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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028756/financial-performance-of-hospitals-in-the-mississippi-delta-region-under-the-hospital-readmissions-reduction-program-and-hospital-value-based-purchasing-program
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Hsueh-Fen Chen, Saleema Karim, Fei Wan, Adrienne Nevola, Michael E Morris, T Mac Bird, J Mick Tilford
BACKGROUND: Previous studies showed that the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) and the Hospital Value-based Purchasing Program (HVBP) disproportionately penalized hospitals caring for the poor. The Mississippi Delta Region (Delta Region) is among the most socioeconomically disadvantaged areas in the United States. The financial performance of hospitals in the Delta Region under both HRRP and HVBP remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To compare the differences in financial performance under both HRRP and HVBP between hospitals in the Delta Region (Delta hospitals) and others in the nation (non-Delta hospitals)...
November 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028375/health-disparities-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-blueprint-for-action-an-official-american-thoracic-society-statement
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Arunabh Talwar, Joe G N Garcia, Halley Tsai, Matthew Moreno, Tim Lahm, Roham T Zamanian, Roberto Machado, Steven M Kawut, Mona Selej, Stephen Mathai, Laura Hoyt D'Anna, Sonu Sahni, Erik J Rodriquez, Richard Channick, Karen Fagan, Michael Gray, Jessica Armstrong, Josanna Rodriguez Lopez, Vinicio de Jesus Perez
BACKGROUND: Health disparities have a major impact in the quality of life and clinical care received by minorities in the United States. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare cardiopulmonary disorder that affects children and adults and that, if untreated, results in premature death. The impact of health disparities in the diagnosis, treatment, and clinical outcome of patients with PAH has not been systematically investigated. OBJECTIVES: The specific goals of this research statement were to conduct a critical review of the literature concerning health disparities in PAH, identify major research gaps and prioritize direction for future research...
October 15, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028226/large-funding-inflows-limited-local-capacity-and-emerging-disease-control-priorities-a-situational-assessment-of-tuberculosis-control-in-myanmar
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Mishal S Khan, Sara Schwanke-Khilji, Joanne Yoong, Zaw Myo Tun, Samantha Watson, Richard James Coker
There are numerous challenges in planning and implementing effective disease control programmes in Myanmar, which is undergoing internal political and economic transformations whilst experiencing massive inflows of external funding. The objective of our study-involving key informant discussions, participant observations and linked literature reviews-was to analyse how tuberculosis (TB) control strategies in Myanmar are influenced by the broader political, economic, epidemiological and health systems context using the Systemic Rapid Assessment conceptual and analytical framework...
October 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025786/disparity-between-nephrologists-opinions-and-contemporary-practices-for-community-follow-up-after-aki-hospitalization
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Divya J Karsanji, Neesh Pannu, Braden J Manns, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, Zhi Tan, Kailash Jindal, Nairne Scott-Douglas, Matthew T James
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Recent guidelines suggest that patients should be evaluated after AKI for resolution versus progression of CKD. There is uncertainty as to the role of nephrologists in this process. The objective of this study was to compare the follow-up recommendations from nephrologists with contemporary processes of care for varying scenarios of patients hospitalized with AKI. DESIGN, SETTING PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We surveyed Canadian nephrologists using a series of clinical vignettes of patients hospitalized with severe AKI and asked them to rank their likelihood of recommending follow-up for each patient after hospital discharge...
October 12, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025635/how-ethiopia-achieved-millennium-development-goal-4-through-multisectoral-interventions-a-countdown-to-2015-case-study
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Jenny Ruducha, Carlyn Mann, Neha S Singh, Tsegaye D Gemebo, Negussie S Tessema, Angela Baschieri, Ingrid Friberg, Taddese A Zerfu, Mohammed Yassin, Giovanny A Franca, Peter Berman
BACKGROUND: 3 years before the 2015 deadline, Ethiopia achieved Millennium Development Goal 4. The under-5 mortality decreased 69%, from 205 deaths per 1000 livebirths in 1990 to 64 deaths per 1000 livebirths in 2013. To understand the underlying factors that contributed to the success in achieving MDG4, Ethiopia was selected as a Countdown to 2015 case study. METHODS: We used a set of complementary methods to analyse progress in child health in Ethiopia between 1990 and 2014...
