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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923090/association-between-end-of-rotation-resident-transition-in-care-and-mortality-among-hospitalized-patients
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Joshua L Denson, Ashley Jensen, Harry S Saag, Binhuan Wang, Yixin Fang, Leora I Horwitz, Laura Evans, Scott E Sherman
Importance: Shift-to-shift transitions in care among house staff are associated with adverse events. However, the association between end-of-rotation transition (in which care of the patient is transferred) and adverse events is uncertain. Objective: To examine the association of end-of-rotation house staff transitions with mortality among hospitalized patients. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective multicenter cohort study of patients admitted to internal medicine services (N = 230 701) at 10 university-affiliated US Veterans Health Administration hospitals (2008-2014)...
December 6, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920248/use-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-among-older-australians-national-quality-improvement-programmes-have-led-to-sustained-practice-change
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Nicole L Pratt, Lisa M Kalisch Ellett, Janet K Sluggett, Svetla V Gadzhanova, Emmae N Ramsay, Mhairi Kerr, Vanessa T LeBlanc, John D Barratt, Elizabeth E Roughead
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of national multifaceted initiatives to improve use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) on the use of PPIs among older Australians. DESIGN: Interrupted time series analysis using administrative health claims data from the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA). SETTING: Australia. PARTICIPANTS: All veterans and dependents who received PPIs between January 2003 and December 2013...
December 4, 2016: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920164/epistemic-injustice-in-healthcare-encounters-evidence-from-chronic-fatigue-syndrome
#3
Charlotte Blease, Havi Carel, Keith Geraghty
Chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) remains a controversial illness category. This paper surveys the state of knowledge and attitudes about this illness and proposes that epistemic concerns about the testimonial credibility of patients can be articulated using Miranda Fricker's concept of epistemic injustice. While there is consensus within mainstream medical guidelines that there is no known cause of CFS/ME, there is continued debate about how best to conceive of CFS/ME, including disagreement about how to interpret clinical studies of treatments...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919104/dual-health-care-system-use-and-high-risk-prescribing-in-patients-with-dementia-a-national-cohort-study
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Joshua M Thorpe, Carolyn T Thorpe, Walid F Gellad, Chester B Good, Joseph T Hanlon, Maria K Mor, John R Pleis, Loren J Schleiden, Courtney Harold Van Houtven
Background: Recent federal policy changes attempt to expand veterans' access to providers outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Receipt of prescription medications across unconnected systems of care may increase the risk for unsafe prescribing, particularly in persons with dementia. Objective: To investigate the association between dual health care system use and potentially unsafe medication (PUM) prescribing. Design: Retrospective cohort study...
December 6, 2016: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919102/the-veterans-affairs-pharmacy-system-perfectly-designed-to-achieve-the-outcomes-it-gets
#5
David R Gifford
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 6, 2016: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918190/quasi-experimental-evaluation-of-the-impact-of-a-cognitive-behavioral-pretreatment-intervention-for-veterans-seeking-psychotherapy
#6
Rebecca Lusk, Mark Lyubkin, Stephen T Chermack, Michelle L Sanborn, Nicholas W Bowersox
Pretreatment interventions have documented efficacy for reducing initial therapy refusal and early therapy departure. However, these interventions have not been well-studied in diagnostically diverse patient populations or within Veterans Affairs (VA) health care settings. We designed a manualized 4-session group cognitive-behavioral therapy-based pretreatment intervention (PTI) for a diagnostically diverse population of Veterans referred for psychotherapy in a general mental health clinic (MHC) in a large VA hospital...
December 2016: Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917728/comparing-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infection-prevention-programs-between-veterans-affairs-nursing-homes-and-non-veterans-affairs-nursing-homes
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Lona Mody, M Todd Greene, Sanjay Saint, Jennifer Meddings, Barbara W Trautner, Heidi L Wald, Christopher Crnich, Jane Banaszak-Holl, Sara E McNamara, Beth J King, Robert Hogikyan, Barbara S Edson, Sarah L Krein
OBJECTIVE The impact of healthcare system integration on infection prevention programs is unknown. Using catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention as an example, we hypothesize that US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) nursing homes have a more robust infection prevention infrastructure due to integration and centralization compared with non-VA nursing homes. SETTING VA and non-VA nursing homes participating in the AHRQ Safety Program for Long-Term Care collaborative. METHODS Nursing homes provided baseline information about their infection prevention programs to assess strengths and gaps related to CAUTI prevention via a needs assessment questionnaire...
