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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535563/the-effectiveness-and-safety-of-selective-lumbar-decompression-in-diagnostic-doubt-patients-a-retrospective-control-study
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Li Xiaochuan, Cheng-Fan Zhong, Jian-Hua Tang, Rong-Wei Liang, Shao-Jian Luo, Chun-Ming Huang
BACKGROUND: Our previous study demonstrated that selective nerve root block (SNRB) can influence decision-making in lumbar surgery by guiding the selection of nerve roots targeted for decompression in diagnostic doubt patients (DDPs). However, further studies were needed to determine whether this selective decompression (SD) procedure would result in similar clinical outcomes and reduce the perioperative parameters and postoperative complications as compared to the non-selective decompression (NSD) procedure...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535552/stem-cell-therapy-for-chronic-pain-management-review-of-uses-advances-and-adverse-effects
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Krishnan Chakravarthy, Yian Chen, Cathy He, Paul J Christo
BACKGROUND: This review article outlines the recent advances, uses, and adverse effects of cell-based therapy for chronic pain management. Cell based therapies are gaining increasing ground as novel treatment modalities for a variety of pain pathologies that include, but are not limited to, neuropathic pain and degenerative disc disease. As these treatment modalities become more common practice, we have focused our review to provide pain practitioners and other practicing physicians an understanding of the technology and to summarize key clinical data and existing clinical trials that are being pursued by clinical investigators worldwide...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535495/understanding-the-heterogeneity-of-cervical-cancer-screening-non-participants-data-from-a-national-sample-of-british-women
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Laura A V Marlow, Amanda J Chorley, Jessica Haddrell, Rebecca Ferrer, Jo Waller
BACKGROUND: Uptake of cervical cancer screening in the United Kingdom (UK) is falling year on year, and a more sophisticated understanding of non-participation may help design interventions to reverse this trend. This study ascertained the prevalence of different non-participant types using the Precaution Adoption Process Model (PAPM). METHODS: Home-based computer-assisted interviews were carried out with 3113 screening-eligible women in Britain. Survey items assessed self-reported screening uptake and intention to attend in future...
May 20, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535447/application-of-a-life-cycle-assessment-to-compare-environmental-performance-in-coal-mine-tailings-management
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Joni Safaat Adiansyah, Nawshad Haque, Michele Rosano, Wahidul Biswas
This study compares coal mine tailings management strategies using life cycle assessment (LCA) and land-use area metrics methods. Hybrid methods (the Australian indicator set and the ReCiPe method) were used to assess the environmental impacts of tailings management strategies. Several strategies were considered: belt filter press (OPT 1), tailings paste (OPT 2), thickened tailings (OPT 3), and variations of OPT 1 using combinations of technology improvement and renewable energy sources (OPT 1A-D). Electrical energy was found to contribute more than 90% of the environmental impacts...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535383/reward-prediction-error
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Wolfram Schultz
In this quick guide, Wolfram Schultz provides an introduction of reward prediction error, exploring the signal of dopamine neurons and describing its potential role in reward accumulation, decision-making and everyday life.
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535281/the-relationship-between-surface-area-and-volume-of-common-blow-fly-diptera-calliphoridae-oviposition-sites-and-carrion-body-mass
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V A Pacheco, K R Hans, S L VanLaerhoven
Female blow flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) demonstrate site preferences when ovipositing on carrion. Preference for oviposition sites is believed to reflect the suitability of the site such that the most preferred locations provide offspring with the greatest chance of survival. A number of factors might influence female choice, including area available for oviposition. For species known to aggregate during oviposition, the surface area of oviposition sites may be a key factor in the decision-making process...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535272/measures-of-financial-capacity-a-review
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Angela R Ghesquiere, Caitlin McAfee, Jason Burnett
Purpose of the Study: Capacity to manage finances and make financial decisions can affect risk for financial exploitation and is often the basis for legal determinations of conservatorship/guardianship. Several structured assessments of financial capacity have been developed, but have not been compared regarding their focus, validity, or reliability. Therefore, we conducted a review of financial capacity measures to examine these factors. Design and Methods: We searched electronic databases, reference lists in identified articles, conference proceedings and other grey literature for measures of financial capacity...
