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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449551/a-survey-of-korean-physicians-prescription-patterns-for-allergic-rhinitis
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Min Young Seo, Dong-Kyu Kim, Hye Mi Jee, Young Min Ahn, Yong Min Kim, Sang Duk Hong
Objectives: The aim of this study was to compare the prescription patterns according to characteristics of physicians using a survey distributed amongst physicians in Korea. Methods: We surveyed the prescription patterns for allergic rhinitis (AR) of the members of the Korean Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology (KAAACI) and the Korean Association of Otorhinolaryngologists (KAO). Questionnaire contained 4 categories with 28 queries. 448 physicians including 98 internal medicine (IM), 113 pediatrics (PED), and 237 otorhinolaryngology (ENT) were responded...
April 28, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449404/changes-in-prescribing-and-healthcare-resource-utilization-after-fda-drug-safety-communications-involving-zolpidem-containing-medications
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Aaron S Kesselheim, Macarius Donneyong, Gerald J Dal Pan, Esther H Zhou, Jerry Avorn, Sebastian Schneeweiss, John D Seeger
PURPOSE: Products containing the sedative/hypnotic zolpidem were subject to Drug Safety Communications (DSCs) in January and May 2013 describing the risk of next-morning impairment and recommending lower starting doses particularly for women. This study aimed to assess whether zolpidem DSCs were associated with prescribing-pattern changes between January 2011 and December 2013. METHODS: We assessed overall dispensings of zolpidem-containing products between January 2011 and December 2013 by conducting a time-series analysis...
April 27, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444287/certain-prescribing-patterns-lead-to-long-term-opioid-use
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April 25, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441936/rationale-and-design-of-bistro-a-randomized-controlled-trial-to-determine-whether-bioimpedance-spectroscopy-guided-fluid-management-maintains-residual-kidney-function-in-incident-haemodialysis-patients
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Simon J Davies, Fergus J Caskey, David Coyle, Elizabeth Lindley, Jamie Macdonald, Sandip Mitra, Martin Wilkie, Andrew Davenport, Ken Farrington, Indranil Dasgupta, Paula Ormandy, Lazaros Andronis, Ivonne Solis-Trapala, Julius Sim
BACKGROUND: Preserved residual kidney function (RKF) and normal fluid status are associated with better patient outcomes in incident haemodialysis patients. The objective of this trial is to determine whether using bioimpedance technology in prescribing the optimal post-dialysis weight can reduce the rate of decline of RKF and potentially improve patient outcomes. METHODS/DESIGN: 516 pateints commencing haemodialysis, aged >18 with RKF of > 3 ml/min/1...
April 26, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439716/antipsychotic-prescribing-to-patients-diagnosed-with-dementia-without-a-diagnosis-of-psychosis-in-the-context-of-national-guidance-and-drug-safety-warnings-longitudinal-study-in-uk-general-practice
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S Jill Stocks, Evangelos Kontopantelis, Roger T Webb, Anthony J Avery, Alistair Burns, Darren M Ashcroft
INTRODUCTION: Policy interventions to address inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to older people diagnosed with dementia are commonplace. In the UK, warnings were issued by the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in 2004, 2009 and 2012 and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance was published in 2006. It is important to evaluate the impact of such interventions. METHODS: We analysed routinely collected primary-care data from 111,346 patients attending one of 689 general practices contributing to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink to describe the temporal changes in the prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to patients aged 65 years or over diagnosed with dementia without a concomitant psychosis diagnosis from 2001 to 2014 using an interrupted time series and a before-and-after design...
April 24, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436727/impact-of-switching-from-different-treatment-regimens-to-a-fixed-dose-combination-pill-polypill-in-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease-or-similarly-high-risk
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Melvin Lafeber, Wilko Spiering, Frank Lj Visseren, Diederick E Grobbee, Michiel L Bots, Alice Stanton, Anushka Patel, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Ruth Webster, Simon Thom, Anthony Rodgers
Aims Cardiovascular fixed-dose combination pills, or polypills, may help address the widespread lack of access and adherence to proven medicines. Initiation of polypill-based care typically entails switching from current separately taken medications. Given the heterogeneity in usual care, there is interest in the impact of polypill treatment across different patterns of prior medication regimen. Methods A total of 2004 participants with established cardiovascular disease or estimated 5-year cardiovascular risk of over 15% were randomised to polypill-based treatment (aspirin 75 mg, simvastatin 40 mg, lisinopril 10 mg and either atenolol 50 mg or hydrochlorothiazide 12...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436189/medication-appropriateness-for-patients-with-dementia-approaching-the-end-of-their-life
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Hsien-Yeh Chuang, Yu-Wen Wen, Liang-Kung Chen, Fei-Yuan Hsiao
AIM: To examine medication use among patients with dementia towards the end of their life and to evaluate the appropriateness of medication use by using a nationwide database. METHODS: Using Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database, we identified 6532 people with dementia that died between 2008 and 2012. For each person with dementia, data of medication use in the last month of outpatient setting (vs -12th month [baseline]) and last hospitalization (vs -3rd hospitalization [baseline]) before death were retrieved for study...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435984/patterns-predictors-and-persistence-of-chronic-sedative-use-a-population-based-observational-study-of-older-adults-in-british-columbia-canada
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Steven G Morgan, Deirdre Weymann
BACKGROUND: Benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like sedatives (zopiclone, zolpidem and zaleplon) are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia but are contraindicated for chronic use. We sought to study the persistence, over multiple years, of chronic use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like sedatives among community-dwelling adults in British Columbia, Canada. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of linked health data for adults aged 50 to 69 in 2004 who resided in British Columbia, Canada, between 2004 and 2013...