December 5, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917084/sofosbuvir-and-simeprevir-combination-therapy-for-hcv-genotype-1-infection-results-of-a-single-center-va-experience
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Seth N Sclair, Maria Del Pilar Hernandez, Evan Vance, Dani Gilinski, Helen Youtseff, Maribel Toro, Marie Antoine, Lennox J Jeffers, Adam Peyton
Treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection remains a priority in the veterans affairs (VA) health care system nationwide, as there is a high burden of liver disease due to HCV infection among US veterans. The combination of sofosbuvir and simeprevir was the first all-oral antiviral regimen used in clinical practice to treat veterans with HCV infection. In this study, we report a single-center experience showing both the feasibility and effectiveness of this all-oral combination to treat HCV genotype 1 infection...
August 2016: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914506/use-of-high-intensity-statins-for-patients-with-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-in-the-veterans-affairs-health-system-practice-impact-of-the-new-cholesterol-guidelines
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Fatima Rodriguez, Shoutzu Lin, David J Maron, Joshua W Knowles, Salim S Virani, Paul A Heidenreich
BACKGROUND: The November 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association cholesterol guidelines recommend the use of high-intensity statins for patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). We sought to determine how these guidelines are being adopted at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Health System and identify treatment gaps. METHODS: We examined administrative data from the VA 12 months prior to the index dates of April 1, 2013, and after April 1, 2014, to identify patients ≤75 years of age with ≥2 codes for ASCVD...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909877/association-between-mental-health-staffing-level-and-primary-care-mental-health-integration-level-on-provision-of-depression-care-in-veteran-s-affairs-medical-facilities
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Denise C Cooper, Christian D Helfrich, Stephen M Thielke, Ranak B Trivedi, Karin M Nelson, Gayle E Reiber, Evercita C Eugenio, Kristine Beaver, Julie Nugent-Carney, Vincent S Fan
We examined the association of mental health staffing and the utilization of primary care/mental health integration (PCMHI) with facility-level variations in adequacy of psychotherapy and antidepressants received by Veterans with new, recurrent, and chronic depression. Greater likelihood of adequate psychotherapy was associated with increased (1) PCMHI utilization by recurrent depression patients (AOR 1.02; 95% CI 1.00, 1.03); and (2) staffing for recurrent (AOR 1.03; 95% CI 1.01, 1.06) and chronic (AOR 1.02; 95% CI 1...
December 1, 2016: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909492/a-comparison-between-dabigatran-and-warfarin-on-time-to-elective-cardioversion
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Amanda N Basto PharmD, Nathan P Fewel PharmD, Rajiv Gupta Md, Eileen M Stock PhD, Mia Ta PharmD
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of dabigatran versus warfarin on time to elective direct current cardioversion (DCCV). METHODOLOGY: This retrospective observational study was conducted at a single Veterans Affairs hospital in the Southwestern region of the U.S. Patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter who were initiated on either warfarin or dabigatran prior to DCCV were reviewed. The time to cardioversion was compared between warfarin and dabigatran, as well as costs of therapy, rescheduling rates, and adverse events...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907919/the-impact-of-health-care-appointment-non-adherence-on-graft-outcomes-in-kidney-transplantation
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David J Taber, James N Fleming, Cory E Fominaya, Mulugeta Gebregziabher, Kelly J Hunt, Titte R Srinivas, Prabhakar K Baliga, John W McGillicuddy, Leonard E Egede
BACKGROUND: Non-adherence to medication is a well-studied and known cause of late allograft loss, but it is difficult to measure and prospectively monitor. The aim of this study was to assess if appointment non-adherence was correlated with medication non-adherence and a predictor of graft outcomes. METHODS: This was a longitudinal cohort study that used the National United States Renal Data System and veterans affairs health records data with time-to-event analyses conducted to assess the impact on graft and patient survival...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906862/correlational-study-of-diabetic-retinopathy-and-hearing-loss
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Caroline Ooley, Weon Jun, Kim Le, Allen Kim, Nathan Rock, Molly Cardenal, Rebecca Kline, Drew Aldrich, John Hayes
PURPOSE: Our research goal was to complete a retrospective chart review to determine if there is a correlation between the level of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic neurosensory hearing loss. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 175 Department of Veterans Affairs Computerized Patient Record System charts was completed at the VA Portland Health Care System. Subjects were classified by degree of diabetic retinopathy as follows: no diabetic retinopathy (n = 80), mild nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (n = 51), moderate nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (n = 25), and combined severe nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) (n = 17)...
