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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636200/functional-impairment-an-unmeasured-marker-of-medicare-costs-for-postacute-care-of-older-adults
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S Ryan Greysen, Irena Stijacic Cenzer, W John Boscardin, Kenneth E Covinsky
OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of preadmission functional impairment on Medicare costs of postacute care up to 365 days after hospital discharge. DESIGN: Longitudinal cohort study. SETTING: Health and Retirement Study (HRS). PARTICIPANTS: Nationally representative sample of 16,673 Medicare hospitalizations of 8,559 community-dwelling older adults from 2000 to 2012. MEASUREMENTS: The main outcome was total Medicare costs in the year after hospital discharge, assessed according to Medicare claims data...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636076/prevalence-and-impact-of-obesity-in-people-with-haemophilia-review-of-literature-and-expert-discussion-around-implementing-weight-management-guidelines
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REVIEW
S Kahan, A Cuker, R F Kushner, J Maahs, M Recht, T Wadden, T Willis, S Majumdar, D Ungar, D Cooper
Obesity affects more than 35% of Americans, increasing the risk of more than 200 comorbid conditions, impaired quality of life and premature mortality. This review aimed to summarize literature published over the past 15 years regarding the prevalence and impact of obesity in people with haemophilia (PWH) and to discuss implementing general guidelines for weight management in the context of the haemophilia comprehensive care team. Although few studies have assessed the effects of obesity on haemophilia-specific outcomes, existing evidence indicates an important impact of weight status on lower extremity joint range of motion and functional disability, with potentially important effects on overall quality of life...
June 21, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635549/a-missed-primary-care-appointment-correlates-with-a-subsequent-emergency-department-visit-among-children-with-asthma
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Colleen Marie McGovern, Margaret Redmond, Kimberly Arcoleo, David R Stukus
OBJECTIVE: Since the Affordable Care Act's implementation, emergency department (ED) visits have increased. Poor asthma control increases the risk of acute exacerbations and preventable ED visits. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services support the reduction of preventable ED visits to reduce healthcare spending. Implementation of interventions to avoid preventable ED visits has become a priority for many healthcare systems yet little data exist examining children's missed asthma management primary care (PC) appointments and subsequent ED visits...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635501/promoting-global-action-on-hearing-loss-world-hearing-day
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Shelly Chadha, Alarcos Cieza
The growing need for hearing care and a general lack of policies to address it poses a significant public health challenge. The World Health Organization aims to address this through evidence-based advocacy along with technical support to countries in provision of hearing care. As part of its activities, WHO is promoting the World Hearing Day which is observed on 3rd March every year. The day is marked by an annual theme and release of information products and key messages. Through this, we aim to raise awareness and promote actions for ear and hearing care across the world...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635368/efficacy-and-safety-of-autologous-cell-therapies-for-knee-cartilage-defects-autologous-stem-cells-chondrocytes-or-the-two-randomized-controlled-trial-design
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James B Richardson, Karina T Wright, Johanna Wales, Jan Herman Kuiper, Helen S McCarthy, Peter Gallacher, Paul E Harrison, Sally Roberts
AIM: The main aim of this trial is to test the safety and efficacy of autologous stromal/stem cells, chondrocytes or the two combined in the treatment of knee cartilage defects. PATIENTS & METHODS: Patients with symptomatic chondral/osteochondral defects will be randomized to cell therapy treatment with one of three cell populations (1:1:1). The primary efficacy outcome is a functional knee score (Lysholm) at 15 months post-treatment and the primary safety outcome is the incidence of adverse events...
June 21, 2017: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634428/marketization-in-long-term-care-a-cross-country-comparison-of-large-for-profit-nursing-home-chains
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Charlene Harrington, Frode F Jacobsen, Justin Panos, Allyson Pollock, Shailen Sutaria, Marta Szebehely
This article presents cross-country comparisons of trends in for-profit nursing home chains in Canada, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. Using public and private industry reports, the study describes ownership, corporate strategies, costs, and quality of the 5 largest for-profit chains in each country. The findings show that large for-profit nursing home chains are increasingly owned by private equity investors, have had many ownership changes over time, and have complex organizational structures...
2017: Health Services Insights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634168/contributions-of-children-with-multiple-chronic-conditions-to-pediatric-hospitalizations-in-the-united-states-a-retrospective-cohort-analysis
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Jay G Berry, Arlene S Ash, Eyal Cohen, Fareesa Hasan, Chris Feudtner, Matt Hall
BACKGROUND: Children with multiple chronic conditions (CMCC) are increasingly using hospital care. We assessed how much of US pediatric inpatient care is used by CMCC and which chronic conditions are the key drivers of hospital use. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of all 2.3 million US acute-care hospital discharges in 2012 for children age 0 to 18 years in the Kids' Inpatient Database. The ∼4.5 million US hospitalizations for pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn and neonatal care were not assessed...
