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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339883/interventions-to-improve-immigrant-health-a-scoping-review
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Esperanza Diaz, Gaby Ortiz-Barreda, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Michelle Holdsworth, Bukola Salami, Anu Rammohan, Roger Yat-Nork Chung, Sabu S Padmadas, Thomas Krafft
: Disparities in health between immigrants and their host populations have been described across countries and continents. Hence, interventions for improving health targeting general populations are not necessarily effective for immigrants. To conduct a systematic search of the literature evaluating health interventions for immigrants; to map the characteristics of identified studies including range of interventions, immigrant populations and their host countries, clinical areas targeted and reported evaluations, challenges and limitations of the interventions identified...
February 27, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334581/a-gap-analysis-needs-assessment-tool-to-drive-a-care-delivery-and-research-agenda-for-integration-of-care-and-sharing-of-best-practices-across-a-health-system
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Sherita Hill Golden, Daniel Hager, Lois J Gould, Nestoras Mathioudakis, Peter J Pronovost
BACKGROUND: In a complex health system, it is important to establish a systematic and data-driven approach to identifying needs. The Diabetes Clinical Community (DCC) of Johns Hopkins Medicine's Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality developed a gap analysis tool and process to establish the system's current state of inpatient diabetes care. METHODS: The collectively developed tool assessed the following areas: program infrastructure; protocols, policies, and order sets; patient and health care professional education; and automated data access...
January 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329429/racial-disparity-in-life-expectancies-and-life-years-lost-associated-with-multiple-obesity-related-chronic-conditions
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Su-Hsin Chang, Yao-Chi Yu, Nils P Carlsson, Xiaoyan Liu, Graham A Colditz
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated racial disparity in life expectancies (LEs) and life years lost (LYL) associated with multiple obesity-related chronic conditions (OCCs). METHODS: Data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2008-2012, were used. Four OCCs were studied: diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease (CHD), and stroke. LE for each subpopulation was simulated by Markov modelling. LYL associated with a disease for a subpopulation was computed by taking the difference between LEs for members of that subpopulation without disease and LEs for members of that subpopulation who had that disease...
March 22, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315864/vitamin-d-status-gender-differences-and-cardiometabolic-health-disparities
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Dharambir K Sanghera, Bishwa R Sapkota, Christopher E Aston, Piers R Blackett
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency is an unrecognized epidemic found in India and also worldwide. Despite the high prevalence of diabetes among Indians, there is a paucity of data showing the relationship between vitamin D status and cardiometabolic disparities. In this study, we have examined the relationship between vitamin D and cardiometabolic traits in a population from India. METHODS: Circulating 25(OH)D levels were measured in 3,879 participants from the Asian Indian Diabetic Heart Study using ELISA kits...
March 18, 2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314558/a-patient-and-provider-research-agenda-on-diabetes-and-hypertension-management
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Emily B Zimmerman, Sarah K Cook, Amber D Haley, Steven H Woolf, Sarah K Price, Danielle Berman, Thomas DeLeire, Rebecca Etz, Jag Khalsa, Kirsten Knutson, Kathryn Kolasa, Alex Krist, Anton Kuzel, Pearl Lee, Theresa J Nartea, Gretchen Piatt, Hilary Seligman, Joni Strom Williams, Josh Brown, Jennifer Early, Jill Hellman, Julie Karr, Megan Kervin, Isra Malik, Albert Walker, Sheila Goode, Danita Gregory, Sharon Herman, Brenda Kenney, Chimere Miles, Audrey Smith, Travis White
INTRODUCTION: A demonstration project in Richmond, Virginia involved patients and other stakeholders in the creation of a research agenda on dietary and behavioral management of diabetes and hypertension. Given the impact of these diseases on morbidity and mortality, considerable research has been directed at the challenges patients face in chronic disease management. The continuing need to understand disparities and find evidence-based interventions to improve outcomes has been fruitful, but disparities and unmet needs persist...
March 14, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314499/bringing-global-health-home-the-case-of-global-to-local-in-king-county-washington
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EDITORIAL
Adam Taylor, Fareeha Siddiqui
The article describes the experience of testing successful global health interventions in the cities of SeaTac and Tukwila, Washington-2 very diverse, underserved communities outside of Seattle that experience significant health disparities compared with surrounding areas in King County. Topics covered include an overview of the partnership that established Global to Local, the process of engaging Seattle-based global health institutions in identifying global health strategies to test, identifying communities experiencing health disparities that might benefit from global health-inspired interventions, engaging those local communities to understand the perceived drivers of poor health outcomes, tailoring global interventions to the local context, launching programs, and the successes and challenges that have emerged throughout this process...
