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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542378/familial-breast-cancer-genetic-counseling-over-time-including-patients%C3%A2-expectations-and-initiators-considering-the-angelina-jolie-effect
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Christina Evers, Christine Fischer, Nicola Dikow, Sarah Schott
PURPOSE: The German Consortium for hereditary breast/ovarian cancer (GC-HBOC) aims for nationwide access to professional, individualized yet structured care for families at high risk. The identification of such families remains key for optimal care. Our study evaluates counselees' characteristics, referral practices, expectations and motivations in respect to their first genetic consultation. The impact of the Angelina Jolie Effect (AJE) was prospectively assessed. METHODS: All counselees could participate through a questionnaire...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539975/does-attending-general-practice-prior-to-the-emergency-department-change-patient-outcomes-a-descriptive-observational-study-of-one-central-london-general-practice
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S Morton, R Hames, I Kelso, A Newth, S Gnani
BACKGROUND: The challenge of keeping Emergency Department (ED) attendances down continues and timely access to general practice (GP) is often portrayed as a potential solution. SETTING: One London general practice (registered population = 4900). QUESTION: Does seeing a GP before attending the ED affect the outcome of a patient's ED care? METHODS: Routine clinical data were extracted using SystmOne primary care computer system for all registered patients with an ED attendance between 1 October 2014 and 31 September 2015...
May 2017: London Journal of Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535026/tetanus-%C3%A2-n%C3%A3-stan-bortgl%C3%A3-md-men-allvarlig-sjukdom-%C3%A3-ldre-kvinnor-%C3%A3-r-en-riskgrupp-diagnosen-kan-vara-en-utmaning
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Bernhard Hozgraefe, Akad Koria, Victoria Sem, Joak Johansson
Tetanus, an almost forgotten but serious disease Tetanus is the systemic consequence of a local infection with Clostridium tetani, that produces toxin which spreads in the systemic circulation. In developed countries, it is extremely rare. Women born before 1950 are a group at risk due to lower prevalence of immunisation. This report describes a case of tetanus. The patient is a previously healthy 82-year-old woman. She presented to primary care with a complaint of stiffness in the neck and jaw. A physical exam and basic laboratory tests were normal apart from a slightly increased blood pressure...
May 22, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530180/red-eye-a-guide-for-non-specialists
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Andreas Frings, Gerd Geerling, Marc Schargus
BACKGROUND: Red eye can arise as a manifestation of many different systemic and ophthalmological diseases. The physician whom the patient first consults for this problem is often not an ophthalmologist. A correct assessment of the urgency of the situation is vitally important for the planning of further diagnostic evaluation and treatment. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent publications retrieved by a selective literature search in PubMed in August 2016 as well as on the authors' own clinical and scientific experience...
April 28, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526087/a-multimodal-day-treatment-program-for-multi-problem-young-adults-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Marie-Jolette A Luijks, Floor Bevaart, Josjan Zijlmans, Laura van Duin, Reshmi Marhe, Theo A H Doreleijers, Henning Tiemeier, Jessica J Asscher, Arne Popma
BACKGROUND: Effective interventions for young adults with severe, multiple problems - such as psychosocial and psychiatric problems, delinquency, unemployment and substance use - are scarce but urgently needed in order to support an adequate transition to adulthood. A multimodal day treatment program called "New Opportunities" (in Dutch: "De Nieuwe Kans"; DNK) was specifically developed to target multi-problem young adults in The Netherlands. The aim of this study protocol is to describe the design of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) in clinical practice to examine the effectiveness of DNK in comparison with care as usual (CAU)...
May 19, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520927/preoperative-stratification-of-transsphenoidal-pituitary-surgery-patients-based-on-surgical-urgency
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Hasan A Zaidi, Amy J Wang, David J Cote, Timothy R Smith, Daniel Prevedello, Domenico Solari, Paolo Cappabianca, Monica Quiroga, Edward R Laws
BACKGROUND: Currently, there is no prioritization scale available to distinguish those patients with pituitary tumors who require urgent surgical intervention from those who are candidates for elective treatment. OBJECTIVE: To develop a classification system that can help primary care physicians, endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, ancillary support staff, and hospital administrators identify high-priority surgical candidates. METHODS: An expert international panel of clinicians consisting of endocrinologists and neurosurgeons who are involved in the diagnosis and management of sellar disease was convened...
