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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634619/implementation-of-li-rads-into-a-radiological-practice
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Stefan T Siedlikowski, Ania Z Kielar, Eleanor L Ormsby, Bijan Bijan, Christopher Kagay
Since its introduction in 2011, Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System (LI-RADS) has become an increasingly utilized method for radiologists to categorize lesions for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients at risk (American College of Radiology, www.acr.org/quality-safety/resources/lirads 2016). This overview article presents insight into methods of incorporating LI-RADS into an existing clinical practice, highlighting concrete ways to establish this system as a mainstay in any radiologist's evidence-based armamentarium...
June 20, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634517/introduction-of-a-quality-improvement-curriculum-in-the-department-of-internal-medicine-lincoln-medical-center
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Usha Venugopal, Moiz Kasubhai, Vikram Paruchuri
Community hospitals with limited resources struggle to engage physicians in Quality improvement initiatives. We introduced Quality Improvement (QI) curriculum for residents in response to ACGME requirements and surveyed the residents understanding of QI and their involvement in QI projects before and after the introduction of the curriculum. The current article describes our experiences with the process, the challenges and possible solutions to have a successful resident led QI initiative in a community hospital...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633634/the-development-and-appraisal-of-a-tool-designed-to-find-patients-harmed-by-falsely-labelled-falsified-counterfeit-medicines
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Marija Anđelković, Einar Björnsson, Virgilio De Bono, Nenad Dikić, Katleen Devue, Daniel Ferlin, Miroslav Hanževački, Freyja Jónsdóttir, Mkrtich Shakaryan, Sabine Walser
BACKGROUND: Falsely labelled, falsified (counterfeit) medicines (FFCm's) are produced or distributed illegally and can harm patients. Although the occurrence of FFCm's is increasing in Europe, harm is rarely reported. The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Health-Care (EDQM) has therefore coordinated the development and validation of a screening tool. METHODS: The tool consists of a questionnaire referring to a watch-list of FFCm's identified in Europe, including symptoms of their use and individual risk factors, and a scoring form...
June 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628932/-european-collaboration-in-medical-device-assessment-one-step-towards-cross-border-health-care
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Julia Mayer, Sabine Ettinger, Anna Nachtnebel
Aim The aim of this paper was to present the legal framework as well as previous experience in transnational collaboration regarding the assessment of medical devices for reimbursement decisions. Furthermore, the possible benefit of transnational collaboration for various stakeholders will be discussed. Methods Experiences gathered with the compilation of overall 6 joint rapid assessments of medical devices within the completed European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) Joint Action 2 (JA2) are summarised and discussed...
June 19, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620567/a-retrospective-cohort-study-to-assess-patient-and-physician-reported-outcome-measures-after-decompressive-hemicraniectomy-for-malignant-middle-cerebral-artery-stroke
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Sanjay Budhdeo, Angelos G Kolias, David J Clark, Aswin Chari, Peter J Hutchinson, Elizabeth A Warburton
INTRODUCTION: Decompressive hemicraniectomy for malignant middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction is known to reduce mortality. However, there are on-going concerns in terms of the quality of life in survivors. We aimed to examine the correlation between patient and physician reported outcome measures in decompressive hemicraniectomy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed outcomes in 21 patients who underwent decompressive hemicraniectomy for malignant MCA infarction between September 2003 and August 2013 within a regional health system...
May 10, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614483/-public-health-impact-of-a-remote-diagnosis-system-implemented-in-regional-and-district-hospitals-in-paraguay
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Pedro Galván, Miguel Velázquez, Gualberto Benítez, José Ortellado, Ronald Rivas, Antonio Barrios, Enrique Hilario
Objective: Determine the viability of a remote diagnosis system implemented to provide health care to remote and scattered populations in Paraguay. Methods: The study was conducted in all regional and general hospitals in Paraguay, and in the main district hospitals in the country's 18 health regions. Clinical data, tomographic images, sonography, and electrocardiograms (ECGs) of patients who needed a diagnosis by a specialized physician were entered into the system...