May 23, 2017: Gerontologist
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/28535105/the-importance-of-economic-perspective-and-quantitative-approaches-in-oncology-value-frameworks-of-drug-selection-and-shared-decision-making
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A Reginald Waldeck, Marc F Botteman, Richard E White, Ben A van Hout
The debate around value in oncology drug selection has been prominent in recent years, and several professional bodies have furthered this debate by advocating for so-called value frameworks. Herein, we provide a viewpoint on these value frameworks, emphasizing the need to consider 4 key aspects: (1) the economic underpinnings of value; (2) the importance of the perspective adopted in the valuation; (3) the importance of the difference between absolute and relative measures of risk and measuring patient preferences; and (4) the recognition of multiple quality-of-life (QoL) domains, and the aggregation and valuation of those domains, through utilities within a multicriteria decision analysis, may allow prioritization of QoL above the tallying of safety events, particularly in a value framework focusing on the individual patient...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535104/measuring-the-value-of-new-drugs-validity-and-reliability-of-4-value-assessment-frameworks-in-the-oncology-setting
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Tanya G K Bentley, Joshua T Cohen, Elena B Elkin, Julie Huynh, Arnab Mukherjea, Thanh H Neville, Matthew Mei, Ronda Copher, Russell Knoth, Ioana Popescu, Jackie Lee, Jenelle M Zambrano, Michael S Broder
BACKGROUND: Several organizations have developed frameworks to systematically assess the value of new drugs. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the convergent validity and interrater reliability of 4 value frameworks to understand the extent to which these tools can facilitate value-based treatment decisions in oncology. METHODS: Eight panelists used the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) frameworks to conduct value assessments of 15 drugs for advanced lung and breast cancers and castration-refractory prostate cancer...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535103/value-frameworks-for-the-patient-provider-interaction-a-comparison-of-the-asco-value-framework-versus-nccn-evidence-blocks-in-determining-value-in-oncology
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Bijal Shah-Manek, Joseph S Galanto, Huong Nguyen, Robert Ignoffo
BACKGROUND: To address the rising concern about oncology drug costs, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recently developed unique tools to help providers and patients make informed decisions about the value of an anticancer regimen. The ASCO Value Framework (AVF) allows users to generate a net health benefit (NHB) score along with drug acquisition costs for oncology regimens that have been compared in a prospective randomized clinical trial...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535102/why-value-framework-assessments-arrive-at-different-conclusions-a-multiple-myeloma-case-study
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Kimberly Westrich, Lisabeth Buelt, Robert W Dubois
As the United States transitions from a volume-based health care system to one that rewards value, new frameworks are emerging to help patients, providers, and payers assess the value of medical services and biopharmaceutical products. These value assessment frameworks are intended to support various types of health care decision making. They have the potential to substantially affect patients, whether as tools for shared decision making with their doctors, as an input to care pathways used by providers, or through payer use of the frameworks to make coverage or reimbursement decisions...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534892/minimizing-next-generation-sequencing-errors-for-hiv-drug-resistance-testing
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José A Fernández-Caballero, Natalia Chueca, Eva Poveda, Federico García
Next-generation sequencing prototypes for the routine diagnosis of resistance to antiretrovirals approved for the treatment of HIV infection are now being used in many clinical diagnostic laboratories. As some of the next-generation sequencing platforms may be a source of errors, it is necessary to improve the currently available protocols and implement bioinformatic tools that may help to correctly identify the presence of resistance mutations with clinical impact. Several studies have addressed these issues in recent years...
