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Leonie Segal, Claire Marsh, Rob Heyes
OBJECTIVES: We explored the real cost of training the workforce in a range of primary health care professions in Australia with a focus on the impact of retention to contribute to the debate on how best to achieve the optimal health workforce mix. METHODS: The cost to train an entry-level health professional across 12 disciplines was derived from university fees, payment for clinical placements and, where relevant, cost of internship, adjusted for student drop-out...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
Jennifer G Jetton, Mark Sorenson
Both acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are seen more frequently in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as advances in supportive care improve the survival of critically ill infants as well as those with severe, congenital kidney and urinary tract anomalies. Many aspects of the infant's care, including fluid balance, electrolyte and mineral homeostasis, acid-base balance, and growth and nutrition require close monitoring by and collaboration among neonatologists, nephrologists, dieticians, and pharmacologists...
October 6, 2016: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
J L Pedersen, P U Pedersen, E M Damsgaard
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effects of two nutritional follow-up interventions with regard to preventing short-term deterioration in ADL, and to compare their effects on physical function, emotional health, and health-related quality of life. DESIGN: Randomized clinical trial with two intervention groups and one control group, and a follow-up period of eight weeks. SETTING: Intervention in the participants' homes after discharge from hospital...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Jan Hau Lee, Elizabeth Rogers, Yek Kee Chor, Rujipat Samransamruajkit, Pei Lin Koh, Mohamad Miqdady, Ali Ibrahim Al-Mehaidib, Antonius Pudjiadi, Sunit Singhi, Nilesh M Mehta
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Current practices and available resources for nutrition therapy in paediatric intensive care units (PICUs) in the Asia Pacific-Middle East region are expected to differ from western countries. Existing guidelines for nutrition management in critically ill children may not be directly applicable in this region. This paper outlines consensus statements developed by the Asia Pacific-Middle East Consensus Working Group on Nutrition Therapy in the Paediatric Critical Care Environment...
December 2016: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
G Di Nardo, C Di Lorenzo, A Lauro, V Stanghellini, N Thapar, T B Karunaratne, U Volta, R De Giorgio
BACKGROUND: Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIPO) represents the most severe form of gastrointestinal dysmotility with debilitating and potentially lethal consequences. Symptoms can be non-specific, and result in this condition being diagnosed incorrectly or too late with consequences for morbidity and even mortality. PURPOSE: The present article aims to provide pediatric and adult gastroenterologists with an up to date review about clinical features, diagnosis and therapeutic options for CIPO...
September 29, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Anne-Sophie Dolez, Azahara Alcantara, Romain Mouny
The Montévrain clinic wants to be a medical center oriented towards autonomy and recovery of patient autonomy, reintegration within the family, as well as social and professional reintegration. After studying the care offer and the population base in Seine et Marne, we wanted to get involved in order to improve the capacity of patients treated for breast cancer, suffering deconditioning, with or without joint limitation and functional impairment, with or without a mental deterioration. We studied the recommendations of the "plan cancer III", researched the tertiary phase of cancer treatment and studied literature about evaluation of the physical and mental condition...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
L B Grabenhenrich, A Reich, J Bellach, V Trendelenburg, A B Sprikkelman, G Roberts, K E C Grimshaw, S Sigurdardottir, M L Kowalski, N G Papadopoulos, S Quirce, R Dubakiene, B Niggemann, M Fernández-Rivas, B Ballmer-Weber, R van Ree, S Schnadt, E N C Mills, T Keil, K Beyer
BACKGROUND: The conduct of oral food challenges as the preferred diagnostic standard for food allergy (FA) was harmonized over the last years. However, documentation and interpretation of challenge results, particularly in research settings, are not sufficiently standardized to allow valid comparisons between studies. Our aim was to develop a diagnostic toolbox to capture and report clinical observations in double-blind placebo-controlled food challenges (DBPCFC). METHODS: A group of experienced allergists, paediatricians, dieticians, epidemiologists and data managers developed generic case report forms and standard operating procedures for DBPCFCs and piloted them in three clinical centres...
