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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926758/association-between-surgeon-scorecard-use-and-operating-room-costs
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Corinna C Zygourakis, Victoria Valencia, Christopher Moriates, Christy K Boscardin, Sereina Catschegn, Alvin Rajkomar, Kevin J Bozic, Kent Soo Hoo, Andrew N Goldberg, Lawrence Pitts, Michael T Lawton, R Adams Dudley, Ralph Gonzales
Importance: Despite the significant contribution of surgical spending to health care costs, most surgeons are unaware of their operating room costs. Objective: To examine the association between providing surgeons with individualized cost feedback and surgical supply costs in the operating room. Design, Setting, and Participants: The OR Surgical Cost Reduction (OR SCORE) project was a single-health system, multihospital, multidepartmental prospective controlled study in an urban academic setting...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926650/group-b-streptococci-screening-before-repeat-cesarean-delivery-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Catherine M Albright, Caitlin MacGregor, Desmond Sutton, Meena Theva, Brenna L Hughes, Erika F Werner
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the cost-effectiveness of universal group B streptococci (GBS) screening in women with a singleton pregnancy planning a repeat cesarean delivery. METHODS: We conducted a decision analysis from a health care perspective to compare the cost-effectiveness of GBS screening for women planning a repeat cesarean delivery. With universal screening, all GBS-positive women who labored before a scheduled cesarean delivery received antibiotic prophylaxis...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926593/cost-effectiveness-of-direct-acting-anti-viral-treatment-in-hepatitis-c-infected-liver-transplant-candidates-with-compensated-cirrhosis-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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James Salazar, Varun Saxena, James G Kahn, John P Roberts, Neil Mehta, Michael Volk, Jennifer C Lai
BACKGROUND: HCV(+) donors represent an effective strategy to increase liver donor availability to HCV-infected recipients. However, many HCV(+) transplant candidates are now receiving treatment with direct acting anti-virals (DAA) that lower the risk of posttransplant HCV recurrence but could make the patient ineligible for HCV(+) livers. METHODS: We compared pretransplant DAA treatment versus deferred DAA treatment using a cost-effectiveness decision analysis model to estimate incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs; cost per quality-adjusted life year [QALY] gained) from the societal perspective across a range of HCV(+) liver availability rates...
December 6, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926432/pathogen-and-particle-associations-in-wastewater-significance-and-implications-for-treatment-and-disinfection-processes
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C Chahal, B van den Akker, F Young, C Franco, J Blackbeard, P Monis
Disinfection guidelines exist for pathogen inactivation in potable water and recycled water, but wastewater with high numbers of particles can be more difficult to disinfect, making compliance with the guidelines problematic. Disinfection guidelines specify that drinking water with turbidity ≥1 Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU) is not suitable for disinfection and therefore not fit for purpose. Treated wastewater typically has higher concentrations of particles (1-10NTU for secondary treated effluent). Two processes widely used for disinfecting wastewater are chlorination and ultraviolet radiation...