April 24, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434457/system-changes-to-implement-the-joint-commission-tobacco-treatment-tob-performance-measures-for-improving-the-treatment-of-tobacco-use-among-hospitalized-patients
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Donna Shelley, Keith S Goldfeld, Hannah Park, Ana Mola, Ryan Sullivan, Jonathan Austrian
BACKGROUND: In 2012 The Joint Commission implemented new Tobacco Treatment (TOB) performance measures for hospitals. A study evaluated the impact of a hospital-based electronic health record (EHR) intervention on adherence to the revised TOB measures. METHODS: The study was conducted in two acute care hospitals in New York City. Data abstracted from the EHR were analyzed retrospectively from 4,871 smokers discharged between December 2012 and March 2015 to evaluate the impact of two interventions: an order set to prompt clinicians to prescribe pharmacotherapy and a nurse-delivered counseling module that automatically populated the nursing care plan for all smokers...
May 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434190/mixed-severity-fire-history-at-a-forest-grassland-ecotone-in-west-central-british-columbia-canada
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Jill E Harvey, Dan J Smith, Thomas T Veblen
This study examines spatially variable stand structure and fire-climate relationships at a low elevation forest-grassland ecotone in west central British Columbia, Canada. Fire history reconstructions were based on samples from 92 fire-scarred trees and stand demography from 27 plots collected over an area of about 7 km(2) . We documented historical chronologies of widespread fires and localized grassland fires between AD 1600 and 1900. Relationships between fire events, reconstructed values of the Palmer Drought Severity Index and annual precipitation were examined using superposed epoch and bivariate event analyses...
April 23, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432607/impact-of-the-medical-specialty-on-knowledge-regarding-multidrug-resistant-organisms-and-strategies-toward-antimicrobial-stewardship
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Steffen Lebentrau, Christian Gilfrich, Malte W Vetterlein, Harald Schumacher, Philipp J Spachmann, Sabine D Brookman-May, Hans M Fritsche, Martin Schostak, Florian M Wagenlehner, Maximilian Burger, Matthias May
PURPOSE: Evidence is scarce on subject-specific knowledge of multidrug-resistant organisms and rational use of antibiotics. We aimed at evaluating attitude, perception, and knowledge about multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) and antibiotic prescribing among urologists versus other medical specialties. METHODS: Within the MR2-study (Multiinstitutional Reconnaissance of practice with MultiResistant bacteria), a questionnaire was conducted targeting general surgeons, internists, gynecologists, and urologists in 18 German hospitals...
April 21, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430016/the-use-of-intravenous-lidocaine-for-the-management-of-acute-pain-secondary-to-traumatic-ankle-injury
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Billy Sin, Diana Gritsenko, Grace Tam, Kimberly Koop, Eva Mok
Sports-related injuries are a frequent cause of visits to the emergency department (ED) across the United States. A majority of these injuries affect the lower extremities with the ankle as the most frequently reported site. Most sports-related injuries are not severe enough to require inpatient hospitalization; however, they often lead to acute distress and pain which require prompt treatment with analgesics. Approximately 22% of patients who presented to the ED required pharmacotherapy for acute pain management...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429844/a-comparison-of-clinical-characteristics-of-older-adults-treated-with-antidepressants-in-general-and-psychiatric-hospitals-in-asia
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Yuan-Yuan Wang, Yu-Tao Xiang, Gabor S Ungvari, Chee H Ng, Helen F K Chiu, Larina C L Yim, Tian-Mei Si, Kok-Yoon Chee, Ajit Avasthi, Sandeep Grover, Mian-Yoon Chong, Kang Sim, Shigenobu Kanba, Yan-Ling He, Min-Soo Lee, Shu-Yu Yang, Pichet Udomratn, Roy A Kallivayalil, Andi J Tanra, Margarita M Maramis, Winston W Shen, Norman Sartorius, Rathi Mahendran, Jia-Ying Teng, Chay-Hoon Tan, Naotaka Shinfuku
AIM: This study compared the demographics, clinical characteristics, and antidepressant prescription patterns between Asian patients aged 50 years and older attending psychiatric hospitals and those attending general hospitals. METHODS: In total, 955 patients (604 in general hospitals, 351 in psychiatric hospitals) aged 50 years or older treated with antidepressants in 10 Asian countries and territories were examined. Patients' demographics, clinical features, and prescriptions of psychotropic drugs were recorded using a standardized protocol and data collection procedure...
