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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742675/committee-opinion-no-710-counseling-adolescents-about-contraception
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Modern contraceptives are very effective when used correctly and, thus, effective counseling regarding contraceptive options and provision of resources to increase access are key components of adolescent health care. Regardless of a patient's age or previous sexual activity, the obstetrician-gynecologist routinely should address her contraceptive needs, expectations, and concerns. Obstetrician-gynecologists should be aware of and be prepared to address the most common misperceptions about contraceptive methods in a way that is age appropriate and compatible with the patient's health literacy...
August 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742669/committee-opinion-no-710-summary-counseling-adolescents-about-contraception
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Modern contraceptives are very effective when used correctly and, thus, effective counseling regarding contraceptive options and provision of resources to increase access are key components of adolescent health care. Regardless of a patient's age or previous sexual activity, the obstetrician-gynecologist routinely should address her contraceptive needs, expectations, and concerns. Obstetrician-gynecologists should be aware of and be prepared to address the most common misperceptions about contraceptive methods in a way that is age appropriate and compatible with the patient's health literacy...
August 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740438/availability-and-use-of-hemostatic-agents-in-prehospital-trauma-patients-in-pennsylvania-translation-from-the-military-to-the-civilian-setting
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Adam Sigal, Anthony Martin, Adrian Ong
OBJECTIVE: To understand the translation of one innovation in trauma care from the military to the civilian setting, the adoption of topical hemostatic agents in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community and in Trauma Centers in Pennsylvania. METHOD: We utilized an anonymous electronic survey of EMS Agency Administrative Officers and Trauma Center Coordinators. RESULTS: We received responses from 23% (93/402) Advanced Life Support and Air Medical agencies in the State...
2017: Open Access Emergency Medicine: OAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740375/clinical-and-economic-burden-of-dyspnea-and-other-copd-symptoms-in-a-managed-care-setting
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Judith J Stephenson, Debra Wertz, Tao Gu, Jeetvan Patel, Anand A Dalal
PURPOSE: The degree to which symptoms such as dyspnea affect patients with COPD is individualized. To address the gap between clinical symptom measures and self-perceived disease burden, we investigated the symptom status of adult patients with COPD and followed with an administrative claims analysis of health care resource utilization and costs. METHODS: This was a hybrid US observational study consisting of a cross-sectional patient survey followed by a retrospective analysis of administrative claims data...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737480/healthcare-costs-for-allergic-rhinitis-patients-on-allergy-immunotherapy-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Felicia Allen-Ramey, Jianbin Mao, Cori Blauer-Peterson, Marvin Rock, Robert Nathan, Rachel Halpern
OBJECTIVE: Subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) for allergic rhinitis (AR) has been shown to control symptoms for up to several years following treatment discontinuation, but the effect of SCIT on healthcare costs for commercially insured patients is unknown. The objective of this study was to compare healthcare costs and resource utilization for patients with AR who received SCIT compared with those who discontinued SCIT shortly after initiation. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study evaluated medical and pharmacy claims from the Optum Research Database from January 2009 through February 2014 for adults and pediatric patients with >7 (continuers) vs ≤7 (discontinuers) injection visits for SCIT within 60 days of initiation...
July 24, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735591/-we-expect-seniors-to-be-able-to-prepare-and-recover-from-a-cyclone-as-well-as-younger-members-of-this-community-emergency-management-s-expectations-of-older-adults-residing-in-aging-remote-hamlets-on-australia-s-cyclone-prone-coastline
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Sandra Astill, Evonne Miller
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the extent to which older residents feel they can remain "self-reliant" during future natural disasters and to compare the findings with the viewpoints of local policy-makers and with those charged with caring for the elderly both on a day-to-day basis and in times of crisis. METHODS: This study used an array of non-probability snowballing techniques to seek the participation of senior citizens over the age of 65 years, emergency services officers, community health carers, and local government disaster managers located in aging, remote, coastal Australian communities vulnerable to cyclones and storm surges...
July 24, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735331/evaluation-of-the-levels-and-quality-of-microbial-contamination-in-medical-emergency-departments-in-comparison-to-other-workplaces
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Agata Bielawska-Drózd, Bożena Wlizło-Skowronek, Piotr Cieślik, Izabela Winnicka, Ewa Skopińska-Różewska, Leszek Kubiak, Dorota Żakowska, Aleksandra Brewczyńska, Janusz Kocik
Work in Hospital Emergency Departments (HEDs) exposes both the emergency ward staff and patients to infectious and in other way harmful biological agents. The results of this study shows the presence of pathogenic bacteria isolated by three different methods. It revealed 9.8% of pathogens detected by imprint method, 10.5% of pathogens by swabbing method, 17.6% and 22% in HEDs corridors and rooms, respectively, by air sampling method. In control workplaces (offices) pathogenic bacteria reached the level of 6...
