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Gordon B Parker, Erin Cvejic, Ute Vollmer-Conna, Stacey McCraw, Isabelle Granville Smith, Warren F Walsh
OBJECTIVE: Lifetime depression and depression around the time of an acute coronary syndrome event have been associated with poor cardiac outcomes. Our study sought to examine the persistence of this association, especially given modern cardiac medicine's successes. METHODS: For 332 patients admitted for an acute coronary syndrome, a baseline interview assessed major depression status, and psychological measures were administered. At 1 and 12 months post-acute coronary syndrome event, telephone interviews collected rates of hospital readmission and/or death and major depression status, while biomarker information was examined using medical records...
March 1, 2018: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Bianca Abreu Dos Santos de Oliveira, Elenir Rose Jardim Cury Pontes, Teresa Cristina Abranches Rosa
INTRODUCTION: Patients in intensive care status are in nutritional threat and frequently present innutrition, therefore monitoring the nutritional offer becomes indispensable. AIM: To purpose a control and monitoring form of enteral nutritional therapy and to evaluate its resoluteness. METHODS: Observational, analytical and retrospective study performed in intensive care patients receiving an enteral diet exclusively and/or associated with the oral/parenteral route, from January to April 2015 and from January to April 2016...
January 10, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Valentina Elisabetta Di Mattei, Letizia Carnelli, Paola Taranto, Martina Mazzetti, Paola Maria Vittoria Rancoita, Alice Bergamini, Micaela Petrone, Emanuela Rabaiotti, Lucio Sarno, Massimo Candiani
INTRODUCTION: Diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological cancer still entail significant impairment in quality of life. The present study aims at monitoring it during chemotherapy treatment and at identifying variables significantly associated with it. METHODS: 87 patients who attended the San Raffaele Hospital completed the EORTC QLQ-C30 and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support before their first and third chemotherapy infusion. A self-report questionnaire was created in order to collect socio-demographic and medical information...
March 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Ladislav Kabelka
Geriatric palliative care must be based on quality geriatric medicine. This applies in particular the multidisciplinary care of patients with geriatric frailty syndrome, most often associated with the polymorbidity of chronic diseases. The model of early indication of the needs of fragile geriatric patients is not more widely available in the current Czech health and social system. Therefore, the necessary early indication of specialized palliative care is not available in hospital facilities. Regional models of conceptual solutions are a necessary next step in development...
2018: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
Gabriella Fabbrocini, Antonio Cristaudo, Marius-Anton Ionescu, Luigia Panariello, Geraldine Robert, Marcello Pellicano, Fabio Ayala
BACKGROUND: Many cytotoxic and biological drugs are cause of severe dermatological side effects, such as hand-foot syndrome (HFS) and hand-foot skin reaction (HFSR). Oncologic patients with HFS or HFSR presents relevant symptoms that interferes with daily activities and with adherence to anticancer treatment. The HFRS control and treatment are important goals to enhance the quality of life of oncologic patients. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and tolerability of a b...
April 2018: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
Mei-Chun Chen, Wan-Yu Chen, Wan-Yu Tsui, Guey-Ling Chang, Ming-Ying Hong
BACKGROUND & PROBLEMS: The return-to-treatment rate is an important indicator of treatment outcome and care effectiveness in cancer patients. The return-to-treatment rates for patients at National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) in 2011 and 2012 were 38.5% and 33.3%, respectively. In order to improve the quality of care that is provided to patients, we reviewed NTUH's current clinical case management protocols for handling patients who refused treatment and then identified and resolved the potential problems in these protocols...
April 2018: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
Yin-Chi Cheng, Chin-Chou Huang, Wei-Sheng Chen, De-Feng Huang, Shiow-Ching Shun, Shao-Yu Tsai
BACKGROUND: Sleep disturbances and hypertension are common health issues in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Limited information is available regarding the objective sleep quality and the variation of diurnal blood pressure (BP) in patients with SLE. Moreover, the relationship between sleep patterns and diurnal BP variation in SLE patients is not clear. PURPOSE: To explore the subjective/objective sleep patterns and the diurnal BP variation in women with SLE, to identify the factors associated with diurnal BP variation, and to identify the predictors of this variation...
