertheless, variation in ITW intensity among cancer teams is understudied, and quantitative evidence of the effect of different ITW intensities among cancer teams on patients' perceived experience of care is limited. This study aims to compare patient-reported experience measures (PREMs) of cancer outpatients followed by teams characterized by high vs. low ITW intensity. METHODS: The study is designed as an ex post facto quasi-experimental study...
March 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319988/travel-distance-to-cancer-treatment-facilities-in-the-deep-south
#6
Mary J Wills, Marilyn V Whitman, Thomas M English
Despite ongoing efforts to improve rural healthcare, the health problems facing rural communities persist. The lack of healthcare providers and infrastructure in rural areas has been linked to a number of negative consequences. Among the elderly rural population, the lack of proximal access presents greater barriers because many elderly people are further limited in their ability to travel and pay for services. In the Deep South specifically, rural residents experience limited access to care and overall poor health outcomes...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319559/pediatric-solid-tumors-in-africa-different-biology
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John K M Nyagetuba, Erik N Hansen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the recent literature regarding biologic characteristics of pediatric solid tumors in African children. RECENT FINDINGS: Data regarding pediatric solid tumors in Africa, while increasing, remain sparse when considering the ethnic and geographic diversity of the continent. Recent work, especially regarding nephroblastoma in Kenya, has identified some biologic variability among local tribes but also when compared with North American tumors...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317467/ethnographic-perspectives-on-global-mental-health
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Sumeet Jain, David M R Orr
The field of Global Mental Health (GMH) aims to influence mental health policy and practice worldwide, with a focus on human rights and access to care. There have been important achievements, but GMH has also been the focus of scholarly controversies arising from political, cultural, and pragmatic critiques. These debates have become increasingly polarized, giving rise to a need for more dialogue and experience-near research to inform theorizing. Ethnography has much to offer in this respect. This paper frames and introduces five articles in this issue of Transcultural Psychiatry that illustrate the role of ethnographic methods in understanding the effects and implications of the field of global mental health on mental health policy and practice...
December 2016: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317290/the-effect-of-engagement-in-an-hiv-aids-integrated-health-programme-on-plasma-hiv-1-rna-suppression-among-hiv-positive-people-who-use-illicit-drugs-a-marginal-structural-modelling-analysis
#9
L Ti, H Dong, T Kerr, R B Turje, S Parashar, J E Min, J Montaner, E Wood, M-J Milloy
OBJECTIVES: HIV treatment-as-prevention campaigns emphasize early diagnosis and immediate access to care and antiretroviral therapy for HIV-positive individuals in order to increase levels of plasma HIV RNA viral load (VL) suppression. However, the possible role of harm reduction-based programmes in this objective has not yet been well evaluated. The objective of the study was to examine the relationship between being a client of the Dr. Peter Centre (DPC; an HIV/AIDS-focused adult integrated health programme) and VL suppression among highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART)-exposed HIV-positive people who use illicit drugs (PWUD) in Vancouver, Canada...
March 19, 2017: HIV Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316278/high-risk-obstetrical-call-center-a-model-for-regions-with-limited-access-to-care
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Sarah J Rhoads, Hari Eswaran, Christian E Lynch, Songthip T Ounpraseuth, Everett F Magann, Curtis L Lowery
PURPOSE: High-risk obstetrical care can be challenging for women in rural states with limited access. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were evaluated from 62,342 obstetrical calls from pregnant and postpartum patients within rural Arkansas to a nurse call center. Call center nurses provided triage using evidence-based guidelines to patients across the state. Data were extracted and analyzed using retrospective data collection and descriptive statistical methods. RESULTS: Women had an average maternal age of 28 years old, average weeks gestation was 27...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314449/aligning-mental-health-treatments-with-the-developmental-stage-and-needs-of-late-adolescents-and-young-adults
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REVIEW
Brian Skehan, Maryann Davis
Transitional age youth (TAY) are in a discrete developmental stage, different from both adolescents and mature adults. Serious mental illness can result in their delayed psychosocial development and morbidity. Systemic, provider, and individual barriers result in poor access to care for these youth, potentially impeding their transition to mature adulthood. Current strategies for TAY treatment include patient centered care, vocational and educational support, and shared decision making. There is a paucity of evidence-based practices to effectively treat this population or provide practice guidelines...
April 2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302434/evaluation-of-low-immunization-coverage-among-the-amish-population-in-rural-ohio
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Christine Kettunen, John Nemecek, Olivia Wenger
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Review included childhood immunizations among the 10 great public health achievements in the United States in the 20th century. Despite this acknowledged success, childhood immunization rates continue to be much lower in select populations. Amish communities have persistently lower immunization rates. Recent outbreaks in Amish communities include a 2014 measles outbreak in Ohio, resulting in 368 cases reported...