January 2, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733772/state-minority-health-officers-perceptions-of-their-successes-and-barriers-to-reducing-racial-and-ethnic-health-disparities
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Aaron J Diehr, Timothy R Jordan, James H Price, Jiunn-Jye Sheu, Joseph A Dake
BACKGROUND: Minimal research has been conducted to examine the impact and reach of state offices of minority health (SOMH) and their role in reducing racial and ethnic health disparities within their states. Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to describe the shared experiences of SOMH officers to provide context for why these individuals believe that state organizational efforts have not yielded much success in reducing racial and ethnic health disparity gaps. METHODS: Using a telephone interview guide, the investigators conducted telephone interviews with SOMH officers...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730300/health-related-quality-of-life-in-paediatric-patients-with-congenital-heart-defects-association-with-the-type-of-heart-defect-and-the-surgical-technique
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A Heusch, H J Kahl, K O Hensel, G Calaminus
The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of a number of surgical interventions for a various congenital cardiac defects (CHDs) on self-reported HRQoL. METHODS: Patients who had received corrective surgery of several congenital heart defects (surgical VSD closure, Fallot, TGA after atrial or arterial switch or Fontan-type circulation for univentricular AV-connection) were interviewed in the office of their home peadiatric cardiologist. HRQoL in children along 7 dimensions was assessed using a standardised questionnaire (PEDQoL); information on the medical case history of each respondent was also collected...
July 20, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726268/being-similar-while-judging-right-and-wrong-the-effects-of-personal-and-situational-similarity-on-moral-judgements
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Emilia Pascal
This study investigated the effects of similarity with the transgressor and the victim on the perceived immorality of the transgression. Participants read two stories describing a person that cheated on their partner and a police officer that mistreated somebody. In the first story we manipulated participants' personal similarity to the transgressor and in the second their personal similarity to the victim. In each story, participants' past situational similarity to the target character was assessed according to their previous experiences of being in the same position...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Psychology: Journal International de Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707451/perceptions-of-key-participants-about-botswana-adolescents-risks-of-unplanned-pregnancy-sexually-transmitted-diseases-and-hiv-qualitative-findings
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Mabel K M Magowe, Esther Seloilwe, Kefalotse Dithole, Janet St Lawrence
AIM: The qualitative research findings are reported on the perceptions of key participants in Botswana about adolescent sexuality problems and the feasibility (with suggestions) of an adolescent prevention intervention. METHODS: Twenty adult key participants who were selected through purposive sampling from schools and youth centers responded to open-ended questions during face-to-face individual in-depth interviews that were conducted between December, 2011 and January, 2012 in Gaborone, Botswana...
July 13, 2017: Japan Journal of Nursing Science: JJNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703047/assessment-of-people-who-have-been-tasered
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Matthew Peel
The use of Tasers® by the police is subject to intense scrutiny and controversy. With increasing numbers of police officers carrying Tasers, it is important that nurses in pre-hospital, emergency department and police custody settings understand how Tasers work, and the physiological effects. This article describes Tasers, their mechanisms and physiological effects, and explains how nurses should undertake assessment of people who have been subjected to Taser discharge.
July 13, 2017: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696804/healthcare-utilization-by-children-with-asthma-displaced-by-hurricane-katrina
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Troy Quast
OBJECTIVE: To assess the performance of TexKat, the largest Hurricane Katrina Medicaid Emergency Waiver, in providing care to asthmatic children. METHODS: Medicaid enrollment and encounter data for 2004 and 2006 from Louisiana and Texas were analyzed in a pre-post comparison. Changes in utilization by children in the waiver were compared to changes in utilization by children in Medicaid in three control groups: children in Louisiana counties that were designated as a disaster assistance area but who were not displaced; children in Louisiana counties that were not designated as a disaster assistance area, and children in Texas...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693976/effectiveness-of-the-spirometry-360%C3%A2-quality-improvement-program-for-improving-asthma-care-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Rita Mangione-Smith, Chuan Zhou, Michael J Corwin, James A Taylor, Fiona Rice, James W Stout
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effectiveness of the Spirometry 360™ distance learning quality improvement (QI) program for enhancing the processes and outcomes of care for children with asthma. METHODS: Cluster randomized controlled trial involving 25 matched pairs of pediatric primary care practices. Practices were recruited from two practice-based research networks: the Slone Center Office-based Research Network at Boston University, Boston, MA and the Puget Sound Pediatric Research Network in Seattle, WA...