May 23, 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534789/boundary-eliminated-pseudoinverse-linear-discriminant-for-imbalanced-problems
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Yujin Zhu, Zhe Wang, Hongyuan Zha, Daqi Gao
Existing learning models for classification of imbalanced data sets can be grouped as either boundary-based or nonboundary-based depending on whether a decision hyperplane is used in the learning process. The focus of this paper is a new approach that leverages the advantage of both approaches. Specifically, our new model partitions the input space into three parts by creating two additional boundaries in the training process, and then makes the final decision based on a heuristic measurement between the test sample and a subset of selected training samples...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534706/analyses-of-thrombi-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-a-consensus-statement-on-current-knowledge-and-future-directions
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Simon F De Meyer, Tommy Andersson, Blaise Baxter, Martin Bendszus, Patrick Brouwer, Waleed Brinjikji, Bruce Cv Campbell, Vincent Costalat, Antoni Dávalos, Andrew Demchuk, Diederik Dippel, Jens Fiehler, Urs Fischer, Michael Gilvarry, Matthew J Gounis, Jan Gralla, Olav Jansen, Tudor Jovin, David Kallmes, Pooja Khatri, Kennedy R Lees, Elena López-Cancio, Charles Majoie, Henk Marquering, Ana Paula Narata, Raul Nogueira, Peter Ringleb, Adnan Siddiqui, István Szikora, David Vale, Rüdiger von Kummer, Albert J Yoo, Werner Hacke, David S Liebeskind
Limited data exist on clot composition and detailed characteristics of arterial thrombi associated with large vessel occlusion in acute ischemic stroke. Advances in endovascular thrombectomy and related imaging modalities have created a unique opportunity to analyze thrombi removed from cerebral arteries. Insights into thrombus composition, etiology, physical properties and neurovascular interactions may lead to future advancements in acute ischemic stroke treatment and improved clinical outcomes. Advances in imaging techniques may enhance clot characterization and inform therapeutic decision-making prior to treatment and reveal stroke etiology to guide secondary prevention...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534681/referral-of-older-thyroid-cancer-patients-to-a-high-volume-surgeon-results-of-a-multidisciplinary-physician-survey
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Maria Papaleontiou, Paul G Gauger, Megan R Haymart
OBJECTIVE: Surgical outcomes of thyroid cancer patients are improved with high-volume surgeons. However, age disparities in referral to specialist surgical centers still exist. The factors that influence decision-making regarding referral of older thyroid cancer patients to high-volume surgeons remain unknown. METHODS: We surveyed members of the Endocrine Society, American College of Physicians and American Academy of Family Practice. RESULTS: Overall, 270 physicians completed the survey...
May 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534548/-shared-decision-making-from-the-perspective-of-the-cancer-patient-participatory-roles-and-evaluation-of-the-process
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N Padilla Garrido, F Aguado Correa, M Ortega Moreno, J Bayo Calero, E Bayo Lozano
BACKGROUND: In Spain there is no clear knowledge about the degree to which Shared Decision Making (SDM) is carried out in the normal practice of oncology. Our article analyses the preferred role and the perceived role of oncological patients and measures the SDM process from their perspective. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Descriptive transversal study using a self-conducted questionnaire with patients with different types of cancer. To evaluate the role preferred and perceived by the patient we used The Control Preference Scales (CPS) and to measure SDM we used The nine-item Shared Decision Making Questionnaire (SDM-Q-9)...
April 30, 2017: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534462/associations-between-alcohol-dehydrogenase-genes-and-alcohol-use-across-early-and-middle-adolescence-moderation-%C3%A3-preventive-intervention
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H Harrington Cleveland, Gabriel L Schlomer, David J Vandenbergh, Pedro S A Wolf, Mark E Feinberg, Mark T Greenberg, Richard L Spoth, Cleve Redmond
Data from the in-school sample of the PROSPER preventive intervention dissemination trial were used to investigate associations between alcohol dehydrogenase genes and alcohol use across adolescence, and whether substance misuse interventions in the 6th and 7th grades (targeting parenting, family functioning, social norms, youth decision making, and peer group affiliations) modified associations between these genes and adolescent use. Primary analyses were run on a sample of 1,885 individuals and included three steps...
May 23, 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534296/anticipating-the-ethical-challenges-of-psychiatric-genetic-testing
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Paul S Appelbaum, Shawna Benston
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Genetic testing for mental illness is likely to become increasingly prevalent as the science behind it is refined. This article identifies anticipated ethical challenges for patients, psychiatrists, and genetic counselors and makes recommendations for addressing them. RECENT FINDINGS: Many of the ethical challenges of psychiatric genetic testing are likely to stem from failures to comprehend the nature and implications of test results. Recent studies have identified gaps in the knowledge base of psychiatrists and genetic counselors, which limit their abilities to provide patients with appropriate education...
July 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534277/how-do-small-groups-make-decisions-a-theoretical-framework-to-inform-the-implementation-and-study-of-clinical-competency-committees
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Saad Chahine, Sayra Cristancho, Jessica Padgett, Lorelei Lingard
In the competency-based medical education (CBME) approach, clinical competency committees are responsible for making decisions about trainees' competence. However, we currently lack a theoretical model for group decision-making to inform this emerging assessment phenomenon. This paper proposes an organizing framework to study and guide the decision-making processes of clinical competency committees.This is an explanatory, non-exhaustive review, tailored to identify relevant theoretical and evidence-based papers related to small group decision-making...
May 22, 2017: Perspectives on Medical Education
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