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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546627/exploring-the-potential-value-of-using-data-on-dental-extractions-under-general-anaesthesia-dga-to-monitor-the-impact-of-dental-decay-in-children
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A Mortimore, R Wilkinson, J H John
Aim To explore the value of DGA data as an indicator of the impact and inequalities associated with child dental decay (caries) in Southampton.Design Data from the local DGA provider in Southampton was used to investigate trends in child (17 years and under) DGAs between 2006/7 and 2014/15. Retrospective analysis of anonymised child-level 2013/14 and 2014/15 data from the same service was carried out to identify any inequalities with respect to deprivation, impact on school attendance and cost to the health economy...
May 26, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541852/the-pennsylvania-trauma-outcomes-study-risk-adjusted-mortality-model-results-of-a-statewide-benchmarking-program
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Douglas J Wiebe, Daniel N Holena, M Kit Delgado, Nathan McWilliams, Juliet Altenburg, Brendan G Carr
Trauma centers need objective feedback on performance to inform quality improvement efforts. The Trauma Quality Improvement Program recently published recommended methodology for case mix adjustment and benchmarking performance. We tested the feasibility of applying this methodology to develop risk-adjusted mortality models for a statewide trauma system. We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients ≥16 years old at Pennsylvania trauma centers from 2011 to 2013 (n = 100,278). Our main outcome measure was observed-to-expected mortality ratios (overall and within blunt, penetrating, multisystem, isolated head, and geriatric subgroups)...
May 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540435/validation-of-the-child-hcahps-survey-to-measure-pediatric-inpatient-experience-of-care-in-flanders
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Luk Bruyneel, Ellen Coeckelberghs, Gunnar Buyse, Kristina Casteels, Barbara Lommers, Jo Vandersmissen, Johan Van Eldere, Chris Van Geet, Kris Vanhaecht
The recently developed Child HCAHPS provides a standard to measure US hospitals' performance on pediatric inpatient experiences of care. We field-tested Child HCAHPS in Belgium to instigate international comparison. In the development stage, forward/backward translation was conducted and patients assessed content validity index as excellent. The draft Flemish Child HCAHPS included 63 items: 38 items for five topics hypothesized to be similar to those proposed in the US (communication with parent, communication with child, attention to safety and comfort, hospital environment, and global rating), 10 screeners, a 14-item demographic and descriptive section, and one open-ended item...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535106/value-tools-in-managed-care-decision-making-current-hurdles-and-future-opportunities
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Jeremy Schafer, Dominic Galante, Jason Shafrin
BACKGROUND: Organizations such as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, and Memorial Sloan Kettering have created distinct tools to help different stakeholders assess the value of oncology treatments. However, the oncology value tools were not necessarily created for payers, and it is unclear whether payers are using these tools as part of their drug management process. OBJECTIVE: To understand what value tools payers are using in oncology management and what benefits and shortcomings the tools may have from the payer perspective...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532693/a-prospective-national-survey-of-coronary-ct-angiography-radiation-doses-in-the-united-kingdom
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Isabel A Castellano, Edward D Nicol, Russell K Bull, Carl A Roobottom, Michelle C Williams, Stephen P Harden
BACKGROUND: Little real-world radiation dose data exist for the majority of cardiovascular CT. Some data have been published for coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) specifically, but they invariably arise from high-volume centres with access to the most recent technology. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to document real-world radiation doses for coronary CTA in the United Kingdom, and to establish their relationship to clinical protocol selection, acquisition heart rate, and scanner technology...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532308/contributions-of-national-and-global-health-estimates-to-monitoring-health-related-sustainable-development-goals-in-thailand
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Kanitta Bundhamcharoen, Supon Limwattananon, Khanitta Kusreesakul, Viroj Tangcharoensathien
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) triggered increased demand for data on child and maternal mortality for monitoring progress. With the advent of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and growing evidence of an epidemiological transition towards non-communicable diseases, policy makers need data on mortality and disease trends and distribution to inform effective policies and support monitoring progress. Where there are limited capacities to produce national health estimates (NHEs), global health estimates (GHEs) can fill gaps for global monitoring and comparisons...
