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Urgent care and primary care

Jaeyong Shin, Young Choi, Sang Gyu Lee, Tae Hyun Kim, Eun-Cheol Park
Unnecessary use of high-quality resources in general hospitals hinders treatment of patients with urgent and complicated conditions. Thus, the Korean Government has sought to reduce general hospital visiting of patients with 52 mild diseases, including hypertension. The higher cost sharing for medical expenses and medications from general hospitals were enacted in 2009 and 2011, respectively.We determined whether these regulations were effective through evaluating changing trends in first-visited healthcare organizations and defined the first visiting healthcare organization level (primary clinics, hospital, and general hospital) as an outcome measure...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Andrew A Udy, Chelsey Vladic, Edward Robert Saxby, Jeremy Cohen, Anthony Delaney, Oliver Flower, Matthew Anstey, Rinaldo Bellomo, David James Cooper, David V Pilcher
OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this study was to describe in-hospital mortality in subarachnoid hemorrhage patients requiring ICU admission. Secondary aims were to identify clinical characteristics associated with inferior outcomes, to compare subarachnoid hemorrhage mortality with other neurological diagnoses, and to explore the variability in subarachnoid hemorrhage standardized mortality ratios. DESIGN: Multicenter, binational, retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Data were extracted from the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation Adult Patient Database...
October 3, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Tatsuya Morita, Kengo Imai, Naosuke Yokomichi, Masanori Mori, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Satoru Tsuneto
Continuous deep sedation until death (CDS) is a type of palliative sedation therapy, and it has recently become a focus of intense debate. Marked inconsistencies in intervention procedures (i.e., what is CDS?) and unstandardized descriptions of patient backgrounds lead to difficulty in comparing the results in the literature. The primary aim of this paper was to propose a conceptual framework to perform empirical studies on CDS. We propose the definition of CDS using the intervention protocol. As there are two types of CDS proposed in world-wide literature, we recommend to prepare two types of intervention protocol for CDS: "continuous deep sedation as a result of proportional sedation" (gradual CDS), and "continuous deep sedation to rapidly induce unconsciousness" (rapid CDS)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
E Knowles, A O'Cathain, J Turner, J Nicholl
OBJECTIVE: To measure the effect of an urgent care telephone service NHS 111 on population perceptions of urgent care. DESIGN: Controlled before and after population survey, using quota sampling to identify 2000 respondents reflective of the age/sex profile of the general population. SETTING: England. 4 areas where NHS 111 was introduced, and 3 control areas where NHS 111 had yet to be introduced. PARTICIPANTS: 28 071 members of the general population, including 2237 recent users of urgent care...
October 14, 2016: BMJ Open
Kimberly Giraud, Megan Pontin, Linda D Sharples, Paul Fletcher, Tim Dalgleish, Allaina Eden, David P Jenkins, Alain Vuylsteke
Introduction: Post-operative delirium remains a significant problem, particularly in the older surgical patient. Previous evidence suggests that the provision of supplementary visual feedback about ones environment via the use of a mirror may positively impact on mental status and attention (core delirium diagnostic domains). We aimed to explore whether use of an evidence-based mirrors intervention could be effective in reducing delirium and improving post-operative outcomes such as factual memory encoding of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) environment in older cardiac surgical patients...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Andrea Driscoll, Sharon Meagher, Rhoda Kennedy, Melanie Hay, Jayant Banerji, Donald Campbell, Nicholas Cox, Debra Gascard, David Hare, Karen Page, Voltaire Nadurata, Rhonda Sanders, Harry Patsamanis
BACKGROUND: Hospital admissions for heart failure are predicted to rise substantially over the next decade placing increasing pressure on the health care system. There is an urgent need to redesign systems of care for heart failure to improve evidence-based practice and create seamless transitions through the continuum of care. The aim of the review was to examine systems of care for heart failure that reduce hospital readmissions and/or mortality. METHOD: Electronic databases searched were: Ovid MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, grey literature, reviewed bibliographies and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for randomised controlled trials, non-randomised trials and cohort studies from 1(st) January 2008 to 4(th) August 2015...
