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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806035/a-primer-on-diagnostic-and-financial-implications-of-d-dimer-testing
#1
Kalyan Chakravarthy Potu, Sujithasree Ketineni, Randall Lamfers
Given the high incidence of deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism (DVT/PE) (300,000 to 600,000 per year in the U.S.) and the 30 percent mortality rate associated with undiagnosed PE, diagnostic evaluation is very important. One of the tools used to evaluate for DVT and PE is D-dimer testing. A negative D-dimer test, along with a low Wells clinical probability score, can safely rule out DVT/PE without the need for additional imaging. This approach can reduce cost; however, D-dimer testing is not indicated in all patients...
September 2016: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803827/caring-for-the-caregiver-supporting-families-of-youth-with-special-health-care-needs
#2
Mariecel Pilapil, Daniel J Coletti, Cindy Rabey, David DeLaet
Caregivers of youth with special health care needs (YSHCN) are a critical part of the health care team. It is important for pediatric providers to be cognizant of the burden and strain caregiving can create. This article will discuss the health, psychological, social, and financial effects of caregiving, as well as strategies to screen for caregiver strain among families of YSHCN. Caregivers of YSHCN, for example, are more likely to report poor health status and demonstrate higher rates of depression and anxiety...
August 10, 2017: Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803446/urinary-tract-infections-due-to-esbl-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-renal-transplant-recipients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#3
Michail Alevizakos, Dimitrios Nasioudis, Eleftherios Mylonakis
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common infectious complications among renal transplant recipients (RTR). UTIs caused by extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE) have been associated with inferior clinical outcomes and increased financial burden. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis by searching through the PubMed and EMBASE databases (to May 20, 2016) and identifying studies that reported data on the number of RTR who developed an ESBL-PE UTI...
August 13, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802366/formula-for-the-prediction-of-apnea-hypopnea-index-in-children-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-without-polysomnography-according-to-the-clinical-parameters-is-it-reliable
#4
Zlatko Kljajić, Željka Roje, Kristijan Bečić, Vesna Čapkun, K Vilović, Petar Ivanišević, Eugenija Marušić
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The aim of the study was to propose "the risk formula" for obstructive sleep apnea in children according to the general and local clinical parameters and findings relevant for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) severity. The unmet need for this formula arises from the economic burden of polysomnography (device, staff, training, special sleep centers, etc) as the golden standard for the diagnostics. MATERIALS AND METHODS USED: The study was performed from January 2013 until January 2016 in the Sleep Center, Department for Neuroscience, School of Medicine of the University of Split, Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Split, Croatia and ENT Dept...
September 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799310/venomous-snake-bite-in-india-why-do-50-000-indians-die-every-year
#5
Jaideep C Menon, Joseph K Joseph, Romulus E Whitaker
Snakebite is an occupational hazard causing considerable morbidity and mortality worldwide, particularly so in tropical countries like India. An estimated 50,000 Indians die due to venomous snakebite every year, seventy percent of whom are males between the ages of 20 to 50 years. Along with the associated morbidity and mortality, snakebite leads to a significant financial burden on the victim, both by way of hospital bills and labour hours lost. Snakebite is also a cause for considerable psychological stress among survivors...
August 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798294/comparative-study-of-recessive-spherical-headed-silicone-intubation-and-endonasal-dacryocystorhinostomy-under-nasal-endoscopy-for-nasolacrimal-duct-obstruction
#6
Hui-Yi Deng, Tao Wang, Xue-Kun Huang, Qin-Tai Yang, Shi-Qi Ling, Wei-Hao Wang, Mei-Jiao Li, Fang-Qin Ning, Ge-Hua Zhang
Between July 2014 and November 2015, we compared the curative effects and cost-effectiveness of two kinds of nasal endoscopic surgery for nasolacrimal duct obstruction (NLDO) in a single-centre, two-armed clinical trial with a 1-year follow-up. We included two groups: a recessive spherical headed silicone intubation (RSHSI) group and an endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy (En-DCR) group; both received nasal endoscopy. Patients were recruited from the Otorhinolaryngology and Ophthalmology departments. The main outcome measures were epiphora improvement (classified as cure, effective, or invalid), cost-effectiveness, visual analogue scale (VAS) intraoperative pain score, bleeding volume, operating time, hospitalisation time, total cost, and VAS postoperative epiphora score...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798272/perspectives-of-screening-eligible-women-and-male-partners-on-benefits-of-and-barriers-to-treatment-for-precancerous-lesions-and-cervical-cancer-in-kenya
#7
Kathleen R Ragan, Natasha Buchanan Lunsford, Judith Lee Smith, Mona Saraiya, Millicent Aketch
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is the leading cause of female cancer mortality in Kenya. Kenya's National Cervical Cancer Prevention Program Strategic Plan outlines efforts to reduce the burden; however, treatment services remain limited. This study identified male and female perspectives regarding benefits, facilitators, and barriers to treatment for precancerous lesions and cervical cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten focus groups were conducted in Nairobi and Nyanza in 2014 with females aged 25-49 years (n = 60) and male partners (n = 40)...