2016: Advances in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925894/prevention-of-herpes-zoster-and-its-complications-from-clinical-evidence-to-real-life-experience
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Giovanni Gabutti, Paolo Bonanni, Michele Conversano, Guido Fanelli, Elisabetta Franco, Donato Greco, Giancarlo Icardi, Marzia Lazzari, Alessandro Rossi, Silvestro Scotti, Antonio Volpi
Herpes zoster (HZ) is an acute viral illness characterized by a vesicular rash with unilateral distribution, which can also result in severe complications such as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), ophthalmic zoster, stroke or other neurological complications. The estimate incidence in Europe ranges between 2.0 and 4.6 cases per 1,000 person-years, with a sharp increase in >50 year-old subjects. Currently, treatment options for HZ are only partially effective in limiting the acute phase, while the management of complications is complex and often unsatisfactory...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925855/costs-associated-with-influenza-related-hospitalization-in-the-elderly
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Núria Torner, Encarna Navas, Núria Soldevila, Diana Toledo, Gemma Navarro, Aurea Morillo, Maria José Pérez, Angela Domínguez
Seasonal influenza epidemics remain a considerable burden in adults, especially in those at higher risk of complications. The aim of this study was to determine the costs associated with influenza-related hospitalization in patients aged ≥65 years admitted to 20 hospitals from seven Spanish regions during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 influenza seasons. Bivariate analysis was used to compare costs in vaccinated and unvaccinated cases. Costs were calculated according to the Spanish National Health System diagnosis-related group tables for influenza and other respiratory system conditions (GRD 89 and GRD 101)...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925845/economic-studies-applied-to-vaccines-against-invasive-diseases-an-updated-budget-impact-analysis-of-age-based-pneumococcal-vaccination-strategies-in-the-elderly-in-italy
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Sara Boccalini, Angela Bechini, Roberto Gasparini, Donatella Panatto, Daniela Amicizia, Paolo Bonanni
Many evaluations have been carried out on the economic impact of pneumococcal vaccination in older adults (>64 years of age) in several countries, including Italy. However, these studies did not include the new data on the effectiveness of 13-valent conjugate pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13) in the elderly reported by the CAPiTA Study. The aim of the present study was to update our previous budget impact analysis of multi-cohort PCV13 vaccination in adults in Italy by including new scientific evidence. We also compared single-cohort vaccination strategies per year, in order to identify the cohort with the most favourable economic profile, in the event of the multi-cohort approach not being economically sustainable for the National Health System (NHS)...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925636/on-the-2d-simplification-of-3d-bone-implant-systems-application-to-a-femoral-cementless-hip-stem
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Fernando J Quevedo González, Michael Reimeringer, Natalia Nuño
Three-dimensional (3D) finite element (FE) models are commonly used to analyze the mechanical behavior of the bone under different conditions (i.e. before and after arthroplasty). They can provide detailed information but they are numerically expensive and this limits their use in cases where large or numerous simulations are required. On the other hand, 2D models show less computational cost but the precision of results depends on the approach used for the simplification. Two main questions arise: are the 3D results adequately represented in a 2D section of the model? Which approach should be used to build a 2D model that provides reliable results compared to the 3D model? In this paper, we first evaluate if the plane used for generating the 2D models of bone-implant systems adequately represents the results of the full 3D model...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925577/the-role-of-ultrasound-compared-to-biopsy-of-temporal-arteries-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-giant-cell-arteritis-tabul-a-diagnostic-accuracy-and-cost-effectiveness-study
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Raashid Luqmani, Ellen Lee, Surjeet Singh, Mike Gillett, Wolfgang A Schmidt, Mike Bradburn, Bhaskar Dasgupta, Andreas P Diamantopoulos, Wulf Forrester-Barker, William Hamilton, Shauna Masters, Brendan McDonald, Eugene McNally, Colin Pease, Jennifer Piper, John Salmon, Allan Wailoo, Konrad Wolfe, Andrew Hutchings
BACKGROUND: Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a relatively common form of primary systemic vasculitis, which, if left untreated, can lead to permanent sight loss. We compared ultrasound as an alternative diagnostic test with temporal artery biopsy, which may be negative in 9-61% of true cases. OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of ultrasound with biopsy in diagnosing patients with suspected GCA. DESIGN: Prospective multicentre cohort study...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924740/so-let-me-find-my-way-whatever-it-will-cost-me-rather-than-leaving-myself-in-darkness-experiences-of-glaucoma-in-nigeria
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Fatima Kyari, Clare I Chandler, Martha Martin, Clare E Gilbert
BACKGROUND: Blindness from glaucoma is associated with socio-economic deprivation, presumed to reflect poor access to care and poor adherence to treatment. OBJECTIVES: To determine why people with glaucoma are presenting late for treatment and to understand access to glaucoma care. Additionally, we sought to identify what patients and the community know, do and think about the condition and why the poor are the most affected with glaucoma blindness. DESIGN: Study participants were from four communities and two hospitals in Abuja-FCT and Kaduna State, Nigeria...