June 8, 2017: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607679/proper-electronic-order-linkage-of-electrocardiograms-at-a-large-children-s-hospital-improves-reporting-and-revenue
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David S Spar, Wayne A Mays, David S Cooper, Lucille Sullivan, Terra Hicks, Jeffrey B Anderson
Electrocardiograms (ECGs) are performed to determine an individual's cardiac rhythm. Approximately 25,000 ECGs are performed yearly throughout our hospital system. Historically only 68% of all ECGs were performed with the proper order linked to the electronic ECG reading system (MUSE). Failure to link the orders to the electronic reading system leads to problems in patient safety, reporting and hospital revenue. Our aim was to increase the percentage of linked ECG orders in MUSE compared to total ECGs performed from 68% to 95%...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605555/operationalizing-multidisciplinary-assessment-and-treatment-as-a-quality-metric-for-interventional-pain-practices
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Edward K Heres, David Itskevich, Ajay D Wasan
Objective.:  Quality improvement (QI) is an underutilized approach among pain medicine specialists to improve comprehensive pain assessment and the delivery of multimodal pain care. We report the results of a QI program that utilized peer review and financial incentives to improve these processes in interventional pain clinics. Design.:  Retrospective chart review. Setting.:  Eight academic and community-based practices that included separate hospital-based and non-hospital-based interventional pain clinics...
June 12, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602536/national-incidence-of-reportable-quality-metrics-in-the-knee-arthroplasty-population
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Joseph E Tanenbaum, Derrick M Knapik, Steven J Fitzgerald, Randall E Marcus
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) characterizes adverse quality events in the inpatient setting as patient safety indicators (PSI). The incidence of PSI has not been quantified in the total knee arthroplasty (TKA) population. METHODS: All patients in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample who underwent primary TKA during an inpatient episode in 2013 were identified using International Classification of Disease, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600132/brentuximab-vedotin-or-physician-s-choice-in-cd30-positive-cutaneous-t-cell-lymphoma-alcanza-an-international-open-label-randomised-phase-3-multicentre-trial
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H Miles Prince, Youn H Kim, Steven M Horwitz, Reinhard Dummer, Julia Scarisbrick, Pietro Quaglino, Pier Luigi Zinzani, Pascal Wolter, Jose A Sanches, Pablo L Ortiz-Romero, Oleg E Akilov, Larisa Geskin, Judith Trotman, Kerry Taylor, Stephane Dalle, Michael Weichenthal, Jan Walewski, David Fisher, Brigitte Dréno, Rudolf Stadler, Tatyana Feldman, Timothy M Kuzel, Yinghui Wang, Maria Corinna Palanca-Wessels, Erin Zagadailov, William L Trepicchio, Wenwen Zhang, Hui-Min Lin, Yi Liu, Dirk Huebner, Meredith Little, Sean Whittaker, Madeleine Duvic
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas are rare, generally incurable, and associated with reduced quality of life. Present systemic therapies rarely provide reliable and durable responses. We aimed to assess efficacy and safety of brentuximab vedotin versus conventional therapy for previously treated patients with CD30-positive cutaneous T-cell lymphomas. METHODS: In this international, open-label, randomised, phase 3, multicentre trial, we enrolled adult patients with CD30-positive mycosis fungoides or primary cutaneous anaplastic large-cell lymphoma who had been previously treated...
June 6, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598801/improving-adolescent-access-and-services-in-a-large-primary-care-network-report-of-a-10-year-project
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Elizabeth M Alderman, Kim L Freeman, Katherine S Lobach
This report describes a decade long initiative to bring a unified approach and improved quality to the process and content of adolescent health care in a large and complex urban primary care network within an academic health system. The moving force was a voluntary multidisciplinary group who comprised the Montefiore Adolescent Primary Care Initiative, known as MAPCI, led by a physician subspecialist in Adolescent Medicine. A series of needs assessments formed the basis for a multipronged effort to create policies and procedures, educational activities and materials, changes in record-keeping and billing practices, and modification of staff attitudes and behavior that would enhance access and ensure confidentiality of services for the adolescent age group...
June 9, 2017: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595574/limitations-of-pulmonary-embolism-icd-10-codes-in-emergency-department-administrative-data-let-the-buyer-beware
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Kristin Burles, Grant Innes, Kevin Senior, Eddy Lang, Andrew McRae
BACKGROUND: Administrative data is a useful tool for research and quality improvement; however, validity of research findings based on these data depends on their reliability. Diagnoses assigned by physicians are subsequently converted by nosologists to ICD-10 codes (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision). Several groups have reported ICD-9 coding errors in inpatient data that have implications for research, quality improvement, and policymaking, but few have assessed ICD-10 code validity in ambulatory care databases...
June 8, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587694/a-survey-of-front-line-paramedics-examining-the-professional-relationship-between-paramedics-and-physician-medical-oversight
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Christopher R Foerster, Walter Tavares, Ilkka Virkkunen, Antti Kämäräinen
OBJECTIVE: Paramedicine is often dependent on physician medical directors and their associated programs for direction and oversight. A positive relationship between paramedics and their oversight physicians promotes safety and quality care while a strained or ineffective one may threaten these goals. The objective of this study was to explore and understand the professional relationship between paramedics and physician medical oversight as viewed by front-line paramedics. METHODS: All active front-line paramedics from four municipal paramedic services involving three medical oversight groups in Ontario were invited to complete an online survey...