June 20, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633782/factors-predicting-length-of-hospital-stay-and-extended-care-facility-admission-after-hindfoot-arthrodesis-procedures
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Jacob Deister, Brian G Cothern, Chad Williams, Andrew W Froehle, Richard T Laughlin
Delayed identification of patients requiring admission to extended care facilities (ECFs) can lead to greater healthcare costs through an increased length of hospital stay (LOHS). Previous studies of hip and knee arthroplasty identified factors associated with a likely discharge to an ECF. These issues have not been extensively studied for major hindfoot procedures. We conducted a retrospective review of 198 cases treated during a 3-year period to identify the risk factors for an extended LOHS and ECF admission after ankle arthrodesis, triple arthrodesis, pantalar arthrodesis, and subtalar arthrodesis...
July 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633636/typology-of-birth-centres-in-the-netherlands-using-the-rainbow-model-of-integrated-care-results-of-the-dutch-birth-centre-study
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Inge C Boesveld, Marc A Bruijnzeels, Marit Hitzert, Marieke A A Hermus, Karin M van der Pal-de Bruin, M Elske van den Akker-van Marle, Eric A P Steegers, Arie Franx, Raymond G de Vries, Therese A Wiegers
BACKGROUND: The goal of integrated care is to offer a continuum of care that crosses the boundaries of public health, primary, secondary, and tertiary care. Integrated care is increasingly promoted for people with complex needs and has also recently been promoted in maternity care systems to improve the quality of care. Especially when located near an obstetric unit, birth centres are considered to be ideal settings for the realization of integrated care. At present, however, we know very little about the degree of integration in these centres and we do not know if increased levels of integration improve the quality of the care delivered...
June 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633525/use-of-dimethyl-pimelimidate-with-microfluidic-system-for-nucleic-acids-extraction-without-electricity
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Choong Eun Jin, Tae Yoon Lee, Bonhan Koo, Kyung-Chul Choi, Suhwan Chang, Se Yoon Park, Ji Yeun Kim, Sung-Han Kim, Yong Shin
The isolation of nucleic acids in the lab on a chip is crucial to achieve the maximal effectiveness of point-of-care testing for detection in clinical applications. Here, we report on the use of a simple and versatile single-channel microfluidic platform that combines dimethyl pimelimidate (DMP) for nucleic acids (both RNA and DNA) extraction without electricity using thin films system. The system is based on the adaption of DMP into non-chaotropic-based nucleic acids and the capture of reagents into a low-cost thin film platform for use as a microfluidic total analysis system, which can be utilized for sample processing in clinical diagnostics...
June 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633502/promoting-seniors-health-with-home-care-aides-a-pilot
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Naoko Muramatsu, Lijuan Yin, Michael L Berbaum, David X Marquez, Donald A Jurivich, Joseph P Zanoni, Katya Y Cruz Madrid, Surrey M Walton
Purpose: Regular physical activity (PA) benefits older adults. However, frail older adults lack opportunities to be physically active. This pilot study aimed to test and enhance the feasibility of a PA program delivered by home care aides (HCAs) for community-dwelling older adults in a Medicaid-funded home care setting and to generate preliminary efficacy and cost data. Design and Methods: HCAs were trained to deliver a brief motivational enhancement and three chair-bound movements to motivate their older clients to do PA daily and to help maintain their independence in the community...
June 17, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633411/surgeon-level-variability-in-outcomes-cost-and-comorbidity-adjusted-cost-for-elective-lumbar-decompression-and-fusion
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Silky Chotai, Ahilan Sivaganesan, John A Sielatycki, Kristin R Archer, Richard Call, Matthew J McGirt, Clinton J Devin
BACKGROUND: The costs and outcomes following degenerative spine surgery may vary from surgeon to surgeon. Patient factors such as comorbidities may increase the health care cost. These variations are not well studied. OBJECTIVE: To understand the variation in outcomes, costs, and comorbidity-adjusted cost for surgeons performing lumbar laminectomy and fusions surgery. METHODS: A total of 752 patients undergoing laminectomy and fusion, performed by 7 surgeons, were analyzed...