April 2018: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
Yuanshu Zou, Rhonda Szczesniak, Alexis Teeters, Lee Ann E Conard, Daniel H Grossoehme
PURPOSE: To quantify HRQOL of TGN patients using the PedsQL 4.0 generic core scales, and to compare reported HRQOL of TGN adolescents with published data from comparison populations. METHODS: Transgender children and adolescents (N = 142; 68% natal females) ages 6-23 years (M = 15.9, SD = 3.7) attending an outpatient clinic for TGN care at an academic pediatric hospital and caregivers of children and adolescents (N = 95) completed the PedsQL 4.0 generic core scales...
March 21, 2018: Quality of Life Research
Santi Di Pietro, Francesco Falaschi, Alice Bruno, Tiziano Perrone, Valeria Musella, Stefano Perlini
PURPOSE: The sonographic evaluation of inferior vena cava diameters and its collapsibility-that is also defined as the caval index-has become a popular way to easily obtain a noninvasive estimate of central venous pressure. This is generally considered an easy sonographic task to perform, and according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Guidelines 25 repetitions of this procedure should be sufficient to reach proficiency. However, little is known about the learning process for this sonographic technique...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound
Wei-Chen Lee, Hani Serag, Robert L Ohsfeldt, Karl Eschbach, Wissam Khalife, Mohamed Morsy, Kenneth D Smith, Ben G Raimer
Heart failure (HF) is one of the leading causes of hospitalization and readmissions. Our study aimed to examine racial disparities in heart failure patients including onset, mortality, length of stay (LOS), direct costs, and readmission rates. This is a secondary data analysis. We analyzed the risk-adjusted inpatient data of all patients admitted with HF to one health academic center. We compared five health outcomes among three racial groups (white, black, and Hispanic). There were 1006 adult patients making 1605 visits from 10/01/2011 to 09/30/2015...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Abdulbari Bener, Reem Alsulaiman, Lisa Doodson, Hanadi R El Ayoubi
Introduction: Breast cancer has been the most common cancer type that affects women worldwide and subsequent treatment is often associated with considerable psychological and quality of life (QoL). Aim: This study aimed to assess psychometric properties of the Arabic version of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) general QoL questionnaire (QLQ-C30) for breast cancer patients in Qatar. Materials and Methods: This is a cross-sectional hospital-based study conducted on 678 breast cancer patients using Arabic version of the EORTC QLQ-C30 tool...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Chris Moore, Jenna Bulger, Matt Morgan, Timothy Driscoll, Alison Porter, Saiful Islam, Mike Smyth, Gavin Perkins, Bernadette Sewell, Timothy Rainer, Prabath Nanayakkara, Chukwudi Okolie, Susan Allen, Greg Fegan, Jan Davies, Theresa Foster, Nick Francis, Fang Gao Smith, Gemma Ellis, Tracy Shanahan, Robin Howe, Helen Snooks
Background: Sepsis is a common condition which kills between 36,000 and 64,000 people every year in the UK. Early recognition and management of sepsis has been shown to reduce mortality and improve the health and well-being of people with sepsis. Paramedics frequently come into contact with patients with sepsis and are well placed to provide early diagnosis and treatment.We aim to determine the feasibility of undertaking a fully powered randomised controlled trial (RCT) to test the clinical and cost-effectiveness of paramedics obtaining blood cultures from and administering IV antibiotics to patients with sepsis, so we can make a decision about whether to proceed to a fully powered randomised controlled trial, which will answer questions regarding safety and effectiveness for patients and benefit to the National Health Service (NHS)...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Otgontuya Dugee, Enkhtuya Palam, Bayarsaikhan Dorjsuren, Ajay Mahal
Background: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) pose a formidable health and development challenge for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, translating this challenge into resource allocation is seriously constrained by a lack of country specific evidence on NCD financing and its distributional implications. This study estimated expenditures associated with NCDs in Mongolia and their distributions across socioeconomic groups, focusing especially on private out-of-pocket (OOP) spending on the major NCDs...