2016: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924434/prophylactic-antibiotics-for-percutaneous-endovascular-procedures
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N S Greaves, E Katsogridakis, B Faris, D Murray
Percutaneous endovascular techniques are used increasingly in the vascular armamentarium. Commonly performed as day case procedures under local anaesthetic, they are suited to the highly co-morbid vascular patient population. Furthermore, technological advances have resulted in ever improving outcomes for aneurysmal and occlusive disease. Endovascular procedures such as endovascular aneurysm repair or iliac artery stenting are traditionally associated with reduced infectious complications compared to equivalent open techniques...
December 6, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924429/cyp2c19-lof-and-gof-guided-antiplatelet-therapy-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Minghuan Jiang, Joyce H S You
PURPOSE: This study aimed to examine the cost-effectiveness of CYP2C19 loss-of-function and gain-of-function allele guided (LOF/GOF-guided) antiplatelet therapy in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: A life-long decision-analytic model was designed to simulate outcomes of three strategies: universal clopidogrel (75 mg daily), universal alternative P2Y12 inhibitor (prasugrel 10 mg daily or ticagrelor 90 mg twice daily), and LOF/GOF-guided therapy (LOF/GOF allele carriers receiving alternative P2Y12 inhibitor, wild-type patients receiving clopidogrel)...
December 7, 2016: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923701/prognostic-significance-of-repeat-biopsy-in-lupus-nephritis-histopathologic-worsening-and-a-short-time-between-biopsies-is-associated-with-significantly-increased-risk-for-end-stage-renal-disease-and-death
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Cristina Arriens, Sixia Chen, David R Karp, Ramesh Saxena, Kamalanathan Sambandam, Eliza Chakravarty, Judith A James, Joan T Merrill
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Approximately half of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) develop lupus nephritis (LN), a major cause of morbidity and early mortality in that disease. Prolonged renal inflammation is associated with irreversible kidney damage which confers a 30% risk of end stage renal disease (ESRD), making early, aggressive treatment mandatory. Failure to achieve therapeutic response or recurrence of renal flare often prompts repeat biopsy. However, the role of repeat biopsy in determining long-term renal prognosis remains controversial...
December 3, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923547/a-case-study-of-packaging-waste-collection-systems-in-portugal-part-ii-environmental-and-economic-analysis
#14
Ana Pires, João Sargedas, Mécia Miguel, Joaquim Pina, Graça Martinho
An understanding of the environmental impacts and costs related to waste collection is needed to ensure that existing waste collection schemes are the most appropriate with regard to both environment and cost. This paper is Part II of a three-part study of a mixed packaging waste collection system (curbside plus bring collection). Here, the mixed collection system is compared to an exclusive curbside system and an exclusive bring system. The scenarios were assessed using life cycle assessment and an assessment of costs to the waste management company...
December 3, 2016: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923504/a-novel-combined-solar-pasteurizer-tio2-continuous-flow-reactor-for-decontamination-and-disinfection-of-drinking-water
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José María Monteagudo, Antonio Durán, Israel San Martín, Alba María Acevedo
A new combined solar plant including an annular continuous-flow compound parabolic collector (CPC) reactor and a pasteurization system was designed, built, and tested for simultaneous drinking water disinfection and chemical decontamination. The plant did not use pumps and had no electricity costs. First, water continuously flowed through the CPC reactor and then entered the pasteurizer. The temperature and water flow from the plant effluent were controlled by a thermostatic valve located at the pasteurizer outlet that opened at 80 °C...
December 3, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923343/feasibility-and-cost-effectiveness-of-a-multidisciplinary-home-telehealth-intervention-programme-to-reduce-falls-among-elderly-discharged-from-hospital-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Alessandro Giordano, Gian Pietro Bonometti, Fabio Vanoglio, Mara Paneroni, Palmira Bernocchi, Laura Comini, Amerigo Giordano
BACKGROUND: Fall incidents are the third cause of chronic disablement in elderly according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Recent meta-analyses shows that a multifactorial falls risk assessment and management programmes are effective in all older population studied. However, the application of these programmes may not be the same in all National health care setting and, consequently, needs to be evaluated by cost-effectiveness studies before to plan this intervention in regular care...