October 11, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Peri Kocabayoglu, Martin Husen, Oliver Witzke, Andreas Kribben, Fuat H Saner, Ali Canbay, Guido Gerken, Andreas Paul
BACKGROUND: Morbidity and mortality conferences (MMCs) provide powerful opportunities for learning, reflection, and improvement. The current literature gives examples of how MMCs can be designed; however, no systematic review of cases and no original data related to liver transplantation are available. Liver transplantation requires a multidisciplinary approach to case identification, presentation, and analysis. Framework structures that guide case investigation are needed to successfully follow up on outcome measures and provide the basis for quality assessment and transparency in transplant programs...
August 2016: Visc Med
Sara Modig, Cecilia Lenander, Nina Viberg, Patrik Midlöv
BACKGROUND: There is an urgent need to improve patient safety in the area of medication treatment among the elderly. The aim of this study was to explore which improvement needs and strengths, relating to medication safety, arise from a multi-professional intervention in primary care and further to describe and follow up on the agreements for change that were established within the intervention. METHODS: The SÄKLÄK project was a multi-professional intervention in primary care consisting of self-assessment, peer-review, feedback and written agreements for change...
October 4, 2016: BMC Family Practice
Alina M Allen, W Ray Kim, James P Moriarty, Nilay D Shah, Joseph J Larson, Patrick S Kamath
: Acute on chronic liver failure (ACLF) is associated with multi-system organ failure and poor prognosis in hospitalized patients with cirrhosis. We aimed to determine time trends in the epidemiology, economic burden and mortality of ACLF in the United States. The National Inpatient Sample database was queried between 2001 and 2011. ACLF was defined as 2 or more extrahepatic organ failures in patients with cirrhosis. The primary outcomes were trends in hospitalizations, hospital costs and inpatient mortality in ACLF...
October 3, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Vijay Danivas, Muffadal Bharmal, Paul Keenan, Steven Jones, Samuel Christaprasad Karat, Kumaran Kalyanaraman, Martin Prince, Caroline H D Fall, Murali Krishna
PURPOSE: Limited availability of specialist services places a considerable burden on caregivers of Persons with Dementia (PwD) in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). There are limited qualitative data on coercive behavior towards PwD in an LMIC setting. AIM: The aim of this study was to find relevant themes of the lived experience of relatives as caregivers for PwD in view of their use of coercive measures in community setting in South India. METHOD: Primary caregivers (n = 13) of PwDs from the Mysore study of Natal effects on Ageing and Health (MYNAH) in South India were interviewed to explore the nature and impact of coercion towards community dwelling older adults with dementia...
September 29, 2016: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Kelsey Hegarty, Laura Tarzia, Leesa Hooker, Angela Taft
Experiences of domestic and sexual violence are common in patients attending primary care. Most often they are not identified due to barriers to asking by health practitioners and disclosure by patients. Women are more likely than men to experience such violence and present with mental and physical health symptoms to health practitioners. If identified through screening or case finding as experiencing violence they need to be supported to recover from these traumas. This paper draws on systematic reviews published in 2013-2015 and a further literature search undertaken to identify recent intervention studies relevant to recovery from domestic and sexual violence in primary care...
October 2016: International Review of Psychiatry
Christine Toye, Richard Parsons, Susan Slatyer, Samar M Aoun, Rachael Moorin, Rebecca Osseiran-Moisson, Keith D Hill
BACKGROUND: Hospital discharge of older people receiving care at home offers a salient opportunity to identify and address their family caregivers' self-identified support needs. OBJECTIVES: This study tested the hypothesis that the extent to which family caregivers of older people discharged home from hospital felt prepared to provide care at home would be positively influenced by their inclusion in the new Further Enabling Care at Home program. DESIGN: This single-blind randomised controlled trial compared outcomes from usual care alone with those from usual care plus the new program...
September 20, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Steve W Parry, Harry Hill, Joanna Lawson, Nick Lawson, David Green, Heidi Trundle, Judith McNaught, Victoria Strassheim, Alma Caldwell, Richard Mayland, Phillip Earley, Peter McMeekin
National and international evidence and guidelines on falls prevention and management in community-dwelling elderly adults recommend that falls services should be multifactorial and their interventions multicomponent. The way that individuals are identified as having had or being at risk of falls in order to take advantage of such services is far less clear. A novel multidisciplinary, multifactorial falls, syncope, and dizziness service model was designed with enhanced case ascertainment through proactive, primary care-based screening (of individual case notes of individuals aged ≥60) for individual fall risk factors...
