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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239177/radiotherapy-for-metastatic-breast-cancer-in-mexico-results-from-the-2015-national-survey
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Nora Álvarez-Águila, Hilary Cook, Diddier Prada, Aida Mota-García, Luis A Herrera, Alejandro Mohar-Betancourt, Abelardo Meneses-García, Felicia M Knaul
BACKGROUND: Radiation therapy is a keystone to improve survival and quality of life in breast cancer patients. In Mexico, however, scarce information is available on the obstacles faced by radio-oncologists to provide appropriate treatment. OBJECTIVE: To determine the most frequent issues faced by physicians to provide radiation therapy for metastatic breast cancer in Mexico. METHODS: A survey of 16 multiple-choice questions to be answered electronically by 167 radio-oncologists currently working in Mexico was designed and thereafter analyzed for differences between private and public practices, based on the responses from the surveyed participants...
January 2017: Revista de Investigación Clínica; Organo del Hospital de Enfermedades de la Nutrición
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236776/evolving-landscape-of-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-positive-breast-cancer-treatment-and-the-future-of-biosimilars
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REVIEW
Christian Jackisch, Philip Lammers, Ira Jacobs
Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive (HER2+) breast cancer comprises approximately 15%-20% of all breast cancers and is associated with a poor prognosis. The introduction of anti-HER2 therapy has significantly improved clinical outcomes for patients with HER2+ breast cancer, and multiple HER2-directed agents (ie, trastuzumab, pertuzumab, lapatinib, and ado-trastuzumab emtansine [T-DM1]) are approved for clinical use in various settings. The treatment landscape for patients with HER2+ breast cancer is continuing to evolve...
February 22, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229173/-how-do-asylum-seekers-experience-access-to-medical-care
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Anke Spura, Matthias Kleinke, Bernt-Peter Robra, Nadine Ladebeck
BACKGROUND: In Germany basic medical care for asylum seekers is organized outside the statutory health insurance system. Currently there are few empirically based statements on how asylum seekers experience their access to healthcare. The aim is therefore to evaluate their experiences with healthcare focussing on subjective health, utilisation and access to medical care, and experiences with medical care. METHODS: Between August and November 2015, we performed 16 qualitative problem-oriented guided interviews with asylum seekers, who received or sought medical care in Saxony-Anhalt...
February 22, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214181/-adult-immunisation-general-points-hot-topics-and-perspectives
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P Loubet, O Launay
Vaccination in immunocompetent adult mainly concerns booster vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, polio and pertussis. Some chronic diseases may also require the achievement of pneumococcal and influenza vaccines. In addition, from the age of 65, annual influenza vaccination as well as one dose of a live attenuated shingles vaccine between 64 and 75 years are recommended. Immunocompromised adults, due to the increased risk of serious infections responsible of significant morbidity and mortality, are particularly concerned by vaccination...
February 14, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213145/how-are-you-feeling-a-personalized-methodology-for-predicting-mental-states-from-temporally-observable-physical-and-behavioral-information
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Suppawong Tuarob, Conrad S Tucker, Soundar Kumara, C Lee Giles, Aaron L Pincus, David E Conroy, Nilam Ram
It is believed that anomalous mental states such as stress and anxiety not only cause suffering for the individuals, but also lead to tragedies in some extreme cases. The ability to predict the mental state of an individual at both current and future time periods could prove critical to healthcare practitioners. Currently, the practical way to predict an individual's mental state is through mental examinations that involve psychological experts performing the evaluations. However, such methods can be time and resource consuming, mitigating their broad applicability to a wide population...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213144/modeling-and-validating-hl7-fhir-profiles-using-semantic-web-shape-expressions-shex
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Harold R Solbrig, Eric Prud'hommeaux, Grahame Grieve, Lloyd McKenzie, Joshua C Mandel, Deepak K Sharma, Guoqian Jiang
BACKGROUND: HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is an emerging open standard for the exchange of electronic healthcare information. FHIR resources are defined in a specialized modeling language. FHIR instances can currently be represented in either XML or JSON. The FHIR and Semantic Web communities are developing a third FHIR instance representation format in Resource Description Framework (RDF). Shape Expressions (ShEx), a formal RDF data constraint language, is a candidate for describing and validating the FHIR RDF representation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195533/ethical-concerns-related-to-mandatory-reporting-of-sexual-violence
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N Jagadeesh, Padma Bhate-Deosthali, Sangeeta Rege
The provision of care for survivors of sexual violence is a medico-legal emergency. However, due to social issues, healthcare providers face several ethical and legal dilemmas when administering care to such survivors at hospitals. Added to these are the compulsions under mandatory reporting laws, which oblige healthcare providers to abide by the ethical commitments of care and treatment, and make it mandatory for them to report cases of sexual violence to the police, failing which they face legal sanctions...