May 18, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511844/pediatric-nurse-practitioners-in-the-emergency-department-implications-for-education-and-research
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Tasha R Rutledge, Lisa E Merritt
The use of pediatric nurse practitioners in emergency departments is common in the United States. Defining competencies that are specific to the wide span of urgent and emergent pediatric conditions, along with a recognized practice standard for education and method of certification for pediatric nurse practitioners practicing in emergency care, is needed. Pediatric emergency departments require a team of providers with a skill set that aligns with each patient's needs. The use of qualified pediatric nurse practitioners on these teams, both primary care and acute care certified, to provide care to these children is expanding, with implications for education and research...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509783/the-evaluation-of-adolescent-chest-pain-a-screening-ecg-or-psc-17
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Patricia E Acra, María T Pérez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present review offers an update on entities presenting as chest pain in the adolescent population. It discusses recently proposed tools and shared mental models used in primary and urgent care settings to evaluate chest pain, and their focus on identifying life-threatening processes. We consider whether the current practice may be improved by accounting for the increasingly recognized non-life-threatening causes of adolescent chest pain. RECENT FINDINGS: The present experiences and behaviors of adolescents have added new causes of chest pain to the work-up of this disquieting chief complaint...
May 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508384/endoscopic-management-of-benign-esophageal-ruptures-and-leaks
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Milena Di Leo, Roberta Maselli, Elisa Chiara Ferrara, Laura Poliani, Sameer Al Awadhi, Alessandro Repici
Esophageal leaks (EL) and ruptures (ER) are rare conditions associated with a high risk of mortality and morbidity. Historically, EL and ER have been surgically treated, but current treatment options also include conservative management and endoscopy. Over the last decades, interventional endoscopy has evolved as an effective and less invasive alternative to primary surgery in these cases. A variety of techniques are currently available to re-establish the continuity of the digestive tract, prevent or treat infection related to the leak/rupture, prevent further contamination, drain potential collections, and provide nutritional support...
May 15, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499354/patient-and-care-characteristics-of-self-referrals-treated-by-the-general-practitioner-cooperative-at-emergency-care-access-points-in-the-netherlands
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Martijn Rutten, Fieke Vrielink, Marleen Smits, Paul Giesen
BACKGROUND: In the Netherlands, out-of-hours primary care is provided in general practitioner-cooperatives (GPCs). These are increasingly located on site and in collaboration with emergency departments of hospitals (ED). At such sites, also called emergency-care-access-points (ECAP), the GPC is generally responsible for the triage and treatment of self-referrals who used to attend the ED. To evaluate the effects and safety of this novel organisation, we studied the characteristics and the quality of care given by GPCs to self-referrals at ECAPs...
May 12, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498199/incorporating-alternative-care-site-characteristics-into-estimates-of-substitutable-ed-visits
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Nathan Seth Trueger, Kao-Ping Chua, Aamir Hussain, Aisha T Liferidge, Stephen R Pitts, Jesse M Pines
BACKGROUND: Several recent efforts to improve health care value have focused on reducing emergency department (ED) visits that potentially could be treated in alternative care sites (ie, primary care offices, retail clinics, and urgent care centers). Estimates of the number of these visits may depend on assumptions regarding the operating hours and functional capabilities of alternative care sites. However, methods to account for the variability in these characteristics have not been developed...
May 11, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493626/why-do-people-choose-emergency-and-urgent-care-services-a-rapid-review-utilizing-a-systematic-literature-search-and-narrative-synthesis
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Joanne E Coster, Janette K Turner, Daniel Bradbury, Anna Cantrell
OBJECTIVES: Rising demand for emergency and urgent care services are well documented, as are the consequences, for example, ED crowding, increased costs, pressure on services and waiting times. Multiple factors have been suggested to explain why demand is increasing, including an aging population, rising number of people with multiple chronic conditions and behavioural changes relating to how people choose to access health services. The aim of this systematic mapping review is to bring together published research from urgent and emergency care settings to identify drivers that underpin patient decisions to access urgent and emergency care...
May 11, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493451/the-effect-of-an-electronic-health-record-based-tool-on-abnormal-pediatric-blood-pressure-recognition
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Sarah A Twichell, Corinna J Rea, Patrice Melvin, Andrew J Capraro, Joshua C Mandel, Michael A Ferguson, Daniel J Nigrin, Kenneth D Mandl, Dionne Graham, Justin P Zachariah
BACKGROUND: Recognition of high blood pressure (BP) in children is poor, partly due to the need to compute age-sex-height referenced percentiles. This study examined the change in abnormal BP recognition before versus after the introduction of an electronic health record (EHR) app designed to calculate BP percentiles with a training lecture. METHODS AND RESULTS: Clinical data were extracted on all ambulatory, non-urgent encounters for children 3-18 years old seen in primary care, endocrinology, cardiology, or nephrology clinics at an urban, academic hospital in the year before and the year after app introduction...