August 10, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797189/impact-of-pediatric-intensive-care-unit-admission-on-family-financial-status-and-productivity-a-pilot-study
#8
Maureen E Clark, Brian M Cummings, Karen Kuhlthau, Natalie Frassica, Natan Noviski
OBJECTIVE: A child's pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission may have wide-ranging family implications. We assessed nonmedical out-of-pocket expenses (NMOOPEs) and disruptions in work and normal life for parents with a child admitted to the PICU for at least 2 days with acute, new onset, or exacerbation of a critical condition. DESIGN: We conducted a prospective, single-center study; administered a daily verbal response survey on NMOOPEs; stratified families by annual income (<$50 999, $51-99 000, >$100 000); and calculated daily expenditures (DEs), estimated daily budgets (DBs), and percentage of NMOOPEs (%DE/DB)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795919/a-qualitative-appraisal-of-stakeholder-reactions-to-a-tool-for-burden-of-disease-based-health-system-budgeting-in-ghana
#9
John Koku Awoonor-Williams, Margaret L Schmitt, Janet Tiah, Joyce Ndago, Rofina Asuru, Ayaga A Bawah, James F Phillips
Background In 2010, the Ghana Health Service launched a program of cooperation with the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare that was designed to adapt Tanzania's PLANREP budgeting and reporting tool to Ghana's primary health care program. The product of this collaboration is a system of budgeting, data visualization, and reporting that is known as the District Health Planning and Reporting Tool (DiHPART). Objective This study was conducted to evaluate the design and implementation processes (technical, procedures, feedback, maintenance, and monitoring) of the DiHPART tool in northern Ghana...
December 2016: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795363/fibroblast-growth-factor-type-1-fgf1-overexpressed-adipose-derived-mesenchaymal-stem-cells-ad-msc-fgf1-induce-neuroprotection-and-functional-recovery-in-a-rat-stroke-model
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Hamed Ghazavi, Seyed Javad Hoseini, Alireza Ebrahimzadeh-Bideskan, Baratali Mashkani, Soghra Mehri, Ahmad Ghorbani, Kayvan Sadri, Elahe Mahdipour, Faezeh Ghasemi, Fatemeh Forouzanfar, Azar Hoseini, Ali Reza Pasdar, Hamid Reza Sadeghnia, Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan
Stroke, as the second most common cause of death, imposes a great financial burden on both the individual and society. Mesenchymal stem cells from rodents have demonstrated efficacy in experimental animal models of stroke due to enhanced neurological recovery. Since FGF1 (fibroblast growth factor 1) displays neuroprotective properties, for the first time, we investigated the effect of acute intravenous administration of FGF1 gene transfected adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cell (AD-MSC(FGF1)) on transient experimental ischemic stroke in rats...
August 9, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794822/overview-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-agonists-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Kelvin Lingjet Tran, Young In Park, Shalin Pandya, Navin John Muliyil, Brandon David Jensen, Kovin Huynh, Quang T Nguyen
BACKGROUND: It is estimated that 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the US population have diabetes, which contributes to considerable medical and financial burden. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is characterized by insulin resistance and insulin secretion impairment leading to hyperglycemia. The presence of insulin resistance is strongly correlated with obesity. OBJECTIVE: This article reviews the available glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists and their role in the management of patients with diabetes, to help guide the selection of the most suitable agent for the individualized treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes...
June 2017: American Health & Drug Benefits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793107/association-between-filial-responsibility-when-caring-for-parents-and-the-caregivers-overload
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Marinês Aires, Duane Mocellin, Fernanda Laís Fengler, Idiane Rosset, Naiana Oliveira Dos Santos, Diani de Oliveira Machado, Carolina Baltar Day, Lisiane Manganelli Girardi Paskulin
Objective: To analyze the association between filial responsibility and the overload of the children when caring for their older parents. Method: Cross-sectional study with 100 caregiver children of older adults. Filial liability was assessed by the attitudes of the responsible child (scale of expectation and filial duty) and by care behaviors (assistance in activities of daily living, emotional and financial support, and keeping company). The overload was assessed by the Caregiver Burden Inventory...
July 2017: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792822/topical-oxygenation-therapy-in-wound-care-are-patients-getting-enough
#13
Sharon Hunt
Wound management is a major burden on today's healthcare provider, both clinically with regard to available resources and financially. Most importantly, it has a significant impact on the patient's quality of life and experience. Within the field of wound care these pressures, alongside an ageing population, multiple comorbidities, disease processes and negative lifestyle choices, increase incidences of reduced skin integrity and challenging wounds. In an attempt to meet these challenges alternative, innovative therapies are being explored to support the wound healing process...
