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Jae Hyun Kwon, Chang Hwan Sohn, Jae Ho Lee, Bum Jin Oh
OBJECTIVE: The supply of emergency medicine (EM) specialists has not been able to meet demand in the past decade. This study comparatively analyzed clinical findings to provide fundamental data to inform efficient utilization of a limited number of EM specialists. METHODS: This retrospective study included 54,204 patients who visited the emergency department of a tertiary care medical center from March 1 to December 31, 2012. The experimental specialist-supervised (SS) group included patients supervised by an EM specialist, while the control specialist-on-call (SOC) group included patients attended by a senior resident of EM with an EM specialist on call...
March 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Jonathan Avery, Bernadine H Han, Erin Zerbo, Guojiao Wu, Elizabeth Mauer, Joseph Avery, Stephen Ross, Julie B Penzner
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Psychiatry residents provide care for individuals diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders (SUDs). Small studies have shown that clinicians in general possess negative attitudes towards these dually diagnosed individuals. This is a serious concern, as clinicians' stigmatizing attitudes towards individuals with mental illnesses may have a particularly potent adverse impact on treatment. The goal of this study was to examine the attitudes of psychiatry residents towards individuals with diagnoses of schizophrenia, multiple SUDs, co-occurring schizophrenia and SUDs, and major depressive disorder...
October 17, 2016: American Journal on Addictions
I C Álvarez-Gallardo, A Carbonell-Baeza, V Segura-Jiménez, A Soriano-Maldonado, T Intemann, V A Aparicio, F Estévez-López, D Camiletti-Moirón, M Herrador-Colmenero, J R Ruiz, M Delgado-Fernández, F B Ortega
We aimed (1) to report age-specific physical fitness levels in people with fibromyalgia of a representative sample from Andalusia; and (2) to compare the fitness levels of people with fibromyalgia with non-fibromyalgia controls. This cross-sectional study included 468 (21 men) patients with fibromyalgia and 360 (55 men) controls. The fibromyalgia sample was geographically representative from southern Spain. Physical fitness was assessed with the Senior Fitness Test battery plus the handgrip test. We applied the Generalized Additive Model for Location, Scale and Shape to calculate percentile curves for women and fitted mean curves using a linear regression for men...
October 17, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
A Willems, D Paepe, S Marynissen, P Smets, I Van de Maele, P Picavet, L Duchateau, S Daminet
BACKGROUND: There is a growing interest in health care of elderly dogs; however, scientific information about physical and laboratory examination findings in this age group is limited. OBJECTIVES: To describe systolic blood pressure (SBP), and results of physical examination and laboratory tests in senior and geriatric dogs that were judged by the owner to be healthy. ANIMALS: Hundred client-owned dogs. METHODS: Dogs were prospectively recruited...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Charles Furlotte, James W Gladstone, Robert F Cosby, Kerri-Ann Fitzgerald
This qualitative study describes expectations, concerns, and needs regarding long-term care (LTC) homes and home care services of 12 older lesbian and gay couples living in Canada. Our findings reflect four major themes: discrimination, identity, expenditure of energy, and nuanced care. Discrimination involved concerns about covert discrimination; loss of social buffers as one ages; and diminished ability to advocate for oneself and one's partner. Identity involved anticipated risk over disclosing one's sexual identity; the importance of being identified within a coupled relationship; and the importance of access to reference groups of other gay seniors...
October 17, 2016: Canadian Journal on Aging, la Revue Canadienne du Vieillissement
Jody M Kaban, Anand Dayama, Srinivas H Reddy, Sheldon Teperman, Melvin E Stone
OBJECTIVE: Our institution began Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM) simulation course in 2007 for senior residents with the aim of increasing opportunities for surgical trainees to gain operative trauma experience. The aim of our study was to evaluate the effect of the ATOM simulation course on residents' choice of trauma as a career as demonstrated by entrance into surgical critical care (SCC) fellowships. DESIGN: Retrospective study of institutional data on graduating residents from 2002 to 2015...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Dilip V Jeste, Dan G Blazer, Kathleen C Buckwalter, Keri-Leigh K Cassidy, Len Fishman, Lisa P Gwyther, Saul M Levin, Christopher Phillipson, Ramesh R Rao, Ellen Schmeding, William A Vega, Julie A Avanzino, Danielle K Glorioso, John Feather
Older adults consistently prefer aging in place, which requires a high level of community support and services that are currently lacking. With a rapidly aging population, the present infrastructure for healthcare will prove even more inadequate to meet seniors' physical and mental health needs. A paradigm shift away from the sole focus on delivery of interventions at an individual level to more prevention-focused, community-based approaches will become essential. Recent initiatives have been proposed to promote healthy lifestyles and preventive care to enable older adults to age in place...