September 27, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Nancy Carter, Esther Sangster-Gormley, Jenny Ploeg, Ruth Martin-Misener, Faith Donald, Abigail Wickson-Griffiths, Sharon Kaasalainen, Carrie McAiney, Kevin Brazil, Alan Taniguchi, Lori Schindel Martin
The aim of this paper is to explore the role and activities of nurse practitioners (NPs) working in long-term care (LTC) to understand concepts of access to primary care for residents. Utilizing the "FIT" framework developed by Penchanksy and Thomas, we used a directed content analysis method to analyze data from a pan-Canadian study of NPs in LTC. Individual and focus group interviews were conducted at four sites in western, central and eastern regions of Canada with 143 participants, including NPs, RNs, regulated and unregulated nursing staff, allied health professionals, physicians, administrators and directors and residents and family members...
2016: Nursing Leadership
Alex J Fraess-Phillips
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this search was to review the current literature regarding paramedic triage of primary care patients and the safety of paramedic-initiated non-transport of non-urgent patients. METHODS: A narrative literature review was conducted using the Medline (Medline Industries, Inc.; Mundelein, Illinois USA) database and a manual search of Google Scholar (Google; Mountain View, California USA). RESULTS: Only 11 studies were found investigating paramedic triage and safety of non-transport of non-urgent patients...
September 19, 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Samip Master, Reinhold Munker, Zhenzhen Shi, Glenn Mills, Runhua Shi
BACKGROUND: The treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has made significant progress in the last 30 years; however, numerous factors affect outcomes in patients with AML. Well-known risk factors are age, cytogenetics, and treatment intensity. The purpose of our study was to investigate the effects of insurance status on the outcome of AML; age, Carlson comorbidity index, distance travelled to the treatment center, and type of treatment center were adjusted by analyzing data from National Cancer Database (NCDB)...
September 2016: Anticancer Research
Shillpa Naavaal, Laurie K Barker, Susan O Griffin
OBJECTIVE: We examined the association between utilization of care for a dental problem (utilization-DP) and parent-reported dental problem (DP) urgency among children with DP by type of health care insurance coverage. METHODS: We used weighted 2008 National Health Interview Survey data from 2,834 children, aged 2-17 years with at least one DP within the 6 months preceding survey. Explanatory variables were selected based on Andersen's model of healthcare utilization...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Carson Burns, N Ewen Wang, Benjamin A Goldstein, Tina Hernandez-Boussard
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to characterize young adult patients aged 19-25 years who are emergency department (ED) frequent users and study factors associated with frequent ED use. METHODS: ED visits among 19- to 25-year olds were identified from administrative records in California, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, and New York, 2010. Patients were analyzed for 12 months to study the frequency of their ED utilization. ED visits were categorized according to primary diagnosis...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
Lisa G Pell, Diego G Bassani, Lucy Nyaga, Isaac Njagi, Catherine Wanjiku, Thulasi Thiruchselvam, William Macharia, Ripudaman S Minhas, Patricia Kitsao-Wekulo, Amyn Lakhani, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Robert Armstrong, Shaun K Morris
BACKGROUND: Each year, more than 200 million children under the age of 5 years, almost all in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), fail to achieve their developmental potential. Risk factors for compromised development often coexist and include inadequate cognitive stimulation, poverty, nutritional deficiencies, infection and complications of being born low birthweight and/or premature. Moreover, many of these risk factors are closely associated with newborn morbidity and mortality...
2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Andrew James Stewardson, Hugo Sax, Angèle Gayet-Ageron, Sylvie Touveneau, Yves Longtin, Walter Zingg, Didier Pittet
BACKGROUND: Hand hygiene compliance of health-care workers remains suboptimal despite standard multimodal promotion, and evidence for the effectiveness of novel interventions is urgently needed. We aimed to assess the effect of enhanced performance feedback and patient participation on hand hygiene compliance in the setting of multimodal promotion. METHODS: We did a single-centre, cluster randomised controlled trial at University of Geneva Hospitals (Geneva, Switzerland)...
September 2, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
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