June 14, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633350/accuracy-of-on-line-self-reported-weights-and-heights-by-young-adults
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Charoula Konstantia Nikolaou, Catherine Ruth Hankey, Michael Ernest John Lean
e-epidemiology, a convenient and low-cost research method, is becoming increasingly popular. This study seeks to validate on-line self-reported heights and weights against objectively measured data in young adults. Young adults self-reported heights and weights in an on-line lifestyle survey. These were validated using two methods: (i) measurements by staff at the primary-care clinic and (ii) measurements by a researcher within two weeks of distribution of the survey. Analyses were conducted to determine differences between the self-reported and measured heights and weights and to identify characteristics associated with under- or over-reporting of these...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633170/teaching-primary-care-genetics-a-randomized-controlled-trial-comparison
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Deanna Telner, June C Carroll, Glenn Regehr, Diana Tabak, Kara Semotiuk, Risa Freeman
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Given the increasing discussions of the impact of genetic medicine within family medicine, it is important to determine the most effective way of teaching this material to family medicine residents (FMRs). The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare the impact of three methods of delivering primary care genetic content to FMRs. METHODS: Curriculum materials and assessment tools were created to teach and evaluate knowledge, skills, and attitudes around four core competencies in primary care genetics, with a focus on hereditary colorectal cancer (CRC)...
June 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632945/developing-multidisciplinary-clinics-for-neuromuscular-care-and-research
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REVIEW
Sabrina Paganoni, Katie Nicholson, Fawn Leigh, Kathryn Swoboda, David Chad, Kristin Drake, Kellen Haley, Merit Cudkowicz, James D Berry
Multidisciplinary care is considered the standard-of-care for both adult and pediatric neuromuscular disorders and has been associated with improved quality of life, resource utilization, and health outcomes. Multidisciplinary care is delivered in multidisciplinary clinics that coordinate care across multiple specialties reducing travel burden and streamlining care. In addition, multidisciplinary care setting facilitates the integration of clinical research, patient advocacy, and care innovation (e.g., TeleHealth)...
June 20, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632867/effect-of-an-internet-based-program-on-weight-loss-for-low-income-postpartum-women-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Suzanne Phelan, Todd Hagobian, Anna Brannen, Karen E Hatley, Andrew Schaffner, Karen Muñoz-Christian, Deborah F Tate
Importance: Postpartum weight retention increases lifetime risk of obesity and related morbidity. Few effective interventions exist for multicultural, low-income women. Objective: To test whether an internet-based weight loss program in addition to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC program) for low-income postpartum women could produce greater weight loss than the WIC program alone over 12 months. Design, Setting, and Participants: A 12-month, cluster randomized, assessor-blind, clinical trial enrolling 371 adult postpartum women at 12 clinics in WIC programs from the California central coast between July 2011 and May 2015 with data collection completed in May 2016...
June 20, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632822/-strategies-to-reduce-infections-and-antibiotic-use-and-its-effects-in-a-neonatal-care-unit
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Soledad Urzúa, Marcela Ferrés, Patricia García, Amparo Sánchez, Matías Luco
INTRODUCTION: Late onset sepsis (LOS) remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). The empirical use of vancomycin and other broad spectrum antibiotics is very frequent and is associated with the emergence of resistant agents, infection by gram-negative bacilli (GNB), fungal infections and increased morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of 5 intervention protocols designed to reduce infections and promote the rational use of antibiotics (AB) in a single NICU...
April 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632800/total-body-photography-in-skin-cancer-screening-the-clinical-utility-of-standardized-imaging
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Alexandra Rosenberg, Jon H Meyerle
Early detection of skin cancer is essential to reducing morbidity and mortality from both melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers. Total-body skin examinations (TBSEs) may improve early detection of malignant melanomas (MMs) but are controversial due to the poor quality of data available to establish a mortality benefit from skin cancer screening. Total-body photography (TBP) promises to provide a way forward by lowering the costs of dermatologic screening while simultaneously leveraging technology to increase patient access to dermatologic care...
May 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632767/how-is-indonesia-coping-with-its-epidemic-of-chronic-noncommunicable-diseases-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
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Julia Schröders, Stig Wall, Mohammad Hakimi, Fatwa Sari Tetra Dewi, Lars Weinehall, Mark Nichter, Maria Nilsson, Hari Kusnanto, Ekowati Rahajeng, Nawi Ng
BACKGROUND: Chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) have emerged as a huge global health problem in low- and middle-income countries. The magnitude of the rise of NCDs is particularly visible in Southeast Asia where limited resources have been used to address this rising epidemic, as in the case of Indonesia. Robust evidence to measure growing NCD-related burdens at national and local levels and to aid national discussion on social determinants of health and intra-country inequalities is needed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632577/outcome-of-pediatric-forearm-fracture-reductions-performed-by-pediatric-emergency-medicine-providers-compared-with-reductions-performed-by-orthopedic-surgeons-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Donna Milner, Ernest Krause, Karen Hamre, Andrew Flood
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the outcome differences between board-certified orthopedists and pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) physicians conducting forearm fracture reductions. METHODS: We performed an analysis of patients between 1 and 14 years of age who presented to the emergency department (ED) with a forearm fracture requiring reduction. Data collected included reducing provider (PEM or orthopedist) and prereduction, postreduction, and follow-up fracture angles and displacements of both radius and ulna...
June 20, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
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