March 13, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301539/identifying-inequities-in-maternal-and-child-health-through-risk-stratification-to-inform-health-systems-strengthening-in-northern-togo
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Katharine J McCarthy, Sandra Braganza, Kevin Fiori, Christophe Gbeleou, Vivien Kpakpo, Andrew Lopez, Jennifer Schechter, Alicia Singham Goodwin, Heidi E Jones
OBJECTIVE: In Togo, substantial progress in maternal and child health is needed to reach global development goals. To better inform clinic and community-based health services, this study identifies factors associated with maternal and child health care utilization in the Kara region of Northern Togo. METHODS: We conducted a population-representative household survey of four health clinic catchment areas of 1,075 women of reproductive age in 2015. Multivariable logistic regression was used to model individual and structural factors associated with utilization of four maternal and child health services...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300992/continuity-of-care-from-the-perspective-of-users
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Felismina Rosa P Mendes, Maria Laurência G Parreirinha Gemito, Ermelinda do Carmo Caldeira, Isaura da Conceição Serra, Maria Vitória Casas-Novas
Continuity of care, in addition to ensuring improvement of the quality of care, contributes to the reduction of health costs. The objective of this study was to analyse the continuity of care in health units in the municipality of Évora (south of Portugal), from the perspective of users. This is across-sectional, exploratory and descriptive study with a quantitative approach, with a sample consisting of 342 users of health units. The instrument was a questionnaire adapted from English and Spanish studies. The results show that elements of continuity were identified in the different dimensions of the continuity of care - relational, management, information and some items of flexible continuity...
March 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299855/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-association-between-poor-oral-health-and-substance-abuse
#15
REVIEW
Hooman Baghaie, Steve Kisely, Malcolm Forbes, Emily Sawyer, Dan J Siskind
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Substance use disorders are associated commonly with comorbid physical illness. There are fewer data on dental disease in these conditions, in spite of high rates of dry mouth (xerostomia), as well as the associated indirect or life-style effects such as poverty and lack of access to care. We compared the oral health of people with substance use disorders (SUDs) with non-using controls. METHOD: This was a systematic search for studies from the last 35 years of the oral health of people reporting SUDs...
March 16, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295785/improving-support-and-education-of-low-income-baby-boomers-diagnosed-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-through-universal-screening
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Barbara J Turner, Kathryn Craig, Vidhi S Makanji, Bertha E Flores, Ludivina Hernandez
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to identify support needs of low income baby boomers recently diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. BACKGROUND: The United States Preventive Services Task Force has endorsed one-time screening of all baby boomers (born 1945 to 1965) for hepatitis C because 75% of the estimated 2 to 3 million persons with chronic infection are in this age range. We hypothesized that persons diagnosed by routine screening would have significant psycho-emotional, cognitive, and health care challenges that need to be met by collaborative care and services from nurses and other health care personnel...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295584/rural-urban-differences-in-access-to-preventive-health-care-among-publicly-insured-minnesotans
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John Loftus, Elizabeth M Allen, Kathleen Thiede Call, Susan A Everson-Rose
PURPOSE: Reduced access to care and barriers have been shown in rural populations and in publicly insured populations. Barriers limiting health care access in publicly insured populations living in rural areas are not understood. This study investigates rural-urban differences in system-, provider-, and individual-level barriers and access to preventive care among adults and children enrolled in a public insurance program in Minnesota. METHODS: This was a secondary analysis of a 2008 statewide, cross-sectional survey of publicly insured adults and children (n = 4,388) investigating barriers associated with low utilization of preventive care...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290952/transitioning-to-patient-centered-medical-homes-associations-with-appointment-availability
#18
Todd C Leroux, Murray J Côté, Hye-Chung Kum, Alan Dabney, Rebecca Wells
INTRODUCTION: Recent implementation of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) in military primary care has gained significant traction and attention from leadership and policy makers. The study objective was to measure the rate of change in appointment availability before and after primary care clinics were certified as a medical home. Access to care is one core tenet of the medical home and appointment availability is an important indicator of access. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective, longitudinal observational study involving 21 U...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286039/impact-of-spanish-language-information-sessions-on-spanish-speaking-patients-seeking-bariatric-surgery
#19
Allison N Martin, Miguel Marino, Marie Killerby, Liliana Rosselli-Risal, Kellene A Isom, Malcolm K Robinson
BACKGROUND: Bariatric centers frequently provide preoperative educational programs to inform patients about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery. However, most programs are conducted in English, which may create barriers to effective treatment and access to care for non-English speaking populations. To address this concern, we instituted a comprehensive Spanish-language education program consisting of preoperative information and group nutrition classes conducted entirely in, and supported with Spanish-language materials...
January 11, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285805/telehealth-for-diabetes-self-management-education-and-support-in-an-underserved-free-clinic-population-a-pilot-study
#20
Tiffaney B Threatt, Eileen D Ward
OBJECTIVES: Primary study objectives were to (1) describe mean change in A1c from baseline of a free clinic population enrolled in telehealth diabetes self-management education and support (DSME/S) services and (2) to compare change in A1C and other clinical outcomes measures with free clinic patients enrolled in a traditional face-to-face DSME/S program. METHODS: An exploratory study design and comparative evaluation of telehealth DSME/S services in a free clinic population was used...
March 9, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
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