November 25, 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185268/interventions-for-raising-breast-cancer-awareness-in-women
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REVIEW
Máirín O'Mahony, Harry Comber, Tony Fitzgerald, Mark A Corrigan, Eileen Fitzgerald, Elizabeth A Grunfeld, Maura G Flynn, Josephine Hegarty
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women globally. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer are key to better outcomes. Since many women will discover a breast cancer symptom themselves, it is important that they are breast cancer aware i.e. have the knowledge, skills and confidence to detect breast changes and present promptly to a healthcare professional. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of interventions for raising breast cancer awareness in women...
February 10, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180146/-i-think-we-ve-got-too-many-tests-prenatal-providers-reflections-on-ethical-and-clinical-challenges-in-the-practice-integration-of-cell-free-dna-screening
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B L Gammon, S A Kraft, M Michie, M Allyse
BACKGROUND: The recent introduction of cell-free DNA-based non-invasive prenatal screening (cfDNA screening) into clinical practice was expected to revolutionize prenatal testing. cfDNA screening for fetal aneuploidy has demonstrated higher test sensitivity and specificity for some conditions than conventional serum screening and can be conducted early in the pregnancy. However, it is not clear whether and how clinical practices are assimilating this new type of testing into their informed consent and counselling processes...
July 2016: Ethics, Medicine, and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178987/enhancing-the-reporting-of-implementation-research
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EDITORIAL
Paul M Wilson, Anne Sales, Michel Wensing, Gregory A Aarons, Signe Flottorp, Liz Glidewell, Alison Hutchinson, Justin Presseau, Anne Rogers, Nick Sevdalis, Janet Squires, Sharon Straus
In the 10 years since the inception of Implementation Science, we have witnessed a continued rise in the number of submissions received, reflecting the continued global interest in methods to enhance the uptake of research findings into healthcare practice and policy. We receive over 750 submissions annually, and there is now a large gap between what is submitted and what gets published. In this editorial, we restate the journal scope and current boundaries. We also identify some specific reporting issues that if addressed will help enhance the scientific reporting quality and transparency of the manuscripts we receive...
February 8, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170052/illicit-drug-policy-in-spain-the-opinion-of-health-and-legal-professionals
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Paola Rossi, Ester Blay, Víctor Costela, Marta Torrens
The high frequency of criminal behaviour and related legal problems associated with substance addiction generates a field of interaction between legal and healthcare systems. This study was developed as a multicentre project to investigate the opinions of professionals from legal and healthcare systems about policies on illegal drugs and their implementation in practice. A multiple choice questionnaire designed ad hoc was administered to a sample of 230 professionals from legal and healthcare fields working in the cities of Barcelona, Granada and Bilbao...
January 12, 2017: Adicciones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169144/the-legal-status-of-cannabis-marijuana-and-cannabidiol-cbd-under-u-s-law
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REVIEW
Alice Mead
In the United States, federal and state laws regarding the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids are in conflict and have led to confusion among patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers. Currently, cannabis is legal for medical purposes in 50% of the states, and another seventeen states allow products that are high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) for medical use. Many of these artisanal products are sold in dispensaries or over the internet. However, none of these products has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...
February 3, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168041/developing-and-testing-an-electronic-medication-administration-monitoring-device-for-community-dwelling-seniors-a-feasibility-study
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Henry Yu-Hin Siu, Dee Mangin, Michelle Howard, David Price, David Chan
BACKGROUND: Medication non-adherence, polypharmacy, and adverse drug events are major healthcare issues leading to significant morbidity, mortality, and healthcare expenditures. Currently, there are no methods to systematically track medication usage in community-dwelling seniors. The eDosette prototype was created to make medication use patterns visible via the Internet. This study aims to demonstrate feasibility, usability, and acceptability of the eDosette in community-dwelling seniors in primary care...
