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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238569/guideline-adherent-therapy-for-stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation-in-different-health-care-settings-results-from-ramses-study
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Özcan Başaran, Volkan Dogan, Murat Biteker, Fatma Özpamuk Karadeniz, Ahmet İlker Tekkesin, Yasin Çakıllı, Ceyhan Türkkan, Mehmet Hamidi, Vahit Demir, Mustafa Ozan Gürsoy, Müjgan Tek Öztürk, Gökhan Aksan, Sabri Seyis, Mehmet Ballı, Mehmet Hayri Alıcı, Serdar Bozyel, Cevat Kırma
OBJECTIVE: No studies have been conducted in Turkey to compare the quality of stroke prevention therapies provided in different healthcare settings in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Therefore, we aimed to evaluate possible differences between secondary (SH) and tertiary hospital (TH) settings in the effectiveness of implementing AF treatment strategies. METHODS: Baseline characteristics of 6273 patients with non-valvular AF enrolled in the RAMSES (ReAl-life Multicentre Survey Evaluating Stroke Prevention Strategies in Turkey) study were compared...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237984/effect-of-a-quality-improvement-program-to-improve-guideline-adherence-and-attainment-of-clinical-standards-in-dialysis-care-report-of-outcomes-in-year-1
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Sajeda Youssouf, Azri Nache, Chandrakumaran Wijesekara, Rachel J Middleton, David Lewis, Aladdin E Shurrab, Edmond O'Riordan, Lesley P Lappin, Donal O'Donoghue, Philip A Kalra, Janet Hegarty
BACKGROUND: Best practice in dialysis is synthesised in clear international guidelines. However, a large gap remains between the international guidelines and the actual delivery of care. In this paper, we report outcomes for the first year of a multifaceted dialysis improvement programme in our network. METHODS: One year collaborative involving 3 haemodialysis units and a peritoneal dialysis (PD) programme involving 299 dialysis patients. Each unit addressed a different indicator (unit A - catheter-related bloodstream infection [CRBSI], unit B - pre-dialysis blood pressure [BP], unit C - dialysis dose, unit D - anaemia) with a shared aim to match the top 10% in the UK...
February 25, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237870/the-treatment-of-premenstrual-syndrome-with-preparations-of-vitex-agnus-castus-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Saskia Verkaik, Astrid M Kamperman, Roos van Westrhenen, Peter F J Schulte
OBJECTIVE: The objective is to determine the efficacy, tolerability and acceptability of Vitex agnus castus (VAC) preparations for treatment of premenstrual syndrome. DATA SOURCES: All journals in the OVID software from inception to January 2016 were searched, including the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE, Embase and PsycINFO. Gray literature was searched by Google Scholar and manufacturers of VAC preparations were contacted for information about unpublished trials...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237788/changing-current-practice-in-urology-improving-guideline-development-and-implementation-through-stakeholder-engagement
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EDITORIAL
Sara J MacLennan, Steven MacLennan, Axel Bex, James W F Catto, Maria De Santis, Adam W Glaser, Borje Ljungberg, James N'Dow, Karin Plass, Marta Trapero-Bertran, Hendrik Van Poppel, Penny Wright, Rachel H Giles
Effective stakeholder integration for guideline development should improve outcomes and adherence to clinical practice guidelines.
February 22, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237645/nonelective-colon-cancer-resection-a-continued-public-health-concern
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Christopher T Aquina, Adan Z Becerra, Zhaomin Xu, Francis P Boscoe, Maria J Schymura, Katia Noyes, John R T Monson, Fergal J Fleming
BACKGROUND: Little is known regarding recent trends in the rate of nonelective colon cancer resection in the United States and its impact on both short-term and long-term outcomes. METHODS: The New York State Cancer Registry and Statewide Planning & Research Cooperative System identified stage I-III colon cancer resections from 2004-2011. Propensity-matched analyses assessed differences in short-term adverse outcomes and 5-year disease-specific and overall survival between elective and nonelective colon cancer operations...
