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Holly Arends, Nancy McDonald
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813636/using-systems-science-to-inform-population-health-strategies-in-local-health-departments-a-case-study-in-san-antonio-texas
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Yan Li, Norma A Padrón, Anil T Mangla, Pamela G Russo, Thomas Schlenker, José A Pagán
OBJECTIVES: Because of state and federal health care reform, local health departments play an increasingly prominent role leading and coordinating disease prevention programs in the United States. This case study shows how a local health department working in chronic disease prevention and management can use systems science and evidence-based decision making to inform program selection, implementation, and assessment; enhance engagement with local health systems and organizations; and possibly optimize health care delivery and population health...
January 1, 2017: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813455/maternal-serum-c-reactive-protein-concentration-and-intra-amniotic-inflammation-in-women-with-preterm-prelabor-rupture-of-membranes
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Ivana Musilova, Marian Kacerovsky, Martin Stepan, Tomas Bestvina, Lenka Pliskova, Barbora Zednikova, Bo Jacobsson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate maternal serum C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations in pregnancies complicated by preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (PPROM) in relation to the presence of microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC) and/or intra-amniotic inflammation (IAI). METHODS: Two hundred and eighty-seven women with singleton pregnancies complicated by PPROM between 2014 and 2016 were included in this study. Maternal blood and amniotic fluid samples were collected at the time of admission...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810887/dietary-diversity-and-meal-frequency-among-infant-and-young-children-a-community-based-study
#4
Aysheshim Kassahun Belew, Bekrie Mohammed Ali, Zegeye Abebe, Berihun Assefa Dachew
BACKGROUND: Insufficient quantities, frequencies, and inadequate quality of complementary feedings have a negative effect on child health and growth, especially in the first two years of life. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the minimum dietary diversity, meal frequency and its associated factors among infants and young children aged 6-23 months at Dabat District, northwest, Ethiopia. METHODS: A community- based cross-sectional study was conducted from February 15 to March 10, 2016...
August 15, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810477/feasibility-randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-self-help-acceptance-and-commitment-therapy-intervention-for-grief-and-psychological-distress-in-carers-of-palliative-care-patients
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Esther L Davis, Frank P Deane, Geoffrey Cb Lyons, Gregory D Barclay, Joan Bourne, Vivienne Connolly
We tested the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of an acceptance and commitment therapy self-help intervention for grief and psychological distress in carers of patients in palliative care. Carers were randomised to the control group, which received treatment as usual, or the intervention group, which received treatment as usual plus an acceptance and commitment therapy-based self-help booklet and telephone support call. Questionnaires were completed at baseline, 1-month post-allocation and 6 months post-loss...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810006/patient-decision-aids-to-engage-adults-in-treatment-or-screening-decisions
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Dawn Stacey, France Légaré, Krystina B Lewis
Clinical Question: Are patient decision aids (PtDAs) associated with (1) improved decision quality defined as a decision informed by the evidence and a value-based decision; (2) improved decision-making processes defined as feeling informed, defining clear values related to the decision, and active participation in making the decision; and (3) better patient and health system outcomes compared with either usual care or a non-PtDA intervention? Bottom Line: Patient decision aids are associated with improved decision quality and decision-making processes without worse patient or health system outcomes...
August 15, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809389/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-telephone-based-support-for-the-management-of-pressure-ulcers-in-people-with-spinal-cord-injury-in-india-and-bangladesh
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M Arora, L A Harvey, J V Glinsky, H S Chhabra, M S Hossain, N Arumugam, P K Bedi, I D Cameron, A J Hayes
OBJECTIVE: To determine from a societal perspective the cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of telephone-based support for management of pressure ulcers. STUDY DESIGN: Cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis of a randomised clinical trial. SETTING: Tertiary centre in India and Bangladesh. METHODS: An economic evaluation was conducted alongside a randomised clinical trial comparing 12 weeks of telephone-based support (intervention group) with usual care (control group)...
August 15, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807634/-severity-assessment-strategies-based-on-administrative-data-using-stroke-as-an-example
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Ingrid Schubert, Antje Hammer, Ingrid Köster
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Information on disease severity is relevant for many studies with claims data in health service research, but only limited information is available in routine data. Stroke serves as an example, to analyse whether the combination of different information in claims data can provide insight into the severity of a disease. METHOD: As a first step, a literature search was conducted. Strategies to assess the severity of a disease by means of routine data were examined with regards and applicability to German sickness fund data...