November 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024027/rural-disparities-in-alzheimer-s-disease-related-community-pharmacy-care-in-the-united-states
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Paul Jacob Henkel, Marketa Marvanova
PURPOSE: To examine the relationship between area population density and community pharmacy-based Alzheimer's Disease (AD)-related services: pharmacists' medication knowledge and counseling, immunizations, and in-stock cognitive enhancers in 3 predominantly rural regions of the United States. METHODS: A standardized interview was administered by telephone to a 100% sample of community pharmacies in 3 areas: Northern California/Southern Oregon (n = 206), North and South Dakota (n = 278), and West Virginia (n = 420)...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023745/prevention-of-tooth-loss-and-dental-pain-for-reducing-the-global-burden-of-oral-diseases
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Susan Hyde, Veronique Dupuis, Boipelo P Mariri, Sophie Dartevelle
Population ageing is a global phenomenon and is predicted to become one of the most significant social transformations of the 21st century. The anticipated demographic shift provides governments the opportunity to proactively align policies with the estimated demands for housing, transportation, social protection, and health and well-being. Oral health is a fundamental component of health and physical and mental well-being, and is influenced by the individual's changing experience, perceptions, expectations and ability to adapt to circumstances...
September 2017: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023741/oral-healthcare-systems-for-an-ageing-population-concepts-and-challenges
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Elisa M Ghezzi, Keita Kobayashi, Deok-Young Park, Patcharawan Srisilapanan
Oral healthcare systems (OHCS) are designed to maintain the health and function through Communication (Health promotion and education), Prevention, Assessment and Diagnosis, and Treatment. The complexity of these OHCS functions for the ageing are described utilizing the spectrum of dependency of the Seattle Care Pathway framework. Barriers and disparities which challenge the development of OHCS for the ageing can be universal but often vary between developed and developing countries. Recognizing that oral diseases are largely preventable, strategies to improve OHCS must be targeted locally, nationally, and internationally at oral health policy, education, research, and clinical care...
September 2017: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023431/hiv-care-outcomes-among-hispanics-or-latinos-with-diagnosed-hiv-infection-united-states-2015
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Zanetta Gant, Andre Dailey, Xiaohong Hu, Anna Satcher Johnson
Data from CDC's National HIV Surveillance System (NHSS)* are used to monitor progress toward achieving national goals set forth in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention's Strategic Plan (1) and other federal directives(†) for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, care, and treatment outcomes and HIV-related disparities in the United States. Recent data indicate that Hispanics or Latinos(§) are disproportionately affected by HIV infection. Hispanics or Latinos living with diagnosed HIV infection have lower levels of care and viral suppression than do non-Hispanic whites but higher levels than those reported among blacks or African Americans (2)...
October 13, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023244/integrating-training-in-quality-improvement-and-health-equity-in-graduate-medical-education-two-curricula-for-the-price-of-one
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Jaya Aysola, Jennifer S Myers
A recent call to address health care disparities has come from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's (ACGME's) Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program. The CLER program aspires that faculty and residents will identify the disparities among the patient populations they serve and engage in quality improvement (QI) activities designed to address them. In this Perspective, the authors provide a framework for integrating QI and health equity principles in graduate medical education in order to meet these ACGME expectations...
October 11, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023180/trends-in-early-prenatal-care-among-women-with-pre-existing-diabetes-have-income-disparities-changed
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Khadijah Breathett, Jessica Filley, Madhaba Pandey, Nayanjot Rai, Pamela N Peterson
BACKGROUND: Women with pre-existing diabetes are at high maternal risk for comorbidities and death, particularly when early prenatal care is not received. Low income is a known barrier to early prenatal care. It is unknown whether recent policies to expand access to prenatal care have reduced income disparities. We hypothesized that income disparities would be minimized and that the odds of receipt of first trimester prenatal care among women with pre-existing diabetes would become similar across income strata over time...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022839/the-audacity-of-engagement-hearing-directly-from-young-adults-with-cancer-on-their-attitudes-and-perceptions-of-cancer-survivorship-and-cancer-survivorship-research
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Catherine Benedict, David Victorson, Brad Love, Dave Fuehrer, Allison Lazard, Adam J Saffer, Thea Linscott, Matthew Zachary
BACKGROUND: Young adult (YA) cancer survivors have been historically under-represented in cancer survivorship research, which has contributed to more disparate health outcomes compared with young and older cancer survivors. Using qualitative methods, this study explored YAs' perceptions of cancer survivorship and identified YA-specific barriers and preferences for participation in cancer survivorship research. METHODS: Individual interviews and focus groups were conducted with YA cancer survivors (N = 19) attending a patient-focused oncology conference...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019633/behavioral-health-disparities-among-children-and-youth-with-special-health-care-needs
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Anne Elizabeth Glassgow, Benjamin Van Voorhees
The burden of mental health morbidity, disability, and mortality in children is not equally distributed across populations in the United States. The consequence is widespread differences in health status between certain groups of children that result in systematic behavioral health disparities. In the US, an estimated 12.8% of children (9.4 million) have a special health care need. Mental, emotional, and behavioral problems and disorders are widespread among children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), but are often undetected and untreated despite the adverse consequences to children throughout the life course...