July 28, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Shelly Lachish, Elena Svirko, Michael J Goldacre, Trevor Lambert
BACKGROUND: The greater participation of women in medicine in recent years, and recent trends showing that doctors of both sexes work fewer hours than in the past, present challenges for medical workforce planning. In this study, we provide a detailed analysis of the characteristics of doctors who choose to work less-than-full-time (LTFT). We aimed to determine the influence of these characteristics on the probability of working LTFT. METHODS: We used data on working patterns obtained from long-term surveys of 10,866 UK-trained doctors...
October 13, 2016: Human Resources for Health
Jaclyn Yoong, Aleece MacPhail, Gael Trytel, Prashanti Yalini Rajendram, Margaret Winbolt, Joseph E Ibrahim
Objective Limitation of Medical Treatment (LMT) forms are an essential element of end-of-life care. Decision making around LMT is complex and often involves patients with dementia. Despite the complexity, junior doctors frequently play a central role in completing LMT forms. The present study sought perspectives from a range of stakeholders (hospital clinicians, medical education personnel, legal and advocacy staff) about junior doctors' roles in completing LMT forms in general and for patients with dementia...
October 14, 2016: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Christophoros Christophorou, Styliani Kleanthous, Dimosthenis Georgiadis, Donato M Cereghetti, Panayiotis Andreou, Cindy Wings, Eleni Christodoulou, George Samaras
Based on the demographic changes and the rapid increase of older population in Europe, major challenges are expected to rise, both in the economy as well as the society, whether the dominant care model for supporting elderly in living independently at home continues to rely on informal and formal caregivers' assistance. To respond to the above challenges, assistive technologies are called to develop Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services for supporting seniors to remain active and independent, for as long as possible, in their chosen home environment...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Christina Lannering, Marie Ernsth Bravell, Linda Johansson
A structured and systematic care process for preventive work, aimed to reduce falls, pressure ulcers and malnutrition among older people, has been developed in Sweden. The process involves risk assessment, team-based interventions and evaluation of results. Since development, this structured work process has become web-based and has been implemented in a national quality registry called 'Senior Alert' and used countrywide. The aim of this study was to describe nursing staff's experience of preventive work by using the structured preventive care process as outlined by Senior Alert...
October 12, 2016: Health & Social Care in the Community
Karen K Y Koo, Karen Choong, Deborah J Cook, Margaret Herridge, Anastasia Newman, Vincent Lo, Gordon Guyatt, Fran Priestap, Eileen Campbell, Karen E A Burns, FranÇois Lamontagne, Maureen O Meade
BACKGROUND: The promotion of early mobilization following critical illness is tempered by national reports of patient and institutional barriers to this approach. We carried out a survey to assess current knowledge, perceptions and practices of Canadian physicians and physiotherapists with respect to acquired weakness and early mobilization in adults in the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional, self-administered postal survey among critical care physicians and physiotherapists in all 46 academic ICUs in Canada in 2011-2012...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
Salvo Fedele
This is a letter to a young friend who has become a paediatrician. It is a senior paediatrician, trying to transmit something useful, that writes it. The lives of those who care are made of many human relationships, a lot of reading, more different interpretations of these relationships and these readings. Each of us will build over the years their ethical model, their ability to discuss new problems and new cases with colleagues, their ability to critically analyse the scientific literature as well as the willingness to listen to patients and families...
September 2016: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Timothy Nguyen, Roza Gavrilova, Marina Blazhko
Older adults frequently have multiple medical conditions and consequently receive multiple medications. Cardiovascular (CV) and gastrointestinal disorders are two conditions in seniors that often require both long-term antiplatelet therapy and medications for GI prophylaxis. Clopidogrel and pantoprazole are commonly used for these conditions; however, there are potential adverse consequences secondary to drug interactions. Both of these drugs are metabolized via the cytochrome P450 system, and there is a potential for drug interactions that may result in decreased effectiveness of clopidogrel and an increased risk of adverse CV outcomes...