July 7, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692718/physician-reimbursement-in-medicare-advantage-compared-with-traditional-medicare-and-commercial-health-insurance
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Erin Trish, Paul Ginsburg, Laura Gascue, Geoffrey Joyce
Importance: Nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, yet little is known about the prices that MA plans pay for physician services. Medicare Advantage insurers typically also sell commercial plans, and the extent to which MA physician reimbursement reflects traditional Medicare (TM) rates vs negotiated commercial prices is unclear. Objective: To compare prices paid for physician and other health care services in MA, traditional Medicare, and commercial plans...
July 10, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676467/the-rules-of-engagement-perspectives-on-secure-messaging-from-experienced-ambulatory-patient-portal-users
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Cynthia J Sieck, Jennifer L Hefner, Jeanette Schnierle, Hannah Florian, Aradhna Agarwal, Kristen Rundell, Ann Scheck McAlearney
BACKGROUND: Patient portals have shown promise in engaging individuals in self-management of chronic conditions by allowing patients to input and track health information and exchange secure electronic messages with their providers. Past studies have identified patient barriers to portal use including usability issues, low health literacy, and concerns about loss of personal contact as well as provider concerns such as increased time spent responding to messages. However, to date, studies of both patient and provider perspectives on portal use have focused on the pre-implementation or initial implementation phases and do not consider how these issues may change as patients and providers gain greater experience with portals...
July 4, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671915/classifying-adverse-events-in-the-dental-office
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Elsbeth Kalenderian, Enihomo Obadan-Udoh, Peter Maramaldi, Jini Etolue, Alfa Yansane, Denice Stewart, Joel White, Ram Vaderhobli, Karla Kent, Nutan B Hebballi, Veronique Delattre, Maria Kahn, Oluwabunmi Tokede, Rachel B Ramoni, Muhammad F Walji
BACKGROUND: Dentists strive to provide safe and effective oral healthcare. However, some patients may encounter an adverse event (AE) defined as "unnecessary harm due to dental treatment." In this research, we propose and evaluate two systems for categorizing the type and severity of AEs encountered at the dental office. METHODS: Several existing medical AE type and severity classification systems were reviewed and adapted for dentistry. Using data collected in previous work, two initial dental AE type and severity classification systems were developed...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668227/psychometric-properties-and-predictive-validity-of-a-police-version-of-a-violence-risk-screen-a-pilot-study
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John O Roaldset, Pål Hartvig, Stål Bjørkly
The Violence Risk Screening - Police Version (V-RISK-POL) is a seven-item screening tool for use at police stations by police officers and law enforcement officials to assist in the process of decision making regarding release, restrictive measures or arrest for apprehended individuals where the risk of future violence must be considered. The screen is based on the V-RISK-10, originally developed for emergency psychiatry. We examined psychometric properties and the prospective predictive validity of future violent convictions for the V-RISK-POL in a sample of 111 persons arrested for suspicion of violent crimes...
June 28, 2017: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667224/improving-patient-safety-through-better-teamwork-how-effective-are-different-methods-of-simulation-debriefing-protocol-for-a-pragmatic-prospective-and-randomised-study
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Julia Freytag, Fabian Stroben, Wolf E Hautz, Dorothea Eisenmann, Juliane E Kämmer
INTRODUCTION: Medical errors have an incidence of 9% and may lead to worse patient outcome. Teamwork training has the capacity to significantly reduce medical errors and therefore improve patient outcome. One common framework for teamwork training is crisis resource management, adapted from aviation and usually trained in simulation settings. Debriefing after simulation is thought to be crucial to learning teamwork-related concepts and behaviours but it remains unclear how best to debrief these aspects...
June 30, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661659/human-exposure-to-legacy-and-emerging-halogenated-flame-retardants-via-inhalation-and-dust-ingestion-in-a-norwegian-cohort
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Joo Hui Tay, Ulla Sellström, Eleni Papadopoulou, Juan Antonio Padilla-Sánchez, Line Småstuen Haug, Cynthia A de Wit
In this study, we estimated human exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCDDs), and several emerging flame retardants (EFRs) via inhalation and dust ingestion. Sixty indoor stationary air samples, 13 personal air samples, and 60 settled dust samples were collected from a Norwegian cohort during winter 2013. PBDEs showed the highest median concentration in dust (1200 ng/g), followed by EFRs (730 ng/g) and HBCDDs (190 ng/g). The PBDE concentrations in dust were mainly driven by BDE-209 and those of EFRs by bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate...
June 29, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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