August 11, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806444/eliminating-creatine-kinase-myocardial-band-testing-in-suspected-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-value-based-quality-improvement
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Matthew D Alvin, Allan S Jaffe, Roy C Ziegelstein, Jeffrey C Trost
Cardiac biomarker testing is estimated to occur in nearly 30 million emergency department visits nationwide each year in the United States. The American College of Cardiology/European Society of Cardiology indicate that cardiac troponin is the biomarker of choice owing to its nearly absolute myocardial tissue specificity and high clinical sensitivity for myocardial injury. Multiple academic medical centers have implemented interventions to eliminate the routine ordering of creatine kinase-myocardial band tests, with published patient safety outcomes data; however, creatine kinase-myocardial band testing is still ordered in many hospitals and emergency departments...
August 14, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806423/new-synthetic-lipid-antigens-for-rapid-serological-diagnosis-of-tuberculosis
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Alison Jones, Mark Pitts, Juma'a R Al Dulayymi, James Gibbons, Andrew Ramsay, Delia Goletti, Christopher D Gwenin, Mark S Baird
BACKGROUND: During pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) antibodies are generated to trehalose esters of mycolic acids which are cell wall lipids of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). Attempts have been made to use these complex natural mixtures in serological tests for PTB diagnosis. AIM: The aim of this work was to determine whether a serological test based on a panel of defined individual trehalose esters of characteristic synthetic mycolic acids has improved diagnostic accuracy in distinguishing patients with culture positive PTB from individuals who were Mtb culture negative...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806231/exploring-the-role-of-key-workers-in-cancer-care-patient-and-staff-perspectives
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Jonathan Ling, Karen McCabe, Sue Brent, Ann Crosland, Lyn Brierley-Jones
PURPOSE/AIMS: The key worker role in cancer services was established in England to improve the continuity of care for patients. We examined how the role has been implemented by clinical nurse specialists and how both cancer patients and nursing staff viewed its effectiveness to inform debate about the transfer of patients between clinical nurse specialists during cancer care. DESIGN: This study was questionnaire based, with separate surveys developed for patients and staff...
September 2017: Clinical Nurse Specialist CNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805414/a-culturally-adapted-family-intervention-for-rural-pacific-island-veterans-with-ptsd
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Julia M Whealin, Athena C Yoneda, Dawna Nelson, Todd S Hilmes, Michelle M Kawasaki, Oscar H Yan
The Veterans Affairs mission to provide equitable, accessible, and patient-centered care necessitates that culturally appropriate interventions are available when cultural differences may jeopardize engagement in care. However, within the VA, wounded warriors residing in rural areas in the Pacific Islands have been offered interventions that were developed and tested using largely urban mainland populations. The objectives of this article were to (a) document the cultural adaptation of a cognitive-behavioral clinical intervention for use by rural Pacific Island veterans, and (b) report feasibility data for the intervention...
August 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805361/medicare-program-hospital-inpatient-prospective-payment-systems-for-acute-care-hospitals-and-the-long-term-care-hospital-prospective-payment-system-and-policy-changes-and-fiscal-year-2018-rates-quality-reporting-requirements-for-specific-providers-medicare
#13
(no author information available yet)
We are revising the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals to implement changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems for FY 2018. Some of these changes implement certain statutory provisions contained in the Pathway for Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Reform Act of 2013, the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the 21st Century Cures Act, and other legislation...
August 14, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804969/on-chip-andreev-devices-hard-superconducting-gap-and-quantum-transport-in-ballistic-nb-in0-75-ga0-25-as-quantum-well-nb-josephson-junctions
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Kaveh Delfanazari, Reuben K Puddy, Pengcheng Ma, Teng Yi, Moda Cao, Yilmaz Gul, Ian Farrer, David A Ritchie, Hannah J Joyce, Michael J Kelly, Charles G Smith
A superconducting hard gap in hybrid superconductor-semiconductor devices has been found to be necessary to access topological superconductivity that hosts Majorana modes (non-Abelian excitation). This requires the formation of homogeneous and barrier-free interfaces between the superconductor and semiconductor. Here, a new platform is reported for topological superconductivity based on hybrid Nb-In0.75 Ga0.25 As-quantum-well-Nb that results in hard superconducting gap detection in symmetric, planar, and ballistic Josephson junctions...