November 2016: Annals of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287371/preventing-health-problems-that-disrupt-community-living-a-health-promotion-needs-assessment
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Dorothy E Nary, Jean Ann Summers
People with physical disabilities experience health disparities and poor health outcomes that endanger community living and participation, and sometimes contribute to institutionalization. Centers for Independent Living (CILs) provide vital services to assist consumers with disabilities in achieving and maintaining community living; these organizations could be trusted sources in providing targeted health information. As first steps in devising a Health Promotion Assistance Tool for CIL staff to use with consumers, this project conducted a Needs Assessment study to collect feedback on what information would be most useful...
April 2017: Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285805/telehealth-for-diabetes-self-management-education-and-support-in-an-underserved-free-clinic-population-a-pilot-study
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Tiffaney B Threatt, Eileen D Ward
OBJECTIVES: Primary study objectives were to (1) describe mean change in A1c from baseline of a free clinic population enrolled in telehealth diabetes self-management education and support (DSME/S) services and (2) to compare change in A1C and other clinical outcomes measures with free clinic patients enrolled in a traditional face-to-face DSME/S program. METHODS: An exploratory study design and comparative evaluation of telehealth DSME/S services in a free clinic population was used...
March 9, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281176/are-ethnic-disparities-in-hba1c-levels-explained-by-mental-wellbeing-analysis-of-population-based-data-from-the-health-survey-for-england
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Kanayo Umeh
AIMS: It is unclear how ethnic differences in HbA1c levels are affected by individual variations in mental wellbeing. Thus, the aim of this study was to assess the extent to which HbA1c disparities between Caucasian and South Asian adults are mediated by various aspects of positive psychological functioning. METHODS: Data from the 2014 Health Survey for England was analysed using bootstrapping methods. A total of 3894 UK residents with HbA1c data were eligible to participate...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279550/tale-of-2-health-care-systems-disparities-in-demographic-and-clinical-characteristics-between-2-ischemic-stroke-populations-in-los-angeles-county
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Amytis Towfighi, Erica Patel, Nerses Sanossian, Natalie P Valle, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: Individuals who present to the emergency departments of safety-net systems often have poorly controlled risk factors due to lack of primary care. Little is known about potential differences in presenting characteristics, discharge medications, and discharge destinations of patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) who present to safety-net settings versus university medical centers (UMCs). METHODS: Demographic characteristics, medical history, premorbid medication use, stroke severity, discharge medications, and discharge destination were assessed among consecutive admissions for AIS over a 2-year period at a UMC (n = 385) versus 2 university-affiliated safety-net hospitals (SNHs) (n = 346) in Los Angeles County...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277046/social-disparities-in-diabetes-care-a-general-population-study-in-denmark
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Andreas Heltberg, John Sahl Andersen, Jakob Kragstrup, Volkert Siersma, Håkon Sandholdt, Christina Ellervik
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the association between socioeconomic factors and the attainment of treatment goals and pharmacotherapy in patients with type 2 diabetes in Denmark. DESIGN: A cross-sectional population study. SETTING: The municipality of Naestved, Denmark. SUBJECTS: We studied 907 patients with type 2 diabetes identified from a random sample of 21,205 Danish citizens. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The proportion of patients who were not achieving goals for diabetes care based on their HbA1c, LDL-cholesterol, blood pressure, and lifestyle, and the proportion of patients who were treated with antihypertensive and cholesterol- and glucose-lowering medication...
March 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277017/the-relationship-of-education-and-acculturation-with-vigorous-intensity-leisure-time-physical-activity-by-gender-in-latinos
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Erick B López, Takashi Yamashita
OBJECTIVES: Latinos have poorer health outcomes among certain conditions (e.g. diabetes, obesity, mental health) compared to non-Latino Whites in the U.S., in part due to difference in the amount of physical activity, which are heavily influenced by sociocultural factors such as educational attainment and acculturation. Vigorous-intensity leisure time physical activity (VLTPA) may provide health benefits with a shorter amount of time than moderate-to-light physical activity. However, VLTPA has been significantly understudied compared to LTPA in general...
February 28, 2017: Ethnicity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276183/dietitians-practice-in-giving-carbohydrate-advice-in-the-management-of-type-2-diabetes-a-mixed-methods-study
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P D McArdle, S M Greenfield, A Avery, G G Adams, P S Gill
BACKGROUND: Carbohydrate is accepted as the principal nutrient affecting blood glucose in diabetes; however, current guidelines are unable to specify the optimal quantity of carbohydrate for glycaemic control. No studies exist that describe current practice amongst healthcare professionals giving carbohydrate advice in type 2 diabetes. The present study aims to improve understanding of the degree of variation in the current practice of UK registered dietitians (RDs) by describing how RDs advise patients...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275997/caring-by-numbers-evaluation-of-inconsistencies-and-incompleteness-in-the-reporting-of-racial-and-ethnic-data
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Beth Marie Hartzler, Angela Snyder
Significant health disparities throughout the lifespan have long been evident within the American, non-White population. These differences include increased incidence of infant mortality, childhood hospitalization, diabetes, mental and behavioral health problems, cardiovascular disease, and late-stage cancer diagnoses. These types of disparities could be addressed by identifying those individuals at greatest risk for chronic disease or higher mortality rates and improving their health literacy and access to care...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272943/a-systematic-review-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-sexual-minorities
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Billy A Caceres, Abraham Brody, Rachel E Luscombe, Jillian E Primiano, Peter Marusca, Edward M Sitts, Deborah Chyun
BACKGROUND: Mental health and HIV disparities are well documented among sexual minorities, but there is a dearth of research on other chronic conditions. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Although sexual minorities have high rates of several modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease (including stress, tobacco use, and alcohol consumption), there is a paucity of research in this area. OBJECTIVES: In this systematic review, we synthesized and critiqued the existing evidence on cardiovascular disease among sexual minority adults...