June 7, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574528/does-provider-self-reporting-of-etiquette-behaviors-improve-patient-experience-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Zishan Siddiqui, Rehan Qayyum, Amanda Bertram, Nowella Durkin, Sosena Kebede, Lucia Ponor, Ibironke Oduyebo, Lisa Allen, Daniel J Brotman
BACKGROUND: There is a glaring lack of published evidence-based strategies to improve the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) patient experience scores on the physician domain. Strategies that have been used are resource intensive and difficult to sustain. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that prompting providers to assess their own etiquette-based practices every 2 weeks over the course of 1 year would improve patient experience on the physician domain...
June 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566122/necrotizing-enterocolitis-classification-and-two-initial-steps-towards-prevention
#15
Sandra Meinich Juhl
The premature infant suffers from immaturity of all organ systems, one of them being the gastrointestinal tract. When the infant is born, the immature gastrointestinal tract is exposed to milk and simultaneously colonized by high densities of bacteria. The combination of milk, microbiota and an immature gut, leaves the infant vulnerable to developing the dreaded intestinal emergency necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). NEC is often very aggressive and no cure exists, which means that prevention is an utmost important topic to researchers, physicians, parents - and infants...
June 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555437/autoimmunity-in-2016
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REVIEW
Carlo Selmi
The number of peer-reviewed articles published during the 2016 solar year and retrieved using the "autoimmunity" key word remained stable while gaining a minimal edge among the immunology articles. Nonetheless, the quality of the publications has been rising significantly and, importantly, acquisitions have become available through scientific journals dedicated to immunology or autoimmunity. Major discoveries have been made in the fields of systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmunity of the central nervous system, vasculitis, and seronegative spondyloarthrithritides...
May 30, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553086/adherence-to-systemic-therapies-for-immune-mediated-inflammatory-diseases-in-lebanon-a-physicians-survey-from-three-medical-specialties
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Alfred Ammoury, Jad Okais, Mireille Hobeika, Raymond B Sayegh, Rani H Shayto, Ala I Sharara
BACKGROUND: Immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs) are chronic conditions that may cause tissue damage and disability, reduced quality of life and increased mortality. Various treatments have been developed for IMIDs, including immune modulators and targeted biologic agents. However, adherence remains suboptimal. METHODS: An adherence survey was used to evaluate physicians' beliefs about adherence to medication in IMID and to evaluate if and how they manage adherence...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552398/performance-specifications-of-critical-results-management
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REVIEW
Elisa Piva, Laura Sciacovelli, Michela Pelloso, Mario Plebani
Formerly defined "critical values", the importance of critical results (CRs) management in patient care has grown in recent years. According to the George Lundberg definition the result becomes "critical" when, exceeding actionable thresholds, it suggests imminent danger for the patient, unless appropriate therapy is initiated promptly. As required in most important accreditation standards, such as the ISO:15,189 or the Joint Commission standards, a quality reporting system should deliver the correct result to the appropriate clinician in a time-frame that ensures patient safety...
July 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550006/virtual-visits-and-patient-centered-care-results-of-a-patient-survey-and-observational-study
#19
Kimberlyn Marie McGrail, Megan Alyssa Ahuja, Chad Andrew Leaver
BACKGROUND: Virtual visits are clinical interactions in health care that do not involve the patient and provider being in the same room at the same time. The use of virtual visits is growing rapidly in health care. Some health systems are integrating virtual visits into primary care as a complement to existing modes of care, in part reflecting a growing focus on patient-centered care. There is, however, limited empirical evidence about how patients view this new form of care and how it affects overall health system use...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547318/a-systematic-review-of-alpha-2-agonists-for-sedation-in-mechanically-ventilated-neurocritical-care-patients
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Alexandre Tran, Henrietta Blinder, Brian Hutton, Shane W English
The use of sedative medications is commonplace in intensive care units (ICUs) and an invaluable clinical tool for the intensive care physician. Sedation for critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients provides an opportunity to reduce anxiety, discomfort as well as ventilator intolerance and dyssynchrony. Alpha-2 agonists in particular have become increasingly popular for use in the neurocritical care population due to their proposed effectiveness in facilitating examinations and procedures as well as reducing the need for adjunctive agents...
May 25, 2017: Neurocritical Care
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