August 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803497/exploring-the-potential-value-of-improved-care-for-secondary-hyperparathyroidism-with-a-novel-calcimimetic-therapy
#15
Björn Stollenwerk, Sergio Iannazzo, Kerry Cooper, Vasily Belozeroff
AIMS: This study explored the use of a value-based pricing approach for the new calcimimetic etelcalcetide indicated for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in patients receiving hemodialysis. It used the US payer perspective and applied the cost-effectiveness framework. Because etelcalcetide is an intravenous therapy that can be titrated for individual patients, and because its utilization is yet to be assessed in real world settings, a range of plausible doses were estimated for etelcalcetide to define a range of prices...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803356/the-prognostic-impact-of-malnutrition-in-patients-with-severely-decompensated-acute-heart-failure-as-assessed-using-the-prognostic-nutritional-index-pni-and-controlling-nutritional-status-conut-score
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Akihiro Shirakabe, Noritake Hata, Nobuaki Kobayashi, Hirotake Okazaki, Masato Matsushita, Yusaku Shibata, Suguru Nishigoori, Saori Uchiyama, Kuniya Asai, Wataru Shimizu
Patients with heart failure (HF) are sometimes classified as malnourished, but the prognostic value of nutritional status in acute HF (AHF) remains largely unstudied. 1214 patients who were admitted to the intensive care unit between January 2000 and June 2016 were screened based on their serum albumin, lymphocyte count, and total cholesterol measures. A total of 458 HF patients were enrolled in this study. The Prognostic Nutritional Index (PNI) is calculated as 10 × serum albumin (g/dL) + 0.005 × lymphocyte count (per mm(3)) (lower = worse)...
August 12, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803217/accurate-model-based-segmentation-of-gynecologic-brachytherapy-catheter-collections-in-mri-images
#17
Andre Mastmeyer, Guillaume Pernelle, Ruibin Ma, Lauren Barber, Tina Kapur
The gynecological cancer mortality rate, including cervical, ovarian, vaginal and vulvar cancers, is more than 20,000 annually in the US alone. In many countries, including the US, external-beam radiotherapy followed by high dose rate brachytherapy is the standard-of-care. The superior ability of MR to visualize soft tissue has led to an increase in its usage in planning and delivering brachytherapy treatment. A technical challenge associated with the use of MRI imaging for brachytherapy, in contrast to that of CT imaging, is the visualization of catheters that are used to place radiation sources into cancerous tissue...
July 18, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803081/building-an-outpatient-kidney-palliative-care-clinical-program
#18
Jennifer S Scherer, Rebecca Wright, Caroline S Blaum, Stephen P Wall
CONTEXT: A diagnosis of advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD), or end stage renal disease (ESRD) represents a significant life change for patients and families. Individuals often experience high symptom burden, decreased quality of life, increased health care utilization, and end-of-life care discordant with their preferences. Early integration of palliative care with standard nephrology practice in the outpatient setting has the potential to improve quality of life through provision of expert symptom management, emotional support, and facilitation of advance care planning that honors the individual's values and goals...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802614/uncommon-combinations-of-icd10-pcs-or-icd-9-cm-operative-procedure-codes-account-for-most-inpatient-surgery-at-half-of-texas-hospitals
#19
Liam O'Neill, Franklin Dexter, Sae-Hwan Park, Richard H Epstein
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Recently, there has been interest in activity-based cost accounting for inpatient surgical procedures to facilitate "value based" analyses. Research 10-20years ago, performed using data from 3 large teaching hospitals, found that activity-based cost accounting was practical and useful for modeling surgeons and subspecialties, but inaccurate for individual procedures. We hypothesized that these older results would apply to hundreds of hospitals, currently evaluable using administrative databases...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801439/validation-of-asthma-recording-in-the-clinical-practice-research-datalink-cprd
#20
Francis Nissen, Daniel R Morales, Hana Mullerova, Liam Smeeth, Ian J Douglas, Jennifer K Quint
OBJECTIVES: The optimal method of identifying people with asthma from electronic health records in primary care is not known. The aim of this study is to determine the positive predictive value (PPV) of different algorithms using clinical codes and prescription data to identify people with asthma in the United Kingdom Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). METHODS: 684 participants registered with a general practitioner (GP) practice contributing to CPRD between 1 December 2013 and 30 November 2015 were selected according to one of eight predefined potential asthma identification algorithms...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
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