January 2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527380/measurement-differences-between-turbidity-instruments-and-their-implications-for-suspended-sediment-concentration-and-load-calculations-a-sensor-inter-comparison-study
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A Rymszewicz, J J O'Sullivan, M Bruen, J N Turner, D M Lawler, E Conroy, M Kelly-Quinn
The use of turbidity for indicating environmentally detrimental levels of suspended and colloidal matter in freshwater systems, and for defining acceptable water quality standards in national and European drinking water regulations, is well established. Turbidity is therefore frequently adopted as a surrogate for suspended sediment concentrations (SSC), or as a relative and objective measure of water clarity in monitoring programmes. Through systematic, controlled experimentation, we tested the response of 12 commercially available turbidity sensors, of various designs, to gauge their measurement consistency when benchmarked against pre-prepared sediment suspensions of known SSC...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523394/introduction-framing-post-aids-and-global-health-discourses-in-2015-and-beyond
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EDITORIAL
Gráinne O'Connell
This special issue, entitled "Post-AIDS' and Global Health Discourses: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,' emerged from a one day Medical Humanities symposium at the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities, at the University of Leeds, England, on February 27th 2015. This special issue focusses on the perceived deprioritising of HIV and AIDS in the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, that were launched in 2015. The SDGs function as policy benchmarks for all entities within the United Nations system and they supersede the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, which expired in 2015...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522108/hospital-readmission-after-ovarian-cancer-surgery-are-we-measuring-surgical-quality
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Emma L Barber, Kemi M Doll, Paola A Gehrig
OBJECTIVES: Readmission after surgery is a quality metric hypothesized to reflect the quality of care in the index hospitalization. We examined the link between readmissions and a surrogate of surgical quality - major postoperative complication - among ovarian cancer patients. METHODS: Patients who underwent surgery for ovarian cancer between 2012 and 2013 were identified from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP). Major complications were defined as grade 3 or ≥complications on the validated Claviden-Dindo scale and included both NSQIP and non-NSQIP defined complications based on readmission ICD-9 code...
May 15, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516316/venous-thromboembolism-after-nephrectomy-incidence-timing-and-associated-risk-factors-from-a-national-multi-institutional-database
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Brian J Jordan, Richard S Matulewicz, Brian Trihn, Shilajit Kundu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the rate of venous thromboembolism (VTE) after nephrectomy with specific focus on event timing and location (before or after hospital discharge) in order to identify modifiable risk factors and establish benchmarks for preventive interventions. METHODS: Using the ACS-NSQIP database, we identified patients undergoing nephrectomy from 2006 to 2012. Patients were analyzed in two cohorts: collectively and by surgical approach [open vs. lap/robotic (MIS)]...
May 17, 2017: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512170/deconstruction-of-interhospital-transfer-workflow-in-large-vessel-occlusion-real-world-data-in-the-thrombectomy-era
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Felix C Ng, Essie Low, Emily Andrew, Karen Smith, Bruce C V Campbell, Peter J Hand, Douglas E Crompton, Tissa Wijeratne, Helen M Dewey, Philip M Choi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Interhospital transfer is a critical component in the treatment of acute anterior circulation large vessel occlusive stroke transferred for mechanical thrombectomy. Real-world data for benchmarking and theoretical modeling are limited. We sought to characterize transfer workflow from primary stroke center (PSC) to comprehensive stroke center after the publication of positive thrombectomy trials. METHODS: Consecutive patients transferred from 3 high-volume PSCs to a single comprehensive stroke center between January 2015 and August 2016 were included in a retrospective study...
May 16, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511946/national-incidence-of-patient-safety-indicators-in-the-total-hip-arthroplasty-population
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Joseph E Tanenbaum, Derrick M Knapik, Glenn D Wera, Steven J Fitzgerald
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services use the incidence of patient safety indicators (PSIs) to determine health care value and hospital reimbursement. The national incidence of PSI has not been quantified in the total hip arthroplasty (THA) population, and it is unknown if patient insurance status is associated with PSI incidence after THA. METHODS: All patients in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) who underwent THA in 2013 were identified using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511884/the-impact-of-quality-variations-on-patients-undergoing-surgery-for-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-national-cancer-database-study
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Keith A Lawson, Olli Saarela, Robert Abouassaly, Simon P Kim, Rodney H Breau, Antonio Finelli
BACKGROUND: Despite efforts to define metrics assessing hospital-level quality for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) surgical care there remains a paucity of real-world data validating their ability to benchmark performance. Consequently, whether poor performance on hospital-level quality indicators is associated with inferior patient outcomes remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: To determine hospital-level variations in RCC surgical quality after adjusting for differences in patient- and tumor-specific factors...
May 13, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502726/utility-of-nist-whole-genome-reference-materials-for-the-technical-validation-of-a-multigene-next-generation-sequencing-test
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Bennett O V Shum, Ilya Henner, Daniele Belluoccio, Marcus J Hinchcliffe
The sensitivity and specificity of next-generation sequencing laboratory developed tests (LDTs) are typically determined by an analyte-specific approach. Analyte-specific validations use disease-specific controls to assess an LDT's ability to detect known pathogenic variants. Alternatively, a methods-based approach can be used for LDT technical validations. Methods-focused validations do not use disease-specific controls but use benchmark reference DNA that contains known variants (benign, variants of unknown significance, and pathogenic) to assess variant calling accuracy of an NGS workflow...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501372/exploring-global-recognition-of-quality-midwifery-education-vision-or-fiction
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Ans Luyben, Mary Barger, Melissa Avery, Kuldip Kaur Bharj, Rhona O'Connell, Valerie Fleming, Joyce Thompson, Della Sherratt
BACKGROUND: Midwifery education is the foundation for preparing competent midwives to provide a high standard of safe, evidence-based care for women and their newborns. Global competencies and standards for midwifery education have been defined as benchmarks for establishing quality midwifery education and practice worldwide. However, wide variations in type and nature of midwifery education programs exist. AIM: To explore and discuss the opportunities and challenges of a global quality assurance process as a strategy to promote quality midwifery education...