May 11, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492821/risk-associated-with-complications-and-mortality-after-urgent-surgery-vs-elective-and-emergency-surgery-implications-for-defining-quality-and-reporting-outcomes-for-urgent-surgery
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Matthew G Mullen, Alex D Michaels, J Hunter Mehaffey, Christopher A Guidry, Florence E Turrentine, Traci L Hedrick, Charles M Friel
Importance: Given the current climate of outcomes-driven quality reporting, it is critical to appropriately risk stratify patients using standardized metrics. Objective: To elucidate the risk associated with urgent surgery on complications and mortality after general surgical procedures. Design, Setting, and Participants: This retrospective review used the American College of Surgeons National Surgery Quality Improvement Program database to capture all general surgery cases performed at 435 hospitals nationwide between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013...
May 10, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490560/nursing-home-team-care-deprescribing-study-a-stepped-wedge-randomised-controlled-trial-protocol
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Chong-Han Kua, Cindy Ying Ying Yeo, Cheryl Wai Teng Char, Cheryl Wei Yan Tan, Poh Ching Tan, Vivienne Sl Mak, Shaun Wen Huey Lee, Ian Yi-Onn Leong
INTRODUCTION: An ageing population has become an urgent concern for Asia in recent times. In nursing homes, polypharmacy has also become a compounding issue. Deprescribing practice is an evidence-based strategy to provide a better outcome in this group of patients; however, its implementation in nursing homes is often challenging, and prospective outcome data on deprescribing practice in the elderly is lacking. Our study assesses the implementation of team-care deprescribing to understand the benefits of this practice in geriatric setting and to explore the factors affecting deprescribing practice...
May 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490420/testing-the-effectiveness-of-a-primary-care-intervention-to-improve-uptake-of-colorectal-cancer-screening-a-randomized-controlled-trial-protocol
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Natalie Dodd, Mariko Leanne Carey, Elise Mansfield, Christopher Oldmeadow
BACKGROUND: Screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) significantly reduces mortality associated with this disease. In Australia, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program provides regular fecal occult blood tests (FOBT) for those aged 50 to 74 years, however, participation rates in the program have plateaued at 36%. Given low uptake in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, it is necessary to explore alternate methods to increase CRC screening rates. Primary care is a promising adjunct setting to test methods to increase CRC screening participation...
May 10, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487458/the-impact-of-demand-management-strategies-on-parents-decision-making-for-out-of-hours-primary-care-findings-from-a-survey-in-the-netherlands
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Marie-Jeanne Giesen, Ellen Keizer, Julia van de Pol, Joris Knoben, Michel Wensing, Paul Giesen
OBJECTIVE: To explore the potential impact of demand management strategies on patient decision-making in medically non-urgent and urgent scenarios during out-of-hours for children between the ages of 0 and 4 years. DESIGN AND METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey with paper-based case scenarios. A survey was sent to all 797 parents of children aged between 0 and 4 years from four Dutch general practitioner (GP) practices. Four demand management strategies (copayment, online advice, overview medical cost and GP appointment next morning) were incorporated in two medically non-urgent and two urgent case scenarios...
May 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487288/primary-care-services-co-located-with-emergency-departments-across-a-uk-region-early-views-on-their-development
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Suzanne Ablard, Colin O'Keeffe, Shammi Ramlakhan, Suzanne M Mason
BACKGROUND: Co-location of primary care services with Emergency Departments (ED) is one initiative aiming to reduce the burden on EDs of patients attending with non-urgent problems. However, the extent to which these services are operating within or alongside EDs is not currently known.This study aimed to create a typology of co-located primary care services in operation across Yorkshire and Humber (Y&H) as well as identify early barriers and facilitators to their implementation and sustainability...
May 9, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484064/family-physicians-report-considerable-interest-in-but-limited-use-of-telehealth-services
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Miranda A Moore, Megan Coffman, Anuradha Jetty, Kathleen Klink, Stephen Petterson, Andrew Bazemore
PURPOSE: Little is known about the attitudes toward and adoption of telehealth services among family physicians (FPs), the largest primary care physician group. We conducted a national survey of FPs, randomly sampled from membership organization files, to investigate use of and barriers to using telehealth services. METHODS: Using bivariate analyses, we examined how telehealth usage affected FPs' identified barriers to using telehealth services. Logistic regressions show the factors associated both with using telehealth services and with barriers to using telehealth services...
May 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483035/management-of-patients-brought-in-by-ambulance-to-the-emergency-department-role-of-the-advanced-musculoskeletal-physiotherapist
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Rita Kinsella, Tom Collins, Bridget Shaw, James Sayer, Belinda Cary, Andrew Walby, Sallie Cowan
Objective The aim of the present study was to evaluate the role of the Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (AMP) in managing patients brought in by ambulance to the emergency department (ED).Methods This study was a dual-centre observational study. Patients brought in by ambulance to two Melbourne hospitals over a 12-month period and seen by an AMP were compared with a matched group seen by other ED staff. Primary outcome measures were wait time and length of stay (LOS) in the ED.Results Data from 1441 patients within the Australasian Triage Scale (ATS) Categories 3-5 with musculoskeletal complaints were included in the analysis...
May 9, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
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