September 27, 2016: Allergy
Mithilesh Dronavalli, Manavi M Bhagwat, Sandy Hamilton, Marisa Gilles, Jacquie Garton-Smith, Sandra C Thompson
Patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) require ongoing treatment and support from their primary care provider to modify cardiovascular risk factors (including diet, exercise and mood), to receive evidence-based pharmacotherapies and be properly monitored and to ensure their take-up and completion of cardiac rehabilitation (CR). This study assesses adherence to National Heart Foundation guidelines for ACS in primary care in a regional centre in Western Australia. Patients discharged from hospital after a coronary event (unstable angina or myocardial infarction) or a coronary procedure (stent or coronary artery bypass graft) were identified through general practice electronic medical records...
September 20, 2016: Australian Journal of Primary Health
Irene A Kretchy, Harry A Okere, Joseph Osafo, Barima Afrane, Joseph Sarkodie, Philip Debrah
OBJECTIVE: Integrative medicine refers to ongoing efforts to combine the best of conventional and evidence-based complementary therapies. While this effort for collaboration is increasing, traditional complementary and alternative medicine (TM-CAM) remains poorly integrated into the current healthcare system of Ghana. At present, it is not clear if practitioners of mainstream medicine favor integrative medicine. The present study, therefore, sought to explore the perceptions of conventional healthcare professionals on integrative medicine...
September 2016: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Kate Fife, Robert Herd, Susan Lalondrelle, Ruth Plummer, Amy Strong, Sarah Jones, John T Lear
Basal cell carcinomas are the most common form of skin cancer. Some develop into advanced cases not suitable for standard therapy. Vismodegib is the first-in-class oral hedgehog pathway inhibitor (which is dysregulated in 90% of basal cell carcinomas), and has demonstrated efficacy for advanced disease in clinical trials. An UK expert panel met to discuss management strategies for adverse events associated with vismodegib (most commonly taste disturbances, muscle cramps and alopecia). Managing patient expectations and implementing treatment breaks were considered important strategies...
September 19, 2016: Future Oncology
Giulia Gattere, Alexander Stojanovic-Pérez, Rosa Monseny, Lourdes Martorell, Laura Ortega, Itziar Montalvo, Montse Solé, María José Algora, Ángel Cabezas, Rebecca M Reynolds, Elisabet Vilella, Javier Labad
AIM: The brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a major participant in the regulation of food intake and may play a role in the regulation of the stress response. We aimed to investigate whether there is a gene-environment interaction in the relationship between stress and BDNF Val66Met polymorphism in relation to dietary patterns in a sample of subjects with early psychosis. METHODS: We studied 124 early psychotic disorder (PD) patients, 36 At-Risk Mental States (ARMS) and 62 healthy subjects (HS)...
September 15, 2016: Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Anita MacDonald, T Alexander Smith, Shamika de Silva, Veronica Alam, Jeanni M T van Loon
INTRODUCTION: Management of phenylketonuria (PKU) is mainly achieved through strict dietary control that aims to limit the intake of phenylalanine (Phe). Adherence to this diet is burdensome due to the need for specially prepared low-Phe meals and regular monitoring of Phe concentrations. A UK cross-sectional study was conducted to identify the personal time and monetary burden associated with aspects of the PKU lifestyle for caregivers of children (aged < 18 years) living with PKU...
December 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
Mary-Anne Aarts, Nardhana Sivapalan, Seyed-Ehsan Nikzad, Kristin Serodio, Sanjeev Sockalingam, Lesley Gotlib Conn
BACKGROUND: Failure to follow-up post-bariatric surgery has been associated with higher postoperative complications, lower percentage weight loss and poorer nutrition. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to understand the patient follow-up experience in order to optimize follow-up care within a comprehensive bariatric surgery program. METHODS: Qualitative telephone interviews were conducted in patients who underwent surgery through a publically funded multidisciplinary bariatric surgery program in 2011, in Ontario, Canada...