February 22, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236664/review-of-insulin-associated-hypoglycemia-and-its-impact-on-the-management-of-diabetes-in-south-east-asian-countries
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REVIEW
Su-Yen Goh, Zanariah Hussein, Achmad Rudijanto
Although the incidence of diabetes is rising in South East Asia, there is limited information regarding the incidence and manifestation of insulin-associated hypoglycemia. The aim of this review is to discuss what is currently known regarding insulin-associated hypoglycemia in South East Asia, including its known incidence and impact in the region, and how the South East Asian population with diabetes differs from other populations. We found a paucity of data regarding the incidence of hypoglycemia in South East Asia that has contributed to the adoption of Western guidelines...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236517/national-disparities-in-colorectal-cancer-screening-among-obese-adults
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Ryan G Seibert, Amresh D Hanchate, Jonathan P Berz, Paul C Schroy
INTRODUCTION: Obesity is a major risk factor for colorectal cancer (CRC), particularly among men. The purpose of this study was to characterize the prevalence of guideline-adherent CRC screening among obese adults using nationally representative data, assess trends in screening strategies, and identify obesity-specific screening barriers. METHODS: Data from 8,550 respondents aged 50-75 years in the 2010 National Health Interview Survey, representing >70 million adults, were analyzed in 2015 using multivariable logistic regression...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230415/targeting-translational-successes-through-cansort-sci-using-pet-dogs-to-identify-effective-treatments-for-spinal-cord-injury
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Sarah A Moore, Nicolas Granger, Natasha Olby, Ingo Spitzbarth, Nick D Jeffery, Andrea Tipold, Yvette S Nout-Lomas, Ronaldo da Costa, Veronika Stein, Linda Noble-Haeusslein, Andrew R Blight, Robert Grossman, D Michele Basso, Jonathan Michael Levine
Translation of therapeutic interventions for spinal cord injury (SCI) from laboratory to clinic has been historically challenging, highlighting the need for robust models of injury that more closely mirror the human condition. The high prevalence of acute, naturally occurring SCI in pet dogs provides a unique opportunity to expeditiously evaluate promising interventions in a population of animals that are diagnosed and managed clinically in a manner similar to spinal cord-injured people, while adhering to NIH guidelines for scientific rigor and transparent reporting...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230062/triple-combination-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-hypertension-a-review-of-the-evidence
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REVIEW
R Düsing, B Waeber, M Destro, C Santos Maia, P Brunel
Hypertension is a serious public health concern with inadequate control of blood pressure (BP) worldwide. Contributing factors include low efficacy of drugs, underuse of combination therapies, irrational combinations, physicians' therapeutic inertia and poor adherence to treatment. Current guidelines recommend the use of initial (dual) combination therapy in high-risk patients for immediate BP response, better short- and long-term BP control, and continued/improved patient adherence. This article aims to review the existing evidence of triple-combination therapies with respect to efficacy, safety and adherence to treatment...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229264/diabetes-outcome-and-process-measures-among-patients-who-require-language-interpreter-services-in-minnesota-primary-care-practices
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Jane W Njeru, Deborah H Boehm, Debra J Jacobson, Laura M Guzman-Corrales, Chun Fan, Scott Shimotsu, Mark L Wieland
Immigrants and refugees are less likely to meet diabetes management goals than the general US population. Those with limited English proficiency (LEP) and who need interpreter services (IS) for health care encounters, maybe at higher risk for encountering barriers to optimal diabetes management, and while most receive diabetes care in primary care settings, little is known about the association between IS need and diabetes outcomes. This study aims to determine adherence with diabetes process and outcomes measures among LEP patients in primary care settings, and is a retrospective cohort study of patients with type II diabetes at two large primary care networks in Minnesota from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228841/an-update-on-the-management-of-breast-cancer-in-africa
