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Kadri Mägi, Marika Lepaste, Monika Szkultecka-Dębek
The aim of this article was to present a general overview of the health care system as well as pricing and reimbursement environment in Estonia. In Estonia the main stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector are the Ministry of Social Affairs, the State Agency of Medicine, and the Estonian Health Insurance Fund. The national health insurance scheme is public, and approximately 95% of the population is covered by it. It is a social insurance, and universal and equal access to health care based on national health insurance is granted...
March 9, 2018: Value in Health Regional Issues
Lisa Haushofer
In the nineteenth century, food and diet became central to a public health increasingly focused on individual behavior and on the cost of sickness. Because of its potential to impact the economic uptake of food inside individual bodies, digestion became a crucial site of physiological investigation in this context. Out of physiological research on digestion emerged a group of medicinal food products based on digestive enzymes (then referred to as digestive ferments), so-called artificially digested foods. The paper examines the creation and significance of these products, focusing on the case of Benger's Food...
February 24, 2018: Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Isabel Lane, Ashley Bryce, Suzanne M Ingle, Alastair D Hay
Purpose: Antimicrobial resistance is a significant threat to public health. Diagnostic uncertainty is a key driver of antimicrobial prescribing. We sought to determine whether locally relevant, real-time syndromic or microbiological infection epidemiology can improve prescribing by reducing diagnostic uncertainty. Methods: Eligible studies investigated effects on primary care prescribing for common infections in Organisation For Economic Co-Operation And Development countries...
February 26, 2018: Family Practice
Frank G Sandmann, Laura Shallcross, Natalie Adams, David J Allen, Pietro G Coen, Annette Jeanes, Zisis Kozlakidis, Lesley Larkin, Fatima Wurie, Julie V Robotham, Mark Jit, Sarah R Deeny
Background: Norovirus places a substantial burden on healthcare systems, arising from infected patients, disease outbreaks, beds kept unoccupied for infection control, and staff absences due to infection. In settings with high rates of bed occupancy, opportunity costs arise from patients who cannot be admitted due to beds being unavailable. With several treatments and vaccines against norovirus in development, quantifying the expected economic burden is timely. Methods: The number of inpatients with norovirus-associated gastroenteritis in England were modelled using infectious and non-infectious gastrointestinal Hospital Episode Statistics codes and laboratory reports of gastrointestinal pathogens collected at Public Health England...
February 26, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Patricia Stoddard-Dare, LeaAnne DeRigne, Christopher Mallett, Linda Quinn
Secondary data analysis on the 2015 National Health Interview Survey was conducted to determine if having paid sick leave increases the odds of being able to afford specific health care goods and services, and not having access to paid sick leave increases the odds of being in poverty, being food insecure and having elevated medical costs among a representative sample of US workers age 18-64. We found a statistically significant association between paid sick leave and ability to afford dental care, eyeglasses and prescription medication...
March 12, 2018: Social Work in Health Care
Nur Altınörs, Mehmet Haberal
To determine the cost effectiveness of transplantation, we analyzed the financial economics of the organ and tissue transplant process. We compared the cost of this process with traditional modalities for treating endstage liver and kidney disease. Medical, surgical, legal, social, ethical, and religious issues are important in organ transplant procedures. Government, health insurance companies, and uninsured individuals are affected by the financial economics of organ transplantation. The distribution of financial burden differs among countries and is dependent on the unique circumstances of each country...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Jinsong Zhang, Anastasia Miller, Yongxia Li, Qinqin Lan, Ning Zhang, Yanling Chai, Bing Hai
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious chronic condition with a global impact. Symptoms of COPD include progressive dyspnea, breathlessness, cough, and sputum production, which have a considerable impact on the lives of patients. In addition to the human cost of living with COPD and the resulting death, COPD entails a huge economic burden on the Chinese population, with patients spending up to one-third of the average family income on COPD management in some regions is clinically beneficial to adopt preventable measures via prudent COPD care utilization, monetary costs, and hospitalizations...
March 7, 2018: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Alice F Yan, Yang Wang, Alexander V Ng
Multiple chronic conditions in cancer survivors are highly prevalent and may increase health care costs for both patients and the health care system. Studies of cancer survivors reveal positive effects of physical activity (PA) on reducing risk of cancer recurrence, other chronic conditions, and secondary cancer. Few nationally representative studies have examined how physical activity levels have affected survivors' annual economic burden in the United States. Leisure-time physical activity data from the National Health Interview Survey was linked to health care expenditure data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data (2008-2012)...
March 2018: Preventive Medicine Reports
J Margier, S Baffert, A-G Le Corroller-Soriano
The question of what monetary value should be assigned to consumed resources, that is to say the choice of the unit cost, is a major consideration in terms of impact on the cost analysis results. To date, no agreement has been reached regarding this methodological question. The choices made by methodologists and the subsequent impact on the results of the analysis are only rarely put forward. This work addresses the theoretical framework of health strategy evaluations that can be carried out either in the normative framework of the conventional economic approach of well-being, referred to as welfarist, or in that of an approach referred to as extra-welfarist...
March 8, 2018: Revue D'épidémiologie et de Santé Publique
R Lee, S T Yeo, S N Rogers, A L Caress, A Molassiotis, D Ryder, P Sanghera, C Lunt, B Scott, P Keeley, R T Edwards, N Slevin
Our aim was to compare the efficacy of the Therabite® jaw motion rehabilitation system (Atos Medical) with that of wooden spatulas to relieve and prevent trismus in patients who have had radiotherapy for stage three and four oral and oropharyngeal cancer. Secondary aims were to assess the feasibility and the impact of exercise on health-related quality of life (QoL), and the use of health services after treatment. We designed a randomised, open-label, controlled, three-centre feasibility study to compare the effectiveness and cost of the Therabite® and wooden spatulas...