September 7, 2016: Obesity Surgery
I San Mauro Martin, S Brachero, E Garicano Vilar
BACKGROUND: Present in several types of food, bioactive amines are described as organic bases of low molecular weight, which constitute a potential health risk. An awareness of amine levels in foods today is therefore important in relation to food safety and patient care. This review aims to emphasise the need to unify the information on the content of biogenic amines in foods and prevent patients' misunderstanding. METHODS: Selective literature search for relevant publications in PubMed and other scientific data bases combined with further data from the World Wide Web on histamine and other amines content in foods...
September 2016: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
Tilley Pain, Gail Kingston, Janet Askern, Rebecca Smith, Sandra Phillips, Leanne Bell
BACKGROUND: Inpatient care is dependent upon the effective transfer of clinical information across multiple professions. However, documented patient clinical information generated by different professions is not always successfully transferred between them. One obstacle to successful information transfer may be the reader's perception of the information, which is framed in a particular professional context, rather than the information per se. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this research was to investigate how different health professionals perceive allied health documentation and to investigate how clinicians of all experience levels across medicine, nursing and allied health perceive and use allied health notes to inform their decision-making and treatment of patients...
August 29, 2016: HIM Journal
Emine Türkmen, Selvet Sevinç, Marziye İlhan
BACKGROUND: International and national standards for ICUs have been developed to ensure patient safety and provide effective and efficient service in these units. However, global economic crises along with shortages in professional health care staff affect the ability of ICUs to meet and maintain these standards. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to ascertain whether the equipment and workforce in intensive care units (ICUs) in Turkish hospitals meet current ICU standards...
September 2016: Nursing in Critical Care
Raquel Farias-Moeller, Luca Bartolini, Archana Pasupuleti, R D Brittany Cines, Amy Kao, Jessica L Carpenter
BACKGROUND: Super-refractory status epilepticus (SRSE) ensues when there is no improvement of seizure control in response to anesthetic therapy or seizure recurrence after reduction of anesthetic agents. There is no consensus on standard of care for SRSE. Ketogenic diet (KD) has reported success, but technical challenges exist including inability to feed patients, concomitant steroid use, acidotic states, and lack of dieticians with experience. The optimal protocol for KD is yet to be determined...
August 23, 2016: Neurocritical Care
Karen Whitfield, Claudia Barkeij, Angela North
AIM: To present a case of an extremely premature infant and the role that the specialist neonatal pharmacist has on the quality of care of these patients. METHOD: Interventions and recommendations made by the pharmacists over the admission of a triplet born at 23 weeks and 5 days gestation were recorded. The type of interventions were categorised and classified for risk using a consequence/probability matrix.1 RESULTS: The patient required admission to the intensive care unit and subsequently the special care unit for a period of 163 days before discharge home...
September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Rebecca Riddell, Anthony Lewis, David Tuthill
AIM: To produce a leaflet for parents and carers of children receiving parenteral nutrition (PN) explaining:▸ What PN is▸ Why it is given▸ How it will be given▸ Risks & Complications▸ Other useful information▸ Nutrition team contact informationCurrent practice is for the nutrition team pharmacist to give a verbal account of the above information to parents/carers. It was felt that providing this information in a written format would introduce consisitency and allow parents/carers more time to take information on board...
September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Shilpi Ajwani, Sumedh Jayanti, Nadia Burkolter, Craig Anderson, Sameer Bhole, Rhonda Itaoui, Ajesh George
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This paper aims to identify current evidence on the role of nurses and allied health professionals in the oral health management of stroke patients, detailing their current knowledge, attitudes and practices and the potential benefits of an integrated oral care program. BACKGROUND: Stroke has disabling oral health effects, such as dysphagia and hindered brushing due to upper limb hemiparesis. Together, these can increase bacterial load, increasing risk of pneumonia...
August 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
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