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REVIEW
V Vanderpuye, S Grover, N Hammad, PoojaPrabhakar, H Simonds, F Olopade, D C Stefan
BACKGROUND: There is limited information about the challenges of cancer management and attempts at improving outcomes in Africa. Even though South and North Africa are better resourceds to tackle the burden of breast cancer, similar poor prognostic factors are common to all countries. The five-year overall Survival rate for breast cancer patients does not exceed 60% for any low and middle-income country (LMIC) in Africa. In spite of the gains achieved over the past decade, certain characteristics remain the same such as limited availability of breast conservation therapies, inadequate access to drugs, few oncology specialists and adherence to harmful socio-cultural practices...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228661/feasibility-of-an-exercise-intervention-for-fatigued-breast-cancer-patients-at-a-community-based-cardiac-rehabilitation-program
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Stefanie De Jesus, Lyndsay Fitzgeorge, Karen Unsworth, David Massel, Neville Suskin, Harry Prapavessis, Michael Sanatani
PURPOSE: Exercise is beneficial to quality of life after cancer treatment, yet few cancer survivors meet exercise guidelines. Our study sought to determine the feasibility of an oncology rehabilitation exercise program embedded within a cardiac rehabilitation program. METHODS: Patients who rated their fatigue >4/10 after completion of adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer were screened for eligibility and the outcomes were assessed (Piper Fatigue Scale, Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast [FACT-B], Edmonton Symptom Assessment System, body composition, stress test, and physical activity measurement [accelerometer])...
2017: Cancer Management and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226332/responsible-safe-and-effective-prescription-of-opioids-for-chronic-non-cancer-pain-american-society-of-interventional-pain-physicians-asipp-guidelines
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Adam M Kaye, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, Heath McAnally, Konstantin Slavin, Andrea M Trescot, Susan Blank, Vidyasagar Pampati, Salahadin Abdi, Jay S Grider, Alan D Kaye, Kavita N Manchikanti, Harold Cordner, Christopher G Gharibo, Michael E Harned, Sheri L Albers, Sairam Atluri, Steve M Aydin, Sanjay Bakshi, Robert L Barkin, Ramsin M Benyamin, Mark V Boswell, Ricardo M Buenaventura, Aaron K Calodney, David L Cedeno, Sukdeb Datta, Timothy R Deer, Bert Fellows, Vincent Galan, Vahid Grami, Hans Hansen, Standiford Helm Ii, Rafael Justiz, Dhanalakshmi Koyyalagunta, Yogesh Malla, Annu Navani, Kent H Nouri, Ramarao Pasupuleti, Nalini Sehgal, Sanford M Silverman, Thomas T Simopoulos, Vijay Singh, Daneshvari R Solanki, Peter S Staats, Ricardo Vallejo, Bradley W Wargo, Arthur Watanabe, Joshua A Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Opioid use, abuse, and adverse consequences, including death, have escalated at an alarming rate since the 1990s. In an attempt to control opioid abuse, numerous regulations and guidelines for responsible opioid prescribing have been developed by various organizations. However, the US opioid epidemic is continuing and drug dose deaths tripled during 1999 to 2015. Recent data show a continuing increase in deaths due to natural and semisynthetic opioids, a decline in methadone deaths, and an explosive increase in the rates of deaths involving other opioids, specifically heroin and illicit synthetic fentanyl...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224700/delivery-of-radiation-therapy-in-resource-limited-settings-a-pilot-quality-assessment-study
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Alexandra Power-Hays, Paola Friedrich, Gretchen Fernandez, Naly A Cruz, Karen Marcus, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, Luisa Collado
Progress has been made in resource-limited countries in treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but advances in solid malignancies have been slower. Multidisciplinary care coordination is challenging, assessing adherence to guidelines through quality improvement initiatives is essential. We characterized deviations from guidelines in the delivery of radiation in a middle-income country program as a pilot for evaluating adequacy of local control and as surrogate for integration of multidisciplinary care. One-third of patients for whom it was indicated did not receive radiation...