December 7, 2016: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923167/long-term-outcomes-for-different-vaginal-cuff-closure-techniques-in-robotic-assisted-laparoscopic-hysterectomy-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ziv Tsafrir, Matthew Palmer, Marisa Dahlman, A Karim Nawfal, Joelle Aoun, Andrew Taylor, Jay Fisher, Evan Theoharis, David Eisenstein
OBJECTIVE: This randomized controlled trial aimed to evaluate the outcomes of different vaginal cuff closure techniques in robotic-assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy. STUDY DESIGN: Ninety women undergoing robotic-assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy for benign disease were randomized to three vaginal cuff closure techniques: running 2.0 V-Lock™ (Arm 1), 0 Vicryl™ figure-of-eight (Arm 2), and running 0 Vicryl™ with Lapra-Ty(®) (Arm 3). Patients' records were reviewed for age, body mass index, smoking status and relevant co-morbidities...
November 16, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922448/the-second-randomised-evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-cost-effectiveness-and-acceptability-of-computerised-therapy-reeact-2-trial-does-the-provision-of-telephone-support-enhance-the-effectiveness-of-computer-delivered-cognitive-behaviour-therapy-a-randomised
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Sally Brabyn, Ricardo Araya, Michael Barkham, Peter Bower, Cindy Cooper, Ana Duarte, David Kessler, Sarah Knowles, Karina Lovell, Elizabeth Littlewood, Richard Mattock, Stephen Palmer, Jodi Pervin, David Richards, Debbie Tallon, David White, Simon Walker, Gillian Worthy, Simon Gilbody
BACKGROUND: Computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (cCBT) is an efficient form of therapy potentially improving access to psychological care. Indirect evidence suggests that the uptake and effectiveness of cCBT can be increased if facilitated by telephone, but this is not routinely offered in the NHS. OBJECTIVES: To compare the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of telephone-facilitated free-to-use cCBT [e.g. MoodGYM (National Institute for Mental Health Research, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia)] with minimally supported cCBT...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922167/cost-effectiveness-of-primarily-surgical-versus-primarily-conservative-treatment-of-acute-and-subacute-radiculopathies-due-to-intervertebral-disc-herniation-from-the-swiss-perspective
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Zanfina Ademi, Viktoria Gloy, Dominik Glinz, Heike Raatz, Joris Van Stiphout, Heiner C Bucher, Matthias Schwenkglenks
AIMS OF THE STUDY: To assess the cost-effectiveness of primarily surgical treatment (PST) versus primarily conservative treatment (PCT) in adults with intermediate severity, acute or subacute, lumbar radicular syndrome due to intervertebral disc herniation. METHODS: A decision analytic model from healthcare system and societal perspectives was used to compare outcomes and costs of PST with those of PCT (physiotherapy, epidural injection and medication). Treatment pathways and quality of life were obtained from published clinical trials...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921992/the-hubble-trial-haemorrhoidal-artery-ligation-hal-versus-rubber-band-ligation-rbl-for-symptomatic-second-and-third-degree-haemorrhoids-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-and-health-economic-evaluation
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Steven Brown, Jim Tiernan, Katie Biggs, Daniel Hind, Neil Shephard, Mike Bradburn, Allan Wailoo, Abualbishr Alshreef, Lizzie Swaby, Angus Watson, Simon Radley, Oliver Jones, Paul Skaife, Anil Agarwal, Pasquale Giordano, Marc Lamah, Mark Cartmell, Justin Davies, Omar Faiz, Karen Nugent, Andrew Clarke, Angus MacDonald, Phillip Conaghan, Paul Ziprin, Rohit Makhija
BACKGROUND: Optimal surgical intervention for low-grade haemorrhoids is unknown. Rubber band ligation (RBL) is probably the most common intervention. Haemorrhoidal artery ligation (HAL) is a novel alternative that may be more efficacious. OBJECTIVE: The comparison of HAL with RBL for the treatment of grade II/III haemorrhoids. DESIGN: A multicentre, parallel-group randomised controlled trial. PERSPECTIVE: UK NHS and Personal Social Services...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
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