November 30, 2016: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902826/association-of-a-frailty-screening-initiative-with-postoperative-survival-at-30-180-and-365-days
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Daniel E Hall, Shipra Arya, Kendra K Schmid, Mark A Carlson, Pierre Lavedan, Travis L Bailey, Georgia Purviance, Tammy Bockman, Thomas G Lynch, Jason M Johanning
Importance: As the US population ages, the number of operations performed on elderly patients will likely increase. Frailty predicts postoperative mortality and morbidity more than age alone, thus presenting opportunities to identify the highest-risk surgical patients and improve their outcomes. Objective: To examine the effect of the Frailty Screening Initiative (FSI) on mortality and complications by comparing the surgical outcomes of a cohort of surgical patients treated before and after implementation of the FSI...
November 30, 2016: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902814/trends-in-surgical-treatment-of-breast-cancer-in-the-veterans-affairs-system
#15
Tyler A Evans, Stephen Duquette, Tahereh Soleimani, Luisa F Christensen, Imtiaz Munshi, Adam Cohen, Sunil S Tholpady
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 30, 2016: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901559/extension-of-the-presumptive-period-for-compensation-for-gulf-war-veterans-interim-final-rule
#16
(no author information available yet)
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this interim final rule to amend its adjudication regulations regarding compensation for disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses suffered by veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War. This amendment is necessary to extend the presumptive period for qualifying chronic disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses that must become manifest to a compensable degree in order that entitlement for compensation be established. The intended effect of this amendment is to provide consistency in VA adjudication policy and preserve certain rights afforded to Persian Gulf War veterans and ensure fairness for current and future Persian Gulf War veterans...
October 17, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900751/-reflection-on-the-differences-and-similarities-of-mental-health-care-in-virginia-and-taiwan-geography-history-culture-and-nurse-practitioners
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Chueh-Fen Lu, Ching-Chuan Tung, Linda Ely
Sponsored by the pilot overseas internships project of the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, the authors and ten undergraduate students from Taiwan visited several mental health facilities in Virginia for one month. These facilities included the Catawba State Hospital, Salem Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Carilion Saint Albans Behavioral Health (New River Valley Medical Center), Warm Hearth Village, Adult & Child Family Counseling private outpatient clinic, the Free Clinic of the New River Valley, New Life Clubhouse, and Self-Government Program for Assertive Community Treatment...
December 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899250/estrogen-and-thyroid-cancer-is-a-stem-affair-a-preliminary-study
#18
Mariangela Zane, Carmelo Parello, Gianmaria Pennelli, Danyelle M Townsend, Stefano Merigliano, Marco Boscaro, Antonio Toniato, Giovannella Baggio, Maria Rosa Pelizzo, Domenico Rubello, Isabella Merante Boschin
Gender influences Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC) with an incidence of 3:1 when comparing women to men with different aggressiveness. This gender discrepancy suggests some role of sex hormones in favoring the malignant progression of thyroid tissue to cancer. Estrogens are known to promote Stem Cell self-renewal and, therefore, may be involved in tumor initiation. The goals of these studies are to investigate the underlying causes of gender differences in PTC by studying the specific role of estrogens on tumor cells and their involvement within the Cancer Stem Cell (CSC) compartment...
November 26, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898996/calcium-pyrophosphate-deposition-disease-and-associated-medical-co-morbidities-a-national-cross-sectional-study-of-us-veterans
#19
Crystal Kleiber Balderrama, Ann K Rosenthal, Daniel Lans, Jasvinder A Singh, Christie M Bartels
OBJECTIVE: Calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition disease (CPDD) is a common cause of acute and chronic arthritis, yet there are few large epidemiologic studies of CPDD. We sought to characterize CPDD in the national Veterans Affairs (VA) population. METHODS: Patients with International Classification of Diseases, ninth revision (ICD-9) codes for CPDD seen at any VA medical center from 2010 through 2014 were matched by age and gender with control patients without CPDD, using data from the Department of Veterans Affairs Corporate Data Warehouse...
November 29, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898424/arterial-stiffness-as-a-cardiovascular-risk-factor-in-stage-5d-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-an-age-affair
#20
Carmine Zoccali, Francesca Mallamaci
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Nephrology
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