October 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019632/racial-and-ethnic-health-disparities-and-trauma-informed-care-for-children-exposed-to-community-violence
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Bradley C Stolbach, Seeba Anam
Racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes and access have been consistently documented for a wide variety of physical and behavioral health conditions. Health inequities are most pronounced in areas with high levels of racial and ethnic segregation, where children and adolescents are also more likely to face economic inequality, which places them at high risk for exposure to neighborhood violence and traumatic loss. Community violence exposure (CVE) has been increasingly recognized as a prominent contributor to negative physical and mental health outcomes...
October 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019631/disparities-in-life-course-outcomes-for-transition-aged-youth-with-disabilities
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Kruti Acharya, Regina Meza, Michael E Msall
Close to 750,000 youth with special health care needs transition to adult health care in the United States every year; however, less than one-half receive transition-planning services. Using the "F-words" organizing framework, this article explores life course outcomes and disparities in transition-aged youth with disabilities, with a special focus on youth with autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Despite the importance of transition, a review of the available literature revealed that (1) youth with disabilities continue to have poor outcomes in all six "F-words" domains (ie, function, family, fitness, fun, friends, and future) and (2) transition outcomes vary by race/ethnicity and disability...
October 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019630/prolonged-hospital-discharge-for-children-with-technology-dependency-a-source-of-health-care-disparities
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Sarah A Sobotka, Rishi K Agrawal, Michael E Msall
Children with ventilator assistance have been supported in living at home since 1981 when parental advocacy ushered in a change to Medicaid policy. As the population of children who use medical technology such as long-term ventilation increases, we must critically evaluate our systems for preparing families for home life. Discharge delays persist in the modern era because of fragmentation between hospital and home systems. These discharge delays result in children spending time in less developmentally rich environments, further exacerbating the health and development disparities of children with complex disabilities...
October 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019048/parental-action-and-referral-patterns-in-spatial-clusters-of-childhood-autism-spectrum-disorder
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David Schelly, Patricia Jiménez González, Pedro J Solís
Sociodemographic factors have long been associated with disparities in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis. Studies that identified spatial clustering of cases have suggested the importance of information about ASD moving through social networks of parents. Yet there is no direct evidence of this mechanism. This study explores the help-seeking behaviors and referral pathways of parents of diagnosed children in Costa Rica, one of two countries in which spatial clusters of cases have been identified. We interviewed the parents of 54 diagnosed children and focused on social network connections that influenced parents' help seeking and referral pathways that led to assessment...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016514/disparities-in-care-for-publicly-insured-women-with-pregestational-diabetes
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Sarah Rae Easter, Emily W Rosenthal, Emma Morton-Eggleston, Nawal Nour, Ruth Tuomala, Chloe A Zera
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association among public health insurance, preconception care, and pregnancy outcomes in pregnant women with pregestational diabetes. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort of pregnant women with pregestational type 1 or type 2 diabetes from 2006 to 2011 in Massachusetts-a state with universal insurance coverage since 2006. Women delivering after 24 weeks of gestation and receiving endocrinology and obstetric care in a multidisciplinary clinic were included...
October 6, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016436/trends-and-disparities-in-cervical-spine-fusion-procedures-utilization-in-the-new-york-state
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Rui Feng, Mark Finkelstein, Khawaja Bilal, Eric K Oermann, Michael Palese, John Caridi
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review of the Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System database of the New York State. OBJECTIVE: This study examined the rate of increase of cervical spine fusion procedures at low-, medium-, and high-volume hospitals, and analyzed racial and socioeconomic characteristics of the patient population treated at these three volume categories. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: There has been a steady increase in spinal fusion procedures performed each year in the US, especially cervical and lumbar fusion...
October 9, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016396/state-variation-in-quality-outcomes-and-disparities-in-outcomes-in-community-health-centers
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Megan B Cole, Ira B Wilson, Amal N Trivedi
BACKGROUND: Prior studies have reported that community health centers perform as well as other sites of care, despite serving more vulnerable patient populations. However, there is little prior study of geographic variation in quality outcomes and disparities in outcomes in this setting. Quantifying geographic variation is important so as to target quality improvement efforts and funding and to learn from states where total quality is highest and racial/ethnic disparities are lowest. OBJECTIVES: To estimate between-state variation in hypertension, diabetes, and pregnancy outcomes and racial/ethnic disparities in these outcomes for health center patients...
October 9, 2017: Medical Care
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