August 10, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792563/-initiating-an-antipsychotic-drug-treatment-for-schizophrenia-the-situation-in-quebec-canada-from-1998-to-2006
#14
Jean-Daniel Carrier, Lucie Blais, Alan Cohen, Josiane Courteau, Pasquale Roberge, Annie Larouche, Sylvain Grignon, Marie-Josée Fleury, Alain Lesage, Marie-France Demers, Marc-André Roy, André Delorme, Alain Vanasse
Objectives To describe factors associated with the following characteristics of the first prescription of an antipsychotic drug treatment (ADT): 1) prescribing physician type (psychiatrist vs. general practitioner); 2) second-generation vs. first-generation antipsychotic drug; 3) in conjunction with at least one additional antipsychotic drug (multitherapy); 4) never renewed by the patient.Methods This is a pharmacoepidemiologic study using administrative data from the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), the public healthcare insurer in Quebec, Canada...
2017: Santé Mentale Au Québec
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791843/ductal-carcinomas-in-situ-and-invasive-cancers-detected-on-screening-mammography-cost-effectiveness-of-initial-and-subsequent-rounds-of-population-based-program-2007-2014
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Bartłomiej Szynglarewicz, Rafał Matkowski
BACKGROUND: Potential benefits of screening need to be carefully balanced against the financial burden for the national health care system. OBJECTIVES: To assess the cost-effectiveness of population-based mammographic screening in the 3-million region of Lower Silesia (Poland) after initial and 3 subsequent rounds. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data was collected in a prospective manner using the databases of the official computer system for the monitoring of prophylaxis programs (SIMP), National Health Fund (Lower Silesia Regional Branch) and the Lower Silesia Cancer Registry...
March 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790468/management-of-the-infected-total-hip-arthroplasty
#16
D'jon Lopez, Isabel Leach, Elinor Moore, Alan R Norrish
In the United Kingdom approximately 80,000 total hip arthroplasties are undertaken on an average each year. The popularity and demand for this operation are continually increasing. Our understanding of arthroplasty surgery and its complications has evolved greatly, and as a result infection rates are undeniably at an all-time low. The increasing volume of operations being performed does, however, mean that we still continue to see an increased number of cases of infection. There is no doubt that periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) poses a complex clinical and diagnostic predicament to clinicians...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782599/ascertainment-of-unmet-needs-and-participation-in-health-maintenance-and-screening-of-adult-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-hct-survivors-followed-in-a-formal-survivorship-program
#17
Theresa Hahn, Pamela Paplham, Tammy Austin-Ketch, Yali Zhang, Jennifer Grimmer, Michael Burns, Sophia Balderman, Maureen Ross, Philip L McCarthy
This study aimed to ascertain unmet needs in autologous and allogeneic HCT recipients actively followed in an established long-term survivorship clinic at Roswell Park Cancer Institute from 2006-2012. The Survivor Unmet Needs Survey (SUNS) was mailed to 209 eligible patients and returned by 110 (53% participation rate). SUNS includes 89-items covering 5 domains: Emotional Health, Access and Continuity of Care, Relationships, Financial Concerns, and Information. The top five specific unmet needs for autologous HCT patients were: inability to set future goals/long-term plans; changes in appearance; bad memory/lacking focus; losing confidence in abilities; paying household or other bills...
August 4, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782467/current-and-under-development-treatment-modalities-of-psoriasis-a-review
#18
Abdul Albaghdadi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Psoriasis is a chronic and complex autoimmune inflammatory skin disease that affects over 125 million people worldwide. It can exhibit at any age, in spite of the fact that children are less normally influenced than adults. It is characterized by distinct erythematous plaques shielded with conspicuous silvery scales that shows up in different areas of the skin. Knowledge of pathophysiology, especially the pathogenesis of psoriasis, has significantly progressed in the recent decade...
August 4, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780563/implementing-a-multi-modal-support-service-model-for-the-family-caregivers-of-persons-with-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#19
Bamini Gopinath, Ashley Craig, Annette Kifley, Gerald Liew, Jaye Bloffwitch, Kim Van Vu, Nichole Joachim, Rob Cummins, Julie Heraghty, Timothy Broady, Alison Hayes, Paul Mitchell
INTRODUCTION: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness and low vision among older adults. Previous research shows a high prevalence of distress and disruption to the lifestyle of family caregivers of persons with late AMD. This supports existing evidence that caregivers are 'hidden patients' at risk of poor health outcomes. There is ample scope for improving the support available to caregivers, and further research should be undertaken into developing services that are tailored to the requirements of family caregivers of persons with AMD...
August 4, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774340/health-insurance-for-patients-with-hiv-aids-in-vietnam-coverage-and-barriers
#20
Quyen Le Thi Nguyen, Tuong Van Phan, Bach Xuan Tran, Long Hoang Nguyen, Chau Ngo, Huong Thi Thu Phan, Carl A Latkin
BACKGROUND: Health insurance (HI) plays an important role in ensuring the financial equity by the risk pooling mechanism and reducing the economic burden of healthcare for HIV/AIDS patients. However, there is a lack of evidence to clearly understand HI coverage in regard to people living with HIV (PLWH). We conducted this study to explore the coverage and barriers of HI among PLWH in Vietnam. METHODS: A cross- sectional study was conducted in multi-sites including 3 hospitals and 5 outpatient clinics in Hanoi and Nam Dinh in 2013...
August 3, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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