April 21, 2017: Psychogeriatrics: the Official Journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428922/the-cost-benefit-balance-of-statins-in-hawai-i-a-moving-target
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Corey J Lum, Kazuma Nakagawa, Ralph V Shohet, Todd B Seto, Deborah A Taira
Statins are lipid-lowering medications used for primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic disease and represent a substantial portion of drug costs in the United States. A better understanding of prescribing patterns and drug costs should lead to more rational utilization and help constrain health care expenditures in the United States. The 2013 Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Part D Prescriber Public Use File for the State of Hawai'i was analyzed. The number of prescriptions for statins, total annual cost, and daily cost were calculated by prescriber specialty and drug...
April 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428160/simulated-conversations-with-virtual-humans-to-improve-patient-provider-communication-and-reduce-unnecessary-prescriptions-for-antibiotics-a-repeated-measure-pilot-study
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Antoinette Schoenthaler, Glenn Albright, Judith Hibbard, Ron Goldman
BACKGROUND: Despite clear evidence that antibiotics do not cure viral infections, the problem of unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics in ambulatory care persists, and in some cases, prescribing patterns have increased. The overuse of antibiotics for treating viral infections has created numerous economic and clinical consequences including increased medical costs due to unnecessary hospitalizations, antibiotic resistance, disruption of gut bacteria, and obesity. Recent research has underscored the importance of collaborative patient-provider communication as a means to reduce the high rates of unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics...
April 19, 2017: JMIR Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426981/overall-survival-in-elderly-patients-with-colorectal-cancer-a-population-based-study-in-the-caribbean
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Clarisse Joachim, Lidvine Godaert, Moustapha Dramé, Jacqueline Véronique-Baudin, Jonathan Macni, Juliette Smith-Ravin, Jean-Luc Novella, Rachid Mahmoudi
BACKGROUND: Population-based Cancer registries (PBCR) play an important role in cancer surveillance and research. The aim of this study was to examine overall survival in elderly patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) by analysing data from the Martinique PBCR between 1993 and 2012. METHODS: The log-rank test was used to assess the statistical differences of the survival curves by each categorical variable: age at diagnosis, sex, histology, zone of residence, subsite, stage at diagnosis, and chemotherapy...
April 17, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426357/a-qualitative-assessment-of-alcohol-consumption-and-sexual-risk-behaviors-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-and-transgender-women-in-peru
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Panagiotis Vagenas, Shan-Estelle Brown, Jesse L Clark, Kelika A Konda, Javier R Lama, Jorge Sánchez, Ann C Duerr, Frederick L Altice
BACKGROUND: Peruvian men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW) experience the double burden of a highly concentrated HIV epidemic with a high prevalence of alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Recent research has associated both with risky sexual behaviors, including unprotected sex, having multiple sexual partners, engaging in sex work, having recent sexually transmitted infections, and having HIV-infected partners. AUDs have also been associated in MSM/TGW with being unaware of HIV+ status...
June 7, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422521/different-approaches-to-the-assessment-of-adherence-and-persistence-with-cardiovascular-disease-preventive-medications
#18
Sara Malo, Isabel Aguilar-Palacio, Cristina Feja, María Jesús Lallana, María José Rabanaque, Javier Armesto, Enrica Menditto
OBJECTIVE: To assess suitability and comparability of the most common methods of treatment adherence and persistence assessment, as applied to the same pharmacy dataset. METHODS: Data on drugs prescribed for cardiovascular primary prevention to participants in the Aragon Workers' Health Study (AWHS) were collected from a regional electronic drug prescription database. Several different approaches were used to measure treatment adherence (with the Medication Possession Ratio [MPR]) and Proportion of Days Covered [PDC]) and persistence in new users by therapeutic subgroup...
April 19, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420451/what-leads-to-high-antipsychotic-dosing-in-forensic-patients-with-schizophrenia
#19
Branimir Margetić, Branka Aukst Margetić, Dragutin Ivanec, Tija Žarković Palijan
Earlier findings suggest that forensic schizophrenia patients are treated with higher doses of antipsychotics. This practice-based specificity is insufficiently studied, and clinicians' motives regarding this practice remain poorly understood. In this editorial, the authors provide their data on treatment of forensic schizophrenia patients and identify characteristics of psychopathology and previous types of behaviors, including suicidal attempts, as potential reasons for the practice. They also emphasize that "these previous acts" often took place years ago, and suggest that current or recent aggression is unlikely the main reason for dosing, but rather the clinicians' intention to maintain "must remain unaggressive" condition...
April 19, 2017: CNS Spectrums
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417667/immediate-and-short-term-biomechanical-adaptation-of-habitual-barefoot-runners-who-start-shod-running
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Ivan P H Au, Fannie O Y Lau, Winko W An, Janet H Zhang, Tony L Chen, Roy T H Cheung
This study investigated the immediate and short-term effects of minimalist shoes (MS) and traditional running shoes (TRS) on vertical loading rates, foot strike pattern and lower limb kinematics in a group of habitual barefoot runners. Twelve habitual barefoot runners were randomly given a pair of MS or TRS and were asked to run with the prescribed shoes for 1 month. Outcome variables were obtained before, immediate after and 1 month after shoe prescription. Average and instantaneous vertical loading rates at the 1-month follow-up were significantly higher than that at the pre-shod session (P < 0...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
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