2017: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162042/the-syrian-public-health-and-humanitarian-crisis-a-displacement-in-global-governance
#14
Sumaira Akbarzada, Tim K Mackey
Ongoing failure by the international community to resolve the Syrian conflict has led to destruction of critical infrastructure. This includes the collapse of the Syrian health system, leaving millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in urgent need of healthcare services. As the conflict intensifies, IDP populations are suffering from infectious and non-communicable disease risks, poor maternal and child health outcomes, trauma, and mental health issues, while healthcare workers continually exit the country...
February 4, 2017: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157274/strategies-for-improving-adherence-to-antiepileptic-drug-treatment-in-people-with-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Sinaa Al-Aqeel, Olga Gershuni, Jawza Al-Sabhan, Mickael Hiligsmann
BACKGROUND: Poor adherence to antiepileptic medication is associated with increased mortality, morbidity and healthcare costs. In this review, we focus on interventions designed and tested in randomised controlled trials and quasi-randomised controlled trials to assist people with adherence to antiepileptic medication. This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in the Cochrane Library, Issue 1, 2010. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving adherence to antiepileptic medication in adults and children with epilepsy...
February 3, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157136/global-health-of-babies-and-children
#16
Susan Gennaro, Caitlin OʼConnor, Megan Marx
PURPOSE: We provide an overview of the health of neonates, infants, and children around the world. Issues in maximizing neonatal health are examined using the Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations as a framework. RECOMMENDATIONS: Interventions that can help optimize neonatal, infant, and child health in the future are reviewed, including increasing preventative healthcare (immunizations, malaria prevention, exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life), enhancing point-of-care interventions (including umbilical cord care, antenatal corticosteroids if preterm birth is anticipated, and antibiotic therapy), enhancing nutritional interventions (to decrease diarrheal diseases and decrease wasting, stunting, and underweight), and building systems capacityClinical Implications: In an increasingly global world where wars, climate change, civil unrest, and economic uncertainty all influence health, it is important that nurses understand global health problems common for neonates, infants, and children and current recommendations to enhance their health...
February 1, 2017: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156549/psychosocial-distress-in-vulnerable-patient-populations-what-happens-after-screening
#17
Margot Albert, Leslie Safier, Heather A Harris, Anne Kinderman
: 114 Background: The Commission on Cancer mandates psychosocial distress screening for patients with cancer, as well as documentation of referrals made to address sources of distress. Patients in safety net settings, who are vulnerable to significant economic and social stressors, may benefit from such screening; however, it is unclear if patients can access needed services and if their needs change over time. We examined the experience of cancer patients in an urban safety-net healthcare system to identify areas of improvement in the provision of support services...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152951/patient-perception-of-nighttime-noise-in-the-hospital-setting
#18
Lynette Peterson
: 258 Background: The national standard survey, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), measures the patient's perspective on hospital care. One area that continually evokes sub-optimal results is the 'quiet at night' measurement. Our investigation explored the patient's perception of nighttime "noise" in the hospital setting. METHODS: Patients in our medical surgical/telemetry floors subjectively evaluated the noise level at night...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152916/defining-user-needs-for-an-electronic-tool-to-improve-chemotherapy-related-toxicity-management
#19
Laura Parente, Anthony Soung Yee, Melanie Powis, Katherine Enright, Sonal Gandhi, Eva Grunfeld, Rashida Haq, Amna Husain, Monika K Krzyzanowska
: 157 Background: Cancer drugs are associated with toxicities which can negatively impact patients' (pts) quality of life, outcomes and increase acute care use (ACU). There is increasing interest in leveraging technology to solve clinical problems in healthcare. We hypothesized that an electronic tool (toxicity module) targeting management of chemotherapy toxicities could decrease ACU by facilitating more effective symptom management. METHODS: Participatory design methodology consisting of end user needs assessment through ethnographic field study (shadowing and in-depth interviews) and focus groups was used to inform design of an interactive prototype toxicity module...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152738/designing-and-implementing-a-payment-system-to-support-cancer-care-coordination-a-literature-review
#20
Chloe Gerves-Pinquie, Etienne Minvielle
: 40 Background: Demands for new payment systems to better coordinate services along the care continuum are emerging in oncology. Among them, bundling payments for defined episodes of care are considered as a promising payment option. The study objective was to understand how to develop an optimal payment system in order to foster coordination between hospitals and post-acute providers, and to identify potential pitfalls associated with its implementation. METHODS: We conducted a literature review, exploring articles published between 2010 and 2015 in Medline...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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