February 22, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224348/a-need-to-reconsider-guidelines-on-management-of-primary-spontaneous-pneumothorax
#15
Jiyoon Yoon, Parthipan Sivakumar, Kevin O'Kane, Liju Ahmed
BACKGROUND: The key guidelines in the management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) include the 2010 British Thoracic Society (BTS) Pleural Disease guideline and 2001 American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Consensus Statement. Current recommendations are dependent on radiographic measures which differ between these two guidelines. The aim of this study is to compare size classification of PSP cases, according to BTS and ACCP guidelines, and to evaluate guideline compliance...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224322/acceptability-of-early-antiretroviral-therapy-among-south-african-women
#16
Nigel Garrett, Emily Norman, Kerry Leask, Nivashnee Naicker, Villeshni Asari, Nelisile Majola, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Salim S Abdool Karim
WHO guidelines recommend immediate initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all individuals at HIV diagnosis regardless of CD4 count, but concerns remain about potential low uptake or poor adherence among healthy patients with high CD4 counts, especially in resource-limited settings. This study assessed the acceptability of earlier treatment among HIV-positive South African women, median age at enrollment 25 (IQR 22-30), in a 10 year prospective cohort study by (i) describing temporal CD4 count trends at initiation in relation to WHO guidance, (ii) virological suppression rates post-ART initiation at different CD4 count thresholds, and (iii) administration of a standardized questionnaire...
February 21, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223874/towards-safety-of-oral-anti-cancer-agents-the-need-to-educate-our-pharmacists
#17
Sanaa Saeed Mekdad, Adher Dhaya AlSayed
Introduction: The global prevalence of cancer is rising. Use of oral anticancer medications has expanded exponentially. Knowledge about these medications as well as safe handling guidelines has not kept abreast with the rapidity these medications are applied in clinical practice. They pose serious hazards on all personal involved in handling these medications as well as on patients and their caregivers. We addressed the gaps in knowledge and safe handling of oral anticancer agents among pharmacists in institutional based cancer care...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223842/development-of-a-novel-algorithm-to-determine-adherence-to-chronic-pain-treatment-guidelines-using-administrative-claims
#18
Jay M Margolis, Nicole Princic, David M Smith, Lucy Abraham, Joseph C Cappelleri, Sonali N Shah, Peter W Park
OBJECTIVE: To develop a claims-based algorithm for identifying patients who are adherent versus nonadherent to published guidelines for chronic pain management. METHODS: Using medical and pharmacy health care claims from the MarketScan® Commercial and Medicare Supplemental Databases, patients were selected during July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2012, with the following chronic pain conditions: osteoarthritis (OA), gout (GT), painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (pDPN), post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), and fibromyalgia (FM)...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223263/apps-for-people-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-to-monitor-their-disease-activity-a-review-of-apps-for-best-practice-and-quality
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Rebecca Grainger, Hermaleigh Townsley, Bonnie White, Tobias Langlotz, William J Taylor
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis requiring long-term treatment with regular monitoring by a rheumatologist to achieve good health outcomes. Since people with RA may wish to monitor their own disease activity with a smartphone app, it is important to understand the functions and quality of apps for this purpose. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to assess the features and quality of apps to assist people to monitor their RA disease activity by (1) summarizing the available apps, particularly the instruments used for measurement of RA disease activity; (2) comparing the app features with American College of Rheumatology and European League against Rheumatism (ACR and EULAR) guidelines for monitoring of RA disease activity; and (3) rating app quality with the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS)...
February 21, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216701/impact-of-modified-quality-control-checklist-on-protocol-adherence-and-outcomes-in-a-post-surgical-intensive-care-unit
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Lakshmi Kumar, Meenu Dominic, Sunil Rajan, Sanjeev Singh
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Quality improvement (QI) is the sum of all activities that create desired changes in the quality. An effective QI system results in a stepwise increase in quality of care. The efficiency of any health-care unit is judged by its quality indicators. We aimed to evaluate the impact of QI initiatives on outcomes in a surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU). METHODS: This was an observational study carried out using a compliance checklist, developed from the combination of the World Health Organization surgery checklist and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America guidelines for the prevention of infections...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
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