April 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271422/the-obesity-epidemic-in-the-veterans-health-administration-prevalence-among-key-populations-of-women-and-men-veterans
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Jessica Y Breland, Ciaran S Phibbs, Katherine J Hoggatt, Donna L Washington, Jimmy Lee, Sally Haskell, Uchenna S Uchendu, Fay S Saechao, Laurie C Zephyrin, Susan M Frayne
BACKGROUND: Most US adults are overweight or obese. Understanding differences in obesity prevalence across subpopulations could facilitate the development and dissemination of weight management services. OBJECTIVES: To inform Veterans Health Administration (VHA) weight management initiatives, we describe obesity prevalence among subpopulations of VHA patients. DESIGN: Cross-sectional descriptive analyses of fiscal year 2014 (FY2014) national VHA administrative and clinical data, stratified by gender...
March 7, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270003/-regional-disparities-in-the-prevalence-of-diabetes-and-diabetic-retinopathy-in-hungary-in-people-aged-50-years-and-older
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Gábor Tóth, Dorottya Szabó, Gábor László Sándor, Anita Pék, Irén Szalai, Regina Lukács, Georgina Zsófia Tóth, András Papp, Zoltán Zsolt Nagy, Hans Limburg, János Németh
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the main causes of blindness among persons aged 50 years and older. AIM: The purpose of our survey was to estimate the prevalence of DM and diabetic retinopathy (DR), as well as to assess the coverage of diabetic eye care services in different regions of Hungary. METHOD: In 105 clusters, 3675 people aged 50 years and older were included in the survey. The standardized rapid assessment of avoidable blindness (RAAB) with the diabetic retinopathy module (DRM) was used to examine the participants...
March 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265579/the-next-frontier-in-communication-and-the-eclippse-study-bridging-the-linguistic-divide-in-secure-messaging
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REVIEW
Dean Schillinger, Danielle McNamara, Scott Crossley, Courtney Lyles, Howard H Moffet, Urmimala Sarkar, Nicholas Duran, Jill Allen, Jennifer Liu, Danielle Oryn, Neda Ratanawongsa, Andrew J Karter
Health systems are heavily promoting patient portals. However, limited health literacy (HL) can restrict online communication via secure messaging (SM) because patients' literacy skills must be sufficient to convey and comprehend content while clinicians must encourage and elicit communication from patients and match patients' literacy level. This paper describes the Employing Computational Linguistics to Improve Patient-Provider Secure Email (ECLIPPSE) study, an interdisciplinary effort bringing together scientists in communication, computational linguistics, and health services to employ computational linguistic methods to (1) create a novel Linguistic Complexity Profile (LCP) to characterize communications of patients and clinicians and demonstrate its validity and (2) examine whether providers accommodate communication needs of patients with limited HL by tailoring their SM responses...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263280/disparities-in-potentially-preventable-hospitalizations-between-american-indian-and-alaska-native-and-non-hispanic-white-medicare-enrollees
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Joan O'Connell, Jennifer Rockell, Judith C Ouellet, Mark LeBeau
OBJECTIVE: A number of health care initiatives seek to improve health outcomes by increasing access to outpatient services while reducing preventable acute events. We evaluated disparities between American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) and non-Hispanic white (white) Medicare enrollees in access to outpatient preventive, primary, and specialty services by comparing their potentially preventable hospitalizations (PPHs). RESEARCH DESIGN: The study population included 121,311 adult AI/AN Medicare enrollees registered to use services funded by the Indian Health Service and 5,915,011 adult white enrollees living in the same counties...
March 3, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257449/effects-of-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-on-glaucoma-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Vincent Chin-Hung Chen, Mei-Hing Ng, Wei-Che Chiu, Roger S McIntyre, Yena Lee, Tsang-Yaw Lin, Jun-Cheng Weng, Pau-Chung Chen, Chung-Yao Hsu
BACKGROUND: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are one of the most commonly prescribed classes of antidepressants. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness globally and iatrogenic glaucoma has been implicated across disparate medication classes. Available studies that have sought to determine the association between SSRI exposure and glaucoma have provided mixed results. The aim of the study herein was to investigate whether an association exists between SSRI exposure and glaucoma incidence...
2017: PloS One
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