June 2018: Journal of Global Health
Baohui Hou
The medium and long-term effects of electrophysiologic monitoring on the facial nerve function in minimally invasive surgery treating acoustic neuroma were studied. Sixty-two patients with acoustic neuroma taking minimally invasive surgeries in Dezhou Hospital from August 2014 to September 2015 were selected and randomly divided into 29 cases of the control group and 33 cases of the observation group. Intraoperative electrophysiologic monitoring was applied to the observation group, but not to the control group...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Atsuko Koyama, Yoichi Ohtake, Kanae Yasuda, Kiyohiro Sakai, Ryo Sakamoto, Hiromichi Matsuoka, Hirokuni Okumi, Toshiko Yasuda
Background: Non-organic lesions or diseases of unknown origin are sometimes misdiagnosed as "psychogenic" disorders or "psychosomatic" diseases. For the quality of life and safety of patients, recent attention has focused on diagnostic error. The aim of this study was to clarify the factors that affected misdiagnoses in psychosomatic medicine by examining typical cases and to explore strategies that reduce diagnostic errors. Case presentation: The study period was from January 2001 to August 2017...
2018: BioPsychoSocial Medicine
Federico Coccolini, Yoram Kluger, Luca Ansaloni, Ernest E Moore, Raul Coimbra, Gustavo P Fraga, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Andrew Peitzman, Ron Maier, Gianluca Baiocchi, Vanni Agnoletti, Emiliano Gamberini, Ari Leppaniemi, Rao Ivatury, Michael Sugrue, Massimo Sartelli, Salomone Di Saverio, Walt Biffl, Fausto Catena
Optimal management of emergency surgical patients represents one of the major health challenges worldwide. Emergency general surgery (EGS) was identified as multidisciplinary surgery performed for traumatic and non-traumatic acute conditions during the same admission in the hospital. EGS represents the easiest viable way to provide affordable and high-quality level of care to emergency surgical and trauma patients. It may result from the association of different physicians with other specialties in a cooperative model...
2018: World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES
Chenchen Wang, Christopher H Schmid, Roger A Fielding, William F Harvey, Kieran F Reid, Lori Lyn Price, Jeffrey B Driban, Robert Kalish, Ramel Rones, Timothy McAlindon
OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness of tai chi interventions compared with aerobic exercise, a current core standard treatment in patients with fibromyalgia, and to test whether the effectiveness of tai chi depends on its dosage or duration. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, 52 week, single blind comparative effectiveness trial. SETTING: Urban tertiary care academic hospital in the United States between March 2012 and September 2016...
March 21, 2018: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Farhaan S Vahidy, Ellie G Meyer, Arvind B Bambhroliya, Jennifer R Meeks, Charles E Begley, Tzu-Ching Wu, Jon E Tyson, Charles C Miller, Ritvij Bowry, Wamda O Ahmed, Gretchel A Gealogo, Louise D McCullough, Steven Warach, Sean I Savitz
BACKGROUND: Intracerebral hemorrhage is a devastating disease with no specific treatment modalities. A significant proportion of patients with intracerebral hemorrhage are transferred to large stroke treatment centers, such as Comprehensive Stroke Centers, because of perceived need for higher level of care. However, evidence of improvement in patient-centered outcomes for these patients treated at larger stroke treatment centers as compared to community hospitals is lacking. METHODS / DESIGN: "Efficient Resource Utilization for Patients with Intracerebral Hemorrhage (EnRICH)" is a prospective, multisite, state-wide, cohort study designed to assess the impact of level of care on long-term patient-centered outcomes for patients with primary / non-traumatic intracerebral hemorrhage...
March 21, 2018: BMC Neurology
Julien Al Shakarchi, C Day, N Inston
INTRODUCTION: Home haemodialysis has been advocated due to improved quality of life. However, there are very little data on the optimum vascular access for it. METHOD: A retrospective cohort study was carried on all patients who initiated home haemodialysis between 2011 and 2016 at a large university hospital. Access-related hospital admissions and interventions were used as primary outcome measures. RESULTS: Our cohort consisted of 74 patients...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Flora Tzelepis, Tara Clinton-McHarg, Christine L Paul, Robert W Sanson-Fisher, Douglas Joshua, Mariko L Carey
The Institute of Medicine has recommended that improvements are needed in patient-centered care. This study examined hematological cancer patients' perceptions of which aspects of cancer care were being delivered well and areas that required improvement, and whether patient characteristics, or the treatment center they attended, were associated with quality of patient-centered care. Participants were recruited via three Australian hematological cancer treatment centers and completed a paper-and-pen survey assessing sociodemographic, disease, and psychological and treatment characteristics at recruitment...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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