2016: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
David O Akeju, Marianne Vidler, J O Sotunsa, M O Osiberu, E O Orenuga, Olufemi T Oladapo, A A Adepoju, Rahat Qureshi, Diane Sawchuck, Olalekan O Adetoro, Peter von Dadelszen, Olukayode A Dada
BACKGROUND: The dearth of health personnel in low income countries has attracted global attention. Ways as to how health care services can be delivered in a more efficient and effective way using available health personnel are being explored. Task-sharing expands the responsibilities of low-cadre health workers and allows them to share these responsibilities with highly qualified health care providers in an effort to best utilize available human resources. This is appropriate in a country like Nigeria where there is a shortage of qualified health professionals and a huge burden of maternal mortality resulting from obstetric complications like pre-eclampsia...
September 30, 2016: Reproductive Health
M Charlesworth, M Mort, A F Smith
Previous studies of critical care admissions have largely compared patients that have been granted or declined admission. To better understand the decision process itself, our ethnographic approach combined observation of and interviews with critical care physicians in a large English hospital. We observed 30 critical care doctors managing 71 referrals and conducted ten interviews with senior decision-makers to explore the themes raised by our observations. We analysed data using the constant comparative method...
October 7, 2016: Anaesthesia
Maria M Lowe, David A Blaser, Lisa Cone, Steve Arcona, John Ko, Rahul Sasane, Paul Wicks
BACKGROUND: To ensure the creation of treatments that maximize value at the lowest cost, all aspects of the health care system need to align with patient needs and preferences. Despite growing efforts to engage patients in research and regulatory activities, the pharmaceutical industry has yet to maximize patient involvement in the drug development process. OBJECTIVE: To gain a better understanding of the present state of patient involvement in drug development...
September 2016: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Adrienne Lynne White, Thaw Htwe Min, Mechthild M Gross, Ladda Kajeechiwa, May Myo Thwin, Borimas Hanboonkunupakarn, Hla Hla Than, Thet Wai Zin, Marcus J Rijken, Gabie Hoogenboom, Rose McGready
BACKGROUND: To evaluate a skilled birth attendant (SBA) training program in a neglected population on the Thai-Myanmar border, we used multiple methods to show that refugee and migrant health workers can be given effective training in their own environment to become SBAs and teachers of SBAs. The loss of SBAs through resettlement to third countries necessitated urgent training of available workers to meet local needs. METHODS AND FINDINGS: All results were obtained from student records of theory grades and clinical log books...
2016: PloS One
Kaoru Seike, Michiko Nakazato, Hisashi Hanazawa, Toshiyuki Ohtani, Tomihisa Niitsu, Shin-Ichi Ishikawa, Atsuko Ayabe, Ryoko Otani, Kentaro Kawabe, Fumie Horiuchi, Shizuo Takamiya, Ryoichi Sakuta
BACKGROUND: The lowering of the age of onset and chronicity have been key problems related to eating disorders (EDs). As the proportion of teens in the estimated onset ages has increased, it has become important to detect students with EDs and to clarify how they can be supported. Though epidemiological surveys of Yogo teachers (school nurse/health science teachers) have been conducted to inquire about the number of such students, none of these were done according to ED type based on DSM-5...
2016: BioPsychoSocial Medicine
Georgios C Sotiropoulos, Nikolaos Machairas, Paraskevas Stamopoulos, Ioannis D Kostakis, Dimitrios Dimitroulis, Dimitrios Mantas, Gregory Kouraklis
BACKGROUND: Liver resection represents the treatment of choice for a small proportion of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), amenable to surgery. The remarkable evolution in surgical techniques during the last decades introduced laparoscopic hepatectomy in the operative management of HCC, even in the presence of liver cirrhosis. No comparative study on laparoscopic or open liver resection for HCC has been conducted in Greece yet. METHODS: Patients undergoing liver resection for HCC by one senior hepatobiliary surgeon in our Institution during the period 11/2011-02/2016 were prospectively sampled and retrospectively analyzed for the purposes of this study...
October 2016: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
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