May 10, 2017: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499377/calculating-hospital-length-of-stay-using-the-hospital-episode-statistics-a-comparison-of-methodologies
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John Busby, Sarah Purdy, William Hollingworth
BACKGROUND: Accurate calculation of hospital length of stay (LOS) from the English Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) is important for a wide range of audit and research purposes. The two methodologies which are commonly used to achieve this differ in their accuracy and complexity. We compare these methods and make recommendations on when each is most appropriate. METHODS: We calculated LOS using continuous inpatient spells (CIPS), which link care spanning across multiple hospitals, and spells, which do not, for six conditions with short (dyspepsia or other stomach function, ENT infection), medium (dehydration and gastroenteritis, perforated or bleeding ulcer), and long (stroke, fractured proximal femur) average LOS...
May 12, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494683/what-is-clearance-worth-patients-stated-risk-tolerance-for-psoriasis-treatments
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Angelyn O Fairchild, Shelby D Reed, F Reed Johnson, Greg Anglin, Anne M Wolka, Rebecca A Noel
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to provide quantitative evidence of patients' tolerance for therapeutic risks associated with psoriasis treatments that could offer psoriasis improvements beyond the PASI 75 benchmark. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used a discrete-choice experiment in which respondents chose between competing psoriasis treatments characterized by benefits (ie, reduced plaque severity, reduced plaque area), risks (ie, 10-year risk of tuberculosis, 10-year risk of death from infection), and treatment regimen...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493965/assessing-the-greenhouse-gas-emissions-of-brazilian-soybean-biodiesel-production
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Carlos Eduardo Pellegrino Cerri, Xin You, Maurício Roberto Cherubin, Cindy Silva Moreira, Guilherme Silva Raucci, Bruno de Almeida Castigioni, Priscila Aparecida Alves, Domingos Guilherme Pellegrino Cerri, Francisco Fujita de Castro Mello, Carlos Clemente Cerri
Soybean biodiesel (B100) has been playing an important role in Brazilian energy matrix towards the national bio-based economy. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the most widely used indicator for assessing the environmental sustainability of biodiesels and received particular attention among decision makers in business and politics, as well as consumers. Former studies have been mainly focused on the GHG emissions from the soybean cultivation, excluding other stages of the biodiesel production. Here, we present a holistic view of the total GHG emissions in four life cycle stages for soybean biodiesel...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490556/maternal-alcohol-disorders-and-school-achievement-a-population-cohort-record-linkage-study-in-western-australia
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Sarah E Johnson, Colleen O'Leary, Carol Bower, David Lawrence, Nadia Cunningham, James Semmens, Stephen R Zubrick
OBJECTIVE: Maternal alcohol use disorder is a risk factor for a range of developmental outcomes in children. This study examines school achievement in children of Indigenous and non-Indigenous mothers with an alcohol-related diagnosis. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: This is a Western Australian population cohort study of mothers with a record of an alcohol-related diagnosis classified by the International Classification of Diseases Revisions 9/10 codes as recorded on administrative databases, and of their offspring born between 1989 and 2007 (n=18 486 exposed children), with a frequency matched comparison cohort of mothers with no record of alcohol diagnosis and their offspring (n=48 262 comparison children)...
May 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488058/-evaluating-the-maturity-of-it-supported-clinical-imaging-and-diagnosis-using-the-digital-imaging-adoption-model-are-your-clinical-imaging-processes-ready-for-the-digital-era
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REVIEW
J Studzinski
The Digital Imaging Adoption Model (DIAM) has been jointly developed by HIMSS Analytics and the European Society of Radiology (ESR). It helps evaluate the maturity of IT-supported processes in medical imaging, particularly in radiology. This eight-stage maturity model drives your organisational, strategic and tactical alignment towards imaging-IT planning. The key audience for the model comprises hospitals with imaging centers, as well as external imaging centers that collaborate with hospitals. The assessment focuses on different dimensions relevant to digital imaging, such as software infrastructure and usage, workflow security, clinical documentation and decision support, data exchange and analytical capabilities...
May 9, 2017: Der Radiologe
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