March 8, 2018: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Karthikeyan E Ponnusamy, Jacquelyn D Marsh, Lyndsay E Somerville, Richard W McCalden, Edward M Vasarhelyi
BACKGROUND: We compared 90-day costs and outcomes for primary total knee arthroplasty patients among nonobese (body mass index [BMI] 18.5-24.9), overweight (25-29.9), obese (30-34.9), severely obese (35-39.9), morbidly obese (40-49.9), and super-obese (50+) cohorts. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of an institutional database of total knee arthroplasty patients from 2006 to 2013 with a minimum of 3-year follow-up. Sixty-five super-obese patients were identified, and five other cohorts were randomly selected in a 2:1 ratio (total, n = 715)...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Rainer Gloeckl
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common condition that is becoming increasingly prevalent. It affects 13.2% of the population over age 40 in Germany. In 2020, it will be the third most common cause of morbidity and mortality around the world. It markedly impairs the quality of life of those who suffer from it and presents a major economic challenge to the health-care system. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent publications retrieved by a selective literature search and on the authors' clinical experience...
February 23, 2018: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Karen E Van Nuys, Zhiwen Xie, Bryan Tysinger, Mark A Hlatky, Dana P Goldman
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to illustrate the potential benefit of effective congestive heart failure (CHF) treatment in terms of improved health, greater social value, and reduced health disparities between black and white subpopulations. BACKGROUND: CHF affects 5.7 million Americans, costing $32 billion annually in treatment expenditures and lost productivity. CHF also contributes to health disparities between black and white Americans: black subjects develop CHF at a younger age and are more likely to be hospitalized and die of this disease...
March 1, 2018: JACC. Heart Failure
Charlotte L Kvasnovsky, Kimberly Lumpkins, Jose J Diaz, Jeannie Y Chun
BACKGROUND: The American College of Surgeons has developed a verification program for children's surgery centers. Highly specialized hospitals may be verified as Level I, while those with fewer dedicated resources as Level II or Level III, respectively. We hypothesized that more specialized children's centers would utilize more resources. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a retrospective study of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) database from 2009 to 2013...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Jagnoor Jagnoor, Sheree Bekker, Shobha Chamania, Tom Potokar, Rebecca Ivers
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to identify priority policy issues and health system research questions associated with recovery outcomes for burns survivors in India. DESIGN: Qualitative inquiry; data were collected through semistructured in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. SETTING: Nine sites in urban and rural settings across India, through primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities. PARTICIPANTS: Healthcare providers, key informants, burns survivors and/or their carers...
March 8, 2018: BMJ Open
Maria Giner-Soriano, Gerard Sotorra Figuerola, Jordi Cortés, Helena Pera Pujadas, Ana Garcia-Sangenis, Rosa Morros
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels, such as coronary heart disease (CHD), cerebrovascular disease, and peripheral artery disease. CVD is the leading threat to global health, whether measured by mortality, morbidity, or economic cost. Long-term administration of aspirin, statins, beta-blockers, and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin-receptor blockers improves survival in patients with stablished coronary heart disease...
March 9, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Franziska Nickel, Janina Barth, Peter L Kolominsky-Rabas
BACKGROUND: This systematic review aims to review the literature on trial-based economic evaluations of non-pharmacological interventions directly targeted at persons with dementia as well as persons with mild cognitive impairment and their respective caregivers. METHODS: A systematic literature research was conducted for the timeframe from 2010 to 2016 in the following databases: Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, EconLit, Embase, Cochrane Library, PsycINFO and PubMed...
March 9, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
Lynn DeBar, Lindsay Benes, Allison Bonifay, Richard A Deyo, Charles R Elder, Francis J Keefe, Michael C Leo, Carmit McMullen, Meghan Mayhew, Ashli Owen-Smith, David H Smith, Connie M Trinacty, William M Vollmer
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is one of the most common, disabling, and expensive public health problems in the United States. Interdisciplinary pain management treatments that employ behavioral approaches have been successful in helping patients with chronic pain reduce symptoms and regain functioning. However, most patients lack access to such treatments. We are conducting a pragmatic clinical trial to test the hypothesis that patients who receive an interdisciplinary biopsychosocial intervention, the Pain Program for Active Coping and Training (PPACT), at their primary care clinic will have a greater reduction in pain impact in the year following than patients receiving usual care...
March 6, 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials
William A Masters, Katherine L Rosettie, Sarah Kranz, Goodarz Danaei, Patrick Webb, Dariush Mozaffarian
Improving maternal and child nutrition in resource-poor settings requires effective use of limited resources, but priority-setting is constrained by limited information about program costs and impacts, especially for interventions designed to improve diet quality. This study utilized a mixed methods approach to identify, describe and estimate the potential costs and impacts on child dietary intake of 12 nutrition-sensitive programs in Ethiopia, Nigeria and India. These potential interventions included conditional livestock and cash transfers, media and education, complementary food processing and sales, household production and food pricing programs...
March 7, 2018: Health Policy and Planning
Craig A Schuring, Daniel L Dodge, Tyler J Whitcomb, Geoffrey C Wall, Hayden L Smith, Greg A Hicklin
Toxic exposures with serious outcomes have increased over the last decade. Limited data exists on the pattern and outcomes of overdose-exposure patients requiring intensive care unit (ICU) admission. The primary objective of this study was to characterize the causes, treatments, and outcomes of toxic exposures in a mid-sized Midwestern health system. The secondary objective was to report cumulative economic costs associated with these patients. Data were obtained from medical records of patients 18 years or older with a diagnosis code of overdose admitted to the ICU at 2 teaching hospitals between August 1, 2012, and July 31, 2014...
March 2018: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
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